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A circular is issued to correspondents, requesting them to furnish a detailed account of their methods of indexing and filing letters and other papers with the view toward developing a convenient and practical system at the Smithsonian Institution. After 1882, the Division of Correspondence and Documents will maintain most of the museum's administrative files. Later in the year, a circular will be prepared to be sent out to 200 librarians, soliciting their cooperation in the creation of a bibliographic catalog of scientific periodicals.


  • Correspondence and Documents, Division of)
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1882. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1884, p. 25.
  • Guide to Smithsonian Archives. Archives and Special Collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Number 4. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983, p. 23.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


January 1, 1882


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