Field Discovers First SIL book

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Summary

Cynthia Field, Smithsonian Fellow, discovers the first book ever purchased for the Smithsonian Institution Library, "A Glossary of Terms Used in Grecian, Roman, Italian, and Gothic Architecture," by John Henry Parker, published in London, 1838. This premier copy is one of two found at the Library of Congress, but is inscribed by Robert Dale Owen as "The first book purchased for the Library of the Institution."

Subject

  • Field, Cynthia R
  • Owen, Robert Dale 1801-1877

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

Torch, 8/1976, p. 6

Contact information

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

Date

1976

Topic

  • Firsts
  • Libraries

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