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James Smithson's Will
* For the definitive biography of James Smithson, see The Lost World of James Smithson, Science, Revolution, and the birth of the Smithsonian, by Heather Ewing, 2007, Bloomsbury, New York.
This exhibit is based on an unpublished paper: "Smithson's Personal Effects, Proposed Memorial, and Crypt," by Richard E. Stamm, Smithsonian Institution, 1995.