Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1860

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  • Present: John C. Breckinridge, James G. Berret, James A. Pearce, Stephen A. Douglas, James M. Mason, William H. English, Benjamin Stanton, and Alexander Dallas Bache. Also Present: Joseph Henry and William W. Seaton. Members not present were Roger B. Taney, Lucius J. Gartrell, Joseph G. Totten, Cornelius C. Felton, Gideon Hawley, and George E. Badger.
  • Mr. Breckinridge was called to the chair. The Secretary announced the reappointment of William H. English, Benjamin Stanton, and Lucius J. Gartrell. The Secretary presented a letter from Edward Cunard approving free transport of the Institution's cases each fortnight. The Secretary presented a letter from Sir W. E. Logan requesting duplicates from the recent exploring expedition for the Montreal Provincial Museum. A letter was read from Alfred Ely, chairman of the Committee of Claims, House of Representatives, relative to remuneration for specimens of natural history. The issue was referred to the Secretary and the Executive Committee. A letter from Sir George Simpson, Governor of Hudson's Bay Territory offering aid in meteorological observations was read.
  • A letter from C. Zimmerman on the creation of manuals of entomology by the Instititution was read . The Secretary stated that a proposition had been made by Lieutenant Gilliss, relative to an expedition to the Laborador Coast to observe the total eclipse of July 18th. If the Insitution could contribute $500, the balance could be raised from individuals. Prof. Bache addressed the Board commending the expedition an on his motion it was resolved that up to $500 would be furnished. The Secretary introduced the subject of the Stanley gallery of Indian paintings and stated that Stanley asked for an allowance of $100 per year. The subject was referred to the Secretary and the Executive Committee. A Letter from Prof. Secchi of Rome was read stating he had received permission to make casts of the city's art. The Secretary stated that Mr. Corcoran was about to found a gallery of art, and it was desirable to cooperate with him. The subject was referred to the Secretary and the Executive Committee. The Secretary presented the continuation of his annual report. The opinion was expressed by several Regents that fewer lectures should be given with 12 being sufficient for each season. The Board then adjourned.


  • Berret, James Gabriel
  • English, William Hayden
  • Gartrell, Lucius Jeremiah
  • Mason, James Murray
  • 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
  • Corcoran, W. W (William Wilson) 1798-1888
  • Gilliss, J. M (James Melville) 1811-1865
  • Stanley, John Mix 1814-1872
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Badger, George Edmund 1795-1866
  • Felton, Cornelius Conway 1807-1862
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Hudson's Bay Company
  • Board of Regents
  • Board of Regents Executive Committee


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  • 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
  • March 17, 1860


  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Sculpture
  • Letters
  • Specimens
  • Stanley Indian Paintings
  • Shipping




Board of Regents

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Number of pages: 5; Page numbers: 691-695

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