Smithsonian Scrapbook: Letters, Diaries & Photographs from the Smithsonian Archives

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Online resource presenting background information and primary source materials on a variety of noteworthy historical subjects, ranging from the Wright brothers to James Smithson. Materials include documents, photographs, and more.

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2011-09-23 00:00:00


  • Diaries
  • Explorers
  • Architects
  • American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Aeronautics
  • Museums
  • History
  • Rocket
  • Typical age range 8-10
  • Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Solomon Brown
  • Typical age range 12-14
  • Typical age range 10-12
  • Expeditions
  • Typical age range 5-8
  • Typical age range 16-18
  • Typical age range 14-16
  • American History
  • Mary Henry
  • Dall
  • Wright Brothers
  • Goddard
  • Smithson
  • Renwick
  • Diary
  • Museum
  • Institution
  • Civil War
  • Alaska
  • Explorer
  • Aviation
  • Architect




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