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Minutes

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8.70 cu. ft. (9 document boxes) (7 12x17 boxes) (1 16x20 box)
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Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1846-1995
Descriptive Entry:
These records are the official minutes of the Board. They are compiled at the direction of the Secretary of the Smithsonian, who is also secretary to the Board, after approval by the Regents' Executive Committee and by the Regents themselves. The minutes are edited, not a verbatim account of proceedings. For reasons unknown, there are no manuscript minutes for the period from 1857 through 1890; and researchers must rely on printed minutes published in the Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution instead. Minutes are transferred regularly from the Secretary's Office to the Archives. Minutes less than 15 years old are closed to researchers. Indexes exist for the period from 1907 to 1946 and can be useful.
Historical Note:
The Smithsonian Institution was created by authority of an Act of Congress approved August 10, 1846. The Act entrusted direction of the Smithsonian to a body called the Establishment, composed of the President; the Vice President; the Chief Justice of the United States; the secretaries of State, War, Navy, Interior, and Agriculture; the Attorney General; and the Postmaster General. In fact, however, the Establishment last met in 1877, and control of the Smithsonian has always been exercised by its Board of Regents. The membership of the Regents consists of the Vice President and the Chief Justice of the United States; three members each of the Senate and House of Representatives; two citizens of the District of Columbia; and seven citizens of the several states, no two from the same state. (Prior to 1970 the category of Citizen Regents not residents of Washington consisted of four members). By custom the Chief Justice is Chancellor. The office was at first held by the Vice President. However, when Millard Fillmore succeeded to the presidency on the death of Zachary Taylor in 1851, Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney was chosen in his stead. The office has always been filled by the Chief Justice since that time.

The Regents of the Smithsonian have included distinguished Americans from many walks of life. Ex officio members (Vice President) have been: Spiro T. Agnew, Chester A. Arthur, Allen W. Barkley, John C. Breckenridge, George Bush, Schuyler Colfax, Calvin Coolidge, Charles Curtis, George M. Dallas, Charles G. Dawes, Charles W. Fairbanks, Millard Fillmore, Gerald R. Ford, John N. Garner, Hannibal Hamlin, Thomas A. Hendricks, Garret A. Hobart, Hubert H. Humphrey, Andrew Johnson, Lyndon B. Johnson, William R. King, Thomas R. Marshall, Walter F. Mondale, Levi P. Morton, Richard M. Nixon, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Theodore Roosevelt, James S. Sherman, Adlai E. Stevenson, Harry S. Truman, Henry A. Wallace, William A. Wheeler, Henry Wilson.

Ex officio members (Chief Justice) have been: Roger B. Taney, Salmon P. Chase, Nathan Clifford, Morrison R. Waite, Samuel F. Miller, Melville W. Fuller, Edward D. White, William Howard Taft, Charles Evans Hughes, Harlan F. Stone, Fred M. Vinson, Earl Warren, Warren E. Burger.

Regents on the part of the Senate have been: Clinton P. Anderson, Newton Booth, Sidney Breese, Lewis Cass, Robert Milledge Charlton, Bennet Champ Clark, Francis M. Cockrell, Shelby Moore Cullom, Garrett Davis, Jefferson Davis, George Franklin Edmunds, George Evans, Edwin J. Garn, Walter F. George, Barry Goldwater, George Gray, Hannibal Hamlin, Nathaniel Peter Hill, George Frisbie Hoar, Henry French Hollis, Henry M. Jackson, William Lindsay, Henry Cabot Lodge, Medill McCormick, James Murray Mason, Samuel Bell Maxey, Robert B. Morgan, Frank E. Moss, Claiborne Pell, George Wharton Pepper, David A. Reed, Leverett Saltonstall, Hugh Scott, Alexander H. Smith, Robert A. Taft, Lyman Trumbull, Wallace H. White, Jr., Robert Enoch Withers.

Regents on the part of the House of Representatives have included: Edward P. Boland, Frank T. Bow, William Campbell Breckenridge, Overton Brooks, Benjamin Butterworth, Clarence Cannon, Lucius Cartrell, Hiester Clymer, William Colcock, William P. Cole, Jr., Maurice Connolly, Silvio O. Conte, Edward E. Cox, Edward H. Crump, John Dalzell, Nathaniel Deering, Hugh A. Dinsmore, William English, John Farnsworth, Scott Ferris, Graham Fitch, James Garfield, Charles L. Gifford, T. Alan Goldsborough, Frank L. Greene, Gerry Hazleton, Benjamin Hill, Henry Hilliard, Ebenezer Hoar, William Hough, William M. Howard, Albert Johnson, Leroy Johnson, Joseph Johnston, Michael Kirwan, James T. Lloyd, Robert Luce, Robert McClelland, Samuel K. McConnell, Jr., George H. Mahon, George McCrary, Edward McPherson, James R. Mann, George Perkins Marsh, Norman Y. Mineta, A. J. Monteague, R. Walton Moore, Walter H. Newton, Robert Dale Owen, James Patterson, William Phelps, Luke Poland, John Van Schaick Lansing Pruyn, B. Carroll Reece, Ernest W. Roberts, Otho Robards Singleton, Frank Thompson, Jr., John M. Vorys, Hiram Warner, Joseph Wheeler.

