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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 241

Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Smithsonian Chemist

Records, 1880-1883

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Smithsonian Chemist
Title: Records
Dates: 1880-1883
Quantity: 0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Collection: Record Unit 241
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records consist of one letterpress book recording Taylor's reports of chemical analysis to various inquirers.

Historical Note

The Office of the Smithsonian Chemist appears to have been officially created about 1876. Prior to that time, the Smithsonian Institution maintained informal relations with a number of chemists, who had use of the Smithsonian's facilities to carry out their own work as well as some done for the Institution. Most of this work dealt with composition of minerals or with queries from government departments. Frederick W. Taylor served as the Smithsonian's chemist from 1877 until 1884, when he resigned. The Office was abolished, and the United States Geological Survey performed chemical work in the Smithsonian as needed.

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Descriptive Entry

These records consist of one letterpress book recording Taylor's reports of chemical analysis to various inquirers.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 241, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Smithsonian Chemist, Records

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Container List

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Folder 1 Copy Book

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