The Astrophysical Observatory
Discusses proposals by John Quincy Adams for a national astronomical observatory, gifts from Jerome Henry Kidder and Alexander Graham Bell, and selection of an observatory site. Also summarizes research on spectral analysis.
Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography
The Smithsonian Institution 1846-1896, The History of its First Half Century (Book)
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu