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Work is a short introduction to an issue devoted to articles about the different bureaus and divisions of the Smithsonian, and a brief article on the anniversary of the first one hundred years of the Institution written by the current Smithsonian Secretary, Alexander Wetmore. Explains the American landscape into which the SI was born, gives the occupations of the first five Secretaries and a list of the related bureaus. Discusses the scientific aspect of the Institution, as well as the "national art treasures" contained in the National Gallery of Art, National Collection of Fine Arts and Freer Gallery of Art.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian
  • Smithsonian Gallery of Art
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • Freer Gallery of Art


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Prepared for the Centennial of the Smithsonian in 1946.

Contained within

Science Vol. 104 (Journal)

Contact information

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


  • Anniversaries
  • Art
  • Smithsonian Institution Centennial (Event)
  • Secretaries
  • SI, Early History
  • Science
  • Art objects

Physical description

pp. 115-116

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