National Museum Building Construction Records,
1890, 1901-1916, 1923
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Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 79
Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum
Dates:
1890, 1901-1916, 1923
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
6.1 cu. ft. (11 document boxes) (4 3x5 boxes)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records, together with record units 80, 81, and 187 contain full documentation of construction of the 1911 National Museum Building, from internal planning and contracts to construction details and costs. Rathbun prepared a history of the museum construction, which was published as A Descriptive Account of the Building Recently Erected for the Departments of Natural History of the United States National Museum. United States National Museum Bulletin 80, Washington, 1913.

Historical Note
Historical Note
In 1903 Congress authorized the Board of Regents to begin a new museum building, construction to be under the direction of Bernard R. Green, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds of the Library of Congress. Construction began in June 1904 and ended in 1911. Richard Rathbun, Assistant Secretary, spent much of his time from 1901 to 1911 planning and supervising construction of the new building, including extensive consultation with foreign and domestic museum experts.

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Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 79, Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, National Museum Building Construction Records

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Rathbun, Richard, 1852-1918 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Graham, Frank F. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Green, Bernard R. (Bernard Richardson), 1843-1914 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Thompson-Starrett Co. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Library of Congress. Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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