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Refers to correspondence from Charles D. Walcott, Secretary of the Smithsonian, to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt pertaining to the legality of employing Messrs. Tamblyn & Brown for the purpose of increasing the endowment of the Smithsonian Institution by one million dollars. Minutes include a copy of the response, forwarded to Walcott, from the Attorney General Harlan F. Stone to President Roosevelt on the legal status of the Smithsonian endowment.


  • Stone, Harlan Fiske 1872-1946
  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D (Franklin Delano) 1882-1945
  • Lodge, Henry Cabot 1850-1924
  • Board of Regents
  • Tamblyn and Brown
  • United States Congress
  • United States President


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • Title 20, Education
  • Secretarial Correspondence


Topics covered in the December 1924 minutes include the death of Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, a Smithsonian Regent, the status of the Smithson Fund, and the government audit of Smithsonian trust funds.

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Board of Regents, 1846- , Minutes of Meetings (Documents)

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




  • Trusts and trustees
  • Secretaries
  • Endowments
  • Federal funds


  • Secretarial Correspondence
  • Board of Regents
  • Opinion of the Attorneys-General

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Number of pages: 6; Page Numbers: 648-653

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