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1. F. W. True worked with:
Albert Spear Hitchcock (later in True’s years as Assistant Secretary)
A. S. Hitchcock worked with Doris Cochran.
At one time, True refused Doris Cochran permission to go to Panama with Hitchcock!
Knew Stejneger as a collector of great note, especially from his work with fur seals, as they worked in similar geographic regions.
Stejneger took over True’s position as Head Curator of Department of Biology in 1911 when True vacated to accept his position as Assistant Secretary.
2. F. W. True worked for:
Secretary Spencer Baird
Baird hired True.
Baird also hired Leonhard Stejneger and William H. Dall.
Secretary Samuel Pierpoint Langley
True served under Langley as as Head Curator of Biology.
Fun fact: Langley often complained of the smell from the South Shed Prep, where True and his staff would prepare specimens for storage and display.
Secretary Charles Walcott
True served under Walcott as Assistant Secretary.
3. F. W. True hired:
Gerrit Miller, as a preparator.
Miller later became Assistant Curator and then Curator of Mammals.
Gerrit Miller had studied under C. Hart Merriam.
Miller took over for True in 1909 as Head Curator of Mammals.
William Palmer, as a preparator in the Division of Birds.
True sent Palmer, F. A. Lucas and Scollick to go collect 1 blue whale (and multiple parts of others) from Balaena station, Newfoundland from 1899-1901, for the St. Louis Exposition: http://journals.hil.unb.ca/index.php/acadiensis/article/view/10857/11689
The FWT 1904 Whalebone whales publication was landmark contribution, more so than Delphinidae, in that FWT cleared the identity of species that were misunderstood, confused and amalgamated for decades prior.
From @NaturallyDreaMy: In True's own words, asking Palmer to make three casts of a fossil: http://transcription.si.edu/transcribe/7426/SIA-SIA2015-002327
4. F. W. True was succeeded by:
Kellogg, like True, also collected extensively at Calvert Cliffs.
Kellogg assumed the position of Head Curator of Mammals after Gerrit Miller’s retirement in 1941.
They did not know each other - Kellogg came to DC from California around 1929, after True had passed away (1914), but both were significant contributors to the same subject area.
Webster Prentiss True
F. W. True’s son, who became the de facto Historian of the Smithsonian of that era: Chief of the Editorial Division of the Smithsonian Institution Press.
More information about W. P. true at: Smithsonian Institution Archives
5. F. W. True corresponded with:
William H. Dall
H. F. Osborn (AMNH)
W. D. Matthews, AMNH at time of correspondence with True
From @danaboomer1988: Corresponded about publishing in the AMNH Bulletin.
More information about Matthews at: UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology
Oliver N. Bryan (from @hmmoses)
*It seems Oliver N. Bryan was a collector, who donated fossils to the Museum of Comparative Zoology: Harvard University MCZ Bulletin, May 1871
Glover M. Allen (from @hmmoses)
GH Perkins, Office of State Geologist of Vermont (from @danaboomer1988)
More information about Perkins at: BHL
C R Eastman (from @NaturallyDreaMy)
More information about Eastman at: BHL
J.F. Whiteaves (from @NaturallyDreaMy)
More information about Whiteaves at: BHL
6. F. W. True, other fun facts:
Breadth of network:
146 years! Looking at the lifetimes of the people in True’s social network, his network access covered 146 years, from 1823 (birth date of Spencer Baird) to 1969 (death date of Remington Kellogg).