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, Alexander Dallas Bache, Rufus Choate. Also Present: Joseph Henry. The members not present were Roger B. Taney, Joseph G. Totten, Richard Rush, Gideon Hawley, and William C. Preston.
  • Mr. Choate presented a letter from Charles H. Hill recommending and offering marble from Massachusetts for the building and a letter from Isaiah Rogers explaining his architectural plans. Mr. Bache offered a resolution regarding the amount to be spent on the building, which was postponed for consideration. The board proceeded to consider the first of the resolutions appended to the report of the Building Committee, after which a series of resolutions regarding the same topic were introduced by the chancellor and Mr. Owen. After debate, consideration of the subject was postponed until the after the board recessed. The board recessed until 7:30 PM that evening and then resumed its session. Mr. Choate presented a letter from G.S. Bulfinch offering to sell the Smithsonian Institution the architectural library of the late Charles Bulfinch. The board then adjourned until the following day at 10:00 AM.


  • 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
  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Rogers, Isaiah 1800-1869
  • Hill, Charles H
  • Evans, George 1797-1867
  • Bulfinch, G. S
  • Bulfinch, Charles 1763-1844
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • 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 Committee on Buildings
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 1847/01/27 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 27, 1847


  • Design
  • Metamorphic rocks
  • Architects
  • Architecture
  • Building, Stone
  • Regents
  • Architectural design
  • Marble


Board of Regents

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Number of pages: 2; Page numbers: 27-28

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