This series reports on the scientific, technical, and historical
research conducted by Smithsonian staff and their professional colleagues,
as well as on the collections of the various Smithsonian museums.
The emphasis upon publications as a means of diffusing knowledge
was expressed by the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
In his formal plan for the Institution, Joseph Henry articulated
a program that included the following statement:
“It is proposed to publish a series of reports, giving an
account of the new discoveries in science, and of the changes made
from year to year in all branches of knowledge not strictly professional.”
Additional Smithsonian resources in botany can be found at: