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Greene Smith Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

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Date: Jun 1993

Biographical History

Greene Smith (1841-1880) was a son of New York reformer, philanthropist and abolitionist Gerrit Smith. An avid amateur scientist, Smith was very interested in ornithology and taxidermy. In 1863 he built a three-story museum to house his collection of bird specimens, many of which eventually went to Cornell (where Smith lectured as professor of ornithology), Harvard, or Colgate University.

A genealogy of the Smith family is available here (if online) or at the end of this finding aid (if in hard copy).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Greene Smith Papers contains correspondence, financial material, ornithological material and miscellany.

Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence is arranged chronologically. Financial material is subdivided by type and within that arranged chronologically. The remaining series are arranged alphabetically by topic or type.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has the papers of several members of the Smith family. See also the following:

Gerrit Smith Papers
Peter Smith Papers
Gerrit Smith Miller Papers

Subject Headings


Miller, Elizabeth Smith, 1822-1911.
Miller, Gerrit Smith, 1845-1937.
Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874.
Smith, Greene, 1841-1880.
Smith, Peter, 1768-1837.


Birds -- Taxidermy.
Ornithologists -- United States.
Ornithology -- Research.
Ornithology -- Study and teaching.

Genres and Forms

Catalogs (documents)
Receipts (financial records)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Greene Smith Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Table of Contents


Financial material

Ornithological material