A Suggestion Concerning James Smithson's Concept of 'Increase and Diffusion'

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Bird, a curator at the National Museum of American History, offers his views on the intent of James Smithson's bequest to create an institution for the "increase and diffusion of knowledge."


Smithson, James 1765-1829


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Technology and Culture Vol. 24 (Journal)

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  • Smithson Bequest
  • Philanthropists
  • Gifts

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pp. 246-255

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