Consists of records documenting the Research Corporation, a foundation established through a gift from Frederick G. Cottrell in 1912. The Research Corporation grants funds for research in science and technology. These records were created and maintained in the Office of the Secretary during the tenures of Charles D. Walcott, Secretary, 1907-1927; C. G. Abbot, Secretary, 1928-1944; Alexander Wetmore, Secretary, 1945-1952; Leonard Carmichael, Secretary, 1953-1964; and S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary, 1964-1984. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, financial records, planning documents, notes, and proposals.


  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) 1872-1973
  • Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973
  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978
  • Cottrell, Frederick Gardner 1877-1948
  • Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001
  • Smithsonian Institution Administration
  • Smithsonian Institution Research Corporation


Series Level Description


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1912
  • 1912-1963


  • Trusts and trustees
  • Museums
  • Gifts
  • Research grants
  • Museums--Administration



Local number

SIA RS00780

Physical description

9 cu. ft. processed holdings

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