The Influence of the Smithsonian Institution upon the Development of Libraries, The Organization of the Work of Societies, and the Publication of Scientific Literature in the United States

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Includes early plan of Alexander Dallas Bache and Charles Coffin Jewett to establish the Smithsonian Library as a center for bibliographic knowledge and its eventual failure, withdrawal of the copyright deposit law, contributions of Smithsonian Institution publications to public libraries, influence of the Bureau of International Exchanges as a channel for procuring publications worldwide, and the educational value of Smithsonian publications and the exchange system.


  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Jewett, Charles C (Charles Coffin) 1816-1868
  • International Exchange Service (IES)
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • Smithsonian Deposit (Library of Congress)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


John Shaw Billings was the Director of the New York Public Library when this article was written.

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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,




  • Copyright
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Library science
  • Controversies
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Exchanges, Literary and scientific
  • Museum publications

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