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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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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
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Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 1, Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes
Identifier:
Record Unit 1
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Minutes
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0001
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[Clark, Kenneth Talk at Smithson Bicentennial]

Collection Correspondent:
Hanson, James A.  Search this
Conner, Stuart W.  Search this
Dempsey, Hugh A.  Search this
Brasser, Ted J.  Search this
DeMallie, Raymond  Search this
Schaeffer, Claude E.  Search this
Taylor, Colin F.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Ewers, John C. (John Canfield), 1909-1997  Search this
Container:
Box 45
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1965
Collection Restrictions:
The John Canfield Ewers papers are open for research.
Collection Rights:
Contact repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
John Canfield Ewers papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
John Canfield Ewers Papers
John Canfield Ewers Papers / Series 2: Research and Subject Files / [Writings by Others]
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw383b320ca-2b70-4eba-ac22-5f966adb7d95
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-1998-35-ref3643

[Levi-Strauss, Claude "Anthropology: Its Achievements and Future" at Smithson Bicentennial,]

Collection Correspondent:
Hanson, James A.  Search this
Conner, Stuart W.  Search this
Dempsey, Hugh A.  Search this
Brasser, Ted J.  Search this
DeMallie, Raymond  Search this
Schaeffer, Claude E.  Search this
Taylor, Colin F.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Ewers, John C. (John Canfield), 1909-1997  Search this
Container:
Box 47
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1968
Collection Restrictions:
The John Canfield Ewers papers are open for research.
Collection Rights:
Contact repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
John Canfield Ewers papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
John Canfield Ewers Papers
John Canfield Ewers Papers / Series 2: Research and Subject Files / [Writings by Others]
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3babc44d0-d228-4c21-98d7-50dd575ce534
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-1998-35-ref3665

[Mumford, Lewis "Technics and the Nature of Man" Talk at Smithson Bicentennial,]

Collection Correspondent:
Hanson, James A.  Search this
Conner, Stuart W.  Search this
Dempsey, Hugh A.  Search this
Brasser, Ted J.  Search this
DeMallie, Raymond  Search this
Schaeffer, Claude E.  Search this
Taylor, Colin F.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Ewers, John C. (John Canfield), 1909-1997  Search this
Container:
Box 47
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1968
Collection Restrictions:
The John Canfield Ewers papers are open for research.
Collection Rights:
Contact repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
John Canfield Ewers papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
John Canfield Ewers Papers
John Canfield Ewers Papers / Series 2: Research and Subject Files / [Writings by Others]
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3e8d22bd8-e772-42ad-a053-2afd46eae6d9
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-1998-35-ref3671

200th Anniversary [of Smithson's Birth,] (See Also: Smithson Bicentennial)

Collection Correspondent:
Hanson, James A.  Search this
Conner, Stuart W.  Search this
Dempsey, Hugh A.  Search this
Brasser, Ted J.  Search this
DeMallie, Raymond  Search this
Schaeffer, Claude E.  Search this
Taylor, Colin F.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Ewers, John C. (John Canfield), 1909-1997  Search this
Container:
Box 6
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1964-1966
Collection Restrictions:
The John Canfield Ewers papers are open for research.
Collection Rights:
Contact repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
John Canfield Ewers papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
John Canfield Ewers Papers
John Canfield Ewers Papers / Series 9: Smithsonian Institution / Exhibits
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw366c7216c-5fd7-481e-80a2-c825da4a73be
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-1998-35-ref4596

Smithson Bicentennial – Current

Collection Correspondent:
Hanson, James A.  Search this
Conner, Stuart W.  Search this
Dempsey, Hugh A.  Search this
Brasser, Ted J.  Search this
DeMallie, Raymond  Search this
Schaeffer, Claude E.  Search this
Taylor, Colin F.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Ewers, John C. (John Canfield), 1909-1997  Search this
Container:
Box 11
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1965
Collection Restrictions:
The John Canfield Ewers papers are open for research.
Collection Rights:
Contact repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
John Canfield Ewers papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
John Canfield Ewers Papers
John Canfield Ewers Papers / Series 9: Smithsonian Institution / Exhibits
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3a1710ade-f082-4587-9ae4-1ba46b0535eb
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-1998-35-ref4647

James Smithson Bicentennial medal, United States, 1965

Issuing authority:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Manufacturer:
Medallic Art Company Ltd.  Search this
Physical Description:
struck (overall production method)
bronze (overall metal)
circular (overall shape)
Measurements:
overall: 63.4 mm; x 2 1/2 in
Object Name:
Medal
Place made:
United States
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1965
ID Number:
1991.0009.0395
Catalog number:
1991.0009.0395
Accession number:
1991.0009
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-617b-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1081642

