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Reminiscences by Marcus Benjamin of his tenure as Editor for the United States National Museum from 1896 to 1931. The author also discusses the Castle Building's original design and details how its space was utilized during the terms of early Smithsonian Secretaries.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Gill, Theodore Nicholas
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909
  • Rhees, William Jones 1830-1907
  • Cosmos Club (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States National Museum
  • National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
  • Weather Bureau


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Six photographs are included with the article.

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The Scientific Monthly Vol. 4 (Journal)

Contact information

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


May 1917


  • Publishers and publishing
  • Secretaries
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • SI, Early History
  • Learned institutions and societies
  • Museums
  • Management
  • Management--Museums

Physical description

pp. 461-472

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