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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 76

Smithsonian Half-Century Book Project

Records, 1893-1897

Repository:Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at
Creator:Smithsonian Half-Century Book Project
Quantity:11 cu. ft. (22 document boxes)
Collection:Record Unit 76
Language of Materials:English

This collection consists of correspondence about the text and proofs for George Brown Goode, editor, "The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896: The History of its First Half-Century," Washington, 1897. Goode died before the book was published. The book chronicled the events and achievements of the Institution that were then judged to be significant, including work in research and in the operation of the United States National Museum. The materials contain information about the Smithsonian Institution which does not appear in the book.

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This collection consists of correspondence about the text and proofs of George Brown Goode, editor, The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896: The History of its First Half-Century, Washington, 1897. Goode died while the book was underway.

The primary value of this record unit is that it contains information about the Smithsonian which does not appear in the book.

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Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 76, Smithsonian Half-Century Book Project, Records

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Container List

Series 1


Boxes 1-3

2 letterbooks, 1895-1897, relating to preparation of the book; original manuscript versions of contributions to book; galley proofs

Boxes 1-3 of 22

Boxes 4-6

Report on status of book by editor Marcus Benjamin, to F. W. True, as well as other memos on same subject; correspondence and rough drafts of material

Boxes 4-6 of 22

Box 7

Meteorology, Museum, Photography, Researches, U. S. Geological Survey, Polaris Expedition--page proofs(?)

Box 7 of 22

Box 8

Seismology, material on Smithson and his bequest, Museums, 1849-1886, Bibliography, Chemistry, Zoological Park--page proofs (?)

Box 8 of 22

Box 9

Manuscript material on meteorology, magnetism; items apparently related to bibliography and index

Box 9 of 22

Box 10

Miscellaneous, and material for index

Box 10 of 22

Box 11

Various working papers for preparation of Half-Century Book (HCB); one small book correspondence on HCB, 1893-1896

Box 11 of 22

Box 12

Expanding file of correspondence, HCB; ca. 1896-1897

Box 12 of 22

Box 13

Original manuscript of Edward T. Green, Landmarks of Botanical History, Vol. 1; thru p. 724

Box 13 of 22

Box 14

Original manuscript of Edward T. Green, Landmarks of Botanical History, Vol. 1; p. 725 to end

Box 14 of 22

Boxes 15-17

Bibliographic materials

Boxes 15-17 of 22

Box 18

Biographies prepared for HCB by Marcus Benjamin

Box 18 of 22

Boxes 19-22


Boxes 19-22 of 22