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The Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections begins as a publications series. They are a series of publications in octavo that include bibliographies, tables, proceedings of Washington, D.C., societies, and papers on scientific topics of interest to scholars, yet do not as a rule add to the sum of human knowledge. Rather, they are "a series of manuals, intended to facilitate the study of different branches of natural history." In the 1864 Annual Report, Secretary Joseph Henry writes that work on these publications was planned and commenced before the Civil War.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections (Publication)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Bolton, Henry Carrington, Ph.D. The Smithsonian Institution: Its Origin, Growth, and Activities. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1896, p. 18.
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 495-497, 837.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1865. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1872, p. 39.

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