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Secretary Joseph Henry reports to the Board of Regents that he has deemed it his duty since the last session of the Board [July 1854] to remove Charles Coffin Jewett from the office of Assistant to the Secretary in charge of the library. As of July 10th, 1854, Henry has personally supervised the library. During the last six months of 1854, 2,576 persons signed the visitors' register and 150 individuals read or consulted 742 books.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Jewett, Charles C (Charles Coffin) 1816-1868
  • Board of Regents.)
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Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Oehser writes that the difference of opinion arose over library expenditures. Henry wanted to allot less money to the library and wanted more emphasis on scientific works, rather than literary acquisitions.
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897., p. 835
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 39
  • Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, volume 18, number 329. "Journals of the Proceedings of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution 1846-76, Reports of Committees, Statistics, Etc." ed. by William J. Rhees. Washington: Published by the Smithsonian Institution, 1879., p. 117
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1854, p. 21

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January 13, 1855


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