Citizen Regents have been: David C. Acheson, Louis Agassiz, James B. Angell, Anne L. Armstrong, William Backhouse Astor, J. Paul Austin, Alexander Dallas Bache, George Edmund Badger, George Bancroft, Alexander Graham Bell, James Gabriel Berrett, John McPherson Berrien, Robert W. Bingham, Sayles Jenks Bowen, William G. Bowen, Robert S. Brookings, John Nicholas Brown, William A. M. Burden, Vannevar Bush, Charles F. Choate, Jr., Rufus Choate, Arthur H. Compton, Henry David Cooke, Henry Coppee, Samuel Sullivan Cox, Edward H. Crump, James Dwight Dana, Harvey N. Davis, William Lewis Dayton, Everette Lee Degolyer, Richard Delafield, Frederic A. Delano, Charles Devens, Matthew Gault Emery, Cornelius Conway Felton, Robert V. Fleming, Murray Gell-Mann, Robert F. Goheen, Asa Gray, George Gray, Crawford Hallock Greenwalt, Nancy Hanks, Caryl Parker Haskins, Gideon Hawley, John B. Henderson, John B. Henderson, Jr., A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Gardner Greene Hubbard, Charles Evans Hughes, Carlisle H. Humelsine, Jerome C. Hunsaker, William Preston Johnston, Irwin B. Laughlin, Walter Lenox, Augustus P. Loring, John Maclean, William Beans Magruder, John Walker Maury, Montgomery Cunningham Meigs, John C. Merriam, R. Walton Moore, Roland S. Morris, Dwight W. Morrow, Richard Olney, Peter Parker, Noah Porter, William Campbell Preston, Owen Josephus Roberts, Richard Rush, William Winston Seaton, Alexander Roby Shepherd, William Tecumseh Sherman, Otho Robards Singleton, Joseph Gilbert Totten, John Thomas Towers, Frederic C. Walcott, Richard Wallach, Thomas J. Watson, Jr., James E. Webb, James Clarke Welling, Andrew Dickson White, Henry White, Theodore Dwight Woolsey.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Museum trustees  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 1, Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes
Identifier:
Record Unit 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Engineering Model, Mariner 2

Manufacturer:
NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory  Search this
Materials:
Aluminum, mixed metals
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 ft. 1 in. tall x 5 ft. 10 in. wide x 5 ft. 10 in. deep, 1118 lb. (246.4 x 177.8 x 177.8cm, 507.1kg)
Type:
SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Test Vehicles
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
July 1, 1976 to present
Credit Line:
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Inventory Number:
A19760027000
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Air and Space Museum
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Spacefarers how humans will settle the Moon, Mars, and beyond Christopher Wanjek

Author:
Wanjek, Christopher 1967-  Search this
Physical description:
389 pages illustrations 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Outer space
Espace extra-atmosphérique
Date:
2020
Topic:
Astronautics and civilization  Search this
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Astronautique et civilisation  Search this
Voyages interplanétaires  Search this
Exploration of outer space  Search this
Exploration  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1153438

Voyage dans la lune avant 1900 par A. De Ville D'Avray

Author:
Ville D'Avray, A. de  Search this
Former owner:
Kendall, Evelyn Way 1893-1979 DSI  Search this
Author:
Evelyn Way Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation Collection DSI  Search this
Publisher:
Furne, Jouvet et Cie  Search this
Physical description:
50 pages chiefly color illustrations 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Moon
Date:
1892
Topic:
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Voyages, Imaginary  Search this
Literature  Search this
In literature  Search this
Call number:
PN56.V6 V4 1892X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1076515

Model, Planetary Probe, Mariner 2

Manufacturer:
NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory  Search this
Materials:
Plastic, mesh wire, steel
Dimensions:
Approximate: 45.72 x 30.48cm (1ft 6in. x 1ft)
Type:
MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Inventory Number:
A19751493000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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By space ship to the moon, by Jack Coggins and Fletcher Pratt

Author:
Coggins, Jack  Search this
Pratt, Fletcher  Search this
Physical description:
56 p. illus. 29 cm
Type:
Books
Juvenile literature
Place:
Moon
Date:
1952
[1952]
Topic:
Interplanetary voyages--Juvenile literature  Search this
Call number:
TL789 .C65X
TL789.C65X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_74677

Wingless on luna : presented at Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York, May 18, 1988 / Neil A. Armstrong

Author:
Armstrong, Neil 1930-2012  Search this
Physical description:
25 p. : ill., port ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1988
C1988
Topic:
Lunar excursion module  Search this
Space vehicles--Landing  Search this
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Astronautics--History  Search this
Call number:
TL789.8.U6 A652 1988
TL789.8.U6A652 1988
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Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_378130

Raketen-Flugtechnik / von Eugen Sänger

Title:
Raketenflugtechnik
Author:
Sänger, Eugen 1905-  Search this
Former owner:
Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences (U.S.) Aeronautical Archives DSI  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 222 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1945
Topic:
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Call number:
TL782 .S33 1945
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1054192

The conquest of space, by David Lasser ... with an introduction by Dr. H.H. Sheldon ..

