Agency history, 1846-

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  • Clough, G. Wayne
  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) 1872-1973
  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978
  • Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973
  • Adams, Robert McC (Robert McCormick) 1926-2018
  • Heyman, Ira Michael 1930-2011
  • Small, Lawrence M
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001
  • Horvath, Albert G
  • Skorton, David J
  • Bunch, Lonnie G


Agency History


  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives
  • Smithsonian Year
  • Washington Post, September 14, 1999
  • The Secretary of the Smithsonian, appointed by the Board of Regents, is the Institution's chief executive officer. Secretaries have included Joseph Henry, 1846-1878; Spencer F. Baird, 1878-1887; Samuel P. Langley, 1887-1906; Charles D. Walcott, 1907-1927; Charles G. Abbot, 1928-1944; Alexander Wetmore, 1944-1952; Leonard Carmichael, 1953-1964; S. Dillon Ripley, 1964-1984; Robert McCormick Adams, 1984-1994; Ira Michael Heyman, 1994-2000; Lawrence M. Small, 2000-2007; Cristián Samper, Acting Secretary, 2007-2008; G. Wayne Clough, 2008-2014; Albert G. Horvath, Acting Secretary, 2015; David J. Skorton, 2015-2019; and Lonnie G. Bunch, 2019- .

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  • 1846
  • 1846-


  • Museums
  • Management
  • Museums--Management


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