Board of Regents Passes Initial Resolutions

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The Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents proceeds to consider resolutions accompanying report of Committee on Organization, first presented by Robert Dale Owen, chairman, on December 1. The resolutions adopted on December 4 are: invitation to the U.S. Secretaries of State, Treasury, War, and Navy for suggestions as to additions to the museum; invitation to the public to furnish contributions to the museum; appropriation of $1,000 for laying out of grounds, $4,000 for purchase of philosophical and chemical apparatus, and $20,000 for library; and resolutions that call for plans to include a library with a 100,000 volume capacity (capable of being further extended as needed) and a series of "popular lectures." Resolutions pertaining to lectures outside Washington, research, publications, and the Secretary's role in Board meetings are postponed. The next day, resolution on lectures is also postponed in order to give Secretary Joseph Henry a chance to comment.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Owen, Robert Dale 1801-1877
  • Board of Regents
  • United States National Museum
  • United States. Secretary of State
  • United States. Secretary of War
  • United States. Secretary of the Navy
  • United States. Secretary of the Treasury
  • Board of Regents Executive Committee Committee on Organization


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • A copy of this report can be found in Smithsonian Institution Reports, 1846-52.
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 834.
  • Journal of Proceedings of the Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. Washington, D.C.: John T. Towers, 1846, p. 23-28.

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