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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries  Search this
Subject:
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887  Search this
Adler, Cyrus 1863-1940  Search this
Brockett, Paul 1872-1946  Search this
Clark, Leila F  Search this
Corbin, William L  Search this
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Murdoch, John 1852-1925  Search this
True, Frederick William 1858-1914  Search this
Watkins, J. Elfreth (John Elfreth) 1852-1903  Search this
Jewett, Charles C (Charles Coffin) 1816-1868  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Libraries  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Library of Congress  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
9.43 cu. ft. (18 document boxes) (1 12x17 box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Books
Date:
1865
1865-1951
Notes:
The Act organizing the Smithsonian Institution in 1846 provided for the ". . . gradual formation of a library, composed of valuable works pertaining to all departments of human knowledge." Charles C. Jewett became the first administrator of the Smithsonian Library in 1847. After Jewett's resignation in 1854, the position of Librarian remained vacant until the appointment of Frederick William True in 1881. During the interim, library affairs were administered by Secretary Joseph Henry and Assistant Secretary Spencer F. Baird. Administrative officers of the Smithsonian Library included True, 1881-1887; John Murdoch, 1887-1892; J. Elfreth Watkins, July-October, 1892; Cyrus Adler, 1892-1909, including the years 1905-1909 when he held the title of Assistant Secretary in charge of Library and Exchanges; Frederick William True, 1911-1914, with the title Assistant Secretary in charge of Library and Exchanges; Paul Brockett, 1914-1924, with the title Assistant Librarian; William L. Corbin, 1925-1942; and Leila F. Clark, 1943- .
Organization:
(1) General correspondence, 1878-1944; (2) outgoing correspondence, 1882-1885; (3) ledgers, logbooks, and other records concerning books borrowed and lent, publications deposited in the Library of Congress, and the exchange of publications with other institutions, 1865-1951; (4) correspondence, plans, specifications, and contracts relating to the construction of book stacks in the main hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building, 1914-1915
Summary:
These records contain material concerning both the Smithsonian and United States National Museum libraries and consist mostly of incoming and outgoing correspondence. Most of the correspondence is routine and deals with requests for publications, acknowledgements of publications received, the exchange of publications, employment inquiries, staff matters, and administrative policy.
Correspondents include Smithsonian and Museum administrative officers and staff, libraries, scientific institutions and societies, and the general public. Of special interest is correspondence regarding the evacuation of rare books, manuscripts, and archival material from the library during World War II. Other material includes ledgers, logbooks, and other records relating to books borrowed and lent, publications deposited in the Library of Congress, and the exchange of publications with other institutions; and records relating to the construction of book stacks in the main hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building, 1914-1915.
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
Topic:
Museum libraries  Search this
Libraries--Public relations  Search this
Interlibrary loans  Search this
Collection management (Libraries)  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000217
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_216783