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In the Annual Report for 1869, Secretary Joseph Henry makes a distinction between the collections of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum under its charge. The collections of the Institution are for study and would be important parts of the operations of the Institution were it entirely disconnected from the National Museum. He states that the National Museum's only claim on the Institution is for a series of all the duplicates collected, and that it is too much to ask that the Smithson fund continue to provide it with house-room and, to a large degree, attendance.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
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Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1869 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1871), 29.

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