Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 7159
Wead, Charles K., 1848-1925
Charles K. Wead Papers, circa 1893-1913
Charles K. Wead (1848-1925) was an examiner for the United States Patent Office from 1892 to 1921. He also served as an officer of the Philosophical Society of Washington and filled the unexpired term of Simon Newcomb as President of that organization in 1909, after Newcomb's death.
These papers consist of Wead correspondence concerning personal matters and Philosophical Society of Washington affairs, particularly the memorial meeting for Simon Newcomb in 1909. Also included are two letters from Simon Newcomb to John A. Kasson, one concerning a committee of Congress to investigate the possibility of establishing the metric system in the United States.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Wead, Charles K., 1848-1925
- Newcomb, Simon, 1835-1909
- Kasson, John A.
- Philosophical Society of Washington (Washington, D.C.)
- United States. Patent Office
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7159, Charles K. Wead Papers