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Smithsonian Institutional History

The History of the Smithsonian Catalog consists of five databases documenting the history of the Institution: Bibliography of Smithsonian History, Chronology of Smithsonian History, Historic Images of the Smithsonian, Smithsonian Board of Regents, and Smithsonian Legal Documents. The databases are maintained by the staff, interns and volunteers of the Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives.


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Inquiries about the history of the Smithsonian should be directed to the address below. As this catalog is an active project, we welcome comments from users on corrections and additions to the catalog entries. Citations to or reprints of items relevant to this catalog or that should be added to this catalog should be sent to the address below.

Institutional History Division
Smithsonian Institution Archives
P. O. Box 37012
Capital Gallery Building, Suite 3000, MRC 507
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
Telephone: 202-633-5910
FAX: 202-633-5927

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