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Correspondence

Extent:
1 cu. ft. (2 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1865-1879
Descriptive Entry:
These secretarial records apparently were separated from the main series before the latter were bound.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 32, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
Identifier:
Record Unit 32
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Box 1

Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 32, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1843-1880. Includes "Plan of [Robert] Kennicott's Exploration," 1865.

Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 32, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Alexander Dallas Bache Will and Fund, 1867-1868

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Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 32, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Hawkins, B. Waterhouse, 1872-1875

Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 32, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Tyndall, J., 1872-1873

Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 32, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Miscellaneous 4: Reports on Building Stone for Smithsonian Institution, 1860s

Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 32, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Miscellaneous 37, 1871-1879

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Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 32, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Box 2

Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 32, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Irby, J.R., 1873-1875

Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 32, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Jenney, W.P., 1874

Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 32, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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MacGowan, D.J., 1865

Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 32, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Parry, C.C., 1871

Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 32, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Peale, Charles Willson, 1870-1876

Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 32, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Correspondence

Extent:
65.91 cu. ft. (98 document boxes) (6 12x17 boxes) (1 16x20 box) (88 3x5 boxes) (1 tube box) (oversize material)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Architectural drawings
Photographs
Manuscripts
Date:
1866-1906, with related records to 1927
Descriptive Entry:
These records document the history of the Smithsonian from 1872-1927. Most of the records concern the tenure of Samuel P. Langley, the third Secretary, who served from 1887-1906. There is also some material dating from as early as 1866 to as late as 1927 in the collection. This record unit is the last to be based on a distinction between incoming and outgoing records, for, beginning in 1907, unified filing systems were employed. Users should therefore be careful to consult the Archives' collections in order to have access to parallel outgoing records series. Users should also consult the collections to identify important separate record units for the United States National Museum. The records document both the Institution's history and the personal research interests of Secretary Langley.

In addition to Langley's research, records of particular interest document the creation of the Astrophysical Observatory and the National Zoological Park, as well as the consolidation of the Bureau of American Ethnology within the Smithsonian after the death of John Wesley Powell.
Historical Note:
Even before Joseph Henry's death, the Smithsonian had taken on a double identity. On the one hand it exercised the usual powers associated with a private body. At the same time it acted as a sort of agent to accomplish various objectives for the federal government. This duality of function was elaborately preserved under the administration of Samuel P. Langley, the Smithsonian's third Secretary. During his tenure (1887-1906) the Bureau of American Ethnology, the National Gallery of Art (now the National Museum of American Art), and the National Zoological Park were all added to the Smithsonian's federal side. Langley created the Astrophysical Observatory, using endowment income and private gifts. It, too, began to receive federal funds before he died in 1906. These records illustrate the peculiar but powerful role which the Smithsonian's Secretary played in forming national scientific policy at the turn of the nineteenth century.
Topic:
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Genre/Form:
Architectural drawings
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Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
Identifier:
Record Unit 31
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Folder 9 Sheffield Museums Association - Shepstone, Harold J.

Container:
Box 60 of 192
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Correspondence / Series 1: General Incoming Correspondence, 1888-1927. Arranged Alphabetically. / Box 60
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Folder 10 Sherborn, C. Davies, 1891-1896. Concerning publication of a work on foraminifera.

Container:
Box 60 of 192
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Correspondence / Series 1: General Incoming Correspondence, 1888-1927. Arranged Alphabetically. / Box 60
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Folder 11 Sherer, Charles M. - Sherwood, William L.

Container:
Box 60 of 192
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Correspondence / Series 1: General Incoming Correspondence, 1888-1927. Arranged Alphabetically. / Box 60
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Folder 11 Baker, Frank, February-March 1902

Container:
Box 9 of 192
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Correspondence / Series 1: General Incoming Correspondence, 1888-1927. Arranged Alphabetically. / Box 9
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Folders 12-13 Sherzer, W. H., 1904-1906. Concerning publication of his study of glaciation.

Container:
Box 60 of 192
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
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Correspondence
Correspondence / Series 1: General Incoming Correspondence, 1888-1927. Arranged Alphabetically. / Box 60
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