Bequests, Estates, Gifts, Trusts, and Wills, 1884-1984

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Consists of records documenting gifts and bequests to the Smithsonian Institution during the tenures of 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; and Robert McCormick Adams, Secretary, 1984-1994. Materials include wills, codicils, financial statements, maps locating real property, correspondence with executors, and memoranda.


  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) 1872-1973
  • Adams, Robert McC (Robert McCormick) 1926-2018
  • Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973
  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001
  • Smithsonian Institution Administration


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.



Repository Loc.

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


  • 1884
  • 1884-1984

Restrictions & Rights

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


  • Trusts and trustees
  • Museum finance
  • Gifts
  • Museums
  • Wills
  • Museums--Administration


  • Manuscripts
  • Maps

Local number

SIA RS00773

Physical description

11 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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