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Minutes

Extent:
8.70 cu. ft. (9 document boxes) (7 12x17 boxes) (1 16x20 box)
Type:
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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Minutes
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0001
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Productions

Topic:
Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition (Motion picture : 1976)
Work of Peace (Television program : 1984)
Definitive Treaty of Peace Between Great Britain and the United States (1783 September 3)
Yorktown (Motion picture : 1982)
Thomas A. Edison and His Amazing Invention Factories (Motion picture : 1979)
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Place:
United States -- History. Revolution, 1775-1783
Date:
circa 1976-1994
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of audiovisual elements created during the production of "Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition," "Thomas Edison and His Amazing Invention Factory," "Work of Peace," and "Yorktown."

"Celebrating a Century: The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition" accompanied the exhibition "1876: A Centennial Exhibition," which opened in the Arts and Industries Building in 1976, and documents the history of the Philadelphia Exhibition. It was narrated by James Whitmore. In 1976, the film won the CINE Golden Eagle Award, and, in 1978, it won four Emmy Awards.

"Thomas A. Edison and His Amazing Invention Factories," produced in 1979, is a companion film to the exhibition "Edison: Lighting a Revolution" at the National Museum of American History. The 28 minute film was a biography featuring the invention of electric light and the founding of research labs. The film won the 1980 CINE Golden Eagle Award.

"Work of Peace" is a 30 minute television program about the Treaty of Paris of 1783. The program had its national premiere on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) network. It won the Silver Medal at the International Film and TV Festival of New York, the Silver Award at the Houston International Film Festival, a CINE Golden Eagle, and second place in the 1985 National Educational Film Festival.

"Yorktown" was produced by Guggenheim Productions Inc. with oversight from the Office of Telecommunications. The 28 minute film was completed and released in 1982, and was created to commemorate the bicentennial of the Battle of Yorktown, the final battle of the American Revolution. The film features the bicentennial re-enactment of the battle.

Materials include videotapes, a reel-to-reel audiotape, and reels of 16 mm film and soundtrack. Some materials are masters.
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing/listening copies are not currently available. Viewing/listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Museum exhibits  Search this
Documentary television programs  Search this
Yorktown, Battle of, 1782.  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Television -- Production and direction  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-207, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 14-207
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa14-207

Productions

Topic:
Yorktown (Motion picture : 1982)
Extent:
2.08 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 document box) (1 tall document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sound recordings
Date:
1982-1983
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of audiovisual records created during the production of "Yorktown," produced by Guggenheim Productions Inc. with oversight from the Office of Telecommunications. The 28 minute film was completed and released in 1982, and was created to commemorate the bicentennial of the Battle of Yorktown, the final battle of the American Revolution. The film features the bicentennial re-enactment of the battle. Materials include master soundtrack, 1/4" audiotapes; 16 mm release prints in both French and English, and one master is on 1" magnetic tape.
Restrictions:
Restrictions pertaining to the use of these materials may apply (based on contracts/copyright). Access restrictions may also apply if viewing/listening copies are not currently available. Viewing/listening copies can be made for a fee. Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
United States -- History -- Revolution  Search this
Yorktown, Battle of, 1782  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sound recordings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-115, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Telecommunications, Productions
Identifier:
Accession 02-115
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Productions
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-115

Guggenheim Productions, Inc. FC-4-63474

Collection Creator::
National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution). Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 19 of 38
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 15 and 30 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 426, National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution), Office of the Director, Records
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Records
Records / Box 19
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0426-refidd1e6375

America by design / Spiro Kostof

Author:
Kostof, Spiro  Search this
Physical description:
x, 388 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1987
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
City planning  Search this
Parks  Search this
Call number:
NA705.K64 1987X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_323871

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