Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1852

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  • Present: Roger B. Taney, Walter Lenox, James A. Pearce, William F. Colcock, Graham N. Fitch, James C. Meacham, Alexander Dallas Bache, Richard Rush, and Joseph G. Totten, William W. Seaton. Also present: Joseph Henry. The members not present were James M. Mason, Rufus Choate, Gideon Hawley, and William C. Preston.
  • The building committee reported on the letters from Gilbert Cameron and James Renwick, Jr., which had been received at the previous meeting regarding a request by Cameron to receive an advanced payment on his contract; the board resolved that following Renwick's recommendations, the Executive Committee be authorized to advance $6,000 to the contractor "from the amount retained as security for the completion of this contract." The Secretary brought up the subject of the "disposition of the accrued interest"; he stated that since the previous meeting, he had spoken with Mr. Corcoran on the subject, and had received from him the proposition that Corcoran & Riggs "will give 16% premium on the stock belonging to the institution, will allow 5% interest on the whole sum including the premium, until an investment can be made, and make a deposit of Government stocks as security for the safe keeping of the money."
  • The board then resolved that the Secretary and chancellor be requested to "sell $180,000 of stock of accrued interest upon the terms stated in the resolution of June 1st, 1850, and to deposit the proceeds of such sale with Corcoran & Riggs for the purposes, and on the security therein mentioned"; the regents also resolved that Mr. Pearce be requested to "have the memorial, relative to the reception of the accrued interest by Congress, taken from the files of the Senate and referred to the Committee of Finance." The reading of the Secretary's annual report was continued, including the report of Charles C. Jewett, in charge of the library, "giving the details of the operations in this department during the past year." "Specimens of titles for catalogues, separately stereotyped and printed" were then presented to the board. The board resolved that a copy of the "special report of the Secretary be furnished for publication to the 'National Intelligencer' immediately after it shall be sent to Congress." The board then adjourned to meet the Saturday the 31st at 10:00 AM.


  • Jewett, Charles C (Charles Coffin) 1816-1868
  • Renwick, James 1818-1895
  • Cameron, Gilbert
  • Lenox, Walter 1817-1874
  • Colcock, William Ferguson
  • Fitch, Graham Newell
  • Seaton, William Winston 1785-1866
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Pearce, James Alfred
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Meacham, James C
  • Mason, James Murray
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Preston, William C. 1794-1860
  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • United States Congress
  • Board of Regents Committee on Buildings
  • Corcoran & Riggs
  • Smithsonian Year
  • United States Congress Senate
  • Assistant Secretary in charge of the Library
  • National Intelligencer
  • Board of Regents
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 1852/01/24 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, 24, 1852


  • Publishers and publishing
  • Architects
  • Architecture
  • Stocks
  • Contractors
  • Committees
  • Interest
  • Design
  • United States. Congress
  • Investments
  • Financial policies
  • Board of Regents
  • Contracts
  • United States. Congress--Committees
  • Board of Regents--Financial policies
  • Architectural design


Board of Regents

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Number of pages: 2; Page numbers: 76-77

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