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A popular, comprehensive history of the Smithsonian Institution, prepared by the Editor of Smithsonian Institution Press.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • United States National Museum
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Division of Radiation and Organisms
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Arts and Industries Building


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Revised edition: Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1983.

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




  • Secretaries
  • Radiation Biology Laboratory
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • SI, Early History
  • Museums

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