Smithsonian Contributions and Studies Series

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The Smithsonian Contributions and Studies Series is a collection of serial periodical publications produced by the Smithsonian Institution, detailing advances in various scientific and societal fields to which the Smithsonian Institution has made contributions.


The Smithsonian Institution began publishing consolidated compilations of quarto-sized papers in 1848, under the name, Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge.[1] In 1862 octavo-sized papers called Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections were added,[1] followed by the monographic Bulletin of the United States National Museum in 1875,[1] and the compiled Proceedings of the United States National Museum in 1878.[1] Annual Reports of Smithsonian Institution administrative and scholarly achievements, and accessions to the collections, began issuing in 1881, with accession and donor information being split off in 1993 as the Annals of the Smithsonian Institution.[1]

The Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge ceased publication in 1916, followed by the cessation of the Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections in 1968, and the Bulletin of the United States National Museum in 1971.[1] In their place, the Smithsonian Institution began publication of a variety of different series focused on specific areas of scientific or societal study.[1]



Publication Began Ended
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 1902 1974
Smithsonian Annals of Flight 1964 1974
Smithsonian Contributions to Astrophysics 1956 1974
Smithsonian Contributions to the Earth Sciences 1969 2002
Smithsonian Folklife Studies 1980 1990
Smithsonian Studies in Air and Space 1977 1990


Publication Began
Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology 1965
Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 1969
Smithsonian Contributions to History and Technology[2] 1969
Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology 1969
Smithsonian Contributions to Museum Conservation 2010
Smithsonian Contributions to the Marine Sciences 1977
Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 1969


  1. ^ a b c d e f g History of Scholarly Publishing, Smithsonian Institution.
  2. ^ Originally Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology.