Upham Report of the Select Committee of the House of Representatives, 33rd Congress, 2nd Session

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Summary

Select Committee created upon the resignation of Rufus Choate from the Board of Regents to investigate whether the Smithsonian was being administrated according to law. Examined both the will of James Smithson and the organic act creating the Smithsonian. Charles W. Upham recommended that no legislative action be taken at this time, but that the compromise of 1847, which required that the Institution's funds be divided between active operations and a museum and library, be reinstated. He also suggested that the Smithsonian be divided into two parts - the active operations headed by a secretary and the museum and library headed by a librarian.

Subject

  • Blodget, Lorin 1823-1901
  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Jewett, Charles C (Charles Coffin) 1816-1868
  • Meacham, James C
  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Board of Regents
  • Select Committee of the House of Representatives, 33rd Congress, 2nd Session
  • Smithsonian Library
  • United States Congress

Category

Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • Upham Report
  • Title 20, Education
  • Report - Congressional

Notes

See also Letter of Honorable Rufus Choate, Resigning the Office of Regent of the Smithsonian Institution; Witte Report of the Select Committee of the House of Representatives, 33rd Congress, 2nd Session; Journal of the Select Committee, 33rd Congress

Contained within

Reports of Committees of the House of Representatives, 33rd Congress, 2nd Session (Book)

Contact information

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

Date

  • 1855
  • 03/03/1855

Topic

  • Trusts and trustees
  • Law
  • Secretaries
  • Congressional Debates
  • Museums
  • Finance, Public
  • Management
  • Smithson Bequest
  • Controversies
  • Interpretation and construction
  • Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men
  • Personnel management
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Libraries
  • Wills
  • Finance, Public--United States
  • Law--Interpretation and construction
  • Legislation
  • Libraries and museums

Place

United States

Form/Genre

Report - Congressional

Physical description

Number of pages: 23; Page Numbers: 3-27

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