Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 71
United States National Museum
National Museum Building Commission Records, 1879-1882
In 1876 the Board of Regents requested an appropriation from Congress to build a new museum, a necessity because of the incoming collections from the International Exhibition in Philadelphia. Congress complied and made an appropriation in 1879. The Regents appointed a building commission consisting of resident members of the Regents' Executive Committee and Secretary Spencer F. Baird. Cluss and Shulze of Philadelphia were made superintending architects. Construction began in April 1879 and was completed in 1881.
These records fully document the construction of the 1881 National Museum Building; included are fiscal records, specifications, bids and contracts, correspondence with the architects, and records of the Building Commission itself, including minutes of meetings. See also record unit 92.
Deteriorating letterpress may prevent any reproduction.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887
- Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)
- Cluss and Schulze
- National Museum Building Commission
- Smithsonian Institution. Board of Regents
- Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 71, United States National Museum, National Museum Building Commission Records