Bibliography of the Smithsonian's History


I’d like a list of publications on the history of the Smithsonian. Can you provide me with a bibliography?


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Ewing, Heather P. The Lost World of James Smithson: Science, Revolution, and the Birth of the Smithsonian. New York: Bloomsbury USA, April 2007.

Field, Cynthia R., Richard E. Stamm, and Heather P. Ewing. The Castle: An Illustrated History of the Smithsonian Building, Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993.

Hellman, Geoffrey T. The Smithsonian: Octopus on the Mall, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1978.

Henson, Pamela M. “A National Science and A National Museum.” In Museums and Other Institutions of Natural History: Past, Present, and Future, A. E. Leviton and M. L. Aldrich, eds. San Francisco: California Academy of Sciences, 2004, pp. 34-57.

Hinsley, Curtis M., Jr. The Smithsonian and the American Indian: Making Moral Anthropology in Victorian America, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994.

Jones, Bessie Z. Lighthouse of the Skies: The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory: Background and History, 1846 1955, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1965.

Mergen, Alexa. From Bison to Biopark: 100 Years of the National Zoo, Washington, D.C.: Friends of the National Zoo, 1989.

Meyer, Agnes E. Charles Lang Freer and His Gallery, Washington, D.C.: Freer Gallery of Art, 1970.

Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution, New York, Praeger Publishers, 1970.

Sons of Science: The Story of the Smithsonian Institution and its Leaders, New York: Henry Schuman, 1949.

Park, Edwards. "Secretary S. Dillon Ripley Retires After Twenty Years of Innovation." Smithsonian (September 1984): 77 85.

Reingold, Nathan, ed. The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volumes 1-5. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1972, 1975, 1979, 1981, 1985.

Rivinus, Edward F., and Elizabeth M. Youssef. Spencer F. Baird of the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.

Rothenberg, Marc, ed. The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volumes 6-10. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004.

Washburn, Wilcomb E. "Joseph Henry's Conception of the Purpose of the Smithsonian Institution." In A Cabinet of Curiosities: Five Episodes in the Evolution of American Museums, 106 166. Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 1967.

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