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In recognition of June as National Rose Month this hand colored plate (detail) is offered from an 1807 volume by Robert John Thornton in the collection of […]
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Engraving of the Smithsonian Library located in the West Wing of the Smithsonian Institution Building (SIB), or "Castle." The engraving shows balconies, which were erected in 1858, to provide additional space for books. The engraving was published in the Guidebook of 1857.
The Library at the east end of Lower Main Hall, now called the Great Hall, of the Smithsonian Institution Building (SIB), also known as the "Castle." There is a woman reshelving (or retrieving) a book in the center of the photograph.
Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds. The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 11, January 1866-December 1878: The Smithsonian Years. Washington, D.C.: Science History Publications, 2007, p. 135.
Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 167.
Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 286, 287, 817, 823-825, 837.
Rhees, William Jones. The Smithsonian Institution: Documents Relative to Its Origin and History: 1835-1899, Vol. 1, 1835-1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1901, p. 661-2.
Smithsonian Annual Report for 1865, p. 70.
Smithsonian Annual Report for 1866, pp. 13-16.
Smithsonian Annual Report for 1867, p. 56-57.
The United States Congress passes an act transferring the custody of the library of the Smithsonian Institution to the Library of Congress (Stat., XIV, 19). The library turns over approximately 40,000 volumes of scientific works to form the basis of the "Smithsonian Deposit." By the law authorizing the transfer, the Institution is at liberty to draw any books it may require for its use either from its own collection or from those of Congress. Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry had used the January 1865 fire at the Smithsonian Building to strengthen his long standing contention that the Institution's library should be deposited in the Library of Congress, which had just finished constructing new fireproof quarters.
Blog: The Muse of Scientific Literature, Leila Gay Forbes Clark, https://siarchives.si.edu/blog/muse-scientific-literature-leila-forbes-clark
Leila Gay Forbes Clark is appointed director of the Smithsonian Library in 1942 during World War II. For the Smithsonian's centennial in 1946, she prepared a history of "The Library of the Smithsonian Institution" for the journal Science's issue celebrating the anniversary. She oversaw the merger of the central Smithsonian Library with the U.S. National Museum Library, a major change in operations to centralize services and improve efficiency. Her retirement in 1957 was marked by a large party in the Regents Room of the Castle.
In 1929 she came to the Smithsonian as assistant librarian in charge of reference at the Smithsonian Library where she spent the rest of her career. In 1933, she married echinoderm curator Austin Hobart Clark. She is the second woman to serve as director the Library. Jane Wadden Turner had served as director from 1859 to 1887.
Manuscripts of the Dibner collection : in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Also available online.