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Record Unit 89,  United States National Museum, Office of the Director,  Records, 1925-1963 and undated

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: United States National Museum, Office of the Director
Title: Records
Dates: 1925-1963 and undated
Quantity: 2.1 linear meters.
Collection: Record Unit 89
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This record unit consists primarily of files created by Kellogg during his tenure as Director of the United States National Museum, 1948-1962. It includes smaller amounts of records kept by Kellogg as Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1958-1962, and as Assistant Curator and Curator in the Division of Mammals, USNM, 1928-1948. The record unit also contains files created by other Smithsonian and USNM officials, including Alexander Wetmore, Kellogg's predecessor as chief administrative officer of the Museum, 1925-1948; Frank A. Taylor, Assistant Director of the USNM; and Albert C. Smith, Director of the Museum of Natural History. The records deal with Smithsonian and USNM administration and include budget files, 1949-1959, documenting fiscal development of the Smithsonian and its various bureaus, especially the USNM; reports on staff research submitted to the Smithsonian's Research Subcommittee, 1948-1962; a file concerning Smithsonian research funds and bequests made to the Institution, 1926-1957; and administrative files, 1925-1963, which document planning and development of the Museum of History and Technology and occupancy planning for the east and west wings of the Natural History Building.

For other records relating to Kellogg's service as Director of the United States National Museum, see record units 88 and 155.

Historical Note

A. Remington Kellogg (1892-1969) was Director of the United States National Museum (USNM), 1948-1962. He also served as Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1958-1962. Prior to his appointment as Director, Kellogg had served as Assistant Curator and Curator in the Division of Mammals, USNM, beginning in 1928.

Descriptive Entry

This record unit consists primarily of files created by Kellogg during his tenure as Director of the United States National Museum, 1948-1962. It includes smaller amounts of records kept by Kellogg as Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1958-1962, and as Assistant Curator and Curator in the Division of Mammals, USNM, 1928-1948. The record unit also contains files created by other Smithsonian and USNM officials, including Alexander Wetmore, Kellogg's predecessor as Chief Administrative Officer of the Museum, 1925-1948; Frank A. Taylor, Assistant Director of the USNM; and Albert C. Smith, Director of the National Museum of Natural History. The records deal with Smithsonian and USNM administration and include budget files, 1949-1959, documenting fiscal development of the Smithsonian and its various bureaus, especially the USNM; reports on staff research submitted to the Smithsonian's Research Subcommittee, 1948-1962; a file concerning Smithsonian research funds and bequests made to the Institution, 1926-1957; and administrative files, 1925-1963, which document planning and development of the National Museum of History and Technology and occupancy planning for the east and west wings of the Natural History Building.

For other records relating to Kellogg's service as Director of the United States National Museum see record units 88 and 155.

Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 89, United States National Museum, Office of the Director, Records

Container List

Series 1

BUDGET FILES, 1949-1959. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY.

This series documents budget development of the Smithsonian Institution and its various bureaus, particularly the United States National Museum. It includes the Smithsonian budget and justification; the budget for the renovation of exhibits in the USNM; the budget for the maintenance and operation of buildings; and the budget for rehabilitation projects. Included are photographs, especially of buildings and exhibits, used to justify requested appropriations. The material appears to be Kellogg's working files on the budget; most copies are annotated. Of special interest are materials documenting the initial budget development for the National Museum of History and Technology.

Box 1

Folders 1-4 Budget, 1949-1952

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Box 2

Folders 1-4 Budget, 1953-1955

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Box 3

Folders 1-4 Budget, 1955-1957

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Box 4

Folders 1-4 Budget, 1957-1959.

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Series 2

SMITHSONIAN RESEARCH SUBCOMMITTEE, RESEARCH REPORTS, 1948-1962. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY.

Each bureau of the Smithsonian Institution was required to submit a yearly report on staff research to the Research Subcommittee, a part of the Institution's Planning Committee. A. Remington Kellogg served as Chairman of the Research Subcommittee from 1948 to 1962. This series consists of reports submitted to the Research Subcommittee during Kellogg's chairmanship. Bureaus represented by reports include the United States National Museum (after 1957, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of History and Technology); the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; the Bureau of American Ethnology, including the River Basin Surveys; the Freer Gallery of Art; the National Air Museum; the National Collection of Fine Arts; the Division of Radiation and Organisms; the National Zoological Park; and the Canal Zone Biological Area.

