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  • Present: John W. Maury, James A. Pearce, Graham N. Fitch, James Meacham, and Alexander Dallas Bache. Also Present: Joseph Henry, Washington Irving. Members not present were Roger B. Taney, Robert M. Charlton, James M. Mason, William F. Colcock, Joseph G. Totten, Rufus Choate, Gideon Hawley, Richard Rush, and John M. Berrien.
  • On motion, Mr. Pearce took the chair. Mr. Bache, on behalf of the Executive Committee, presented a letter to the British Home and Colonial Governments to urge the continuance of the Toronto observatory. The Secretary presented the consideration of the need to make provision for the surplus fund in the event that Congress does not act on the petition now before it. The issue was referred to the Executive Committee. The Secretary presented for examination a memoir by I.A. Lapham relative to the mounds in Wisconsin. The Secretary presented the case of the late Prof. C.B. Adams whose draft of $150 was honored by the Institution. The subject was referred to the Secretary with the understanding he would accept Adams' collections in natural history in repayment.
  • The Secretary presented the compensation of Dr. J.G. Flugel of Leipzig and Mr. Bache offered a resolution that compensation should be $300 per annum, which was adopted. The reading of the Secretary's report was continued. An extensive collection of business accounts of English families from 1632-1750 was presented by Mr. J.O. Halliwell. On motion a resolution thanking Mr. J.O. Halliwell for his donation was adopted. The operations of the stereotyping department were presented by the Secretary. On motion a preamble and resolution on the stereotyping catalogs and to inform the Library of Congress of the plan was adopted. Mr. Pearce, as chairman of the Executive Committee presented their annual report in relation to the finances and expenditures during the year 1852. The Board then adjourned to meet at the call of the Secretary.


  • Charlton, Robert Milledge
  • Colcock, William Ferguson
  • Fitch, Graham Newell
  • Mason, James Murray
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Lapham, Increase Allen 1811-1875
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Pearce, James Alfred
  • Maury, John Walker
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Berrien, John McPherson, 1781-1856
  • Meacham, James C
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution
  • International Exchange Service (IES)
  • Board of Regents
  • Board of Regents Executive Committee
  • Magnetic Observatory


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 1853/02/12 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 12, 1853


  • Financial policies
  • Exchanges, Literary and scientific
  • Board of Regents
  • Board of Regents--Financial policies


Board of Regents

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Number of pages: 5; Page numbers: 431-435

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