Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1852

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  • Present: Roger B. Taney, Walter Lenox, James M. Mason, William F. Colcock, Graham N. Fitch, James C. Meacham, Joseph G. Totten. Also present: Joseph Henry. The members not present were James A. Pearce, Alexander Dallas Bache, Rufus Choate, Gideon Hawley, Richard Rush, and William C. Preston.
  • The Secretary presented a written statement from Corcoran & Riggs "relative to the sale of stock belonging to the institution, and the deposit of certificates of the United States stock as security therefor. A proposition to "furnish designs for a monument in commemoration of James Smithson" was presented from Dr. H. Stone and a proposition from Henry Stevens "to obtain facts relative to the life of James Smithson" was also communicated. The board resolved that to accept the offer of Mr. Stevens to "collect certain authentic materials in Europe, which may be useful for a future memoir of the life and character of James Smithson...and to appropriate a sum not exceeding fifty dollars for this object." The Secretary presented the board with a communication from Joseph Bradley regarding the claims of John Sniffin, sub-contractor, against Gilbert Cameron, contractor of the Institution's building; the letter was referred to the Building Committee.
  • The conclusion of the Secretary's annual report was then read, containing a report by Spencer Baird "on the details of the statistics of the museum, of the printing of the publications, and of the exchanges; also an account of the operations relative to meteorology," the statistics of which were given by Professor Foreman. The board resolved that their thanks be given to Sir Henry Bulwer for his "co-operation in facilitating the transmission of the Smithsonian publications to Great Britain, duty free." The board then adjourned until the following Saturday, the 21st.


  • Lenox, Walter 1817-1874
  • Colcock, William Ferguson
  • Fitch, Graham Newell
  • Mason, James Murray
  • Seaton, William Winston 1785-1866
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Meacham, James C
  • Stevens, Henry
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Cameron, Gilbert
  • Foreman, Edward
  • Stone, H
  • Bradley, Joseph
  • Sniffin, John
  • Dalling and Bulwer, Henry Lytton Bulwer Baron 1801-1872
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Pearce, James Alfred
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Preston, William C. 1794-1860
  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Board of Regents Committee on Buildings
  • Corcoran & Riggs
  • Smithsonian Year
  • International Exchange Service (IES)
  • Board of Regents
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 1852/02/14 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
  • February 14, 1852


  • Interest
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Investments
  • Stocks
  • Contractors
  • Monuments
  • Financial policies
  • Board of Regents
  • Contracts
  • Meteorology
  • Board of Regents--Financial policies


Board of Regents

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Number of pages: 2; Page numbers: 78-79

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