Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 34
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary
Shortly after Langley became Secretary, a new system of dividing outgoing correspondence into subjects was devised as follows (some of the units are not represented in the Archives, hence the gaps in series numbers): 1) General, 59 volumes, 1892-1907; 2) Museum, 18 volumes, 1892-1907; 4) Ethnology, 7 volumes, 1892-1907; 5) National Zoological Park, 9 volumes, 1890-1907; 6) Astrophysical Observatory, 14 volumes, 1892-1907; 8) Publication Requests, 3 volumes, 1900-1907; 11) Assistant in Charge of Office, 8 volumes, 1891-1907; 12) New Museum, 1 volume, 1903-1907; 13) Advisory Committee on Printing and Publication, 1 volume, 1906-1907; 20) Aerodromics, 10 volumes, 1891-1907; 25) Hodgkins, 6 volumes, 1892-1907. All are chronologic within divisions. There are also copies of Museum Business Letters, 2 volumes, 1888-1889, and Internal and Confidential Correspondence, 9 volumes, 1887-1906.
Volumes are indexed individually. Additional finding aids to this correspondence exist in the form of card indexes, one of which is bound. A second index, combining incoming and outgoing correspondence for the period, provides access mostly by proper name and usually contains an abstracted version of the letter. Deterioration of the letterpress correspondence has affected the legibility of the microfilm edition. A volume list follows.
(1) Deteriorating letterpress affects legibility; (2) record unit partially microfilmed.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Langley, S. P. (Samuel Pierpont), 1834-1906
- Smithsonian Institution -- Administration
- Hodgkins Fund
- National Zoological Park (U.S.)
- Smithsonian Institution. Advisory Committee on Printing and Publication
- Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 34, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence