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János Xántus Papers

Creator::
Xántus, János, 1825-1894  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Black-and-white photographs
Manuscripts
Place:
Fort Riley (Kan.)
Fort Tejon (Calif.)
Date:
1857-1864
Introduction:
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Descriptive Entry:
These papers consist of correspondence from John Xantus to Spencer F. Baird, mostly concerning Xantus' collecting activities, 1857-1864. Also included are several letters (and copies of letters) from various individuals concerning Xantus, especially letters of recommendation for the position of U. S. Consul at Manzanillo, Mexico.

After entering the U. S. Army in 1855, Xantus began using the name Louis de Vesey. The letters in this collection for the years 1857-1858 are signed three different ways: DE VESEY, L. X. DE VESEY, and L. XANTUS DE VESEY. By 1859, he had readopted his given name and letters are signed J. XANTUS.
Historical Note:
A native of Hungary, John Xantus (1825-1894) came to the United States in 1850. In 1855, he entered the United States Army and served as a hospital steward at Fort Riley, Kansas Territory, 1855-1857, and Fort Tejon, California, 1857-1859. In January 1859, Xantus was appointed tidal observer for the United States Coast Survey stationed at Cape San Lucas, Lower California, where he remained until August 1861. After a short visit to Hungary, Xantus was appointed United States Consul at Manzanillo, Mexico, on November 25, 1862. In 1864, he returned to Hungary, where he spent the remainder of his life.

In 1857, Xantus began corresponding with Spencer F. Baird, and in subsequent years he made extensive collections for the Smithsonian Institution, especially in the field of ornithology.
Topic:
Ornithology  Search this
Ornithologists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7212, János Xántus Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7212
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Box 1

Collection Creator::
Xántus, János, 1825-1894  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7212, János Xántus Papers
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Folder 9 Correspondence, 1864

Collection Creator::
Xántus, János, 1825-1894  Search this
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Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7212, János Xántus Papers
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Folder 1 Numbered Correspondence, 1-24, April 4, 1857-April 15, 1858

Collection Creator::
Xántus, János, 1825-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7212, János Xántus Papers
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Folder 2 Numbered Correspondence, 25-49, May 14, 1858-February 4, 1859 and undated (with drawings)

Collection Creator::
Xántus, János, 1825-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7212, János Xántus Papers
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Folder 3 Numbered Correspondence, 50-74, February 11, 1859-February 14, 1860

Collection Creator::
Xántus, János, 1825-1894  Search this
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Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7212, János Xántus Papers
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Folder 4 Numbered Correspondence, 75-99, February 20, 1860-December 15, 1860

Collection Creator::
Xántus, János, 1825-1894  Search this
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Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7212, János Xántus Papers
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Folder 5 Correspondence, December 28, 1860-December 26, 1862

Collection Creator::
Xántus, János, 1825-1894  Search this
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Box 1 of 1
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Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7212, János Xántus Papers
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Folder 6 Numbered Correspondence, 1-24, January 10, 1863-December 16, 1863

Collection Creator::
Xántus, János, 1825-1894  Search this
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Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7212, János Xántus Papers
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Folder 7 Correspondence, December 1863-1864 and assorted dates in order of binding

Collection Creator::
Xántus, János, 1825-1894  Search this
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Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7212, János Xántus Papers
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Folder 8 Correspondence and Drawings from end of bound volume, unarranged

Collection Creator::
Xántus, János, 1825-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7212, János Xántus Papers
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Folder 10 Selected Photographic Prints of Xantus Correspondence and Drawings

Collection Creator::
Xántus, János, 1825-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7212, János Xántus Papers
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Folder 11 Photograph of Xantus, undated (Accession 06-173)

Collection Creator::
Xántus, János, 1825-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7212, János Xántus Papers
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