Librarian Cyrus Adler Represents the United States Government at the second Conference on an International Catalogue of Scientific Literature, 1898

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Smithsonian Librarian Cyrus Adler and Secretary Samuel P. Langley are appointed delegates to a Conference on an International Catalogue of Scientific Literature in London to be held on July 12, 1898. The conference was postponed until October 11 and the Secretary returned to the United States in September to attend to his official duties at the Institution. Adler stayed on to attend the conference and upon his return, reported on the conference to Secretary of State John Hay in a letter published in the Smithsonian Institution Annual Report for 1899.


  • Adler, Cyrus 1863-1940
  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909
  • Billings, John Shaw 1838-1913
  • Hay, John 1838-1905
  • United States Dept. of State
  • International Catalogue of Scientific Literature


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • The United States delegates to the first conference in 1896 were professor Simon Newcomb and Dr. J.S. Billings. Secretary Langley's recommendations were published in Senate Document No. 43, Fifty-fourth Congress, Second session.
  • Smithsonian Annual Report for 1899, section on International Congresses, pages 17-18.

Contact information

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


October 11, 1898


  • Congresses and conventions
  • International relations
  • Libraries
  • Exchanges, Literary and scientific


London, England

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