Langley Reorganizes SIL & Exchange Division

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Summary

New regulations concerning organization of the Smithsonian library and exchange division are made by Acting Secretary Samuel P. Langley. These regulations set forth the way in which sectional libraries are to be formed, as well as the regulations concerning the entry and acknowledgement of books. Miss Jane A. Turner resigns as librarian of the Smithsonian, and John Murdoch, formerly assistant librarian in the National Museum, is appointed in her place and is also given charge of the collections of books kept in the Museum. Shortly after, the Smithsonian reading-room is established. Langley also begins efforts to improve the system of government exchanges, to obtain more complete sets of proceedings of learned societies and to increase the number of periodicals in all departments of knowledge, by publishing two circulars soliciting suggestions from curators and scientists at large.

Subject

  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Murdoch, John 1852-
  • Turner, Jane Wadden
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897, p. 291, 840.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1889, p. 15, 29-30.
  • Annual Report of the United States National Museum of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1889, p. 25-26.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1888. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1890, p. 38-40, 117-121.

Contact information

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

Date

April 1, 1887

Topic

  • Women
  • Policies
  • Secretaries
  • Libraries
  • Exchanges, Literary and scientific
  • Reorganizations
  • Acting Secretaries
  • Memorandums

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