The Expanding Role of the Smithsonian Institute in Aviation and Education

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Article provides historical background on the origins of the Smithsonian's aeronautical collection, begun in 1889. The authors discuss space limitations for the collection; although the National Air Museum was authorized by Congress in 1946, actual facility in planning stage when article was written in 1955. Importance stressed on the educational aspects of the collection, related publications, and audio-visual materials.


  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Garber, Paul Edward 1899-1992
  • United States Congress
  • National Air and Space Museum


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Article byline identifies Leonard Carmichael as "Director, Smithsonian Institute," (Secretary, Smithsonian Institution), and Paul Garber as "Director, National Aeronautic Association, Smithsonian Institute," (Curator, National Air Museum).

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Education (Journal Reprint)

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


September 1955


  • Airplanes
  • Education
  • Secretaries
  • Aeronautics
  • Museums
  • National Collections
  • Museums--Educational aspects

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6 pages

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