Annual Report for Bureau of Ethnology

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United States Congress orders the publication of the first Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology.


  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Goode (1895) gives a date of 1879 for the first report, but that is the date when Congress placed the Bureau of Ethnology under the charge of the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 395, 499, 839.
  • Goode, George Brown. An Account of the Smithsonian Institution: Its Origins, History, Objects and Achievements; Publication 987. Washington, D.C, 1895, p. 22.
  • Rhees, William Jones. The Smithsonian Institution: Documents Relative to Its Origin and History: 1835-1899, Vol. 1, 1835-1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1901, p. 844.

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June 14, 1880


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