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Subject

  • Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents
  • Smithsonian Institution Administration

Category

Agency History

Notes

  • 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.
  • Board of Regents, Executive Committee, 1846-1948, (RU 2). Finding Aid
  • The Executive Committee of the Board of Regents is the administrative body designated to act for the Regents when the full Board is not in session, and to carry out special assignments made by the Board from time to time.
  • The Committee was provided by the Act of August 10, 1846, creating the Smithsonian Institution. In the early years this body discharged many responsibilities for the Board, which met only twice a year and could scarcely be assembled with any speed, given the state of transportation. Thus, many of the early members were Regents already residing or stationed in Washington. While some of the Executive Committee's more routine duties, such as auditing Smithsonian accounts, have been delegated to professional administrators, the Committee remains a central agenda body for the Regents.

Repository Loc.

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

Date

  • 1846
  • 1846-

Topic

  • Museums
  • Museum trustees
  • Museums--Administration

Form/Genre

Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00079

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