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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 133

United States National Museum. Division of Correspondence and Documents

Publication Distribution Records, 1890-1907

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: United States National Museum. Division of Correspondence and Documents
Title: Publication Distribution Records
Dates: 1890-1907
Quantity: 2.25 cu. ft. (4 document boxes) (1 half document box)
Collection: Record Unit 133
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records consist of logbooks documenting publications and publication distribution.

Historical Note

The Department of Direction was created during the initial organization of the United States National Museum (USNM) in 1880. Its name was changed to the Division of Correspondence and Documents in 1886. The Division was in charge of the distribution and filing of correspondence of the Museum, including the acknowledgment of gifts, loans, and exchanges; the preparation of reports upon material sent for examination; replies to requests for technical information of all kinds; distribution of Museum publications; and the preparation, editing, and proofreading of the Annual Report of the United States National Museum. After the position of Registrar was abolished in 1919, functions relating to accessions, examination and reports on specimens, and the distribution of specimens were assigned to the Division. In 1956 the Division was renamed the Office of the Registrar. Chiefs of the Division of Correspondence and Documents (before 1886, the Department of Direction) included Randolph Iltyd Geare, 1882-1917; Herbert S. Bryant, 1917-1948; and Helena M. Weiss, 1948-1956.

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Descriptive Entry

These records consist of logbooks documenting publications and publication distribution.

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This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.

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Subject

Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 133, United States National Museum. Division of Correspondence and Documents, Publication Distribution Records

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Container List

Box 1

Publications Transmitted from Correspondence and Documents (A), March 24-May 3, 1895

Box 1 of 5

Publications Transmitted from Correspondence and Documents (B), May 4, 1895-December 13, 1896

Box 1 of 5

Publications Transmitted from Correspondence and Documents (C), January 11, 1897-March 24, 1898

Box 1 of 5

Box 2

Publications Transmitted from Correspondence and Documents (D), March 23-June 30, 1898

Box 2 of 5

Publications - General (#3), November 22, 1889-September 9, 1898

Box 2 of 5

Publications - General (#4), September 15, 1890-October 12, 1891

Box 2 of 5

Publications - General (#5), October 13, 1891-August 5, 1892

Box 2 of 5

Box 3

Publications - General (#6), August 3, 1892-April 5, 1893

Box 3 of 5

Publications - General (#7), April 4, 1893-November 4, 1893

Box 3 of 5

Publications - General (#8), November 3, 1893-May 10, 1895

Box 3 of 5

Box 4

Publications - General (#9), May 13, 1895-August 13, 1897

Box 4 of 5

Box 5

Publications - General (#10), August 14, 1897-July 5, 1898

Box 5 of 5

Publications - General (#11), July 12, 1898-March 26, 1902

Box 5 of 5

Publications - General (#12), April 23, 1902-May 4, 1905

Box 5 of 5

Publications - General (#13), May 9, 1905-February 28, 1907

Box 5 of 5