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William J. Rhees, by Unknown, c. 1860s, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-1376 or 83-16174.

April 24, 1884

Smithsonian Chief Clerk William J. Rhees transfers "all the books and papers of the National Institute, which have been stored in the Smithsonian Inst.[itution]" to the Library of the National Museum. The National Institute for the Promotion of Science was a predecessor of the Smithsonian which went defunct in 1862.More

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