Papers, 1853-1882.


Kennicott, Robert, 1835-1866. Papers, 1853-1882.

Papers, 1853-1882.

Photocopies of correspondence of Kennicott, Kirtland and Baird. Some letters of John Kennicott to Baird. Kennicott's letters are lengthy, entertaining, exuberant and shine with the joy and curiosity he felt in the natural world. They describe his work, what he has found and learned, with many descriptions of scenes he has observed in the animal world. He asks for guidance and criticism of his work and freely shows his appreciation and admiration for their work and help. The need for a Chicago natural history society and museum is a frequent topic as well as his need for equippment and funds. Letters from Kirtner and Baird are full of guidance, their work and their family news. A printed copy of his journal on his first Canadian expedition. There is also correspondence of William Stimpson with Baird and Professor Henry from the Smithsonian.

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