The Cooperation of the Smithsonian Institution with Other Institutions of Learning

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Covers Smithsonian Secretaries Joseph Henry and Spencer Fullerton Baird's vast correspondence networks and willingness to cooperate with other government agencies and public institutions, research collaborators at the Institution, distribution of publications and establishment of the International Exchange Service, the Smithsonian Library's cooperation with Library of Congress, and the work of the United States National Museum curators identifying objects and corresponding with the public. Also covers the cooperative work of the Bureau of American Ethnology and the United States Fish Commission with the Smithsonian.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • International Exchange Service (IES)
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • United States Fish Commission
  • United States National Museum


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




  • Letters
  • Exchange of Specimens
  • Secretaries
  • Museums
  • Exchanges, Literary and scientific
  • Federal Government
  • Museum publications

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