of Our Country"
Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge
Through funding the research report series Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, Secretary Henry aimed to overcome what he considered one of the greatest obstacles to American science: the high cost of scientific publication. The series' first volume, Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley, was a landmark American archaeological monograph.
Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge is still published today
and distributed free of charge to research institutions and scholars.
To keep the high cost of transatlantic transportation from
hampering the work of American scientists, Secretary Henry in 1850
set up a low-cost system for international exchange of scholarly
publications. The International Exchange Service enhanced the reputations
of both American science and the Smithsonian for nearly 150 years. The
service played an important role in shaping the Smithsonian Institution
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