James Smithson Bicentennial medal, United States, 1965

Issuing authority:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Manufacturer:
Medallic Art Company Ltd.  Search this
Physical Description:
struck (overall production method)
bronze (overall metal)
circular (overall shape)
Measurements:
overall: 63.4 mm; x 2 1/2 in
Object Name:
Medal
Place made:
United States
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1965
ID Number:
1991.0009.0394
Catalog number:
1991.0009.0394
Accession number:
1991.0009
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-7dc6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1081643

James Smithson Bicentennial medal, United States, 1965

Issuing authority:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Manufacturer:
Medallic Art Company Ltd.  Search this
Physical Description:
struck (overall production method)
bronze (overall metal)
circular (overall shape)
Measurements:
overall: 2 1/2 in; x 6.35 cm
Object Name:
Medal
Place made:
United States
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1965
ID Number:
1991.0009.0978
Catalog number:
1991.0009.0978
Accession number:
1991.0009
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-39e7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1081644

James Smithson Bicentennial medal, United States, 1965

Issuing authority:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Manufacturer:
Medallic Art Company Ltd.  Search this
Physical Description:
struck (overall production method)
bronze (overall metal)
circular (overall shape)
Measurements:
overall: 63.4 mm; x 2 1/2 in
Object Name:
Medal
Place made:
United States
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1965
ID Number:
1991.0009.0396
Catalog number:
1991.0009.0396
Accession number:
1991.0009
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-28c6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1081645

Smithsonian Flags Redesigned for Smithson Bicentennial

Subject:
Bicentennial Celebration Commemorating the Birth of James Smithson 1965  Search this
Date:
1965
Topic:
Flags  Search this
Insignia  Search this
Logo  Search this
Smithsonian Flag  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11517

Flag Designed for the National Museum of Natural History, Smithson Bicentennial

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Bicentennial Celebration Commemorating the Birth of James Smithson 1965  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Object
Date:
c. 1971
Topic:
Flags  Search this
Insignia  Search this
Logo  Search this
Smithsonian Flag  Search this
Standard number:
71-1900
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11525

Flag Designed for the National Museum, Smithson Bicentennial

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Bicentennial Celebration Commemorating the Birth of James Smithson 1965  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Object
Date:
c. 1971
Topic:
Flags  Search this
Insignia  Search this
Logo  Search this
Smithsonian Flag  Search this
Standard number:
71-1899
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11527

Flag Designed for the National Air and Space Museum, Smithson Bicentennial

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Bicentennial Celebration Commemorating the Birth of James Smithson 1965  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Object
Date:
c. 1971
Topic:
Flags  Search this
Insignia  Search this
Logo  Search this
Smithsonian Flag  Search this
Standard number:
71-1897
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11528

Flag Designed for the National Zoological Park, Smithson Bicentennial

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Bicentennial Celebration Commemorating the Birth of James Smithson 1965  Search this
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Object
Date:
c. 1971
Topic:
Flags  Search this
Insignia  Search this
Logo  Search this
Smithsonian Flag  Search this
Standard number:
71-1894
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11532

Flag Designed for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Smithson Bicentennial

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Bicentennial Celebration Commemorating the Birth of James Smithson 1965  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Object
Date:
1971
Topic:
Flags  Search this
Insignia  Search this
Logo  Search this
Smithsonian Flag  Search this
Standard number:
71-1893
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11533

Flag Designed for Science Information Exchange, Smithson Bicentennial

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Bicentennial Celebration Commemorating the Birth of James Smithson 1965  Search this
Science Information Exchange  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Object
Date:
c. 1971
Topic:
Flags  Search this
Insignia  Search this
Logo  Search this
Smithsonian Flag  Search this
Standard number:
71-1892
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11534

Flag Designed for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Smithson Bicentennial

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Bicentennial Celebration Commemorating the Birth of James Smithson 1965  Search this
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Object
Date:
c. 1971
Topic:
Flags  Search this
Insignia  Search this
Logo  Search this
Smithsonian Flag  Search this
Standard number:
71-1890
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11535

Flag Designed for the National Museum of History and Technology, Smithson Bicentennial

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Bicentennial Celebration Commemorating the Birth of James Smithson 1965  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Object
Date:
c. 1971
Topic:
Flags  Search this
Insignia  Search this
Logo  Search this
Smithsonian Flag  Search this
Standard number:
71-1887
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11537

Flag Designed for the Kennedy Center, Smithson Bicentennial

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Bicentennial Celebration Commemorating the Birth of James Smithson 1965  Search this
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Object
Date:
1971
Topic:
Flags  Search this
Insignia  Search this
Logo  Search this
Smithsonian Flag  Search this
Standard number:
71-1898
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11538

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