The Smithsonian Institution: A Description of Its Work

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Work gives a detailed synopsis of the history and duties of all the aspects of the Smithsonian, including the Office of the Secretary, each division in the United States National Museum, Bureau of American Ethnology, Astrophysical Observatory, National Collection of Fine Arts, Freer Gallery of Art, National Air Museum, National Zoological Park, International Exchange Service, Canal Zone Biological Area, General Services Divisions (including Personnel, the Library, the Publications Division and the Photographic Division).


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  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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




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