Administrative Records,
1835, 1838, 1846-1865

Collection ID:
Record Unit 43
Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary
1835, 1838, 1846-1865
Physical Description:
0.2 linear meter.
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records document aspects of Smithsonian history, most notably the 1854-1855 debate over allocation of the Smithsonian's endowment income.

Historical Note
Historical Note
When the Smithsonian Building burned in 1865 nearly all its records up to that time were destroyed. A very few were saved, however, and are assembled here. It is impossible to say how all the fragments came to be preserved.

SI Records

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 43, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Administrative Records

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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