Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 80
United States National Museum. Administrative Assistant
National Museum Building Construction Records, 1902-1909, 1917-1919, 1928-1929
In 1903 Congress authorized the Board of Regents to begin a new museum building, construction to be under the direction of Bernard R. Green, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds of the Library of Congress. Construction began in June 1904 and ended in 1911. Richard Rathbun, Assistant Secretary, spent much of his time from 1901 to 1911 planning and supervising construction of the new building, including extensive consultation with foreign and domestic museum experts.
These records, together with record units 79, 81, and 187 contain full documentation of construction of the 1911 National Museum Building, from internal planning and contracts to construction details and costs. Rathbun prepared a history of the museum construction, which was published as A Descriptive Account of the Building Recently Erected for the Departments of Natural History of the United States National Museum. United States National Museum Bulletin 80, Washington, 1913.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Rathbun, Richard, 1852-1918
- Green, Bernard R. (Bernard Richardson), 1843-1914
- United States National Museum
- United States. Bureau of War Risk Insurance
- Library of Congress. Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds
- National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
- Smithsonian buildings
- Architectural design
- Buildings -- Maintenance
- Museum buildings
- Buildings -- Repair and reconstruction
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 80, United States National Museum. Administrative Assistant, National Museum Building Construction Records