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The minerals, books, manuscripts, and personal effects of James Smithson are deposited with the National Institute, located in the U.S. Patent Office, by the Secretary of the Treasury.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • National Institute
  • National Institution for the Promotion of Science
  • Patent Office Building (POB)
  • United States Patent Office


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 833.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1879. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, p. 157-158.

Contact information

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


July 12, 1841


  • Smithson Bequest
  • Mineralogy
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  • National Collections

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