Smithsonian Institution, Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology


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Short Introduction

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 Muybridge collection consists of 4 books in total, including 2 copies Animal Locomotion 1887 and a catalogue of photographic views : illustrating the Yosemite, Mammoth Trees, Geyser Springs, and other remarkable and interesting scenery of the Far West, by Muybridge (San Francisco : Bradley & Rulofson, 1873).

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Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Smithsonian Institution
PO Box 37012
NHB 24 Mezz, MRC 154
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Telephone: 202.633.1708

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Collection Items:


Books by Muybridge: 4

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The Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
P.O. Box 37012
NMAH Rm.1041 / MRC 672
Washington, DC 20013-7012

12th St & Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20560

Phone: +1 202 633 3872



Lead Contact:
Lilla Vekerdy Head of Special Collections & Curator of the Dibner Library(

Open Hours:
Open by appointment only from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Accessibility of Muybridge Collections to Public:
No permanent exhibits or displays of Muybridge materials.
Materials in the Dibner Library are viewable on site only. They are housed in rare book stacks accessible only to staff, and must be viewed in the reading room while staff is present.

Access to the Muybridge collection must be by appointment only to the following number: