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In Memoriam of Russell Shank

Russell Shank

I was saddened to learn that Russell Shank, 86, appointed by Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley as the first director of the Smithsonian Libraries, died June 26 of complications from a fall.  The 1978–1979 president of the American Library Association, he had been attending its 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim at the time of his death, and was among the library leaders acknowledged at the June 21 Library Champions and Past Presidents Reception.

The Fossil Record

North American Wild Flowers, Mary Vaux Walcott (1860–1940), Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1925, Plate 336: flower The Fossil Record, a newsletter put out by the Smithsonian Department of Paleobiology, includes more »