Bickmore, Albert S. (Albert Smith), 1839-1914

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Founder of the American Museum of Natural History. Resigned from the post of superintendent in 1884 to assume that of curator of the Dept. of Public Instruction.

From the description of Lectures to teachers. 1888-1903. (American Museum of Natural History). WorldCat record id: 12629895

From the description of Lectures to teachers [microform]. 1888-1903. (American Museum of Natural History). WorldCat record id: 41120621

Curator at the American Museum of Natural History.

From the description of Letter, 1883 September 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122683064

Epithet: of the American Museum, New York

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Founder and first President of the American Museum of Natural History; curator emeritus of the Museum's Dept. of Public Instruction.

From the description of An autobiography, with a historical sketch of the founding and early development of the American Museum of Natural History / by Albert S. Bickmore. 1908. (American Museum of Natural History). WorldCat record id: 14985738

Epithet: Professor of Natural History, Madison University, Wisconsin

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Albert S. Bickmore was a museum curator and superintendent. Bickmore was the principal founder of the American Museum of Natural History and the organizer and first curator of the Dept. of Public Education; also curator of archaeology and curator of ethnology.

After receiving his B.A. and M.A. from Dartmouth, and working at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology, Bickmore traveled for three years between 1864 and 1867, through Indonesia, East Asia, Siberia and Europe, collecting specimens and studying ethnology, visiting the Ainu, Gilyaks and other peoples. On his return to the U.S., Bickmore worked with a group of prominent New Yorkers, including Morris K. Jesup, to draw up a petition and plan for an American natural history museum. When the AMNH opened in 1871, Bickmore was appointed superintendent. He developed a series of Lectures to teachers (1888-1903), illustrated with lantern slides, covering all the scientific disciplines in which the museum was involved, which could be presented to school groups or used by teachers in their classrooms. In 1884, he resigned his post of superintendent in order to act as curator of the Dept. of Public Instruction (later named the Dept. of Public Education), established in 1886. Bickmore continued to expand the educational work of the museum, offering lectures to the public and, in collaboration with Columbia University, developing courses in forestry, astronomy, mineralogy and chemistry. He retired in Jan. 1905 to become curator emeritus.

From the description of Papers, 1854-1914 (bulk 1865-1903). (American Museum of Natural History). WorldCat record id: 55225369

