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Correspondence, 1993-2000

Creator:
Lemelson Center
Subject:
Molella, Arthur P. 1944-
Klose, Claudine
Physical description:
1.25 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 half document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Date:
1993
1993-2000
Topic:
Museums--Administration
Local number:
SIA Acc. 03-115
Summary:
This accession includes correspondence documenting administrative decision-making, development and execution of Lemelson Center activities, events, exhibitions, and programs. Materials primarily include the incoming and outgoing correspondence of Arthur P. Molella, Director, 1995- ; and, Claudine Klose, Program Manager, 1995-
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Correspondence 1993-2000 [Lemelson Center]
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Correspondence, 1992-2000

Creator:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Curatorial Office
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1992
1992-2000
Topic:
Art dealers
Art museum curators
Art museums
Graphic arts
Museums--Collection management
Museums
Local number:
SIA Acc. 01-099
Summary:
These records consist of materials that document the incoming and outgoing correspondence from the Curatorial Office's Division of Graphic Arts. The files contain original incoming correspondence, copies of outgoing responses, as well as internal communications. Correspondents include dealers, the general public, and contacts within the Museum and with other museums. Topics include exhibitions, individual works of art, and acquisitions declined. Materials include correspondence and memoranda
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Correspondence 1977-2011 [Smithsonian American Art Museum Curatorial Office]
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Correspondence, 1968-1975

Creator:
Cooper-Hewitt Museum
Physical description:
1.2 linear meters
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1968
1968-1975
Topic:
Art museums
Local number:
SIA RU000597
Summary:
These records consist of copies of outgoing administrative and curatorial correspondence and internal memoranda dating from July 1968, when the Museum was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution
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Correspondence 1881-1981 [Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum]
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Correspondence, 1989-1999

Creator:
National Museum of American Art (U.S.) Curatorial Office
Physical description:
6 cu. ft. (6 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1989
1989-1999
Topic:
Art dealers
Art museums
Museums--Collection management
Museum exhibits
Museums, associations, institutions, etc
Local number:
SIA Acc. 01-101
Summary:
These records consist of materials that document the Office's interactions with art scholars, dealers, the general public, artists, other museums, and Smithsonian offices. Materials include general correspondence and memoranda
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Correspondence 1977-2011 [Smithsonian American Art Museum Curatorial Office]
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Correspondence, 1893-1899

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary
Subject:
Hodgkins Fund
Smithsonian Institution Administration
Physical description:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1893
1893-1899
Topic:
Public health
Local number:
SIA Acc. 05-156
Summary:
These records consist of correspondence related to 1893-1899 submissions for the Hodgkins Prize, a competition aimed at explicating the connections between atmospheric air and human welfare
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Correspondence 1863-1971 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
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Correspondence, 1882-1887

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary
Subject:
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
Smithsonian Institution Administration
Physical description:
0.8 linear meter
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1882
1882-1887
Topic:
Museums--Administration
Local number:
SIA RU000029
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Correspondence, 1882-1890

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary
Subject:
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Smithsonian Institution Administration
Physical description:
2.5 linear meters
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1882
1882-1890
Topic:
Museums--Administration
Local number:
SIA RU000030
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Correspondence 1863-1971 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
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Correspondence, 1991-2000

Creator:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Curatorial Office
Physical description:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1991
1991-2000
Topic:
Art dealers
Art museum curators
Art museums
Art, American
Local number:
SIA Acc. 07-026
Summary:
This accession consists of the general correspondence files of the Curatorial Office of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The materials document the interaction between curators and art scholars, artists, galleries, the general public, other museums, and Smithsonian offices. Materials include general correspondence and memoranda
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Correspondence 1977-2011 [Smithsonian American Art Museum Curatorial Office]
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Correspondence, 1903-1925

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary
Subject:
Bell, Alexander Graham 1847-1922
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
Library of Congress
Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
United States National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
Smithsonian Institution Administration
United States Interstate Commerce Commission
Physical description:
1.5 cu. ft. (3 document boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1903
1903-1925
Topic:
Museums--Administration
Local number:
SIA Acc. 05-162
Summary:
These records consist of correspondence and related materials dealing with the function and administration of the Office of the Secretary during the tenures of Samuel P. Langley and Charles Doolittle Walcott.. Correspondents include Alexander Graham Bell, the Bureau of American Ethnology, the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Library of Congress, and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Materials include correspondence, tables, reports, and proposals. See Record Unit 45 for related materials
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Correspondence 1863-1971 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
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Correspondence, 1894-1903

