William L. Bird, Jr. is Curator Emeritus of the National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution. He is the author of several books and has curated a number of exhibits.
He has written widely for scholarly and popular publications drawing upon museum and archival source material on topics ranging from the history of the Smithson bequest to contemporary advertising and visual display.
His Smithsonian exhibitions with books include Paint by Number: The How-to Craze that Swept the Nation; Holidays on Display; and Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes, and Curios from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
His illustrated history of the saguaro cactus and its popular imagery entitled, In the Arms of Saguaros: Iconography of the Giant Cactus, is published by the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill – University of Arizona.