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  • This publication is one of the bulletins published by the National Science Foundation devoted to a study of the "policies and practices of Federal agencies relative to their scientific and technical information activities." Gives brief history of the establishment of the Smithsonian. Explains how Smithson's mandate for increase and diffusion is accomplished. Breaks down the SI bureaus and discusses the functions and collections of each, including the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of History and Technology, the Bureau of American Ethnology, the Astrophysical Observatory, the National Air Museum, the National Zoo, the Canal Zone Biological Area, and the Fine Arts Museums.
  • Also provides detailed lists of each of the subject fields covered by each bureau, headed under "Natural History," "Engineering and Technology," "History," and "Astrophysics and Radiation." Discusses the Science Information Exchange, and the types of publications offered by the SI, giving a detailed summary of the purpose of each. Explores the Smithsonian Institution Library, the Satellite Tracking Program, and the International Exchange Service.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • International Exchange Service (IES)
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
  • Division of Radiation and Organisms
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • River Basin Surveys


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Work is a bulletin distributed by the National Science Foundation." Excellent source for general information about each of the divisions and departments of the National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History).

Contained within

Scientific Information Activities of Federal Agencies (Journal)

Contact information

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


June 1962


  • Reptiles
  • Zoology
  • Transportation
  • Coins
  • Anthropology
  • Civil History
  • Mollusks
  • History
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Textiles
  • Archaeology
  • Marine invertebrates
  • Civilization
  • Money
  • Petrology
  • Electricity
  • Farms
  • Fishes
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Phanerogams
  • Manufactures
  • Naval history
  • Food
  • Military
  • Meteorology
  • Graphic arts
  • Project Celescope
  • Geology
  • Ethnology
  • Birds
  • Plants
  • Grasses
  • Ceramics
  • Political History
  • Mammals
  • Physical anthropology
  • Medicine
  • Arts and Manufactures
  • Ferns
  • Satellite Tracking Program
  • Animals
  • Cryptograms
  • Insects
  • Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Invertebrates, Fossil
  • Physical sciences
  • Philately and Postal History
  • Botany
  • Medical sciences
  • Textile fabrics
  • Farm produce
  • Civilization--History
  • Armed Forces--History
  • Military history


  • Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)

Physical description

pp. 3-17

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