Creator:
United States National Museum Division of Plants
Subject:
Pollard, Charles Louis 1872-1945
United States National Herbarium
United States Dept. of Agriculture
Physical description:
0.7 linear meter
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1894
1894-1903
Topic:
Botany
Local number:
SIA RU000222
Summary:
These records are the official files of Charles Louis Pollard (1872-1945) as Assistant Curator of the Division of Botany, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1894-1895, and the Division of Plants, United States National Museum (USNM), 1895-1903. Pollard also edited Plant World from 1899 to 1907
These records document the activities of both divisions, as well as Pollard's scientific and administrative activities from 1894 to 1903. The records of both divisions have been maintained together and contain incoming and outgoing correspondence with botanists, entomologists, horticulturists, USDA and USNM administrative staff; foresters and colleagues; seed laboratories; and natural history and scientific societies. The correspondence chiefly concerns the examination, identification, collection, and exchange of botanical specimens, especially violets, mosses, grasses, ferns, fern-like plants, food plants, herbs, shrubs, and trees
The correspondence also includes accession lists, annual reports, requests and approvals for field work, nomenclatorial work, and routine correspondence in reference to the publication of Plant World and other publications concerning botanical specimens. Also included are some of Pollard's manuscripts: "New American Specied of Chamaecrista"; "A new Violet from New Jersey"; "The Genus Oxytria of Rafinesque"; and "The Two Violets."
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Correspondence 1870-1955 [United States National Museum Division of Plants]
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Correspondence, 1873-1878

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary
Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
Smithsonian Institution Administration
Smithsonian Institution Documents Clerk
Smithsonian Institution Chief Clerk
United States National Museum
Physical description:
2.7 linear meters
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1873
1873-1878
Topic:
Museums--Administration
Local number:
SIA RU000027
Summary:
Mostly ephemeral; contains records of the Chief Clerk
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Correspondence 1863-1971 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
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Correspondence, 1865-1879

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary
Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
Smithsonian Institution Administration
Physical description:
0.3 linear meter
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1865
1865-1879
Topic:
Museums--Administration
Local number:
SIA RU000032
Summary:
These secretarial records apparently were separated from the main series before the latter were bound
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Correspondence, 1864-1869

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary
Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
Smithsonian Institution Administration
Physical description:
0.5 linear meter
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1864
1864-1869
Topic:
Museums--Administration
Local number:
SIA RU000037
Notes:
The date of compilation of these abstracts is unknown, although presumably it was done in part before the 1865 fire
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Correspondence, 1887-1907

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Smithsonian Institution Administration
Hodgkins Fund
Smithsonian Institution Advisory Committee on Printing and Publication
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
National Zoological Park (U.S.)
Physical description:
5.7 linear meters
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1887
1887-1907
Topic:
Museums--Administration
Local number:
SIA RU000034
Notes:
Shortly after Samuel P. Langley became Secretary, a new system of organizing outgoing correspondence was devised. Some of the records have not survived to the present; hence, there are gaps in series numbers
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Correspondence 1863-1971 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
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Correspondence, 1904-1911

Creator:
United States National Museum Division of Plants
Subject:
Rose, J. N (Joseph Nelson) 1862-1928
Painter, Joseph Hannum
Physical description:
0.1 linear meter
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1904
1904-1911
Topic:
Botany
Local number:
SIA RU000225
Summary:
Joseph Hannum Painter was an Aid in the Division of Plants, United States National Museum, 1904-1908. These records contain Painter's incoming and outgoing correspondence with botanists and Smithsonian staff concerning the shipment of specimen collections; identification of specimens; mounting of collections; and Painter's work on the yellow pond lily, Nymphaea. Also included are copies of outgoing payments made by Joseph Nelson Rose for specimen collections, equipment, staff salaries, and labor, circa 1908-1911
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Correspondence 1870-1955 [United States National Museum Division of Plants]
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Correspondence, 1913-1936

Creator:
Freer Gallery of Art Superintendent of Construction
Subject:
Bundy, John
Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art Building
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Drawings
Date:
1913
1913-1936
Topic:
Building--Estimates
Building--Fittings
Museum buildings
Local number:
SIA Acc. 02-027
Summary:
This accession consists of records created and maintained by John Bundy, Superintendent, 1921-1939, documenting the construction and design of the Freer Gallery of Art building as well as materials needed for the building and costs incurred. Materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence, telegrams, account statements, agreements, and sketches
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Correspondence 1913-1936 [Freer Gallery of Art Superintendent of Construction]
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Correspondence, 1901-1954

