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Summary

A special staff of Museum assistants is first recognized whose duties are separate from the executive work of the Institution. In 1875, the office of curator is established and is held by the Assistant Secretary from 1875 to 1876. The position is then changed to Superindentent of the National Museum. Up to 1880 there is one curator with a number of assistants. The system of having designated curators dates to the time when preparations are being made for moving into the Arts and Industries Building.

Subject

  • Arts and Industries Building)
  • Superintendent of the National Museum
  • United States National Museum

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1884, p. 54
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1874, p. 6
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1875, p. 6
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1877, p. 6

Contact information

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

Date

1874

Topic

  • Assistant Secretaries
  • Labor unions
  • Museums
  • Museum curators
  • Labor

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