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Joseph F. Cullman 3rd, Library of Natural History

NHB CE-G15
10th & Constitution Ave. NW
Smithsonian Institution
Washington DC 20560
Telephone: 202.633.1184
Fax: 202.633.0219
Email: AskaLibrarian@si.edu
Website: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/Cullman/
The Cullman Library holds the Smithsonian's collection of rare books in anthropology and the natural sciences. Its world-class collection contains approximately 10,000 volumes published before 1840 in the fields of physical and cultural anthropology, ethnology, Native American linguistics, and archeology; botany; ornithology, mammalogy, herpetology, ichthyology, entomology, malacology, and other zoological fields; paleontology; and geology and mineralogy. The publications of seventeenth- through nineteenth-century voyages of exploration are a special strength, as is the history of museums and scientific collecting.
The Cullman Library makes the books available to researchers by direct access in the reading room and through reference assistance (including limited photocopying when possible). In addition, the Library shares the collection by means of digital editions, exhibitions, exhibition loans, and public programs.

Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

12th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
NMAH 1041
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC 20560-0672
Telephone: 202.633.3872
Fax: 202.633.9102
Email: AskaLibrarian@si.edu
Website: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/Dibner/
The Dibner Library is the Smithsonian’s collection of rare books and manuscripts relating to the history of science and technology. Contained in this world-class collection of 35,000 rare books and 2,000 manuscript groups are many of the most important works dating from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries in the history of science and technology including engineering, transportation, chemistry, mathematics, physics, electricity, and astronomy. The Dibner Library shares this collection with the public through exhibitions in an adjacent gallery, through loans to other institutions’ exhibits, and through public programs.

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