The Smithsonian: Pioneer in American Geology

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Gives a short synopsis of the history of geology in America, and James Smithson's and Joseph Henry's interests in the science. Also covers the Smithsonian's work in various aspects of geology including the contributions of John Wesley Powell, Charles Schuchert, George P. Merrill, Charles D. Walcott, and Joseph A. Cushman among others.


  • Cushman, Joseph A
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Merrill, George P (George Perkins) 1854-1929
  • Powell, John Wesley 1834-1902
  • Schuchert, Charles 1858-1942
  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • United States National Museum


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Written as part of a series of articles commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution.

Contained within

Science Vol. 104, no. 2693 (Journal)

Contact information

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


August 9, 1946


  • Anniversaries
  • Geology
  • Secretaries
  • Museums
  • United States National Museum
  • Museum publications

Physical description

pp. 125-129

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