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The tradition of scholarly publishing at the Smithsonian dates back to the Institution’s origin. In keeping with James Smithson’s stipulation that his bequest to the United States be “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” Joseph Henry, the first Secretary of the Smithsonian (1846–1878), initiated in 1848 the Institution’s first publication, Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge. The tradition continues today with Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press (SISP).

One of several offices operating within the Smithsonian’s Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support, SISP publishes research by Smithsonian scholars in many fields – particularly science, art and art history, aviation and space, and history and material culture – and research closely related to Smithsonian collections.

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Smithsonian Plant Collections, the Guianas: 1991–1993, and 1995–2000, Bruce Hoffman

By Sara N. Alexander, Bruce Hoffman, Carol L. Kelloff, and V. A. Funk

Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, no. 101

This book provides Bruce Hoffman's notes collected on trips, with maps in chronological order. Part II lists collection localities, with collection number ranges, habitat descriptions, geographic coordinates, and assisting collectors. Part III list collections in numerical order with identifications and authors. Part IV lists collections ordered by determined name.

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Longhorned Woodboring Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae and Disteniidae): Primary Types of the Smithsonian Institution

By Steven W. Lingafelter, Eugenio H. Nearns, Gérard L. Tavakilian, Miguel A. Monné,and Michael Biondi

In terms of quantity and breadth, the Smithsonian Institution's collection of longhorned woodboring beetles is one of the most important in the world. The effort to establish and describe this collection began as early as 1889, when the Smithsonian hired its first coleopterist. This is the first complete catalog of the 2,100 longhorned beetle primary types housed at the Smithsonian and includes stunning full-color images of each primary type specimen.


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Hubble's Legacy: Reflections by Those Who Dreamed It, Built It, and Observed the Universe with It

Edited by Roger D. Launius and David DeVorkin

Scholars, engineers, scientists, and astronauts relate Hubble Space Telescope’s story in three phases: (1) selling the idea of an orbiting optical telescope to astronomers, NASA, and the U.S. Congress; (2) launch, discovering the mirror flaw, engineering to fix it, and controversies over servicing missions and upgrades; and (3) how the public saved the final servicing mission, the iconic instrument’s public image after repair, and how HST changed the way we visualize the universe.

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The Smithsonian Institution Excavation at Tell Jemmeh, Israel, 1970–1990

Edited by David Ben-Shlomo and Gus W. Van Beek

Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology, no. 50

From 1970 to 1990, the Smithsonian Institution undertook an archaeological excavation at the site of Tell Jemmeh, Israel, under the direction of Gus W. Van Beek. This is a detailed and final report--richly illustrated with nearly 1,000 figures--on all of the excavation results, including the architectural remains, stratigraphy, pottery, and other finds. The volume is currently available for digital download and will be available in hardcover later this year.

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