Creator:
United States National Museum Dept. of Zoology
Subject:
Schmitt, Waldo L (Waldo Lasalle) 1887-1977
True, Frederick William 1858-1914
Stejneger, Leonhard 1851-1943
Killip, Ellsworth Paine 1890-
United States National Museum Dept. of Zoology
United States National Museum Dept. of Biology
Physical description:
0.4 linear meter
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1901
1901-1954
Topic:
Zoology
Local number:
SIA RU000143
Notes:
The Department of Biology was formed during the reorganization of the United States National Museum in 1897. At that time, the various departments in the biological sciences became divisions and the department was set up as the organizational unit controlling those divisions. The first Head Curator was Frederick William True who served from 1897 to 1911. In 1911, Leonhard Stejneger became Head Curator and held that position until his death in 1943. Waldo LaSalle Schmitt was the last Head Curator of the Department and served until its separation in 1947 into the Departments of Zoology and Botany. Schmitt continued as Head Curator of Zoology and Ellsworth Paine Killip was appointed Head Curator of Botany
Summary:
The correspondence in this record unit contains only a portion of the correspondence of the two Departments. Other material relating to the Department of Biology can be found in the Frederick William True Papers, record unit 7181, and the Leonhard Stejneger Papers, record unit 7074
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Correspondence 1901-1964 [United States National Museum Dept. of Zoology]
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Correspondence, 1883-1889

Creator:
United States National Museum Taxidermist
Subject:
Hornaday, William Temple 1854-1937
Palmer, Joseph
Palmer, William 1856-1921
United States National Museum Dept. of Living Animals
United States National Museum
United States Patent Office
United States National Museum Dept. of Anthropology
National Zoological Park (U.S.)
New York Zoological Park
Physical description:
0.3 linear meter
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1883
1883-1889
Topic:
Taxidermy
Local number:
SIA RU000210
Notes:
The history of taxidermy in the Smithsonian Institution closely parallels the development of the public exhibition role of the United States National Museum. Prior to 1858, specimens in the possession of the Museum were made up chiefly for purposes of scientific study, and the art of the taxidermist was not in great demand. The transfer of the national collections from the Patent Office to the Smithsonian in 1858 provided the initial impetus for the development of the United States National Museum's exhibition series and of the skills needed to properly prepare and maintain it
Between 1858 and 1872, the Museum used both outside contractors and some staff members to do necessary mounting work. Increased appropriations from Congress in 1872 allowed the hiring of a permanent taxidermist, Joseph Palmer. In 1874, his son William also joined the taxidermic staff. Both Palmers continued their association with the Smithsonian until their deaths, Joseph's in 1913 and William's in 1921. In his later years, Joseph Palmer worked chiefly with the Department of Anthropology, modeling figures for exhibit
William Temple Hornaday became Taxidermist in 1882 and remained with the Museum until 1889. In the course of his taxidermic work at the Museum, Hornaday began to collect live animals to serve as models for his mountings. The public interest that these animals generated led to the creation of the Department of Living Animals in 1888 with Hornaday as its first Curator. This eventually became the nucleus of the National Zoological Park, which was started in 1890. Hornaday was named the first Superintendent, but policy differences arose which eventually led to his resignation in 1890. In 1896, he became Director of the New York Zoological Park and held that position for thirty years. On Hornaday's resignation, William Palmer was appointed chief Taxidermist
Summary:
This record unit includes an alphabetical file of correspondence of William Temple Hornaday as Taxidermist and Curator of Living Animals. The correspondence deals mainly with the collecting and shipping of specimens and live animals, Hornaday's trip to Montana in 1886, taxidermy, and the operations of Hornaday's departments. Correspondents include museum officials, collectors, shippers, and taxidermists
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Correspondence 1883-1889 [United States National Museum Taxidermist]
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Correspondence, 1878-1906

Creator:
United States National Museum Division of Insects
Subject:
Ashmead, William H (William Harris) 1855-1908
Howard, L. O (Leland Ossian) 1857-1950
Riley, Charles V (Charles Valentine) 1843-1895
Smith, John Bernhard 1858-1912
United States Dept. of Agriculture
United States National Museum
Physical description:
0.7 linear meter
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1878
1878-1906
Topic:
Entomology
Local number:
SIA RU000138
Notes:
The Smithsonian Institution, prior to 1882, confined its activities in entomology to the distribution of specimens to workers in the field and the publication of their research. Many of the specimens eventually were deposited with the United States Department of Agriculture which the Smithsonian had designated as repository for the collections in 1874. The need for better curation of the collection led to the appointment of the Department of Agriculture Entomologist, Charles Valentine Riley, as Honorary Curator of Insects and to the transfer of the collection to the United States National Museum in 1882. Riley's successor at the Agriculture Department, Leland Ossian Howard, became Honorary Curator on Riley's death in 1895 and held the post until his own death in 1950. Other entomologists from Agriculture also served frequently as custodians of various parts of the collection
In addition to the Department of Agriculture staff, the Museum also appointed a number of curators in the Division of Insects. For the time period covered by these records, those curators included John Bernhard Smith, Assistant Curator, 1886-1889, and William Harris Ashmead, Assistant Curator, 1897-1908
Summary:
These records are the official incoming correspondence for the Division of Insects regarding determination, acquisition and loan of specimens, and other scientific matters
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Correspondence 1878-1963 [United States National Museum Division of Insects]
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Correspondence, 1870-1893

