Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1847

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  • Present: George M. Dallas, William W. Seaton, George Evans, Lewis Cass, Sidney Breese, Robert Dale Owen, William J. Hough, Henry W. Hilliard, Richard Rush, Alexander Dallas Bache, Rufus Choate. Also Present : Joseph Henry. The members not present were Roger B. Taney, Joseph G. Totten, Gideon Hawley, and William C. Preston.
  • The chancellor presented a letter from John P. Todd offering on behalf of himself and Mrs. Madison "immense blocks of marble" from Virginia for the use of the Institution, a letter from Charles Fraber asking for the position of messenger, a letter from Reverdy Johnson as a memorial of R. Cary Long, an architect from Baltimore, asking that an invitation for architectural plans be published before a decision is made, a letter from Theodore Frelinghuysen recommending the appointment of R.R. Gurley as librarian, a letter from John Haviland explaining and giving a reduced cost estimate for the architectural plans he submitted to the board, and a letter from John McArran asking for the position of gardener. Mr. Bache informed the board that he had received a letter from C. F. Hagedorn, general consul of Bavaria, indicating that a large library belonging to Count Haptedton of Munich was for sale.
  • On behalf of the Committee on Organization, Mr. Owen noted that the the report made by himself on December 1st accompanied by various resolutions and recommitted to the committee on December 21st had not been agreed to by the board; he then reported back the report and accompanying resolutions in an amended form. Mr. Choate offered various resolutions in relation to the organization of the Institution which were read. The board then recessed until 1:00 PM when it met and proceeded to further consideration of the first resolution reported by the Building Committee on the 20th of January. After debate, it was ordered that the board adjourn to meet at2 9:30 AM the following morning.


  • Cass, Lewis
  • Seaton, William Winston 1785-1866
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Breese, Sidney 1800-1878
  • Dallas, George Mifflin 1792-1864
  • Hough, William Jervis 1795-1869
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Hilliard, Henry W (Henry Washington) 1808-1892
  • Owen, Robert Dale 1801-1877
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Evans, George 1797-1867
  • Gurley, Ralph Randolph 1797-1872
  • Haviland, John 1792-1852
  • Frelinghuysen, Theodore 1787-1862
  • Johnson, Reverdy 1796-1876
  • Long, R. Cary (Robert Cary) 1810-1849
  • Todd, John Payne 1792-1858
  • Fraber, Charles
  • McArran, John
  • Madigan, Edward R
  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Hagedorn, C. F
  • Haptedton, Count
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Preston, William C. 1794-1860
  • Board of Regents
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Early History
  • Board of Regents Special Committee
  • Board of Regents Executive Committee Committee on Organization
  • Board of Regents Committee on Buildings


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 1847/01/25 Regents Minutes
  • Board of Regents - Minutes of Meetings, 1846-

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 1, Board of Regents Vol. 1 (Bound volume)

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  • 1879
  • January 25, 1847


  • Design
  • Architects
  • Architecture
  • Regents
  • Architectural design


Board of Regents

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Number of pages: 2; Page numbers: 24-25

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