Letter from Captain Roger Welles to Charles D. Walcott, January 12, 1918

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Letter from Captain Roger Welles of the United States Naval Intelligence, Navy Department, Washington, D.C. to Smithsonian Secretary Charles D. Walcott, stating custodian and photographer of the National Museum Loring Beeson's role in Naval Intelligence's photography will be in an advisory capacity only. Beeson's expertise is needed, but he should not have to devote significant time to this role. At this time the Division of Photography was located in the United States National Museum (USNM) building which is now known as the Arts and Industries building.


  • Beeson, Loring W
  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • United States Navy
  • United States National Museum Section of Photography
  • United States National Museum Division of Graphic Arts


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  • See also Negative SIA2014-06978 for reply to Secretary Walcott
  • Captain Roger Welles was the Director of Naval Intelligence in 1918 and corresponded with the Smithsonian Institution regarding their photography expertise.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 45, Box 98, Folder: 6

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  • January 12, 1918
  • 20th century

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  • Photographers
  • Photography
  • WW I
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Paper

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