Administrative Records, 1835-2019

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Consists of records documenting the administrative activities in the Office of the Secretary during the tenures of Joseph Henry, Secretary, 1846-1878; Spencer F. Baird, Secretary, 1878-1887; S. P. Langley, Secretary, 1887-1906; Charles D. Walcott, Secretary, 1907-1927; C. G. Abbot, Secretary, 1928-1944; Alexander Wetmore, Secretary, 1945-1952; Leonard Carmichael, Secretary, 1953-1964; S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary, 1964-1984; Robert McCormick Adams, Secretary, 1984-1994; Ira Michael Heyman, Secretary, 1994-1999; Lawrence M. Small, Secretary, 2000-2007; Cristián Samper, Acting Secretary, 2007-2008; G. Wayne Clough, Secretary, 2008-2014; Albert G. Horvath, Acting Secretary, 2015; David J. Skorton, Secretary, 2015-2019; and Lonnie G. Bunch, 2019- . The records document issues with regard to the Institution's museums, research, fundraising, programs, and special events. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; reports; budget summaries; planning documents; meeting agendas and minutes; photographs; contracts and agreements; policies and guidelines; event schedules; interview transcripts; information about gifts, wills, awards, exhibitions, committees, symposiums, collections management, information technology, corporate sponsorship, members of Congress, Board of Regents, publications, and tours; invitations; articles; brochures; drawings and sketches; architectural drawings and floor plans; books; pamphlets; and brochures. Some materials are in electronic format.


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


Series Level Description


  • 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.

Addl. KW Subjects

(SIA RS00776) Konjo


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1835
  • 1835-2019

Restrictions & Rights

Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details


  • Strategic planning
  • Employees
  • Museum buildings
  • Corporate sponsorship
  • Budget
  • Research grants
  • Contracts
  • Special events
  • Trusts and trustees
  • Congresses and conventions
  • Committees
  • Tours
  • Museums
  • Information technology
  • Product management
  • Museum finance
  • Public relations
  • Awards
  • Personnel management
  • Gifts
  • Real property
  • Wills
  • Smithsonian buildings
  • Fund raising
  • Estates (Law)
  • Museums--Administration
  • Museum exhibits
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Museums--Public relations
  • Museum publications
  • Speeches, addresses, etc
  • Museums--Employees
  • Research


  • Ephemera
  • Floor plans
  • Clippings
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Brochures
  • Color photographs
  • Manuscripts
  • Pamphlets
  • Sketches
  • Video recordings
  • Compact discs
  • Drawings
  • Videotapes
  • Illustrations
  • Color negatives
  • Color transparencies
  • Audiotapes
  • Floppy disks
  • Electronic records
  • Electronic mail
  • Books
  • Architectural drawings
  • Digital versatile discs
  • Digital images
  • Newspapers

Local number

SIA RS00771

Physical description

  • 846.85 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 542.48 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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