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Summary

  • Work explains integral part that publications have played in the history of the Smithsonian and for the mandate for the "increase and diffusion of knowledge" from the time of Joseph Henry. Discusses Henry's institution of the Contributions to Knowledge. Provides background on the Smithsonian Annual Reports and the scientific articles in the appendices. Discusses the more technical publications like the Contributions to Knowledge and the Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, and mentions several of the well-known papers in both series. Explains the purposes of the Proceedings of the United States National Museum (publication of shorter papers on the work of the staff) and the Bulletin of the United States National Museum (larger monographic works in the fields of anthropology, biology, geology and engineering.
  • Includes references to other publications in the Bulletin series, such as the Contributions of the National Herbarium. Discusses Reports and Bulletins of the Bureau of American Ethnology and gives the titles of some of the works contained therein. Mentions other Smithsonian publications including the Annals of the Astrophysical Observatory and Smithsonian Special Publication, among others. Includes tallies of publications put out by the SI from its establishment and ties this in with the mandate for diffusion of knowledge.

Author

True, Webster Prentiss b. 1892

Subject

  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections (Publication)
  • Proceedings of the United States National Museum
  • Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge (Publication)

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

Science Vol. 104 (Journal)

Contact information

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

Date

1946

Topic

  • Bulletin of the United States National Museum (Publication)
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Bulletin of the Bureau of American Ethnology (Publication)
  • Museums
  • Smithsonian Special Publications
  • Contributions of the National Herbarium (Publication)
  • Smithsonian Annual Reports (publication)
  • Museum publications

Physical description

pp. 141-142

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