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Includes early work on botanical specimens collected on the Wilkes Expedition; assistance provided by the Smithsonian to collectors in the West; publications on botany published by the Institution; growth of the National Herbarium through donation, purchase, and field work; and transfer of the collections to the custodianship of the USDA.


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Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of its First Half Century (Book)

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