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referencedIn Vol. XXII (ff. 432). 1848-1878.includes:f. 1 Lewis Weston Dillwyn, MP; of Sketty Hall, county Glamorgan: Letter to A. R. Wallace: 1848. f. 2 James Motley, traveller in the E Indies: Letter to A. R. Wallace: 1858. f. 3 Thomas George Baring, 2nd Baro..., 1848-1878 British Library
referencedIn Putnam, Frederic Ward (1839-1915), Papers, bulk 1855-1935 Peabody Museum Archives, Harvard University
referencedIn Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (inclusive) 1820-1888 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Bickmore, Albert S. (Albert Smith), 1839-1914. Letter, 1875 August 19, New York, to Mrs. Joel Parker. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn John L. (John Lawrence) LeConte papers, 1812-1897, 1812-1897 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Mearns, Edgar Alexander, 1856-1916. Correspondence, 1883-1915. American Museum of Natural History
creatorOf Bickmore, Albert S. (Albert Smith), 1839-1914. Lectures to teachers [microform]. American Museum of Natural History
creatorOf Bickmore, Albert S. Letter, 1883 September 24. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Cleveland Abbe Papers, 1850-1954, (bulk 1850-1916) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn James Terry family papers, Terry, James family papers, 1838-1953, 1879-1894 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Bickmore, Albert S. (Albert Smith), 1839-1914. Letters, 1909 November 3-1910 May 11, New York, to Doctor Little [n.p.]. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Bickmore, Albert S. (Albert Smith), 1839-1914. Lectures to teachers. American Museum of Natural History
creatorOf Bickmore, Albert S. (Albert Smith), 1839-1914. Letter to S.S. McClure, 1892 February 19. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Vol. V, ff. 291, A-E.includes:f. 1 Andrew Leith Adams, FRS: Letter to [ ?T. R. Jones]: 1864. f. 3 William Grylls Adams, Professor of Natural Philosophy, King's College, London: Letter to [?T. R. Jones]: 1875. ff. 5, 7 Jacob Georg Agardh, Swedish natu... British Library
referencedIn Anderson Family papers, 1810-1848 The Huntington Library
creatorOf Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. Collection, 1871-1937. American Museum of Natural History
creatorOf Huntington, Archer M. Letter, 1911 May 11, New York, to Albert S. Bickmore [New York]. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Bickmore, Albert S. (Albert Smith), 1839-1914. Correspondence : to Daniel Garrison Brinton, 1898. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Bickmore, Albert S. (Albert Smith), 1839-1914. An autobiography, with a historical sketch of the founding and early development of the American Museum of Natural History / by Albert S. Bickmore. American Museum of Natural History
referencedIn Henry Villard papers, 1604-1948 (inclusive), 1863-1900 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Bickmore, Albert S. (Albert Smith), 1839-1914. Papers, 1854-1914 (bulk 1865-1903). American Museum of Natural History
referencedIn Abbe, Cleveland, 1838-1916. Cleveland Abbe papers, 1850-1954 (bulk 1850-1916). Library of Congress
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associatedWith Anderson Family, 1810-1848 family
associatedWith Beutenmüller, William, 1864-1934. person
associatedWith Chapman, Frank M. (Frank Michler), 1864-1945. person
associatedWith Cook, Frederick Albert, 1865-1940. person
associatedWith Dartmouth College. Class of 1860. corporateBody
associatedWith Dean, Bashford, 1867-1928. person
associatedWith Dewey, Melvil, 1851-1931. person
associatedWith Emmons, George Thornton. person
associatedWith Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892. person
correspondedWith Frederic Ward Putnam, 1813-1915 person
associatedWith Fuertes, Louis Agassiz, 1874-1927. person
associatedWith Fuller, George W. (George Washington), 1876-1940. person
associatedWith Holder, Joseph Bassett, 1824-1888. person
associatedWith Holmes, William Henry, 1846-1933. person
associatedWith Hovey, Edmund Otis, 1862-1924. person
associatedWith Huntington, Archer M. person
associatedWith Jesup, Morris Ketchum, 1830-1908. person
associatedWith Knight, Charles Robert, 1874-1953. person
associatedWith Kunz, George Frederick, 1856-1932. person
associatedWith LeConte, John L., (John Lawrence), 1825-1883 person
associatedWith Little, Arthur, 1837-1915. person
correspondedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 person
associatedWith Lossing, Benson John, 1813-1891. person
associatedWith McClure, S. S. (Samuel Sidney), 1857-1949. person
associatedWith Mearns, Edgar Alexander, 1856-1916. person
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associatedWith Osborn, Henry Fairfield, 1857-1935. person
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associatedWith Parker, Mary Morse. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. person
associatedWith Schliemann, Heinrich, 1822-1890. person
associatedWith Seton, Ernest Thompson, 1860-1946. person
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associatedWith Terry family family
associatedWith Tesla, Nikola, 1856-1943. person
associatedWith Uhler, Philip R. (Philip Reese), 1835-1913. person
associatedWith Verrill, A. Hyatt (Alpheus Hyatt), 1871-1954. person
correspondedWith Villard, Henry, 1835-1900 person
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New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
East Asia
New York (State)--New York
Indonesia
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Ainu
Natural history museums--History--Sources
Museum curators--Biography
Audio-visual education
Natural history
Natural history--Study and teaching
Gilyaks
Museums--Environmental aspects--History--Sources
Museums
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Birth 1839-03-01

Death 1914-08-12

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