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The collection of minerals, ores, and geological specimens, formed by Joseph Wilson, Commissioner of the General Land Office, is transferred to the care of the Smithsonian by the Secretary of the Interior. This collection includes samples from every state and territory in the Union.


  • Wilson, Joseph
  • United States General Land Office
  • United States Dept. of the Interior


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. 838
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1872, p. 52

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


July 9, 1872


  • Geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Interagency Transfers
  • National Collections

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