Every Collection has a StoryThe Archives holds records that document the Smithsonian’s people, events, buildings, and research. The history of the Smithsonian is a vital part of the history of American experience, scientific exploration, and international cultural understanding.
Congratulations to Janine Brown, previous Women in Science Wednesday, for receiving the Smithsonian Scholarly Studies Award to examine, "Using serum inflammatory markers to investigate the immune response to elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus."
The Smithsonian’s Second Secretary Spencer Fullerton Baird dedicated his career to creating a great national museum at the Smithsonian, the U.S. National Museum that opened in 1881. Learn about Baird and the fulfillment of his dreams.