Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1848

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  • Regents present: George M. Dallas, William W. Seaton, James A. Pearce, Jefferson Davis, Sidney Breese, Henry W. Hilliard, George P. Marsh, Robert McClelland, Alexander Dallas Bache, and Joseph G. Totten. Also present: Joseph Henry. The members not present were Roger B. Taney, Rufus Choate, Gideon Hawley, Richard Rush and William C. Preston.
  • Mr. Seaton presented a report on behalf of the Executive Committee on the "state of the funds of the institution." Mr. Totten presented a report on behalf of the Building Committee on the progress of the Institution's building and grounds, with an estimate of future expenditures. The Secretary presented his annual report on the "operations of the institution," along with a report of the Assistant Secretary regarding the library. The board resolved that these reports be recorded in the journal and then adjourned to meet the following Wednesday at 11:00 AM.


  • McClelland, Robert
  • Seaton, William Winston 1785-1866
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Breese, Sidney 1800-1878
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Hilliard, Henry W (Henry Washington) 1808-1892
  • Marsh, George Perkins 1801-1882
  • Pearce, James Alfred
  • Davis, Jefferson 1808-1889
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Dallas, George Mifflin 1792-1864
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Preston, William C. 1794-1860
  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Board of Regents
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • Board of Regents Committee on Buildings
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Early History
  • Board of Regents Executive Committee
  • Board of Regents Special Committee
  • Smithsonian Year
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution


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  • 1848/12/18 Regents Minutes
  • Board of Regents - Minutes of Meetings, 1846-

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  • 1847
  • December 18, 1848


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