Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1858

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  • Present: James M. Mason, Stephen A. Douglas, Benjamin Stanton, Lucius J. Gartrell, and George E. Badger. Members not present were John C. Breckinridge, Roger B. Taney, William B. Magruder, James A. Pearce, William H. English, Alexander Dallas Bache, Joseph G. Totten, Cornelius C. Felton, Gideon Hawley, and Richard Rush.
  • Mr. Mason was called to the chair. The report of the Building Committee for the year 1857 was read and accepted. The report of the Executive Committee was presented, together with estimates for the year 1858. Communications relative to the care of the government collections, the Wynn estate, the publications, investigations, and other operations of the Institution, were read. On the motion of Mr. Badger, the Secretary was directed to have the windows and other parts of the east wing of the building put in good order. A report from Mr. Felton on the present of Miss Contaxaki was presented, including two resolutions that the memorial volume be accepted and that a copy of Mr. Felton's report along with a letter of acknowledgement be sent to Miss Contaxaki. On motion the report was accepted and the resolutions adopted. The Board then adjourned.


  • English, William Hayden
  • Magruder, William Beans Dr
  • Mason, James Murray
  • Warner, Hiram
  • Stanton, Benjamin 1809-1872
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Pearce, James Alfred
  • Douglas, Stephen Arnold
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Breckinridge, John C (John Cabell) 1821-1875
  • Contaxaki, Elizabeth B
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Badger, George Edmund 1795-1866
  • Felton, Cornelius Conway 1807-1862
  • Smithsonian Institution Building East Wing
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution
  • Board of Regents Committee on Buildings
  • Board of Regents
  • Board of Regents Executive Committee


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  • 1879
  • April 10, 1858


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