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Newspaper article heralding the decision to form a collection of more than 11,000 newspapers, magazines and periodicals printed in the census year of 1890 "to serve as a permanent memorial of the development of this important branch of American enterprise." The valuable collection would be made in duplicate, with one set going to the Library of Congress, under construction at the time the article was written, and the other to the National Museum, which was viewed to have established by that time an expanded importance and good reputation for itself, enabling it to be selected as the worthy recipient of the duplicate set for safekeeping. The proposal was approved by both the Librarian of Congress and Smithsonian Secretary Samuel P. Langley.


  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
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  • Library of Congress


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The Washington Post (Newspaper)

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May 7, 1890


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