Thomas Ewbank: Commissioner of Patents, 1849-1852

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Discusses the role of Thomas Ewbank, the Commissioner of Patents in 1849-1952, in urging Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry to accept the national collections then housed in the Patent Office Building.


  • Ewbank, Thomas
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • National Institute
  • National Institution for the Promotion of Science
  • Patent Office Building (POB)
  • United States National Museum
  • United States Patent Office


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




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pp. 111-124

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