The Smithsonian Institution: Documents Relative to Its Origin and History, 1835-1899

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A preface to the works declares that the volumes "give the legislative history of the Smithsonian Institution... prefixed to this will be found a selection of the documents which passed between the United States and the attorneys in England antecedent to the actual reception of the bequest of James Smithson." Of particular interest are the numerous Congressional documents included in the volumes. These cover every aspect of the history of the Smithsonian Institution. Also includes lists of Members of the Establishment and Board of Regents by occupation.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Powell, John Wesley 1834-1902
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
  • United States Congress
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • International Exchange Service (IES)
  • Board of Regents
  • Smithsonian Institution Establishment of
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • Library of Congress
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • United States National Museum
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • American Historical Association
  • Hodgkins Fund and Medal
  • Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections Vol. 42, 43


Volume 42 covers the years 1835-1887, the twenty-fourth Congress to the forty-sixth Congress. Volume 43 covers the years 1887-1899, from the fiftieth Congress to the fifty-fifth Congress. Each volume contains a table of contents that includes itself and the companion volume.

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  • George A. Catlin Indian Gallery
  • Architecture
  • Secretaries
  • SI, Early History
  • Congressional Debates
  • Stanley Indian Paintings
  • Museums
  • Statues
  • Galleries
  • Fire of 1865
  • Awards
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Fire
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  • Act of Organization
  • Libraries
  • National Collections
  • Armory
  • Funds
  • Accidents
  • Museum publications
  • Art objects
  • Buildings
  • Fires

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