The Columbian Institute for the Promotion of Arts and Sciences: A Washington Society of 1816-1838, which Established a Museum and Botanic Garden under Government Patronage

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Work begins with a summary of the National Institute and its similarity to the Columbian Institute. Majority of work focuses on the genesis and maintainance of the Columbian Institute, including an analysis of its foundation and tenets; membership (including names of members); directives; and meetings, communications (minutes and scholarly papers), and publications. Also covers the Botanic Garden, library, and museum of the Institute.


  • Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • National Institute
  • National Institution for the Promotion of Science
  • Columbian Institute
  • United States Botanic Garden
  • United States Patent Office
  • United States Congress


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Includes index and footnotes, most of which refer to "The Genesis of the United States National Museum," by G. Brown Goode. Appendices include Constitution of the Columbian Institute and Act of Incorporation by Congress.

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United States National Museum Bulletin Vol. 101 (Journal)

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