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Correspondence and Memoranda, 1881-1904

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Subject:
Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918  Search this
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896  Search this
True, Frederick William 1858-1914  Search this
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
0.6 cu. ft. (30 microfilm reels)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1881
1881-1904
Topic:
Museums--Administration  Search this
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000116
Restrictions & Rights:
(1) Apparently all series are not indexed for all years; indexes in individual series should be consulted; (2) record unit available on microfilm only
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Correspondence and Memoranda 1850-1948 [Smithsonian Institution Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum]
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Correspondence and Memoranda

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Extent:
76.58 cu. ft. (151 document boxes) (3 5x8 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1860-1908
Descriptive Entry:
Most of the correspondence is directed to Goode, with lesser amounts to True, Walcott, and Rathbun. Also, a small amount of correspondence is addressed to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, (Baird, 1878-1887; and Samuel P. Langley, 1887-1906) but is generally referred to the Assistant Secretary for response.

Much of the material is routine correspondence from the general public, and deals with offers to sell and collect specimens, the identification of artifacts and specimens, museum administration, and requests for publications. Also evident is correspondence from contractors, publishing houses, and other firms conducting business transactions with the United States National Museum. A large part of the international scientific community corresponded with the United States National Museum, and many letters concerning 19th century science and scientific affairs are contained in this collection. A large quantity of correspondence exists from museums, scientists, various scientific institutions, and colleges and universities. Once again, much of the correspondence is routine, concerning exhibits, museum administration, requests for publications, and the exchange of specimens. A voluminous amount of material regards United States National Museum publications. However, most of the correspondence concerns the technical production of the manuscripts, rather than the content. Materials of special interest include correspondence from collectors and naturalists in the field, plans and accounts of scientific expeditions, and data on significant accessions. A small amount of outgoing correspondence appears in the collection.

See Record Unit 112 for outgoing correspondence.
Historical Note:
These records comprise the primary incoming correspondence of the officer in immediate charge of the United States National Museum. Beginning in 1850 with the appointment of Spencer F. Baird, the primary responsibility of the Assistant Secretary was the direction of the United States National Museum. The Assistant Secretary also performed other functions at the direction of the Secretary, and for various periods of time was in charge of publications, exchanges, and other areas. Incumbents included: (1) Spencer F. Baird, 1850-1878; (2) George Brown Goode, 1880-1896, including the years 1880-1887 when he served as assistant director of the museum without the title of Assistant Secretary; (3) Charles D. Walcott, Acting Assistant Secretary, 1897-1898; (4) Richard Rathbun, 1897-1918. After Goode's death in 1896, the business of the office was administered for a time by the executive curator, Frederick William True.
Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
Identifier:
Record Unit 189
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 100

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Folder 1 Pinchot, Gifford - Pirotta, R. Correspondents include Gifford Pinchot (1900).

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Container:
Box 100 of 154
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Folder 2 Pitcher, John - Pixley, M. S.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Container:
Box 100 of 154
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Correspondence and Memoranda
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Folder 3 Place, John A. - Plympton, Anna E.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Container:
Box 100 of 154
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Folder 4 Poel, N. R. - Pokagon, Simon. Correspondents include Felipe Poey (1889-1890).

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Container:
Box 100 of 154
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Correspondence and Memoranda
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Box 8

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Folder 5 Poling, Otho C. - Pollock, W. M. Correspondents include Charles Louis Pollard (1895-1901).

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Container:
Box 100 of 154
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Correspondence and Memoranda
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Folder 6 Polster, Edward G. - Poore, Townsend.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Container:
Box 100 of 154
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Correspondence and Memoranda
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Folder 7 Pope, A. A. - Pope, S. L.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Container:
Box 100 of 154
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Correspondence and Memoranda
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Folder 8 Popenoe, Edwin Alonzo - Porter, J. H. Correspondents include Edwin Alonzo Popenoe (1896-1897).

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Container:
Box 100 of 154
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Correspondence and Memoranda
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Folder 9 Porter, R. H. - Port Washington High School, Port Washington, Wisconsin. Correspondents include Russell W. Porter of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1896-1897). The letter of 2/11/1897, to Samuel P. Langley, contains an offer, by Po...

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Container:
Box 100 of 154
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Correspondence and Memoranda
Correspondence and Memoranda / Box 100
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Box 101

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Folder 1 Bean, Frank S. - Beauverd, Gustave. Correspondents include Tarleton Hoffman Bean (1898).

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Container:
Box 8 of 154
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Folder 1 Posdneeff, D. - Poston, Charles D.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Container:
Box 101 of 154
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Correspondence and Memoranda
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Folder 2 Poteat, W. L. - Poutjatine, Paul. Correspondents include: F. L. Hawks Pott (1896-1899), concerning an exchange of specimens between the U. S. N. M. and the St. John's College, Shanghai, China; Edward Potts (1895).

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Container:
Box 101 of 154
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Correspondence and Memoranda
Correspondence and Memoranda / Box 101
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 3 Powell, Charlie - Power, W.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Container:
Box 101 of 154
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Correspondence and Memoranda
Correspondence and Memoranda / Box 101
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Folder 4 Powers, A. C. - Poynter, W. A.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Container:
Box 101 of 154
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Correspondence and Memoranda
Correspondence and Memoranda / Box 101
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 5 Pracht, Max - Pranke, Stephen E.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
Container:
Box 101 of 154
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 189, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
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Correspondence and Memoranda
Correspondence and Memoranda / Box 101
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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