Cover of Smithsonian "Contributions to Knowledge Volume 1"

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Date: 1848

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Cover page is to the first volume of "Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge." Used first in the series was the "Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley" comprising the results of Extensive Original Surveys and Explorations by E. G. Squier and E. H. Davis. It is illustrated by 48 lithographic plates and 207 wood engravings. The manuscript was submitted to Secretary Joseph Henry on May 15, 1847, who then requested that members of the American Ethnological Society review it. They quickly sent a favorable review. Henry reports that the publication quality of the volume compares with any publication ever issued from the American press and decides against copyrighting this or any Smithsonian publications. The first volume of "Contributions" was distributed to learned societies in approximately 25 foreign countries.


  • Davis, E. H (Edwin Hamilton) 1811-1888
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Squier, E. G (Ephraim George) 1821-1888
  • Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge (Publication)
  • American Ethnological Society
  • International Exchange Service (IES)


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