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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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Every Stamp Tells a Story: The National Philatelic Collection

Edited by Cheryl R. Ganz with M. T. Sheahan

Every stamp and piece of mail has a story to tell: how it came to be; who created it; where it traveled; and the tales of politics, biography, geography, disaster, and triumph that explain why it has endured. Every Stamp Tells a Story is a treasury of these philatelic tales and a curator-led tour of the highlights of the remarkable objects in the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery of the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum.

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aka Marcel Duchamp: Meditations on the Identities of an Artist

Edited by Anne Collins Goodyear and James W. McManus

Seventeen leading scholars confront the legacy, reputation, and identity of Marcel Duchamp, examining how Duchamp's influence grew and impressed itself upon his contemporaries as well as subsequent generations of artists. By viewing the full range of Duchamp's career through such varied lenses as portraiture, fashion, and art criticism, the essays in this volume explore the many identities of both Duchamp and his art and reveal how the history of art itself is shaped over time by shifting agendas, evolving methodologies, and new discoveries.

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Marine Algae of the Northern Gulf of California II: Rhodophyta

Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, no. 96

By James N. Norris

Taxonomic study of benthic marine red algae in the northern Gulf of California: 387 species of Rhodophyta in two subphyla—Rhodophytina, represented by 2 classes, 2 orders, 2 families, 7 genera, 14 species; and Eurhodophytina, by 2 classes, 5 subclasses, 19 orders, 47 families, 133 genera, 373 species. Includes keys, illustrations, basionym, synonyms, author(s), date & place of valid publication, type locality, description, habitat, and distribution in the Gulf. A new genus, 1 new subgeneric section, 8 new species described; 30 new combinations proposed. ...

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Flora of Guaramacal (Venezuela): Monocotyledons

Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, no. 100

By L. J. Dorr

Taxonomy of monocotyledons in Guaramacal National Park in the Venezuelan Andes, in forest and paramo at 1600–3100 m elevations, treating 25 families, 135 genera, 315 species. Most diversity is in Orchidaceae (147 species), Poaceae (57 species), Cyperaceae (28 species); 20 species currently known only from Guaramacal may be endemic. Four new combinations: Cyperus hortensis (Salzm. ex Steud.) Dorr; Acronia archidiaconi (Ames) Carnevali & G.A. Romero; Crocodeilanthe gelida (Lindl.) Carnevali & I. Ramirez; Fernandezia schultesii (L.O.Williams) Carnevali & Dorr.


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