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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 2

Smithsonian Institution. Board of Regents. Executive Committee

Records, 1846-1948

Repository:Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at
Creator:Smithsonian Institution. Board of Regents. Executive Committee
Quantity:2.25 cu. ft. (3 document boxes) (1 half document box) (1 bound volume)
Collection:Record Unit 2
Language of Materials:English

These records document the meetings of the Committee. From them are taken the printed versions appearing in the Annual Reports of the Smithsonian Institution.

Historical Note

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.

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Descriptive Entry

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.

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Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 2, Smithsonian Institution. Board of Regents. Executive Committee, Records

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Container List

Series 1


Box 1

Manuscript bound volume of minutes of the Committee, 1846-1849

Box 1 of 4

Box 2

Folders 1-21 Manuscript minutes of the Committee, 1867-1874, 1877-1878, 1880-1888, 1890

Box 2 of 4

Box 3

Folder 1 Journal and Reports of the Executive Committee of the Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896

Box 3 of 4

Folder 2 Regents' Executive Committee Special Reports, 1854-1903: (1) On the distribution of the income of the Smithsonian fund (1854); (2) on the proposal to establish a Bureau of Graduate Study under the Smithsonian Institution (1900); (3) on the question of defining the powers of the Executive Committee (1903)

Box 3 of 4

Folder 3 Proceedings of the Regents and Report of the Executive Committee, June 30, 1894

Box 3 of 4

Folders 4-13 Report of the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents, 1896-1905

Box 3 of 4

Box 3A

Folders 1-3 Minutes of the Executive and Permanent Committees of the Board of Regents, 1918-1933

Box 3A of 4

Folder 4 Regents Executive (Permanent) Committee, 1936-1948

Box 3A of 4

Box 4

Daybook, 1849

Box 4 of 4