Smithsonian Libraries 50th Anniversary Lecture: James Smithson & His Library

Smithson portraitSmithsonian Libraries 50th Anniversary Lecture Series
featuring:

James Smithson and His Library

Heather Ewing
Author, The Lost World of James Smithson

Leslie Overstreet
Curator, Natural History Rare Books, Smithsonian Libraries

Thursday, January 18th, 2018. 6:30pm
National Museum of American History
(enter by way of Constitution Ave entrance)
Coulter Performance Plaza

Free and open to the public. RSVP here: http://s.si.edu/2klncN9 

James Smithson (c.1765-1829), an 18th-century gentleman of science, included his library with his bequest to the United States, and those books now reside in the vault of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries’ Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History. The collection consists of 126 titles, primarily scientific monographs and journal articles, but also history and memoirs, political pamphlets, travel books and museum guides, and a few household items like cookbooks.

In honor of the Smithsonian Libraries' 50th Anniversary, Heather Ewing, author of The Lost World of James Smithson and Executive Director of the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York, will offer a brief biography of the fabled Smithsonian donor, with discussion of how the library reflected the man. Leslie Overstreet, Smithsonian Libraries Curator of Natural History Rare Books, willfollow with a few words about interesting aspects of Smithson’s books and their history at the Smithsonian. The presentation will include a display of selected books from Smithson’s collection.

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Image: Smithsonian Institution Archives, MAH-9077