Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 43
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary
Administrative Records, 1835, 1838, 1846-1865
When the Smithsonian Institution Building burned in 1865 nearly all its records up to that time were destroyed. A very few were saved, however, and are assembled here. It is impossible to say how all the fragments came to be preserved.
These records document aspects of Smithsonian history, most notably the 1854-1855 debate over allocation of the Smithsonian's endowment income. The materials document the tenure of Joseph Henry.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 43, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Administrative Records