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The Smithsonian's library collections contain over 1.5 million volumes, including 15,000 journal titles, rare books and manuscripts. SIL collections are particularly strong in natural history, tropical biology, and Chesapeake Bay area ecology; Anthropology; American, African American and Asian art, history and culture; postal history and philately, horticulture and garden history; the history of science and technology; aerospace history, astronomy, and planetary sciences; African, American and Asian design and decorative art; conservation science, and museum studies.