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Since the international movement, commencing with the Paris convention of 1875, for promoting the free reciprocal exchange of public documents, there has been a growing interest in the subject manifested abroad. International conferences to work out the details of exchange are held at Brussels, Belgium, in 1880, 1883, and 1886. As of 1885, thirty-seven governments are exchanging documents with the United States. The Smithsonian Institution, by law, is the agent of the United States Government for conducting international exchange.


International Exchange Service (IES)


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Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1886. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1889, p. 22.

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