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.
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.
This accession consists of records that document the work and involvement of staff in the Office of the Registrar in the planning, preparation and movement of the collections
of the National Museum of the American Indian from New York to the Cultural Resources Center in Maryland. Staff represented in the collection include Lee A. Callander, Registrar
and Anne Drumheller, Registrar. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, meeting notes, floor plans, images, clippings, and other related materials.
This accession consists of statements of interest and qualifications from architecture firms interested in submitting a design for the National Museum of the American
Indian Mall museum and the collections center in Suitland, Maryland, later known as the Cultural Resources Center. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, statements
of qualifications, interview notes, and a videotape.
This accession consists of records that document the Staff Planning Committee at the Museum of the American Indian (MAI) at the George Gustav Heye Center in New York
City. The committee was responsible for planning the transition of MAI to becoming a part of the Smithsonian Institution. The materials were maintained by Lee A Callander,
Registrar. The records primarily deal with collections space planning and collections storage. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, meeting minutes, floor
plans, architectural drawings, contracts, brochures, and other related materials.
This accession consists of architectural drawings for the construction of the National Postal Museum (NPM). Also included are posters for the opening of the museum
on July 30, 1993. Materials include architectural drawings, floor plans, and posters.
1.5 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 document box)
This accession consists of records documenting the management of collections at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Particularly well documented is the movement
of collections and their storage at off-site facilities, both at commercial facilities and at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum Support Center. Materials include correspondence
and memoranda; planning documents; object lists; leases, contracts, and other agreements; shipping records; architectural drawings and specifications; and related materials.
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2028; Transferring office; 6/1/2015 memorandum, Wright to Towler; Contact reference staff for details.
AirSpace: Behind the Scenes of the National Air and Space Museum (Blog)
How Things Fly (Website)
This accession consists of the National Air and Space Museum website and mobile website as they existed on April 22, 2013. The website includes information about visiting
the museum's facilities, special events, exhibitions, collections, staff, donations, and membership as well as educational resources, histories of various aspects of the museum,
press releases, annual reports, and online exhibitions. The Washington, D.C. museum, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and
Storage Facility are all documented in this single website. The mobile website includes much of the same content, but its design is optimized for viewing on a mobile device.
Also included in this accession is the museum's blog, "AirSpace: Behind the Scenes at the National Air and Space Museum," which was crawled April 22, 2013. The blog provides
a place for staff to write about their behind the scenes work from their own points of view. The blog was opened in March 2009.
In addition, this accession includes the "How Things Fly" website, crawled in two pieces on April 30 and May 1, 2013. The website explains the basic principles that allow
aircraft and spacecraft to fly. It is a companion website to the physical exhibition of the same name.
1.58 cu. ft. (2 document boxes) (1 tall document box)
This accession consists of records documenting the history of the aeronautical and space collections at the Smithsonian Institution, from the United States National
Museum through the National Air Museum to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), including the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility and the Steven
F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Topics include facility design, exhibitions, publicity, and special events. Materials include photographs, concept drawings, informational brochures,
annual reports, design proposals, floor plans, scripts, event programs, pamphlets, clippings, press releases, press books, and related materials.