Finding Aids to Records of Professional Societies in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 7079
Philosophical Society of Washington (Washington, D.C.)
Records, 1871-1968, 1972 and undated
The Philosophical Society of Washington (PSW) was organized on March 13, 1871, by forty-seven men who wished to establish, in the District of Columbia, a society dedicated solely to the advancement of science. It was subsequently incorporated in 1915. The Society's stated goals are the promotion of science, the advancement of learning, and the free exchange of views among its members on scientific subjects. It has pursued these goals through regular and special lectures on scientific topics and through the publication of the Philosophical Society of Washington Bulletin.
This record unit includes correspondence (1871-1968), minutes (1871-1965), records of investments and other fiscal records (1871-1968), publications (1871-1962), newspaper clippings, and photographs. Documentation is full before 1950, with some significant gaps.
Most of the records deal with administration of the Society: nomination and election of officers, adoption of and changes in the constitution and by-laws, plans for weekly meetings, and special lectures before the Society. The fiscal records are of particular interest for study of the financing of learned societies in America. Included is information regarding Charles G. Abbot, Spencer Fullerton Baird, Leonard Carmichael, George Gamow, Charles B. Goode, Joseph Henry, Samuel P. Langley, Albert James Myer, Simon Newcomb, and Harold Clayton Urey.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Abbot, C. G. (Charles Greeley), 1872-1973
- Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887
- Carmichael, Leonard, 1898-1973
- Gamow, George, 1904-1968
- Goode, G. Brown (George Brown), 1851-1896
- Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878
- Langley, S. P. (Samuel Pierpont), 1834-1906
- Myer, Albert James, 1829-1880
- Newcomb, Simon, 1835-1909
- Urey, Harold Clayton, 1893-1981
- Bulletin (Philosophical Society of Washington)
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7079, Philosophical Society of Washington (Washington, D.C.), Records