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Permanent Administrative Files

Creator:
United States National Museum  Search this
Extent:
87.4 linear meters.
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1877-1975
Introduction:
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Descriptive Entry:
Records prior to 1907 consist mostly of incoming correspondence (outgoing correspondence can be found in record unit 112). After 1907 the records contain both incoming and outgoing correspondence. Much of the material consists of routine public inquiries. In addition, these records document museum accessions and Smithsonian expeditions and field trips. Other topics include Smithsonian participation in expositions, operation of certain museum divisions, and miscellaneous subjects. Accession records include: data on the Herber R. Bishop jade collection; William Joseph Hammer collection of incandescent lamps, 1905; Robert Ward collection of ferns, 1905-1906; transfer of the United States Patent Office collections to the United States National Museum, 1906-1909; Hubert G. Squires collection of Chinese porcelain; Hippisley collection of Chinese porcelain, 1909-1912; collections from the Arizona fossil forest; E. A. Wakefield collection of Basuto pottery; James D. S. Chalmers collection of minerals; McIntire collection of historical objects; Charles Fuller Baker collection from the Galapagos Islands; United States National Museum collection of postage stamps; Isaac Lea collection of gems and mollusks; George D. Seymour collection of clocks; Joseph Priestley collection of scientific apparatus; Robert C. Hall ethnological collection; Dwight J. Partello bequest; John B. Bernadou bequest; Bernard Rogan Ross ethnological collections; Mrs. James W. Pinchot collection of textiles; Richard Mansfield collection of theatrical costumes; B. F. Chandler herbarium; Morris Loeb collection of chemical compounds; Donn collection of Lincoln relics; Frank S. Collins herbarium and library; Oldroyd collection of Lincoln relics; Thomas Jefferson writing desk; Richard E. Byrd airplane "Josephine Ford"; Walter W. Holmes fossil bird bone collection; Brush-Swan electrical apparatus collection; collection of first ladies' gowns in the United States National Museum; Virgil Michael Brand coin collection; Charles Russell Orcutt natural history collections; Isobel H. Lenman collection of Old World archaeology; American period costume collection in the United States National Museum; Charles A. Lindbergh collection of personal memorabilia; Nordenskold Mesa Verde collection; Joseph Nelson Rose collection of cacti; Osborne collection of Guatemalan textiles; United States National Museum collection of building stones; the Holt collection of birds from South America, 1936-1940; the Annie H. Hegeman lace and textile collection; the United States National Museum's collection of Jean Leon Gerome Ferris paintings; James Townsend Russell anthropological collection; the Harvey Harlow Nininger meteorite collection; the Hope diamond.

Records related to Smithsonian expeditions and field work include: Mexican-United States Boundary Commission; expeditions and collecting in the Philippine Islands, 1903-1905; University of Pennsylvania expedition to Babylonia, 1887-1888; Metropolitan Museum of Art Expedition to Egypt, 1909; Arthur deC. Sowerby collecting trips to China, 1909-1936; Owen Bryant-William Palmer expedition to Java, 1905-1910; Smithsonian-Roosevelt African expedition, 1909; Rainey African expedition, 1911; Smithsonian-Harvard expedition to Altai Mountains, Siberia, 1912; National Geographic Society-Yale University expedition to Peru, 1915; Smithsonian-Universal Film Manufacturing Company African Expedition, 1920; David C. Graham collecting work in China, 1925-1940; Hugh McCormick Smith collecting work in Siam; Marsh-Darien expedition, 1924; Smithsonian biological survey of the Panama Canal Zone, 1911-1912; Ellsworth Paine Killip collecting work in Europe, 1935, and Venezuela, 1943-1944; Henry Bascom Collins, Jr., field work in Mississippi and Louisiana, 1938; Herbert Girton Deignan's collecting work in Siam, 1936-1937; the Johnson-Smithsonian Deep Sea Expedition to the West Indies, 1933; Stanley John's collecting work in the British West Indies, 1935-1938; Charles W. Gilmore and Frank H. H. Roberts collecting work in Arizona, 1937; the National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Archeological Expedition to Vera Cruz, Mexico, 1938-1939; Matthew William Stirling's field work in Mexico, 1940-1946; the National Geographic Society-University of Virginia Expedition to the South Pacific Islands, 1939; Walter W. Taylor, Jr.'s, archeological field work in Mexico, 1940-1945; Floyd A. McClure's bamboo investigations in Mexico and Central and South America, 1943-1944; Henri Pittier's botanical field work in Venezuela, 1944-1946; Philip Hershkovitz field work in Colombia, 1946-1950; the Finn Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition, 1946-1948; Brina Kessel field work in Alaska, 1950; Clifford Evans, Jr., field work in Ecuador, 1954-1958; Marshall T. Newman field work in Peru, 1955-1957; James Paul Chapin collecting work in Africa, 1957; Ralph S. Solecki field work in Iraq, 1954-1959.

