Smithsonian Institution, Board of Regents, Minutes, 1854

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  • Present: Roger B. Taney, John W. Maury, James A. Pearce, Stephen A. Douglas, James C. Meacham, Alexander Dallas Bache, and Gideon Hawley. Also present: Joseph Henry. The members not present were James M. Mason, William H. English, David Stuart, Joseph G. Totten, Rufus Choate, Richard Rush, and John M. Berrien.
  • A special meeting of the Board of Regents called by the Secretary at the request of Messrs. Meacham, English, and Stuart. Mr. Pearce, on behalf of the the Executive Committee presented an estimate of appropriations for the year 1854. The Executive Committee did not recommend an equal distribution between the "active operations" and the museum and library construction because the compromise resolutions of 1847 that required this did not go into effect until after the completion of the building. This report was laid on the table. The Secretary presented a letter to the board by which Messrs. Meacham, English, and Stuart requested this meeting. Mr. Meacham stated the reasons why he had requested the special meeting. Mr. Pearce stated the subject brought before the board by Mr. Meacham was under consideration by a special committee which would report at the next meeting. The subject was postponed till the next meeting of the board. The board the adjourned to meet on Saturday, May 13, at 10:00 am.


  • Hawley, Gideon 1785-1870
  • Pearce, James Alfred
  • Douglas, Stephen Arnold
  • Maury, John Walker
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
  • Meacham, James C
  • Stuart, David
  • English, William Hayden
  • Mason, James Murray
  • Totten, Joseph Gilbert 1788-1864
  • Rush, Richard 1780-1859
  • Choate, Rufus, 1799-1859
  • Berrien, John McPherson, 1781-1856
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  • Board of Regents Executive Committee
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • United States National Museum
  • Regents Smithsonian Institution


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  • 1879
  • April 29, 1854


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Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 99-100

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