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Government Documents - Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian Institution

This guide provides an overview of the publications of the Smithsonian Institution and its subsidiary agencies, along with other non-governmental organizations whose publications were formerly issued as government publications.

About the agency

Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Their mission is to increase the diffusion of knowledge.

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Our holdings

Although many Smithsonian publications are not part of the Federal Depository Library Program, the Library holds an extensive collection of Smithsonian publications, including the following series:

Annual reports (SI 1.1:) Annual reports not only detail the activities of the Smithsonian; they also contain scientific reports. Also available online in Smithsonian Research Online.

Smithsonian miscellaneous collections (SI 1.7:) Scientific publications covering biology, geology, and athropology.

All of the Smithsonian contributions series are available online in Smithsonian Research Online. We also have them in print:

Smithsonian contributions to astrophysics (SI 1.12/2:) Scientific papers reporting the results of research at the Astrophysical Observatory.

Atoll research bulletin (Science and Technology collection QE565.A8)

Smithsonian contributions to the earth sciences (Science and Technology collection QE1 .S227)

Smithsonian contributions to zoology (Science and Technology collection QL1 .S54)

Smithsonian studies in history and technology (SI 1.28:)

Smithsonian contributions to botany (SI 1.29:)

Smithsonian contributions to paleobiology (Science and Technology collection QL1 .S54)

Smithsonian folklife studies (SI 1.43:)

Most pre-1900 Smithsonian documents, including the Annual reports, are available in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (UHM login required)

Additional documents covering 1910-1932 are available in the Executive Branch Documents microfiche set.

Please contact a government documents librarian if you have questions about our holdings.

We also have a variety of general publications,  pamphlets posters, and other Smithsonian materials.

About this guide

This guide was revised by J.Walden on May 11, 2015

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