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Summary

After receiving a request for information on a descendant of Smithsonian Institution founder James Smithson, who died childless, the author wrote this article which cites other obtuse requests for information she and other members of the Architectural History and Historic Preservation Office staff receive from the public.

Subject

Smithson, James 1765-1829

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

Smithsonian Preservation Quarterly (Newsletter)

Contact information

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

Date

Spring 1991

Topic

  • Smithson Bequest
  • Public relations
  • Information services

Physical description

pgs. 2 & 3

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