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Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

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Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives


Catalogue of interviews of important Smithsonian staff on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Archives. Available on audiotape or videotape, many with transcripts. Copies of transcripts or tapes are available free of charge.

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Reading, Research

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Educational Role

student, teacher

Time required

1 hr

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Accessibility Hazard

noFlashingHazard, noMotionSimulationHazard, noSoundHazard

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Date created

2005-05-22 00:00:00


  • Primary source
  • Typical age range 12-14
  • Typical age range 10-12
  • History
  • Typical age range 5-8
  • Typical age range 8-10
  • Typical age range 16-18
  • Typical age range 14-16
  • American History
  • Expert
  • Institutional history


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