Records that document Smithsonian involvement in expositions include: South Carolina and West Indian Exposition, Charleston, 1902; Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, 1904; Jamestown (Virginia) Tercentenary Exposition, 1907; International Photographic Exposition, Dresden, 1909; World's Columbian Exposition, 1896; Panama-California Exposition, San Diego, 1915; Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915; International Silk Exposition, New York, 1921; Pageant of Progress Exposition, Chicago, 1922; Sesquicentennial Exposition, Philadelphia, 1926; Progress Exposition, New Haven, 1926; International Exposition, Seville, Spain, 1927; Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago, 1931; Great Lakes Exposition, Cleveland, 1936; New York World's Fair, 1939; Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, 1939; Texas Centennial Exposition, Dallas, 1936; Greater Texas and Pan American Exposition, 1937; Port-au-Prince Bicentennial Exposition, Haiti, 1949.

Records related to the origin or operation of subdivisions of the United States National Museum include: development of the Division of Textiles; history of the National Herbarium, 1886-1908; development of the Division of Medicine; development of the Division of Mineral Technology, 1914; Traveling Exhibit Service; Division of Graphic Arts; Division of Numismatics.

Miscellaneous topics covered by these records include: establishment of Bermuda Biological Station, 1900-1904; United States military operations against insurgents in the Philippine Islands, 1904; the Lincoln Memorial Commission, 1913; proposed construction of a George Washington Memorial; National Museum involvement in search for the Port Orford meteorite; exhibition of the "Spirit of St. Louis"; National Museum exhibition of objects from World War I; use of the National Museum Building by the Bureau of War Risk Insurance in World War I; proposed creation of a National Museum of Engineering and Industry under Smithsonian control; Samuel P. Langley's aerodrome experiments; Smithsonian activities during World War II, particularly the evacuation of United States National Museum collections from Washington; A. Remington Kellogg's work on the Governmental Advisory Committee on Oceanography and the International Whaling Commission; United States National Museum correspondence with Phineas T. Barnum, 1882-1891; Washington A. Roebling's mineral collections.

Most of the correspondence is directed to the officer in immediate charge of the United States National Museum (Richard Rathbun, 1897-1918; William deC. Ravenel, 1918-1925; Alexander Wetmore, 1925-1948; A. Remington Kellogg, 1948-1962) with lesser amounts to John Enos Graf, who was appointed Associate Director, United States National Museum, in 1931. Also, a smaller amount of correspondence is addressed to the Secretary of the Smithsonian (Spencer F. Baird, 1878-1887; Samuel P. Langley, 1887-1906; Charles D. Walcott, 1907-1927; Charles G. Abbot, 1928-1944; Alexander Wetmore, 1944-1952; Leonard Carmichael, 1953-1964) and to various museum curators. This correspondence was usually referred to the chief administrator of the United States National Museum for response.
Historical Note:
In 1902 the Museum's Division of Correspondence and Documents instituted a numeric filing system for the general correspondence of the United States National Museum. That correspondence, as found in this record unit, comprises most of the central administrative files of the Museum. Prior to 1902, museum correspondence had been filed alphabetically by correspondent (see record unit 189). Beginning in 1862 the accession records of the National Museum had been filed using a numeric system similar to that later adopted for correspondence. Finally in 1924 the two numbering systems were integrated.
Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration.  Search this
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 192, United States National Museum, Permanent Administrative Files
Identifier:
Record Unit 192
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
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Permanent Administrative Files, 1877-1975

