Letter from William deC. Ravenel to Mr. Henderson, Oct. 19 1918

ID: SIA2014-06995

Creator: Ravenel, William deC

Form/Genre: Letters (correspondence)

Date: October 19, 1918

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 192, Box 194, Folder: 2

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Letter from William deC. Ravenel, Administrative Assistant to Secretary Walcott, notifying Mr. Henderson that the space in the Natural History Building previously occupied by the Bureau of War Risk Insurance will be filled with the new war collection materials, e.g. the Natural History Building rotunda, foyer, etc. He stated that the United States War Department and Navy Department were fully cooperating with the Smithsonian's collecting efforts, and also, General John J. Pershing expressed his willingness to make collections from our allies and enemies in Europe.


  • Pershing, John J (John Joseph) 1860-1948
  • 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 United States Congress to ensure the availability of marine insurance during World War I. The Bureau was established within the Treasury Department to provide insurance policies and pay claims to sailors during World War I.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 192, Box 194, Folder: 2

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  • October 19, 1918
  • 20th century

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