Housing Allowance for Smithsonian Officers

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The executive committee of the Board of Regents concludes that it would be in the interests of the Institution if the officers are provided with houses on the Smithsonian grounds; however, they do not consider it advisable to incur the expense of additional buildings at this time and recommend that $500 be added to the salaries of Assistant Secretaries Charles Coffin Jewett and Spencer F. Baird in lieu of the rent of a house. They also resolve that the same sum was intended for an allowance to the Secretary, Joseph Henry, as of the resolution of December 4, 1846.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Jewett, Charles C (Charles Coffin) 1816-1868
  • Board of Regents


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Image is of Baird's house in Washington, D.C., c. 1860s, by Alexander Gardner. Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number SA-259.
  • Rathbun, Richard. The United States National Museum: An Account of the Buildings Occupied by the National Collections, Washington, D.C., 1905. Reprinted from the Report of the U.S. National Museum for 1903, pp. 177-309, p. 203-204
  • Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, volume 18, number 329. "Journals of the Proceedings of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution 1846-76, Reports of Committees, Statistics, Etc." ed. by William J. Rhees. Washington: Published by the Smithsonian Institution, 1879, p. 83

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


May 1, 1852


  • Assistant Secretaries
  • Architecture
  • Finance
  • Secretaries
  • Grounds
  • Buildings

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