Box 5

Folders 1-7 Research reports, 1948-1955

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Box 6

Folders 1-3 Research reports, 1956-1958

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Box 7

Folders 1-4 Research reports, 1959-1960

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Box 8

Folders 1-4 Research reports, 1961-1962

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Series 3

FUNDS AND BEQUESTS FILE, 1926-1957 AND UNDATED. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.

This series consists of records documenting Smithsonian research funds and bequests made to the Institution. Although the file was maintained by Kellogg, many of the records were created by his predecessor, Alexander Wetmore in his capacity as Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum.

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Folder 1 William Louis Abbott Fund, 1952-1954

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Folder 2 Walter Rathbone Bacon Traveling Scholarship, 1935, 1939, 1953-1955

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Folder 3 Spencer Fullerton Baird Fund, undated

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Folder 4 Frederick A. Canfield Fund and Collection, 1926-1928, 1952-1956

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Folder 5 Laura Welsh Casey Fund, 1957

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Folder 6 Frances Lea Chamberlain Fund, 1951, 1953

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Folder 7 Joseph A. Cushman Fund, 1950

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Folder 8 Charles W. Dahlgreen Fund, 1949

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Folder 9 Florence Brevoort Eickemeyer Bequest, undated

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Folder 10 Virgil Hillyer Fund, 1935

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Folder 11 Ales Hrdlicka Fund, 1945, 1954

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Folder 12 Bruce Hughes Fund, 1930, 1939, 1942, 1953

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Folder 13 Annette E. and Edith C. Long Fund, 1945

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Folder 14 Alfred Duane Pell Fund, 1957

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Folder 15 Richard Rathbun Fund, 1943-1944

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Folder 16 Washington A. Roebling Fund and Collection, 1926-1927, 1953-1954

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Folder 17 Charles Torrey Simpson Fund, 1926-1928, 1939

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Folder 18 Southwest Archeological Fund, 1949, 1953

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Folder 19 Frank Springer Fund, 1926-1936

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Folder 20 Charles D. and Mary Vaux Walcott Fund, 1952

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Series 4

ADMINISTRATIVE FILES, 1925-1963 AND UNDATED. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.

This series consists of records concerning Smithsonian and United States National Museum (USNM) administration. Most of the records were created by Kellogg during his service as Director of the USNM, 1948-1962. A few records were created while Kellogg served as Assistant Curator and Curator in the Division of Mammals, USNM, 1940-1948. Also included are records of other Smithsonian and USNM staff, including Alexander Wetmore, Assistant Secretary in charge of the USNM; Frank A. Taylor, Assistant Director of the USNM; and Albert C. Smith, Director of the National Museum of Natural History. Of special interest are records documenting the planning and development of the National Museum of History and Technology; occupancy planning for the east and west wings of the Natural History Building; the Smithsonian Management Improvement Program; and war emergency evacuation planning at the USNM.

Box 9

Folders 21-22 Allotments and Expenditures, USNM, 1951-1952

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Folder 23 American Type Culture Collection, 1954

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Folder 24 Appropriations reduction for Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Bureau of American Ethnology, 1950. Includes correspondence of John Enos Graf

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Folder 25 Canal Zone Biological Area (CZBA): General correspondence, 1945-1958. Correspondence prior to 1948 was created by Kellogg as Curator of Mammals, USNM

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Folder 26 CZBA: Adela Gomez, 1956-1958

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Folder 27 CZBA: Charles O. Handley, Jr., Panamanian mammal list, 1957

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Box 10

Folder 1 Canal Zone Biological Area (CZBA): Carl B. Koford, 1955-1957

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Folder 2 CZBA: Carl B. Koford, "Checklist of Mammals of Barro Colorado Island," 1957

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Folder 3 CZBA: Martin Humphrey Moynihan, 1957-1958

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Folder 4 CZBA: Cleveland C. Soper, 1954-1957

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Folder 5 CZBA: James Zetek, 1954-1956

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Folder 6 CZBA: Annual Reports, 1947-1953