Creator:
United States National Museum Division of Plants
Subject:
Vasey, George
Cammon, C. A
Loring, George Bailey 1817-1891
Rusk, Jeremiah McLain 1830-1893
Watts, Frederick
Willits Mr (Edwin) 1830-1896
Coville, Frederick V (Frederick Vernon) 1867-1937
Rose, J. N (Joseph Nelson) 1862-1928
Dewey, Lyster H (Lyster Hoxie) 1865-1944
Torrey, John 1796-1873
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
Parry, Charles Christopher 1823-1890
Ward, Lester Frank 1841-1913
United States Experimental Grass and Forage Station (Garden City, Kansas)
United States Dept. of Agriculture
United States National Herbarium
Physical description:
2.9 linear meters
Type:
Letterpress copybooks
Collection descriptions
Date:
1870
1870-1893
Topic:
Botany
Local number:
SIA RU000220
Notes:
The foundations of the present Department of Botany of the National Museum of Natural History are the extensive collections of plants gathered by the government exploring expeditions of the 1800s and those assembled by the United States Department of Agriculture in connection with its investigations. The Smithsonian had original control of the specimens collected by the expeditions, and these were forwarded to John Torrey at Columbia College in New York, who had offered to house and prepare the collections without remuneration. When Torrey returned the specimens in 1868, lack of facilities and manpower led Joseph Henry to arrange for the Department of Agriculture to act as repository for the collections. There it was merged with the existing collections of the Department. Charles Christopher Parry was named Botanist of the Department of Agriculture in 1868 to care for the collection and served until 1871. George Vasey was appointed Botanist and Curator of the National Herbarium in 1872
Lester Frank Ward, who had been appointed Honorary Curator of Fossil Plants in the United States National Museum in 1881, put together another collection of plants for comparison with his fossil specimens. This collection grew to the point where Ward was also named Honorary Curator of the Department of Recent Plants in 1885. In 1889, Vasey was given charge of the collection and appointed Honorary Curator of the Department of Botany. He retained this title until his death in 1893
In 1894, arrangements were made by Frederick Vernon Coville, Vasey's successor, to have the collections housed at Agriculture moved to the Museum. There they were merged with Ward's collection although transfer of appropriations and personnel did not occur until 1896. Since that time, administration of the United States National Herbarium has come from the United States National Museum's Division of Plants and its successors
Summary:
Most of these records are the official files of George Vasey as Botanist of the United States Department of Agriculture and Curator of the United States National Herbarium from 1872 to 1893. They include incoming and occasional outgoing correspondence, mostly to Vasey, but sometimes to Jeremiah M. Rusk, Secretary of Agriculture; Edwin Willits, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture; Frederick Watts and George B. Loring, Commissioners of the Department of Agriculture; and C. A. Cammon, Assistant Commissioner of the Department. All correspondence was referred to Vasey for response; and he either answered it himself or referred it to one of the Assistant Botanists, Joseph Nelson Rose, Frederick Vernon Coville, or Lyster Hoxie Dewey. Correspondents include leading United States and foreign botanists; colleagues; directors and curators of United States and foreign herbaria; custodians of botanical nurseries; naturalists; plant collectors; dealers in patent medicines; feed companies; seed growers; ranchers; farmers; geological surveys of the United States and Canada; Department of Agriculture staff members and administrative officers; Smithsonian Institution administrators; newspaper publishers and editors; scientific societies; the United States Experimental Grass and Forage Station at Garden City, Kansas; and in particular, botanists from the agricultural and mining colleges and their agricultural experiment stations
This record unit contains requests for botanical specimens and seeds; determination, identification, and description of plants, grasses, and seeds, requests for plants to protect embankments; purchase of specimens; transfer of specimens to the National Herbarium; exchange of plant collections; lists of specimens in herbaria; information on plant collection methods; collecting in the field; botanical experiments; publishing taxonomies and other articles on botanical collections; requests for Department of Agriculture publications on American grasses; requests for Smithsonian publications; requests by Vasey for botanical publications; Smithsonian requests for material regarding the National Herbarium for its Annual Report; requests for jobs with the Department of Agriculture; staff salary increases and transfers of staff members; activities of colleagues and their collections; personal matters; and drafts of manuscripts
Also included are outgoing letterpress correspondence from Vasey, administrative officers of the Department of Agriculture, and Assistant Botanists regarding the above subjects
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Correspondence 1870-1955 [United States National Museum Division of Plants]
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