The Smithsonian Institution: Its Origin, Growth, and Activities

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Summary

This article provides detailed information on early Smithsonian history including, the Smithson bequest, speculations on Smithson's motives for donating the money to the United States, description of the transfer of the money, and the Congressional debates that ensued. The original bill is reprinted as well. The article also includes a description of the construction of the Smithsonian Institution Building and the space allocation in the building at the time of publication. There are short sections devoted to: the International Exchange Service, publications, the Library, the National Museum, the Bureau of American Ethnology, the National Zoological Park, Astrophysical Observatory, and Hodgkins Fund and Prizes. The publication has several nice photographs of individuals and buildings.

Author

Bolton, Henry Carrington

Subject

  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Hodgkins, Thomas George
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • International Exchange Service (IES)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • United States Congress
  • United States National Museum
  • Hodgkins Fund and Medal

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

Appleton's Popular Science Monthly (Journal)

Contact information

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

Date

January and February 1896

Topic

  • Management
  • SI, Early History
  • Gifts
  • Museums
  • Zoos
  • Buildings
  • National Collections
  • Congressional Debates
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Smithson Bequest
  • Observatories
  • Philanthropists
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Natural history museums
  • Management--Museums
  • Museum publications

Place

United States

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