The Role of the Smithsonian Institution in Early American Geology

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Traces the role of the Smithsonian Institution in American geology, including Smithson's research, western exploring expeditions, purchase of Alaska, support for the work of William Healey Dall, Lester F. Ward, and Charles Doolittle Walcott, and geological collections and publications.


  • Dall, William Healey 1845-1927
  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • Ward, Lester F
  • United States National Museum


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences Vol. 49 (Journal)

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




  • Scientific expeditions
  • Geology
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • SI, Early History
  • Museums
  • National Collections
  • United States National Museum
  • Museum publications



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pp. 215-219

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