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Minutes

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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
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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National Academy of Sciences Meeting, Smithsonian Institution Building

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Henry, Mary Anna 1834-1903  Search this
Clark, Frank Wigglesworth  Search this
Dalton, John Call 1825-1889  Search this
Bessels, Emil 1847-1888  Search this
Gould, Benjamin Apthorp  Search this
Billings, John Shaw 1838-1913  Search this
Rhees, William Jones 1830-1907  Search this
Dutton, Clarence E (Clarence Edward) 1841-1912  Search this
Guyot, A (Arnold) 1807-1884  Search this
Parker, Peter  Search this
Mayer, Alfred M  Search this
Silliman, Benjamin 1816-1885  Search this
Loomis, Elias  Search this
Schott, Charles A (Charles Anthony) 1826-1901  Search this
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Morgan, Lewis Henry 1818-1881  Search this
Newberry, John Strong  Search this
Hilgard, J. E  Search this
Woodward, J.J  Search this
Ferrel, William  Search this
Coffin, J. H. C  Search this
Engelmann, George  Search this
Pierce, Benjamin  Search this
Michelson, A. A  Search this
Mitchell, S. Wier  Search this
Endlich, F. M  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group
Date:
April 1874
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Women  Search this
Women--History  Search this
Scientists  Search this
Meetings  Search this
Associations, institutions, etc  Search this
Professional associations  Search this
Learned institutions and societies  Search this
Standard number:
19072 and AI-19072
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_9622

National Academy of Sciences Meeting, Smithsonian Institution Building

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Henry, Mary Anna 1834-1903  Search this
Clark, Frank Wigglesworth  Search this
Dalton, John Call 1825-1889  Search this
Bessels, Emil 1847-1888  Search this
Gould, Benjamin Apthorp  Search this
Billings, John Shaw 1838-1913  Search this
Rhees, William Jones 1830-1907  Search this
Dutton, Clarence E (Clarence Edward) 1841-1912  Search this
Guyot, A (Arnold) 1807-1884  Search this
Parker, Peter  Search this
Mayer, Alfred M  Search this
Silliman, Benjamin 1816-1885  Search this
Loomis, Elias  Search this
Schott, Charles A (Charles Anthony) 1826-1901  Search this
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Morgan, Lewis Henry 1818-1881  Search this
Newberry, John Strong  Search this
Hilgard, J. E  Search this
Woodward, J.J  Search this
Ferrel, William  Search this
Coffin, J. H. C  Search this
Engelmann, George  Search this
Pierce, Benjamin  Search this
Michelson, A. A  Search this
Mitchell, S. Wier  Search this
Endlich, F. M  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group
Date:
April 1874
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Women  Search this
Women--History  Search this
Scientists  Search this
Meetings  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Standard number:
MAH10844
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_9834

U.S. History Exhibits, Arts and Industries Building - Simon Newcomb

Creator:
United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory  Search this
Subject:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Cyanotypes (photographic prints); 8 x 10;
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1910
1910s
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000095 [SIA_000095_B43_F13_001]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions. Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_401961
Online Media:

U.S. History Exhibits, Arts and Industries Building - Simon Newcomb

Creator:
United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory  Search this
Subject:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Cyanotypes (photographic prints); 8 x 10;
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1910
1910s
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000095 [SIA_000095_B43_F13_002]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions. Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_401962
Online Media:

U.S. History Exhibits, Arts and Industries Building - Simon Newcomb

Creator:
United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory  Search this
Subject:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Cyanotypes (photographic prints); 8 x 10;
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1910
1910s
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000095 [SIA_000095_B43_F13_003]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions. Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_401963
Online Media:

U.S. History Exhibits, Arts and Industries Building - Simon Newcomb

Creator:
United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory  Search this
Subject:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Cyanotypes (photographic prints); 8 x 10;
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1910
1910s
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000095 [SIA_000095_B43_F13_004]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions. Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_401964
Online Media:

U.S. History Exhibits, Arts and Industries Building - Simon Newcomb

Creator:
United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory  Search this
Subject:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Cyanotypes (photographic prints); 8 x 10;
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1910
1910s
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000095 [SIA_000095_B43_F13_005]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions. Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_401965
Online Media:

Arts and Industries Building, U.S. History Exhibits

Subject:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
7.5X9.5
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Place:
United States
Date:
Undated
Topic:
History  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000285 [SIA2010-2690]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_310799

Arts and Industries Building, U.S. History Exhibits

Subject:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
7.5X9.5
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Place:
United States
Date:
Undated
Topic:
History  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000285 [SIA2010-2691]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_310800

Arts and Industries Building, U.S. History Exhibits

Subject:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
7.5X9.5
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Place:
United States
Date:
Undated
Topic:
History  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000285 [SIA2010-2692]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_310801

Popular astronomy. By Simon Newcomb, with one hundred and twelve engravings, and five maps of the stars

Author:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 571, [1] p. incl. front., illus., diagrs. V fold. pl. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1878
Topic:
Astronomy  Search this
Call number:
QB44.N5 1878bX
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_386496

The stars : a study of the universe / by Simon Newcomb

Author:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 333 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1901
Topic:
Stars  Search this
Call number:
QB801.N51X 1901
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_386986

Newcomb-Engelmanns Popula╠łre Astronomie

Author:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Engelmann, Rudolph 1841-1888  Search this
Ludendorff, Hans 1873-  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 902 p. incl. illus., tables, diagrs. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1922
Topic:
Astronomy  Search this
Astronomers  Search this
Call number:
QB44 .N59 1922
QB44.N59 1922
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_90189

A scientist's voice in American culture : Simon Newcomb and the rhetoric of scientific method / Albert E. Moyer

Author:
Moyer, Albert E. 1945-  Search this
Subject:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 301 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
Topic:
Science--Methodology  Search this
Science--History  Search this
Scientists  Search this
Call number:
Q143.N49M68 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_431449

The reminiscences of an astronomer, by Simon Newcomb

Author:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Subject:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Physical description:
x p., 424 p. port. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1903
Call number:
QB36.N5A3X 1903
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_403290

A statistical inquiry into the probability of causes of the production of sex in human offspring, by Simon Newcomb

Author:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Physical description:
34 p. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1904
Topic:
Sex  Search this
Sex determination, Diagnostic  Search this
Sex preselection  Search this
Sex differentiation  Search this
Sex determination, Genetic  Search this
Call number:
HB885 .N5
HB885.N5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_41073

Simon Newcomb's Astronomy for everybody / revised by Robert H. Baker

Title:
Astronomy for everybody
Author:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Baker, Robert Horace 1883-  Search this
David H. DeVorkin Collection (Smithsonian Institution. Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 334 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Popular works
Date:
1932
[c1932]
Topic:
Astronomy  Search this
Call number:
QB44 .N49 1932
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_806376

Popular astronomy / by Simon Newcomb

Author:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
David H. DeVorkin Collection (Smithsonian Institution. Libraries) DSI  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 579 p., [6] leaves of plates (5 double) : ill., maps ; 23 cm
Type:
Popular works
Date:
1890
Topic:
Astronomy  Search this
Call number:
QB44 .N5 1890
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_806358

Biographical memoir, Simon Newcomb, 1835-1909

Author:
Campbell, William Wallace 1862-1938  Search this
Subject:
Newcomb, Simon 1835-1909  Search this
Physical description:
18 p. port. 32 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1924
1924]
Call number:
QB36.N53 C192
QB36.N53C192
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_78732

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