The Development of the National Museum at the Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1855: A Response to Joel J. Orosz's Article

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Summary

This work is a response to Joel J. Orosz' article "Disloyalty, Dismissal, and a Deal: The Development of the National Museum at the Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1855," printed in the Museum Studies Journal 2 (1986): 22-33. It refers to several other Smithsonian publications, and explores interpretations by historians who have studied the Smithsonian Institution, particularly Nathan Reingold, Curtis M. Hinsley, Jr., and William A. Deiss which do not support Orosz's interpretation. Orosz's original article argued that, after Secretary Joseph Henry dismissed the Librarian, Charles Coffin Jewett, in order to devote fewer resources to the Library, Henry reached an agreement with Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Spencer Baird, in which Baird would be allowed to continue to develop the National Museum in return for his loyalty during the crisis.

Subject

  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Orosz, Joel J
  • Deiss, William A
  • Hinsley, Curtis M., Jr
  • Reingold, Nathan 1927-
  • Jewett, Charles C (Charles Coffin) 1816-1868
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • United States National Museum
  • Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Notes

Includes photographs and end notes. Orosz responds to this critique in "In Defense of the Deal: A Rebuttal to S. Dillon Ripley's and Wilcomb Washburn's 'Response'," Museum Studies Journal 3 (1987): 7-12.

Contained within

Museum Studies Journal Vol. 2, 4 (Journal)

Contact information

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

Date

Spring-Summer 1987

Topic

  • Assistant Secretaries
  • Secretaries
  • Controversies
  • SI, Early History
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Management
  • Management--Museums

Physical description

pp. 6-11

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