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The Smithsonian Science Information Service ceases operations after 33 years. Although it was founded in 1949 by several federal organizations concerned with the research in medical sciences it eventually branched into nearly every area of science and technology. It became associated with the SI in 1954, and in 1971 it became a non-profit corporation governed by a SI-appointed Board of Directors. In June 1982 the official certificate of dissolution is granted.


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Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • "The Torch" gives the starting date as 1948 and its association with the SI as 1954.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 3, "The Torch," November 1981, p. 3.
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 173.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1982. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983, p. 54.

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October 31, 1981


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