Books in Print

The Carnegie Institution has published over 600 books since 1902. Many of the books are available online from the institution's website, but as of July 1, 2007, we are no longer selling bound versions of our publication.

Books Out of Print

Since its inception in 1902, the Carnegie Institution has published over 600 volumes listed in its Monograph Series.

Although most of these are now out of print, many of them can be found on Google Books or

Books Online

The Carnegie Institution has published over 600 books since 1902. The following books are available from the institution's website, but as of July 1, 2007, we are no longer selling bound versions of our publications.

In addition to the volumes listed below, many other volumes can be found on Google Books, Abe Books, or

If you have any questions or problems -- and especially suggestions for improvement -- please address them to John Strom at

The downloadable books available online at this site are provided for scientific and scholarly use only. Your downloading of material from this site constitutes your agreement not to sell this material or distribute it for profit.

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Archaeology Section

Astronomy Section

Carnegie Institution Yearbooks 1902-2000 

2000 to present

Department of Terrestrial Magnetism Monographs, Carnegie Institution Publication 175 in 26 volumes



Ceramics for the Archaeologist, by Anna O. Shephard, 1956.

Los Artefactos de Uaxactun Guatemala by A. V. Kidder, 1947 (Spanish translation).

Notes from a Ceramic Laboratory, by Anna O. Shephard with H.B. Gottlieb, E.W. Andrews, and H.E.D. Pollock, 1977.

Auburn University Montgomery Carnegie Explorerdata published by the Carnegie Institution in digital format, courtesy Auburn University Montgomery Carnegie Explorer.


The Carnegie Atlas of Galaxies, by Allan Sandage and John Bedke, 2 volumes, 1994, reprint edition 1996.
Volume 1
Volume 2

A Revised Shapley-Ames Catalog of Bright Galaxies, by Allan Sandage and G.A. Tammann, 1981, 2nd edition 1987.

General Catalogue of Stellar Radial Velocities, by Ralph E. Wilson, 2nd printing 1963.


Cumulative Bibliography 1902-1963

Cumulative Bibliography of Carnegie Publications

Earth Sciences

The California Earthquake of April 18, 1906: Report of the State Earthquake Investigation Commission, Andrew C. Lawson, Chairman, 1908, reprinted 1969.

Physical copies of the report may be available from the California Geological Survey, who may be contacted at Menlo Park (650 688 6327) or in Sacramento, California (916 445 5716).

Atlas of Maps and Seismographs Accompanying the Report of the State Earthquake Investigation Commission upon the California Earthquake of April 18, 1906 is available from The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Geochemical Transport and Kinetics, by A.W. Hofmann, B.J. Giletti, H.S. Yoder, Jr., and R.A. Yund, eds., 1974.


Developmental Stages in Human Embryos, by Ronan O'Rahilly and Fabiola Muller, 1987.

Expeditions Sponsored by Carnegie

China: Exploring the Interior - 1903-1904 (courtesy of and copyright The Robert M. Sargent Family, 2004. All rights reserved.)

General Science

The Search for Understanding: Selected Writings of Scientists of the Carnegie Institution, Published on the Sixty-Fifth Anniversary of the Institution's Founding, Edited by Caryl P. Haskins. 1967.


Drosophila Guide: Introduction to the Genetics and Cytology of Drosophila melanogaster, by M. Demerec and B.P. Kaufmann (with revisions by A. Spradling), 1940, 10th edition 1996 (PDF 11.4 MB)

Genetic Variations of Drosophila melanogaster, by D.L. Lindsley and E.H. Grell; 1968.

Marine Biology

A Review of the Archaeoceti, by Remington Kellogg, 1936 (PDF 46 MB) Large file may require a few moments to download.

Plant Biology

Algal Culture: From Laboratory to Pilot Plant, J.S. Burlew, ed., 1953.

Annual Reports of the Director of the Department of Plant Biology, from Carnegie Year Books 62 through 82

Experimental Studies on the Nature of Species, Vol. VI: Interspecific Hybrid Derivatives between Facultatively Apomictic Species of Bluegrasses and Their Responses to Contrasting Environments, by William M. Hiesey and Malcolm Nobs; 1982.

Guayule (Parthenium agentatum Gray): A Rubber-Plant of the Chihuahuan Desert, by Francis Ernest Lloyd; 1911.

Carnegie Institution Year Book 46
Carnegie Institution Year Book 47
Carnegie Institution Year Book 95
Carnegie Institution Year Book 96-97
(further selected volumes to come).

Perspectives in Science

#2. How Galaxies Rotate (1986)

#3. Becoming a Scientist (1987)

#4. One Scientist's Journey (1988)

#5. The Chemistry of Ancient Life (1992)

#6. Jumping Genes (1994)


Condensed Collections of Thermodynamic Formulas for One-Component and binary Systems of Unit and Variable Mass, by George Tunell; 1985

Access to the Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way, CIW publication #247, 1927, is provided courtesy of the Georgia Institute of Technology Library and Information Center.

The Cactaceae, Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, & Vol. 4 by N. L. Britton & J. N. Rose, 1919-1923

Taxonomy of the Amebas, with Descriptions of Thirty-Nine New Marine and Freshwater species, by Asa Arthur Schaeffer, 1926

Researches of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism. (The following PDFs are derived from microfilm versions of the publications. Note that these are very large files. They are currently being processed into multiple, smaller files for quicker individual download.)