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Summary

In the Annual Report for 1851, Secretary Joseph Henry notes that nearly fifty original papers, "purporting to be additions to the sum of human knowledge," have been presented for publication. Eight of these are accepted for publication. He describes the system of review used to select papers for publication as memoirs, and counters the idea that the intention of James Smithson's bequest would best be served by publication on practical subjects. "The true, the beautiful, as well as the immediately practical, are all entitled to a share of attention." (p. 203)

Subject

Henry, Joseph 1797-1878

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1853, p. 202-8

Contact information

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

Date

1851

Topic

  • Secretaries
  • Policies
  • Museums
  • Museum publications
  • Research

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