Centennial Collections Transferred to SI

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Date: November 13, 1876

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Summary

At the request of Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary in charge of the U.S. National Museum, and over the signature of Secretary Joseph Henry, the National Academy of Sciences asks the U.S. President to recommend to the U.S. Congress the transfer to the Smithsonian at Washington of the Government collection at the Centennial Exhibition as well as the continued support of the collection. Eventually some 20 railroad cars of materials from the exhibition will be transferred to the Smithsonian.

Subject

  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
  • United States Congress
  • Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum
  • United States President
  • Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)

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Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Image of the Government Building at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, 1876. Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number 2004-10361.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1876, p. 78-79
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1882, p. 8

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

Date

November 13, 1876

Topic

  • Finance
  • Secretaries
  • Interagency Transfers
  • National Collections
  • Major Events in Smithsonian History

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