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Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 05-115

Bedini, Silvio A.

Silvio A. Bedini Papers, 1965-1985

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Bedini, Silvio A.
Title: Silvio A. Bedini Papers
Dates: 1965-1985
Quantity: 3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 05-115
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of Bendini's correspondence and memoranda with Smithsonian colleagues, scholars, professional organizations, publishers, and the general public documenting his research activities for special projects, publications, and exhibitions. Also included are Bedini's articles and book reviews; research notes; copies of primary and secondary sources; photographs of scientific instruments, individuals, buildings, and exhibitions; and proposals.

Historical Note

Silvio A Bedini (b. 1917), an historian and author, attended Columbia University, 1935-1942, and received an L.L.D. from the University of Bridgeport in 1970. In 1961, he began his career at the Smithsonian Institution as Curator in the Museum of History and Technology (MHT), Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering. By 1965, Bedini became Assistant Director of MHT, and in 1972 was appointed Deputy Director of the National Museum of History and Technology. Following his tenure as Deputy Director, he served as Keeper of the Rare Books at the Dibner Library from 1978 until his retirement in 1987. Bedini is currently Historian Emeritus at the Smithsonian, a title he has held since retiring. During his long association with the Institution he has authored more than twenty books and countless articles, particularly on the history of science, and is a leading authority on the life of Thomas Jefferson.

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Descriptive Entry

This accession primarily consists of Bendini's correspondence and memoranda with Smithsonian colleagues, scholars, professional organizations, publishers, and the general public documenting his research activities for special projects, publications, and exhibitions. Also included are Bedini's articles and book reviews; research notes; copies of primary and secondary sources; photographs of scientific instruments, individuals, buildings, and exhibitions; and proposals.

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This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-115, Silvio A. Bedini Papers

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Container List

Box 1

Benjamin Banneker Research

Correspondence: A-Z, 1965-1984 (4 folders)

Box 1 of 3

Lectures, 1981

Box 1 of 3

Book Reviews, 1971-1973

Box 1 of 3

Stamp Project, 1972-1980

Box 1 of 3

Film Projects, 1975-1977

Box 1 of 3

Ellicott/Banneker Mural

Box 1 of 3

General Information, 1970-1983

Box 1 of 3

Elijah Porter Research

Correspondence and Research, 1983

Box 1 of 3

Vatican Project

Correspondence, 1977-1982

Box 1 of 3

Correspondence, 1976-1977

Box 1 of 3

The Vatican and Science: Exhibition Project, 1984-1985 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 3

Letter to the Pope, 1978

Box 1 of 3

Redheffer Research

Correspondence, 1975-1980

Box 1 of 3

Photographs: Redheffer House and Patent, 1972-1975

Box 1 of 3

Anthony Lamb Research

Correspondence and Research, 1972-1984

Box 1 of 3

Lafayette's Watch Research (The Case of the Wandering Watch)

Correspondence and Research, 1974-1983

Box 1 of 3

Box 2

Bernardo Facini Research

Correspondence and Research, 1983-1984

Box 2 of 3

Relic of the Revolution (Thomas Jefferson's Lap Desk)

Correspondence and Research, 1970-1984 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 3

Athanasius Kircher Research

Correspondence and Research, 1985

Box 2 of 3

Waldseemuller Map Research ("The Map that Named America")

Correspondence and Research, 1982-1984 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 3

Other

Relics of the Revolution: Proposal

Box 2 of 3

Correspondence re: The Nation's Attic, 1979-1980

Box 2 of 3

Photograph: Portrait of Andrew Ellicott

Box 2 of 3

Polygraph: Correspondence and Research, 1973-1978

Box 2 of 3

Audiotapes: America's Wooden Age, 1966 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 3

Box 3

Photographs of Houses for "A Nation of Nations" (2 folders)

Box 3 of 3

Photographs of Commercial Buildings for "A Nation of Nations" (2 folders)

Box 3 of 3

Photographs for "A Nation of Nations" (general) (6 folders)

Box 3 of 3

Exhibition: "Columbus and His Times," 1976

Box 3 of 3

Exhibition: "Anatomical Drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci," 1976

Box 3 of 3

Silver Jubilee Exhibition, 1977

Box 3 of 3