Baird, Spencer Fullerton, Report of the Curator of the Museum, July 11, 1848. Record Group 1/2, Board of Trustees (1833-1879), Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections.
Transcribed by Rebecca Solnit, Dickinson College
Adapted by Rebecca Solnit, Dickinson College
The following transcript has been adapted from Board of Trustees (1833-1879).
During the past year, numerous additions have been made to the Museum, in all the departments of Natural History, and particularly in those of Reptiles, Fishes and comparative Anatomy. It is hoped that a few more years of such progress will place the cabinet of Dickinson College on a par with that of any institution in the country. The increasing interest which is taken in it, by the students, has resulted in many valued accessions.
Among the various donations and deposits, made since that last report may be mentioned them following:
- A collection of antiquities from Egypt & India present by Mr. Comfort Tiffany .
One box of minerals from Centre County, Penna., presented by Mr. John L. Phillips.
One box of fossil shells from the Tertiary of Maryland & Virginia, presented by Mr. John L. Phillips.
One box of Iron ore fossils from Centre Co., Penna., presented by Mr. Sam Reynolds .
One box of fossils, mineral & shells, from the shores of Lake Champlain, presented by the Curator.
One box of stalactites etc, from the Mammoth Cave, Ken., presented by Mr. Bibb.
Two boxes fresh water shells, and one box of minerals from Georgia presented by the Curator.
Massive specimens of copper ores from Lakes Superior & Huron presented by Mr. E. Helfenstein.
One keg fish, from Chesapeake bay, presented by the Curator. Forty mounted European birds presented by the Curator.
One box of birds from Japan, Asia & Europe deposited by the Curator.
One box of birds from Europe & Guatemala deposited by the Curator.
One keg of fish from Chesapeake bay presented by Mr. T. R. Smith.
One keg of fish from Portland, Maine, presented by Prof. Caldwell .
One keg of fish & reptiles from Lake Champlain, deposited by the Curator.
One keg of fish & reptiles from Massachusetts bay, deposited by the Curator.
One keg of fish & reptiles from New York bay, deposited by the Curator.
Large collection of reptiles & fish of Cumberland Co., Penn., containing many nondescript species, deposited by the Curator.
Skeleton of an Alligator, from Georgia deposited by the Curator.
Various crania & complete skeletons of mamalia, reptiles, birds and fish, deposited by the Curator.
Pair of Moose horns, from Maine, deposited by the Curator.
Besides numerous individual objects of greater or less value-
Another year will, it is hoped, see a still greater increase in the Museum, as several packages of valuable objects are now on their way, a statement of which will be presented in the next report.
Carlisle July 11. 1848 S.F. Baird Curator