Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 2
Smithsonian Institution. Board of Regents. Executive Committee
An Executive Committee of the Board of Regents was provided by the Act of August 10, 1846, creating the Smithsonian Institution. In the early years this body discharged many responsibilities for the Board, which met only twice a year and could scarcely be assembled with any speed, given the state of transportation. Thus, many of the early members were Regents already residing or stationed in Washington. The Permanent Committee, created in 1894 by the Regents, was responsible for detailed management of bequests and gifts to the Institution. In practice the Permanent and Executive Committees frequently merged in their functions. While some of the Executive Committee's more routine duties, such as auditing Smithsonian accounts, have been delegated to professional administrators, the Committee remains a central agenda body for the Regents.
These records document the meetings of the Committee. From them are taken the printed versions which appear in the Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Walcott, Charles D. (Charles Doolittle), 1850-1927
- Smithsonian Institution. Board of Regents
- Smithsonian Institution. Board of Regents. Permanent Committee
- Smithsonian Institution -- Administration
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 2, Smithsonian Institution. Board of Regents. Executive Committee, Records