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This pamphlet covers the history of the Smithsonian Institution, including a biography of James Smithson, but focuses mainly on the history of the United States National Museum. Also includes a detailed listing of the specific collections housed in the Smithsonian Building (pre-1881) and the Arts and Industries Building (United States National Museum Building). The remainder of the work is devoted to advertisements from local retailers.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States National Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Includes engravings of the Smithsonian Institution Building, and after 1881, the Arts and Industries Building.

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


1879, 1880, 1881, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1889, 1891, 1892


  • Exhibitions
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  • National Collections
  • Museum exhibits
  • Biography

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