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A short history of Smithsonian publications describing the legislation establishing publications, the Annual Reports, Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, United States National Museum Annual Reports, and Bulletin of the National Museum, among others.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge (Publication)
  • Smithsonian Institution Press
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Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of its First Half Century (Book)

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




  • Bulletin of the United States National Museum (Publication)
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Law
  • Annual Reports
  • Museums
  • Museum publications
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