Increase and Diffusion: A Brief Introduction to the Smithsonian Institution

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  • The 1970 edition of this work includes sections on the "Smithsonian Today," early history, the administration, and bureaus, including the Archives of American Art, the Freer Gallery of Art, the International Exchange Service, the Kennedy Center, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, the National Collection of Fine Arts, the National Museum of History and Technology (including subdivisions by various departments), the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of Man, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Zoological Park, the Radiation Biology Laboratory, the Science Information Exchange, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
  • Also discussed are the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, the Renwick Gallery, the Joseph Henry Papers, the Smithsonian Archives, the Hillwood Museum, the Office of Academic Programs, the Office of the Director General of Museums (Conservation Analytical Laboratory, Office of Exhibits, Office of the Registrar), Public Service (Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, Office of Public Affairs, Reading is Fundamental, Belmont Conference Center) and Science (Center for Short-lived Phenomena, Center for the Study of Man, Chesapeake Bay Center for Environmental Studies). Also provides a short history on the first seven Secretaries as well as the major public buildings and Smithsonian medals.


  • Post, Marjorie Merriweather
  • Archives of American Art
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • International Exchange Service (IES)
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board (NAFMAB)
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Man at the Smithsonian
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Chesapeake Bay Center for Environmental Studies
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)
  • Division of Radiation and Organisms
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Renwick Gallery
  • Joseph Henry Papers Project
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA)
  • Hillwood Museum and Gardens
  • Conservation Analytical Laboratory (CAL)
  • Office of Exhibits (NMNH)
  • Anacostia Community Museum
  • Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
  • Office of Public Affairs
  • Belmont Conference Center
  • Center for Short-lived Phenomena (Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Center for the Study of Man (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Smithsonian Museum Shops
  • Office of Printing and Photographic Services
  • National Museum of Design
  • Carnegie Mansion (New York, N.Y.)
  • Natural History Building
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Museum Conservation Institute


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


The 1970 and 1975 editions of this work are essentially the same, but the 1970 edition has no illustrations. The 1975 work contains many photographs, and information is grouped by subject (Science, History and Art, Public Service, Museum Programs, Office of the Treasurer, Museum Support Activities, Affiliated Organizations). There is additional information on topics already covered in the earlier edition, as well as new topics, including Smithsonian Museum Shops and the Office of Printing and Photographic Services. Also includes a bibliography.

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Contact information

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


1969, 1970, 1975


  • Awards
  • American History Building
  • Secretaries
  • Radiation Biology Laboratory
  • Reading Is Fundamental, Inc
  • Museums
  • Science Information Exchange


  • Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)

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