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Work discusses the history of the Columbian Institute for the Promotion of Arts and Sciences, the National Institute for the Promotion of Science, and the Smithsonian Institution. The article explores the role of expeditions and the role of Congress in providing for these institutions.


  • Columbian Institute
  • National Institute
  • National Institution for the Promotion of Science
  • United States Congress
  • Board of Regents
  • United States Exploring Expedition (USEE)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Copy located in "Publications Using SI Archives Collections, A-Z." Smithsonian Institution Archives, File Room. Extensively footnoted.

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Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences Vol. 1, 2 & 3 (Journal)

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




  • Scientific expeditions
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men
  • Exhibitions

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pp. 254-289, 446-481

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