Report of the Board of Regents, Volume 5

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Smithsonian Institution, 1854 - Discoveries in science
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Page 126 - President of the United States, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of "War, the Secretary of the Navy, the Postmaster General, the Attorney General, the Chief Justice, and the Commissioner of the Patent Office of the United States...
Page 117 - I mean stock to remain in this country) to the United States of America, to found, at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men," It further appears, from a letter of Messrs.
Page 166 - The emphasis upon publications as a means of diffusing knowledge was expressed by the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. In his formal plan for the Institution, Joseph Henry articulated a program that included the following statement: "It is proposed to publish a series of reports, giving an account of the new discoveries in science, and of the changes made from year to year in all branches of knowledge not strictly professional.
Page 127 - Snaithson, which have been received by the government of the United States, and are now placed in the Department of State, shall be removed to said Institution, and shall be preserved separate and apart from other property of the Institution.
Page 286 - That, in proportion as suitable arrangements can be made for their reception, all objects of art and of foreign and curious research, and all objects of natural history) plants, and geological and mineralogical specimens belonging or hereafter to belong to the United States, which may be in the city of Washington...
Page 165 - Solution of experimental problems, such as a new determination of the weight of the earth, of the velocity of electricity and of light; chemical analyses of soils and plants; collection and publication of articles of science, accumulated in the offices of government.
Page 138 - ... of the income, annually, to special objects of research, under the direction of suitable persons. 1. The objects and the amount appropriated, to be recommended by counsellors of the Institution. 2. Appropriations in different years to different objects ; so that in course of time each branch of knowledge may receive a share. 3. The results obtained from these appropriations to be published, with the memoirs before mentioned, in the volumes of the Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge.
Page 167 - To carry out the plan before described, a library will be required, consisting, 1st, of a complete collection of the transactions and proceedings of all the learned societies in the world; 2d, of the more important current periodical .publications, and other works necessary in preparing the periodical reports.
Page 137 - Besides the foregoing considerations, deduced immediately from the will of Smithson, regard must be had to certain requirements of the act of Congress establishing the Institution. These are a library, a museum, and a gallery of art, with a building on a liberal scale to contain them.
Page 138 - No memoir on subjects of physical science to be accepted for publication which does not furnish a positive addition to human knowledge resting on original research ; and all unverified speculations to be rejected.

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