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Folder 7 CZBA: Maps of Barro Colorado Island

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Folder 8 CZBA: Photographs taken by Alexander Wetmore, 1958

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Folder 9 CZBA: Publications

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Folder 10 CZBA: Miscellaneous

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Folder 11 Committee on Future Policies of the Smithsonian Institution, 1947

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Folder 12 Curator's Trip Reports, 1957-1958

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Folder 13 Division of Radiation and Organisms, 1958

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Folder 14 Divisional Functions, USNM, 1949

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Box 11

Folder 1 Expedition Outfits, 1948

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Folder 2 Flora of the Philippine Islands, 1925-1926. File of Alexander Wetmore as Assistant Secretary, in charge of the USNM

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Folder 3 Galapagos Island Laboratory Equipment, 1949-1953, 1959, 1962

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Folder 4 Guns Loaned for Collecting Work, 1952

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Folder 5 Highlights and Accomplishments, USNM, 1948

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Folder 6 Highlights and Accomplishments, USNM, 1951

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Folder 7 Information Workload, USNM, 1948-1949

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Folder 8 Interdepartmental Committee on Scientific Research and Development, 1956-1958

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Folder 9 International Education Board, 1926-1927. File of Alexander Wetmore as Assistant Secretary, in charge of the USNM

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Folder 10 Johnson-Smithsonian Expedition, 1933. Equipment, 1954

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Box 12

Folder 1 Justifications for Scientific Work, USNM, 1951, 1955, 1957, 1959

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Folder 2 Museums in Wartime, undated

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Folder 3 National Air Museum, 1948-1951, 1958

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Folder 4 National Museum - Proposed Building, North Foyer, July 1, 1935 (Accession 07-199)

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Folders 5-6 National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT), 1952-1956 and undated. Concerns planning and development of NMHT

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Folder 7 NMHT: Exhibit Planning, 1955-1957. Consists of Memoranda between John C. Ewers and Frank A. Taylor, Assistant Director, USNM concerning NMHT exhibit planning

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Folder 8 National Research Council: Committee on Insect and Rodent Control, 1949

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Folder 9 National Zoological Park, 1957-1958. Includes newspaper clippings regarding lion mauling of child at NZP, 1958

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Box 13

Folder 1 Natural History Building (NHB): Rotunda. Includes photographs

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Folders 2-7 NHB: Wings, 1949-1950, 1953, 1956-1963. Files after 1958 were created primarily by Albert C. Smith, Director of the National Museum of Natural History. The files document planning for space usage in the east and west wings, NHB. The files include correspondence and memoranda, plans, drawings, specifications, and statistics.

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Box 14

Folder 1 Philadelphia Highboy Restoration, 1952. Includes correspondence of C. Malcolm Watkins

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Folder 2-4 Plan of Operations, 1949-1951

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Folder 5 Proposed National Museum of Engineering and Industry, 1948-1950

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Folder 6 Radiographic Research Laboratory Proposal, 1949

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Folder 7 Research Grants: Cartwright - Kuntz

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Folder 8 Research Grants: Loebich - Setzer

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Folder 9 Research Grants: Smith - Watkins

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Box 15

Folder 1 Roosevelt African Expedition Collections, 1925-1927. File of Alexander Wetmore as Assistant Secretary in charge of the USNM. Includes letter from W. E. Clyde Todd to Charles Wallace Richmond, 5 May 1927.

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Folder 2 Scientific Societies: Meetings Held in USNM, 1948.

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Folder 3 Services Rendered to the Armed Forces by the USNM, 1951

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Folder 4 Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory: Satellite Tracking Program, 1956-1958

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Folders 5-8 Smithsonian Management Improvement Program, Annual Reports, 1950-1953

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Box 16

Folders 1-2 Smithsonian Management Improvement Program, Curators Reports, 1953-1954

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Folder 3 Space Requirements, 1949-1952

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Folder 4 Uncatalogued Specimen Backlog, 1947-1950

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Folder 5 Use of Auditorium, USNM, 1948

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Folders 6-7 War Emergency Evacuation Planning, 1951-1955 and undated

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Folder 8 Wright Brothers Aeroplane, 1948-1949

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