History of Smithsonian: Overview

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives

Joseph Henry Papers Project Database, Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Historic Pictures of the Smithsonian Institution

The Bigger Picture: Smithsonian Institution Archives Blog

This Day in Smithsonian History

Exhibits on Smithsonian History:

100 Years of the National Museum of Natural History

African American Contributions to the Smithsonian: Challenges and Achievements

Artists at Work: Creativity at the Smithsonian Institution

Audubon and the Smithsonian

Baird's Dream: A History of the Arts and Industries Building

James Smithson: Founding Donor

From Smithson to Smithsonian: The Birth of an Institution

Greetings from the Smithsonian: A Postcard History of the Smithsonian Institution

History of the Anthropology Conservation Laboratory, National Museum of Natural History

History of Smithsonian Museums

History of Smithsonian Research Centers

Joseph Henry: An Enduring Legacy

Joseph Henry's Smithsonian Years

Secretaries of the Smithsonian

Smithsonian in Popular Culture

Smithsonian in Wartime

Spencer Baird and Ichthyology at the Smithsonian, 1850-1900

Spencer Baird's Vision for a National Museum

The Smithsonian at the Turn of the Century

Educational Resources:

Stories from the Smithsonian

Field Book Project Educational Resources

Digital Libraries:

United States Exploring Expedition

This selection represents only those Special Topics relating to the History of the Smithsonian.

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