National Museum Building Construction Records, 1890-1923

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Consists of records documenting the construction of the 1911 National Museum Building (now the Natural History Building) from internal planning and contracts to construction details and costs. Most of these materials were created and maintained by Richard Rathbun, Assistant Secretary, 1897-1918; with smaller amounts of records created during the tenures of G. Brown Goode, Assistant Secretary, 1881-1896, including the years 1881-1887 when he served as Assistant Director of the Museum without the title of Assistant Secretary; and William de Chastignier Ravenel, Assistant Secretary, 1918-1925.


  • Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
  • Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918
  • Ravenel, W. de C (William de Chastignier) 1859-1933
  • Natural History Building (Washington, D.C.)


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  • To view records that comprise this series, see the detailed list of accessions and/or record units below.
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Organized into subseries: General correspondence-subject files-photographs-notes, extracts, and compilations from the correspondence and reports-Frank F. Graham and Thompson-Starrett lawsuits-space allocation files

Repository Loc.

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


  • 1890
  • 1890-1923


  • Museums
  • Smithsonian buildings
  • Museums--Administration


  • Manuscripts
  • Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA RS00312

Physical description

6.1 cu. ft. processed holdings

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