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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.
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Museums -- Administration  Search this
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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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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0001
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Cover of Joseph Henry Paper's Vol. 11

Author:
Rothenberg, Marc 1949-  Search this
Dorman, Kathleen W  Search this
Millikan, Frank R  Search this
Shoenfeld, Sarah  Search this
Jeffries, Deborah Y  Search this
Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Smithsonian Books  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers (December 26, 1972: Smithsonian Institution Building)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 7.25w x 10.25h; Type of Image: Book Cover; Medium: Book
Type:
Photographic print
Book Cover
Date:
2007
Topic:
Books  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2011-0514
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_12669

Joseph Henry Letter to Stephen Alexander (April 26, 1861)

Author:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
Alexander, Stephen  Search this
Henry, Caroline 1839-1920  Search this
Henry, Helen Louisa 1836-1912  Search this
Henry, Mary Anna 1834-1903  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Color ; Size: 8w x 10 1/2h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
April 26, 1861
Civil War, 1861-1865
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Letters  Search this
History  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-3536
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13036
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John Wise Letter to Joseph Henry and James P. Epsy (December 15, 1848)

Author:
Wise, John 1808-1879  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Espy, James P (James Pollard) 1785-1860  Search this
Meteorological Project  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 7w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Date:
December 15, 1848
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Ballooning  Search this
Meteorologists  Search this
Meteorology  Search this
Letters  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-0437
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13051

Excerpt from Joseph Henry's Desk Diary (January 29, 1872)

Author:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Color ; Size: 14w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Date:
January 29, 1872
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Publications  Search this
Experiments  Search this
Funds  Search this
Management  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Diaries  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-3176
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13053
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Joseph Henry's Locked Book Entry (March 22, 1864)

Author:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
Andrews, Solomon 1806-1872  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Color ; Size: 8w x 10 1/2h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Book
Place:
United States
Date:
March 22, 1864
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Ballooning  Search this
Inventions  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Science  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-3313
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13059
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Lewis H. Steiner's Letter to Edward Foreman (June 3, 1852)

Author:
Steiner, Lewis H  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
Foreman, Edward  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Color ; Size: 7 1/2w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Maryland
Date:
June 3, 1852
Topic:
Earthquakes  Search this
Librarians  Search this
Physicians  Search this
Clerks  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-3217
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13065

Excerpt from Joseph Henry's Record of Experiments Book 3 (May 8, 1843)

Author:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
Princeton University  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Color ; Size: 18.35w x 13.53h ; Type of Image: Book ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Paper
Document
Place:
United States
Date:
May 8, 1843
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Experiments  Search this
Records  Search this
Magnetism  Search this
Rocks  Search this
Lightning rods  Search this
Minerals  Search this
Electricity  Search this
Science--Experiments  Search this
Science  Search this
Electromagnetism  Search this
Physics  Search this
Geology  Search this
Mineralogy  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-6612
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13072
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George Mifflin Dallas' Letter to Joseph Henry (August 6, 1847)

Author:
Dallas, George Mifflin 1792-1864  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
United States. Office of the Vice President  Search this
United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Color ; Size: 7 5/8w x 9 13/16h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Place:
United States
Date:
August 6, 1847
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Domes  Search this
Lightning  Search this
Letters  Search this
Meteorology  Search this
Electromagnetism  Search this
Electricity  Search this
Science  Search this
Lightning rods  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-2925
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13084
Online Media:

Edward Foreman

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
Foreman, Edward  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Sepia ; Size: 2.75w x 4.5h ; Type of Image: Portrait ; Medium: Card photograph
Type:
Card photograph
Date:
c. 1870s
Topic:
Portraits  Search this
Clerks  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-7655 or SA-556
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13114

Joseph Henry's Letter to Hannibal Hamlin (April 22, 1870)

Author:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
Hamlin, Hannibal 1809-1891  Search this
United States Congress  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Smithsonian Park  Search this
United States. Office of the Vice President  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Color ; Size: 7.17w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Maine
Potomac River
Date:
April 22, 1870
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Washington Canal  Search this
Legislators  Search this
City planning--Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Letters  Search this
Sewerage  Search this
Canals  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-6146
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13147
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Robert M. Patterson's Letter to Joseph Henry (January 27, 1841)

Author:
Patterson, Robert M (Robert Maskell) 1787-1854  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
United States Mint  Search this
American Philosophical Society  Search this
Princeton University  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Color ; Size: 8w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Place:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Date:
January 27, 1841
Topic:
Letters  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-2847
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13295
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Senior Class of the College of New Jersey's Letter to Joseph Henry (February 13, 1837)

Author:
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)  Search this
Princeton University  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Color ; Size: 7 1/4w x 9h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Date:
February 13, 1837
Topic:
Letters  Search this
Students  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-2944
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13301
Online Media:

Joseph Henry

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 6 3/4w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Date:
c. early 1840s
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-2975
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13336

Student's Room at the College of New Jersey

Author:
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 6 3/4w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Place:
Princeton (N.J.)
Date:
1845
Topic:
Students  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-3412
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13363

John Robert Buhler

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
Buhler, John Robert 1829-1866  Search this
College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 6 3/4w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Date:
c. 1850
Topic:
Letters  Search this
Students  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-3413
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13364

Minot's Ledge Lighthouse

Author:
Waud, Alfred R  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
Alexander, B. S (Barton Stone) 1819-1878  Search this
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Harper's Weekly  Search this
United States Light House Board  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 6 3/4w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Place:
Boston (Mass.)
Date:
July 10, 1869
Topic:
Engineering  Search this
Lighthouses  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-3531
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13382

Minutes of the Permanent Commission of the Navy, Meeting XXXV (May 28, 1863)

Author:
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
United States Navy  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Permanent Commission of the Navy  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 7 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 6 3/4w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Date:
May 28, 1863
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Inventions  Search this
Weapons  Search this
Meetings  Search this
Reports  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-3532 and SIA2012-3560 and SIA2012-3561 and SIA2012-3562 and SIA2012-3563 and SIA2012-3564 and SIA2012-3565
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13383
Online Media:

Five dollar bill created by the National Currency Act of February 25, 1863

Author:
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
Chase, Salmon Portland  Search this
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)  Search this
United States Congress  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
United States. Secretary of the Treasury  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 6 3/4w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
1863
Topic:
Science  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Money  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-3533
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13384

Illustration of a Siren Fog Signal

Author:
Tyndall, John 1820-1893  Search this
Joseph Henry Papers Project  Search this
Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 6 3/4w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Date:
1875
Topic:
Signals and signaling  Search this
England  Search this
Science--Experiments  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-3534
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13385

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