Author:
Lasser, David 1902-  Search this
Former owner:
National Geographic Society (U.S.) DSI  Search this
Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences (U.S.) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
3 preliminary leaves, 271 pages illustrations, IV plates (including frontispiece) 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1931
Topic:
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Call number:
TL790 .L34
TL790.L34
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_92183

A handbook of space flight [by] Wayne Proell and Norman J. Bowman

Author:
Proell, Wayne Arthur 1915-  Search this
Bowman, Norman J (Norman John) 1918-  Search this
Physical description:
185 p. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1950
Topic:
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Science--Tables  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Call number:
TL790.P7X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_92260

Das Problem der Befahrung des Weltraums; der Raketen-motor, von Hermann Noordung

Author:
Noordung, Hermann 1892-1929  Search this
Former owner:
Burden, William A. M (William Armistead Moale) 1906-1984 DSI  Search this
Physical description:
188, [4] pages illustrations (some color) diagrams 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1929
Topic:
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Space flight  Search this
Space stations  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Call number:
TL790 .N6X
TL790 .N6X 1929
TL790.N6X
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Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_74950

Interstellar travel and multi-generation space ships / edited by Yoji Kondo [and others]

Author:
Kondo, Yoji  Search this
Physical description:
125 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2003
©2003
Topic:
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Space vehicles  Search this
Space flight  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1048653

The space elevator / Bradley C. Edwards, Eric A. Westling

Author:
Edwards, Bradley C  Search this
Westling, Eric A  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 280 p. : ill ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Astronautics  Search this
Science fiction  Search this
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Elevators  Search this
Call number:
TL790 .E39 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_925093

Voyages to the moon

Author:
Nicolson, Marjorie Hope 1894-1981  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 297 p. illus. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Moon
Date:
1948
Topic:
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Voyages, Imaginary  Search this
In literature  Search this
Call number:
PN56.V6 N62
PN56.V6N62
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_38901

The message of the engraved stones of Ica / Javier Cabrera Darquea

Author:
Cabrera Darquea, Javier  Search this
Physical description:
256, 63 p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Peru
Ica (Region)
Ica (Peru : Region)
Date:
1994
Topic:
Indians of South America--Antiquities  Search this
Petroglyphs  Search this
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
F3429.1.I24 C33 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_916837

Spacewards

Issuing body:
Combined British Astronautical Societies  Search this
Subject:
Combined British Astronautical Societies  Search this
Physical description:
volumes : illustrations ; 22 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1939
Topic:
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_907483

The conquest of space. Paintings by Chesley Bonestell; text by Willy Ley

Author:
Ley, Willy 1906-1969  Search this
Webb, James E (James Edwin) 1906-1992 DSI  Search this
Ill:
Bonestell, Chesley  Search this
Former owner:
Edwards, L. K (Lawrence K.) DSI  Search this
Signer:
Schirra, Wally DSI  Search this
Borman, Frank 1928- DSI  Search this
Shepard, Alan B (Alan Bartlett) 1923- DSI  Search this
McDonnell, James S. 1899-1980 DSI  Search this
Boushey, Homer A. 1909-2000 DSI  Search this
Root, L. E. DSI  Search this
Clarke, Arthur Charles 1917- DSI  Search this
Bonestell, Chesley DSI  Search this
Fletcher, James Chipman 1919- DSI  Search this
Crippen, Robert L. DSI  Search this
Young, John (John Watts) 1930- DSI  Search this
Yardley, John F. 1925-2001 DSI  Search this
Aldrin, Buzz DSI  Search this
Armstrong, Neil 1930-2012 DSI  Search this
Ride, Sally DSI  Search this
Physical description:
160 p. illus. (part col.) 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Moon
Date:
1949
Topic:
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Planets  Search this
Space flight in art  Search this
Call number:
TL793.5 .L49 1949
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_734828

Frontiers of space / Andrew Wilson

Author:
Wilson, Andrew  Search this
Physical description:
192 p. : ill. (some col.), facsims. ; 33 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Outer space
Date:
1985
C1985
Topic:
Space flight--History  Search this
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Exploration  Search this
Call number:
TL788.5 .W55 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_917621

The conquest of space / by David Lasser ; with the original foreword by Dr. H.H. Sheldon and a new introduction by Sir Arthur C. Clarke

Author:
Lasser, David 1902-  Search this
Subject:
Clarke, Arthur C (Arthur Charles) 1917-2008  Search this
Physical description:
191 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2002
©2002
Topic:
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1050075

Grundriss einer Geschichte der Rakete / von Willy Ley

Author:
Ley, Willy 1906-1969  Search this
Former owner:
Burden, William A. M (William Armistead Moale) 1906-1984 DSI  Search this
Physical description:
16 p. ill. 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1932
C1932
Topic:
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Call number:
TL782 .L68 1932
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_483861

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