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The Future of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington

Naturevolume 120pages1718 (1927) | Download Citation



MEN of science in Great Britain had regretfully known for some time, through correspondence with friends in the United States, and by sundry opportunities of personal intercourse and discussion, that all was not well with the Smithsonian Institution in respect of its future scope and activities—that, notwithstanding the achievements of the past eighty years it received its charter in 1846), perplexing uncertainties had now arisen-regarding the specific objects which the organisation should direct and control. The Smithsonian is, in fact, at the cross-roads of endeavour, largely due to the very magnitude and completeness of its early conceptions.


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