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Smithsonian activities during 1850 as described in the annual report include the printing or preparation of seven original memoirs of scientific research and other papers that have been printed and are ready for distribution. Of the papers on the "progress of knowledge" cited in last year's report, only one has been published as of this date due to lack of funds. The policies governing distribution of publications are still being worked out. Assistance to natural history and geology explorations begins in a modest way. Secretary Joseph Henry urges a conservative approach toward accepting or purchasing natural history collections and library volumes.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • International Exchange Service (IES)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1850, p. 11, 13-15, 19

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