Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1916

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Secretary Charles Doolittle Walcott informed the Board of Regents that ground was broken on September 23, 1916, for the new Freer Gallery of Art, and that the estimated building time was two years. Secretary Walcott reported to the Board of Regents on the deposits, totaling one million dollars, received from Mr. Charles Lang Freer for the construction of the gallery to house the Freer art collection. He then discussed the new additions to Mr. Charles Lang Freer's collection, and the catalogue and exhibition preparations being made. Secretary Walcott explained to the Board of Regents that $13,252.21 in income tax has been assessed against Mr. Charles Lang Freer. A bill to have this tax canceled and remitted recently passed in the Senate and was referred to the House Committee on Claims.


  • Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919
  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Board of Regents
  • United States Congress House Committee on Claims
  • United States Congress Senate


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 1, Board of Regents, Minutes, Volume 4 (Minute book)

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December 14, 1916


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Board of Regents

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Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 371-372

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