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The American Historical Association is incorporated by the United States Congress and is ordered to report annually to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. The collections, manuscripts, books, pamphlets, and other material for history are to be deposited in the Smithsonian Institution or United States National Museum. The first report is transmitted to Congress in the spring of 1899.


  • American Historical Association
  • United States National Museum
  • United States Congress


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. 500, 840.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1899. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1890, p. 15.

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


January 4, 1889


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