Correspondence and Memoranda, 1850-1948

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Summary

Consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, and memoranda documenting the administration of the United States National Museum (USNM) during the tenures of Spencer F. Baird, 1850-1881; G. Brown Goode, 1881-1896, including the years 1881-1887 when he served as Assistant Director of the Museum without the title of Assistant Secretary; Charles D. Walcott, Acting Assistant Secretary, 1897-1898; Richard Rathbun, 1897-1918; William de Chastignier Ravenel, 1918-1925, with the title Administrative Assistant to the Secretary, in charge of the USNM; and Alexander Wetmore, 1925-1948. Materials include records documenting field work and collections, copies of telegrams, official reports, and correspondence registers and card indexes to correspondence.

Creator

Smithsonian Institution Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum

Subject

  • Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918
  • Ravenel, W. de C (William de Chastignier) 1859-1933
  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887

Category

Series Level Description

Notes

  • To view records that comprise this series, see the detailed list of accessions and/or record units below.
  • For a history of the creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

Organization

Chronologic and alphabetic

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520

Date

  • 1850
  • 1850-1948

Topic

  • Museums
  • Museums--Administration
  • Museums--Collection management

Form/Genre

  • Manuscripts
  • Microfilms

Local number

SIA RS00288

Physical description

  • 201.96 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 29 microfilm reels processed holdings