A Biographical Sketch of James Smithson
A detailed biography of James Smithson (c.1765-1829), founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution, that covers his family history, education at Oxford University, scientific research and colleagues, and bequest to the people of the United States.
Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography
Reprint Abridgement of Langley's chapter on Smithson in The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of its First Half Century, 1897. Also printed in 1914 as SI Publication No. 2276. Langley served as the third Secretary of the Smithsonian from 1887 to 1906.
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu