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Table Of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
1. First Attempts to Form a Policy, 1787-1800
2. Theory and Action in the Jeffersonian Era, 1800-1829
3. Practical Achievements in the Age of the Common Man, 1829-1842
4. The Fulfillment of Smithson's Will, 1829-1861
5. The Great Explorations and Survey's Will, 1829-1861
6. Bache and the Quest for a Central Scientific Organization, 1851-1861
7. The Civil War, 1861-1865
8. The Evolution of Research in Agriculture, 1862-1916
9. The Decline of Science in the military Services, 1865-1890
10. The Geological Survey, 1867-1885
11. The Allison Commission and the Department of Sceince, 1884-1886
12. Conservation, 1865-1916
13. Medicine and Public Health, 1865-1916
14. The Completion of the Federal Scientific Establishment
15. Patterns of Government Research in Modern America, 1865-1916
16. The Impact of World War I, 1914-1918
17. Transition to a Business Era, 1919-1929
18. The Depression and the New Deal, 1929-1939
19. Prospect and Retrospect at the Beginning of a New Era, 1940
Bibliographic Notes