Fiscal Records, Private, 1846-1959

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Consists of records documenting the management of private funds of the Smithsonian Institution. These funds are derived from non-federal sources such as the original bequest of James Smithson and numerous other bequests and gifts from other benefactors. Private funds are managed separately from congressional appropriations, although both funds may at times support the same activities. Materials include daybooks, ledgers, receipts, journals, registers, statements, and other financial records documenting the management of the private funds of the Smithsonian Institution.


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Organized into subseries: Fund ledgers--Receipts and disbursements--Cash receipts and disbursement journals--Salaries and expense ledger--Allotment ledger--Allotments and commitments--Allotments and commitments, Freer Gallery of Art--Requisitions and allotments--Account ledgers, International Catalogue of Scientific Literature (ICSL)--Cash receipts ledger, ICSL--Disbursement ledger, ICSL--Inventory ledger, ICSL--Disbursement journals, Panama-California Exposition--Petty cash book--Receipts received by the Secretary's office--Investment ledger--Suppliers list--Accounts receivable ledger--Treasury account--Voucher registers--Cash receipts-Disbursements--Daybook, Museum expenditures--Smithsonian Institution expenditures, journals--Ledgers, Smithsonian Institution--Journal, Smithsonian Institution--Daybook, Smithsonian Institution books--Account book, receipts and expenditures of the Smithsonian Institution--Annual statement, itemized disbursements of the Smithsonian Institution--Record of Smithsonian Institution bills--Indexes to ledgers on books and periodicals--Secretary's Reserve Fund--Disbursement journals, Smithsonian Institution--Daybooks, disbursements

Repository Loc.

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


  • 1846
  • 1846-1959


Museum finance


  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Manuscripts

Local number

SIA RS01491

Physical description

23 cu. ft. processed holdings

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