In late November 1884, paleontologist George Baur wrote to his family in Germany that
he and his new wife were about to be introduced to an American tradition by Professor
O.C. Marsh, his employer:
The details of Marsh’s feast were described in Baur’s next letter home:“The dinner on Thanksgiving was very elaborate.
O.C. Marsh entertained expansively in his mansion on Prospect Street (now occupied by
Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies), which was crammed with mementoes of
his fossil-hunting adventures in the American West. As Baur noted (“Marsh is a great lover
of art. He has quite a valuable collection.”), it was also luxuriously furnished with oriental rugs,
paintings, and many Japanese wall hangings—more evidence of Marsh’s strong interest in
*Translated from the German by Baur’s daughter, Frances Baur Henkel.
George Baur Papers, Archives of the Yale Peabody Museum.