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Smithsonian Archives

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Works: 75 works in 116 publications in 2 languages and 4,047 library holdings
Genres: Catalogs  History  Archives  Records and correspondence  Bibliography‡vCatalogs  Biography  Catalogs and collections  Exhibition catalogs  Handbooks and manuals  Directories 
Classifications: Z7403, 027.573
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Most widely held works by Smithsonian Archives
Motorized mail by James H Bruns( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guide to the papers of Alexander Wetmore, circa 1948-1979, and undated by Victoria Cooper( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guide to the field reports of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, circa 1860-1961 by William E Cox( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guide to the papers of Waldo Lasalle Schmitt by William E Cox( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guide to the Charles D. Walcott collection, 1851-1940 by William R Massa( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guide to the papers of George Sprague Myers, circa 1903-1986, and undated by William E Cox( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guide to the Smithsonian archives by Smithsonian Archives( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Smithson to Smithsonian the birth of an institution( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exhibition highlights the life of James Smithson, and his bequest to the United States; describes the controversy provoked by the bequest, and the founding of the Smithsonian Institution; traces the early years of the Institution under Secretaries Joseph Henry and Spencer Fullerton Baird
Guide to the records of the National Zoological Park, 1887-1965, and undated by Alan L Bain( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oral History Project procedures manual by Pamela M Henson( Book )

2 editions published between 1982 and 1988 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guide to the records of the Office of the Secretary (Charles D. Walcott), 1890-1929 by James A Steed( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guide to the records of the Office of the Secretary (Samuel P. Langley), 1866-1927 by James A Steed( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Archives in the People's Republic of China : a brief introduction for American scholars and archivists by William W Moss( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guide to the papers of Paul D. Hurd, Jr., 1938-1982 and undated by William E Cox( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guide to the papers of Robert E. Silberglied, 1946-1984 and undated by Rebecca V Shoemaker( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guide to the exposition records of the Smithsonian Institution and the United States National Museum, 1867-1939 by Joan Brownell( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medical imaging( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guide to the Smithsonian Archives by Smithsonian Archives( Book )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Exposition records of the Smithsonian Institution and the United States National Museum, 1867-1940( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

After the success of the London Crystal Palace Exposition of 1851, expositions became increasingly popular in both the United States and in Europe. However, serious participation by the United States government did not begin until the International Exposition in Philadelphia, known as the Centennial Exposition of 1876. Government involvement in expositions was authorized by an Act of Congress. The purpose of the government exhibits was to set forth the nature of American institutions and various aspects of the life of the citizenry, and to illustrate the nation's military power. The act usually created a Government Board of Management or Government Exhibit Board, which would be composed of representatives from the executive departments, the Smithsonian, and the United States Fish Commission. This board was in charge of appropriations, organization, preparation, installation, and management of government exhibits. The exposition records of this collection provide an account of the Smithsonian's involvement in United States and foreign expositions. Although the depth of coverage in the records is uneven, they convey much information about Smithsonian participation in expositions, especially during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The most significant material in this collection is the correspondence of the Smithsonian representative and the delegate to the Government Board, who were usually the same person. From the correspondence one can trace all the activities which went into making exhibits for expositions. Depending on the depth of coverage for an exposition, it is possible to trace its history from planning work in Washington, D.C., to hiring personnel and assembling or buying material for exhibits, to observe the operating routines at the exposition, and, finally, to track the return of personnel and materials to the Smithsonian. All these activities are documented in the correspondence of the representative-delegate and the special agent, who acted as the representative's deputy. Curators from the National Museum assisted the representative in preparation of the exhibits. The correspondence and records of curators and their particular exhibits present detailed information on the preparation, installation, and administration of the exhibit. Correspondence concerning efforts to collect specimens may be of interest as well. Records documenting Smithsonian and National Museum participation in expositions, circa 1900-1940, are also included
 
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controlled identitySmithsonian Institution. Archives

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Smithsonian Institution Archives and Special Collections

Smithsonian Institution. Office of Smithsonian Institution Archives

United States Smithsonian Archives

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