Joseph Henry Nominates Charles Coffin Jewett as Smithsonian Librarian

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The Board of Regents requests the Secretary to nominate an assistant who shall be librarian. First Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry nominates Charles Coffin Jewett for Assistant Secretary, acting as librarian, whereupon Jewett is elected. His salary is to begin when a building is ready for reception of the library. At this time, Jewett is librarian as well as professor of modern languages and literature at Brown University.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Jewett, Charles C (Charles Coffin) 1816-1868
  • Board of Regents
  • Brown University
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)


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  • Image is of Charles Coffin Jewett, c. 1850, Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number Charles_Coffin_Jewett.
  • The Board of Regents expected Professor Jewett enter upon his duties with compensation on March 19, 1849. However, on January 6, 1849, the Regents approved Jewett's full compensation of one-half the Secretary's salary as stated in the resolution adopted on January 26, 1847.
  • Marc Rothenberg, ed. The Papers of Joseph Henry, vol. 7. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, p. 28.
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, pp. 276, 834.
  • Report from the Board of Regents, submitted to Congress, Of the operations, expenditures, and condition of the Smithsonian Institution. 29th Cong., 2nd Sess., March 3, 1847. S. Rept. 211, p. 28.
  • Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, showing The operations, expenditures, and condition of the Institution. 30th Cong., 1st Sess., January 6, 1848. S. Rept. 23, p. 160.

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January 26, 1847


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