Letter from Woodrow Wilson to Charles D. Walcott, October 13, 1917

ID: SIA2014-06989

Creator: Wilson, Woodrow 1856-1924

Form/Genre: Letters (correspondence)

Date: October 13,1917

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 192, Box 194, Folder: 1

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Letter from President Woodrow Wilson to fourth Smithsonian Secretary Charles D. Walcott requesting to use space in the US National Museum, now the National Museum of Natural History, for the Bureau of War Risk Insurance during WWI. After negotiations, the Bureau of War Risk Insurance was given space in the Natural History Building.


  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • United States National Museum
  • United States Bureau of War Risk Insurance
  • Natural History Building


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The Bureau of War Risk Insurance was founded in 1914 by the US Congress to ensure the availability of marine insurance during WWI. The bureau was located within the US Department of the Treasury and provided insurance policies and paid claims to sailors during WWI.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 192, Box 194, Folder: 1

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  • October 13,1917
  • 20th century

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  • WW I
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • SI Buildings


  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Paper

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Number of Images: 1 Color: Color Size: 8.5w x 11h Type of Image: Letters Medium: Paper

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