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Carl W. Mitman Papers

Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (2 document boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1937-1946, 1949
Descriptive Entry:
Almost all of the papers in this collection deal with Carl Weaver Mitman's role as chairman of the Smithsonian War Committee. Loyal B. Aldrich, William N. Fenton, Herbert Friedmann, and Webster P. True also served on the committee. Minutes of the committee's meetings, correspondence and notes document the committee's projects. In addition to the War Committee files, small groups of correspondence and miscellaneous materials on other projects that Mitman was involved in are included in Series 2. There is no material covering the many expositions that Mitman coordinated or his research and curatorial duties. There is only one newspaper clipping relating to the founding of the National Air Museum. Additional information on Mitman's career may be found in Record Units 84, 162, 239, 250 and 297 in the Smithsonian Institution Archives.
Historical Note:
Carl Weaver Mitman (1889-1958) was born in Newberg, Pennsylvania. He joined the United States National Museum (USNM) in 1914 as an Aid in the Division of Mineral Technology. He was promoted to Curator in the Division of Mechanical Technology in 1919, and served as Curator of the Divisions of Mechanical Technology and Mineral Technology from 1921. He was made Head Curator of the Department of Arts and Industries in 1932. In addition to his responsibilities at the museum, Mitman organized Smithsonian exhibits at fairs and expositions in the United States and abroad. In 1942 he was appointed chairman of the Smithsonian War Committee, and served until 1944. On August 12, 1946, President Truman signed a bill creating the National Air Museum within the Smithsonian Institution. Mitman was relieved of his duties at USNM and was appointed Assistant to the Secretary for the Air Museum on March 7, 1948. He worked on planning the new museum until his retirement in 1952.
Topic:
Mineralogy  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7386
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Smithsonian War Committee, 1942-1945.

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Note:
The Smithsonian War Committee was appointed by Secretary Charles G. Abbot in 1942, to receive suggestions, explore possibilities, and make recommendations as to how the Smithsonian could make its scientific resources available to the military community. The Smithsonian received thousands of requests for war-related information--mostly geographic, but also in the areas of biology, geology, physics, engineering and anthropology. Among other things, the War Committee created a detailed roster of areas of expertise of its scientific staff, maintained a file on sources of photographs, published a series of papers on war-related topics, and co-founded the Ethnogeographic Board. Made up of representatives of the Smithsonian, the National Research Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Social Sciences Research Council, the Ethnogeographic Board acted as a clearinghouse for scientific information of use to the armed services. In May 1944, the War Committee felt that it had exhausted all possibilities of involving the Smithsonian in the war, and was dissolved.

These papers include correspondence, recommendations and other materials relating to the projects of the War Committee. There is little material on the War Background Studies series or the Ethnogeographic Board. Interested researchers should consult Record Unit 87 for records of the Ethnogeographic Board.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7386, Series 1
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Box 1

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
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Folder 1 Correspondence, 1942-1945. Includes general correspondence of Secretary Charles G. Abbot, John Enos Graf and members of the War Committee. Topics covered include museum tours, specimen collecting by soldiers, project ideas, useful publications...

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
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Folder 2 Minutes of meetings of the War Committee, April 3, 1942-April 11, 1944

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
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Folder 3 Reports of the War Committee, contains summaries and reviews of activities

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
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Folder 4 "A Roster of Personnel, World Travel, and Special Knowledge"

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
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Folder 5 Memorandum no. 1, April 4, 1942, and response to question 1, arranged alphabetically

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
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Folder 6 Responses to question 2 of memo no. 1

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
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Folder 7 Responses to question 3 of memo no. 1

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
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Folder 8 Responses to question 4 of memo no. 1

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
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Folder 9 Memorandum of October 14, 1942, and responses, arranged alphabetically

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
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Box 2

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
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Folder 1 Recommendations of the War Committee. Topics include identification of biological specimens, special exhibits and lectures, a welcome brochure for service men, proposed War Background Studies, and extending the hours of museums.

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
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Folder 2 Photograph Project. Includes materials relating to an index made in May 1942 of staff members' photographs of strategic value to the military.

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
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Folder 3 "Smithsonian Personnel in the Armed Forces"

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
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Folder 4 "Resources of the Smithsonian Institution Library"

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
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Folder 5 Ethnogeographic Board. Includes a few letters relating to publications of the Board and the minutes of the Board's meeting of March 25, 1944.

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
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Folder 6 Miscellaneous

Collection Creator::
Mitman, Carl Weaver, 1889-  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7386, Carl W. Mitman Papers
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Folder 15 Smithsonian War Committee, 1942.

Collection Creator::
United States National Museum. Department of Biology  Search this
Container:
Box 10 of 19
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 242, United States National Museum. Department of Biology, Records
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