Creator:
United States National Museum  Search this
Subject:
Bryant, Owen Frederick 1882-1958  Search this
Brand, Virgil Michael  Search this
Barnum, P. T (Phineas Taylor) 1810-1891  Search this
Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) 1872-1973  Search this
Baker, C. F (Charles Fuller) 1872-1927  Search this
Baur, Georg Herman  Search this
Bernadou, John B (John Baptiste) 1858-1908  Search this
Byrd, Richard Evelyn 1888-1957  Search this
Chalmers, James D. S  Search this
Chandler, B. F  Search this
Bishop, Heber Reginald 1840-1902  Search this
Graf, John Enos  Search this
Chapin, James Paul 1889-1964  Search this
Collins, Frank Shipley 1848-1920  Search this
Collins, Henry Bascom 1899-1987  Search this
Evans, Clifford 1920-1981  Search this
Gilmore, Charles W (Charles Whitney) 1874-1945  Search this
Graham, David Crockett  Search this
Hall, Robert C  Search this
Hegeman, Annie May  Search this
Hershkovitz, Philip  Search this
Holmes, Walter W  Search this
John, Stanley  Search this
Kessel, Brina  Search this
Killip, Ellsworth Paine 1890-  Search this
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906  Search this
Lea, Isaac 1792-1886  Search this
Lenman, Isobel H  Search this
Lindbergh, Charles A (Charles Augustus) 1902-1974  Search this
Loeb, Morris 1863-1912  Search this
McClure, Floyd Alonzo 1897-1970  Search this
Nininger, Harvey Harlow 1887-  Search this
Orcutt, Charles Russell 1864-1929  Search this
Partello, Dwight J. 1841-1920  Search this
Pinchot, Mrs. James W  Search this
Priestley, Joseph 1733-1804  Search this
Ravenel, W. de C (William de Chastignier) 1859-1933  Search this
Roberts, Frank H. H (Frank Harold Hanna) 1897-1966  Search this
Roebling, Washington Augustus 1837-1926  Search this
Ross, Bernard Rogan  Search this
Smith, Hugh M (Hugh McCormick) 1865-1941  Search this
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle 1885-1954  Search this
Taylor, Walter W. Jr  Search this
Wakefield, E. A  Search this
Ward, Robert  Search this
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887  Search this
Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-1968  Search this
Stirling, Matthew Williams 1896-1975  Search this
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927  Search this
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973  Search this
Ferris, Jean Leon Gerome 1863-1930  Search this
Mansfield, Richard 1857-1907  Search this
Kellogg, Remington 1892-1969  Search this
Hippisley, Alfred Edward d. 1939  Search this
Pittier, Henri 1857-1950  Search this
Palmer, William 1856-1921  Search this
Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918  Search this
Rose, J. N (Joseph Nelson) 1862-1928  Search this
Seymour, George Dudley 1859-1946  Search this
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978  Search this
Hammer, William Joseph 1858-1934  Search this
Solecki, Ralph S  Search this
Newman, Marshall Thornton 1911-1994  Search this
Russell, James Townsend d. 1962  Search this
Taylor, Frank A (Frank Augustus) 1903-2007  Search this
Bermuda Biological Station for Research  Search this
Biological Survey of the Panama Canal Zone (1911-1912)  Search this
Brush-Swan Electrical Apparatus Collection  Search this
Donn Collection of Lincoln Relics  Search this
National Museum of Engineering and Industry  Search this
George Washington Memorial  Search this
United States Governmental Advisory Committee on Oceanography  Search this
Holt Collection of South American Birds  Search this
International Whaling Commission  Search this
United States Lincoln Memorial Commission  Search this
McIntire Collection of Historical Objects  Search this
Nordenskold Mesa Verde Collection  Search this
Oldroyd Collection of Lincoln Relics  Search this
Osborne Collection of Guatemalan Textiles  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service  Search this
Swan-Brush Electrical Apparatus Collection  Search this
United States-Mexican International Boundary Commission (1891-1894)  Search this
United States Bureau of War Risk Insurance  Search this
United States National Museum Division of Correspondence and Documents  Search this
United States Patent Office  Search this
United States National Herbarium  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Engineering and Industries  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Anthropology  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Arts and Industries  Search this
Spirit of St. Louis (Airplane)  Search this
Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915 : San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Rainey African Expedition (1911-1912)  Search this
Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Finn Ronn Antarctic Research Expedition (1946-1948)  Search this
National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Archeological Expedition to Vera Cruz (1938-1939 : Mexico)  Search this
Greater Texas and Pan American Exposition (1937)  Search this
Great Lakes Exposition (1936 : Cleveland)  Search this
International Exposition (1927 : Seville, Spain)  Search this
International Photographic Exposition (1909 : Dresden)  Search this
International Silk Exposition (1921 : New York)  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art Expedition to Egypt (1909)  Search this
National Geographic Society-University of Virginia Expedition to the South Pacific Islands (1939)  Search this
New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Pageant of Progress Exposition (1922 : Chicago)  Search this
Panama-California Exposition (1915-1916 : San Diego, Calif.)  Search this
Port-au-Prince Bicentennial Exposition (1949 : Haiti)  Search this
Progress Exposition (1926 : New Haven)  Search this
Sesquicentennial Exposition (1926 : Philadelphia)  Search this
Smithsonian-Universal Film Manufacturing Company African Expedition (1920)  Search this
South Carolina Interstate and West Indian Exposition (1901-1902 : Charleston)  Search this
Texas Centennial Exposition (1936 : Dallas)  Search this
University of Pennsylvania Expedition to Babylonia (1887-1888)  Search this
International Boundary Commission, United States-Mexican (1891-1894)  Search this
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.)  Search this
Johnson-Smithsonian Deep Sea Expedition to the West Indies (1933)  Search this
Marsh-Darien Expedition (1924)  Search this
Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Jamestown (Virginia) Tercentenary Exposition (1907)  Search this
Peruvian Expeditions (1912-1915)  Search this
Smithsonian African Expedition (1909-1910)  Search this
Smithsonian-Harvard Expedition to the Altai Mountains (1912)  Search this
Physical description:
337.16 cu. ft. (672 document boxes) (116 microfilm reels)
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1877
1877-1975
Topic:
Museums--Administration  Search this
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Port Orford meteorite  Search this
Hope diamond  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000192
See more items in:
Permanent Administrative File 1877-1975 [United States National Museum]
Expedition History 1919-1920 [Smithsonian-Universal Film Manufacturing Company African Expedition (1919-1920)]
Expedition History 1919-1920 [William Louis Abbott Botanical Explorations of Haiti (1919-1920)]
Expedition History 1921-1922 [Paul Carpenter Standley Botanical Explorations in Central America (1921-1922)]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217782

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