Effects of Civil War on the Smithsonian

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The Annual Report for 1861 describes some of the effects of the war on Smithsonian operations: few meterological records have been received since the commencement of war from Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri; due to the withdrawal of troops from stations, the number of observers reporting weather conditions to the Surgeon General has decreased; daily telegraphic reports of weather have been discontinued; under the exchange program, the number of books sent abroad has decreased; treasury conditions preclude an appropriation for the purchase of the Stanley Indian portraits; and the 1861-62 lecture season will be cut back.


International Exchange Service (IES)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1861, Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1862, p. 35, 44, 46, 47.

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