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Work is a popular, general history of the Smithsonian. Begins with life of James Smithson and covers nearly every aspect of the SI. Includes information about more contemporary Smithsonian employees and historical anecdotes.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Stewart, T. D (Thomas Dale) 1901-
  • Jennier, Roy
  • Walker, Ernest P
  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • United States National Museum
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Includes index. Includes photographs of James Smithson, James Smithson's crypt, the Smithsonian Institution Building, mineral specimens, National Museum of Natural History's dinosaur models and skeletons, T. Dale Stewart, the Herbert Ward African Collection, the John Bull locomotive, the Star Spangled Banner, George Washington's uniform, gowns of Martha Washington, Mary Todd Lincoln, Elearnor Roosevelt and Harriet Lane Johnston, the Wright "Flyer" and Langley Aerodrome, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory field stations, Charles G. Abbot, Indian portraits from the Bureau of American Ethnology, the National Zoological Park, Ernest P. Walker and Roy Jennier, the Freer Gallery of Art and exhibits at the National Gallery of Art. Several of these photographs can be found in the Smithsonian Institution Archives collection.

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




  • Scientific expeditions
  • Art
  • Field Stations
  • Secretaries
  • Museums
  • Radio broadcasting
  • Herbert Ward African Collection
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Exhibitions
  • Public programs
  • Gifts
  • First Ladies Gowns
  • National Collections
  • Wright Flyer (Airplane)
  • Museum publications
  • Radio programs
  • Art objects

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