The Smithsonian – America’s foremost research and cultural institution,
has partnered with Gale, part of Cengage Learning to launch a series of collections
from Smithsonian’s vast archives.

About The Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums, 9 research centres and more than 140 affiliate museums around the world. The complex houses nearly 137 million objects, works of art and specimens and its facilities see nearly 30 million visitors per year. Under the agreement, Cengage Learning has access to the complete archives of Smithsonian Magazine and Air and Space magazine, as well as collections covering American history, science, world cultures and more.

Evolution of Flight, 1784-1991 (NEW)

This latest collection from Smithsonian Collections Online reveals the personal - and often hidden - aspects of humankind’s conquest of the skies, offering unparalleled insight into the era of aviation and its lasting impact on society.

From the hot air balloons of yesteryear to the commercial airline carriers of today, mankind has always been fascinated by the concept of flight. Public interest in aviation peaked during the twentieth century, leading to rapid development of its corresponding technology. From this period of fervent focus emerged the celebrated pioneers of aviation: Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Howard Hughes, Wiley Post, Jimmy Doolittle, Chuck Yeager, and many others, who forever changed the way humans interact with the world. Their theories, feats, and record-breaking efforts are all captured in Evolution of Flight, 1784-1991.

Drawing from the treasure trove of images, diaries, correspondence, scrapbooks, government documents, and other primary source materials available within the National Air and Space Museum Archives, the National Air and Space Museum Library, the Smithsonian Archives, and Smithsonian Libraries, this new collection’s content spans more than two centuries.

Topics include:

       • Navigational technology • Early flight• The evolution of aerial weaponry
       • Engines and propulsion• Air races• Long-distance flights
       • The Cold War aviation race• Inventions• The fighter pilot
       • Training programs• Landmark altitude• Zeppelin travel
       • Germany's WWII jet program• America's current high-tech air fleet

Watch: From the earliest and one-of-a-kind collections; a number of academic disciplines are well served by this collection:


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Trade Literature and the Merchandising of Industry

The evolution of business is inextricably linked with American and international history and identity. For the first time, researchers can now explore this aspect of American and international life via about one million pages of primary source content including catalogues, pamphlets, advertising materials, and ephemera on essential industries that emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Key research areas covered include steam engines, railroads, motorised vehicles, agricultural/farm machinery, building and construction, mining, and much more.

This digital collection (covering approximately 1820-1926) allows researchers to:

• Trace the history of companies/industries
• Describe the impact of the Industrial Revolution on technology
• Analyse marketing and management techniques
• Examine illustrations of the new machinery, technology, and methods that impacted daily lives

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World’s Fairs and Expositions: Visions of tomorrow

World’s Fairs and Expositions: Visions of Tomorrow gives researchers access to primary source documents about landmark exhibits from 1840 to 1940. With more than 500,000 pages of content, this archive captures the spirit, technology, design, and innovations that influenced the modern world.

The collection offers researchers unique insight into architecture, fine and decorative arts, technology, industrial design, history, science, entertainment, politics, urban planning, medicine, manufacturing and cultural history, among other disciplines.

Material includes:

• Books of the Fairs: From the Holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries
• General histories, exhibition catalogues, official histories, commemorative accounts, exposition publications, visitors’ guides, lectures, technical reports, promotional publications, and more
• Exposition Records of the Smithsonian Institution and the United States National Museum, 1867-1940
• Larry Zim World’s Fair Collection, 1841-1988 (panoramas, postcards, photos, ephemera – content included only up to 1940)
• Selections from the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, ca.1724-1944 (content included only up to 1926)
• And more

The international nature of the collection is illustrated in the comprehensive range of material.
A partial list includes:

• London, Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations (1851)
• Melbourne, International Exhibition (1880)
• Barcelona, Exposición Universal (1888)
• Paris, Exposition universelle (1889)
• Chicago, World Columbian Exposition
• Rio de Janeiro, Exposição Nacional (1908)


Air & Space and Smithsonian Magazine Archive

Smithsonian Magazine explores both modern and historical  perspectives covering history, science, nature, the arts, travel, world culture and technology. Vibrant photos and articles take a dynamic approach in exploring modern and historic perspectives about our changing world.

Feature articles in history, art, and culture include:

• Titanoboa - the largest snake ever to live on Earth
• Exploring how the mind makes memories
• The assassination attempt on Teddy Roosevelt
• Insights into Black Holes
• The fate of the world’s remaining cheetahs
• Letters from the Hindenburg

Air & Space Magazine encompasses every era of aviation and space exploration. With stories that range from the Wright Brothers to the design of NASA’s next lunar lander, Air & Space emphasises the human stories as well as the technology of aviation and spaceflight. Air & Space provides an excellent opportunity for students and researchers in aeronautical and aerospace engineering, military science, military history, and the history of science and technology a single location to quickly search and browse the content critical to their research. With articles, photographs, and technical specifications, Air & Space Magazine is a great tool to leverage for subjects such as the history and beginning of flight, World War I and II, Cold War Era, 20th and 21st century aviation, military and experimental aircraft, and space discovery and exploration.

Feature articles include:

• Inside the International Space Station
• Biofuels in aviation
• The next generation of stealth aircraft
• Navigating in space
• The mystery of the MiG

This collection is available on Gale Primary Sources

Gale Primary Sources provides a seamless research experience that enables scholars to search across millions of pages of primary and secondary sources in the humanities from the 15th to the 20th centuries.