Fiscal Records, Federal, 1847-1942

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact

Narrow Your Results


Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.


Consists of records the financial affairs of the following Smithsonian Institution bureaus: United States National Museum, Astrophysical Observatory, Bureau of American Ethnology, National Zoological Park, United States National Herbarium, and the International Exchange Service. Other projects of the Institution and its bureaus, such as the International Catalogue of Scientific Literature, are also documented. Materials include ledgers, account books, bills, daybooks, journals, receipted vouchers, records of payment, requisitions, cash books, and other fiscal records documenting the Smithsonian's congressional appropriations.


  • Smithsonian Institution International Exchange Service
  • International Catalogue of Scientific Literature
  • United States National Herbarium
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Institution Administration
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)


Series Level Description


  • For a history of the creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.
  • To view records that comprise this series, see the detailed list of accessions and/or record units below.


Organized into subseries: General ledgers--Allotment ledgers--Disbursement of appropriations--Disbursements, salaries-- Disbursements, Astrophysical Observatory-Disbursements--Treasury account--Bills received--Postage account--Transportation bills to Treasury--United States National Museum (USNM) daybooks--USNM daybooks, Furniture and Fixtures--USNM daybooks, Heating and Lighting-- USNM, daybook for Armory--USNM daybooks, Building and Repairs--USNM daybook, Building Sheds and Purchase of Specimens--International Exchanges, daybook--USNM journals, Furniture and Fixtures--USNM journal, Preservation of Collections--Museum galleries, daybook --Museum galleries, receipted vouchers--Bureau of American Ethnology, record of vouchers paid--North American Ethnology, daybooks--North American Ethnology, journals--National Zoological Park, journals--Astrophysical Observatory, daybook--Astrophysical Observatory, journals, includes International Catalogue of Scientific Literature material--Disbursing Clerk, ledgers--USNM, ledgers--USNM, accounts ledger--USNM appropriations--Federal appropriations deposited in the United States Treasury--USNM, journal, Rent of Workshops-United States National Herbarium, journal, printing and publishing Contributions from the United States National Herbarium--Bills vouchered for printing and binding--Payments on accounts of salaries--Government voucher book--USNM, balance sheets--Disposition of salaries--National Zoological Park, ledger--Record of accounts--International Catalogue of Scientific Literature--Allotment ledger-Requisitions--Fire protection, daybook--American Ethnology, record of payments--Treasury balance and appropriation balance--USNM, disbursement journals--North American Ethnology, Bureau of American Ethnology, disbursement journals--Astrophysical Observatory, disbursement journals--International Exchanges, disbursement journal--National Zoological Park, disbursement journals--Astrophysical Observatory, International Exchanges, and National Zoological Park, disbursement journals--Transportation for Treasury settlement, disbursement journals--USNM, cash book-Publications--USNM, ledger, small purchases--USNM, receipted vouchers, Preservation of Collections--USNM, receipted vouchers, Furniture and Fixtures--USNM, receipted vouchers, Heating, Lighting, Telephonic and Electrical Service--USNM, receipted vouchers, Purchase of Specimens--USNM, receipted vouchers, Building Repairs--USNM, receipted vouchers, Armory--Indexes to receipted vouchers, Preservation of Collections--Indexes to receipted vouchers, Furniture and Fixtures--Indexes to receipted vouchers, Building Repairs--Payroll records--Payroll vouchers, alphabetic by payee--Payroll vouchers, chronologic--Payroll for personal services-Requisitions--Copies of bills--Cost of publications--Travel authorizations for ethnological studies--Apparatus bills--Time work record--USNM, compensation of employees--Comptroller, correspondence--Property record, O and F account--Work orders--Electrical current used--Record of car tickets--Stable keys record--Record of bills--Cancelled checks--Daybook, cost of supplies--Vouchers

Repository Loc.

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


  • 1847
  • 1847-1942


Museum finance


  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Manuscripts

Local number

SIA RS01490

Physical description

58 cu. ft. processed holdings

Full Record

View Full Record