Property Records,
1882-1930

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 78
Creators:
United States National Museum. Property Clerk
Dates:
1882-1930
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
6.69 cu. ft. (12 document boxes) (1 16x20 box)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records contain correspondence of the Property Clerk concerning requisitions, orders, solicitations of business, and administrative memoranda concerning operation of the Department of Property and Supplies. They also include early phone bills of the Smithsonian and annual reports of the Property Clerk which contain inventories of supplies on hand.

Historical Note
Historical Note
The Property Clerk of the United States National Museum was responsible for the inspection and distribution of all Museum supplies and furniture, for keeping commonly used supplies in stock, and for ordering special articles as needed. The title, Property Clerk, was not used until 1891, but persons had been appointed before that time to fill the same function. Persons responsible for property included Carl W. Schuermann, 1882-1886; J. Elfreth Watkins, Engineer of Property, 1888-1891; James S. Goldsmith, 1891-1898; William A. Knowles, 1898-1903; and Henry N. Spottswood, 1903-1904. Knowles was again appointed Property Clerk in 1904.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 78, United States National Museum, Property Clerk, Property Records

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Schuermann, Carl W. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Watkins, J. Elfreth (John Elfreth), 1852-1903 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Goldsmith, James S. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Knowles, William A. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Spottswood, Henry N. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution -- Administration Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States National Museum. Department of Property and Supplies Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museums -- Administration Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Washington, D.C.
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