Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 81
Creators:
United States National Museum. Superintendent of Construction for the United States National Museum Building
Dates:
1903-1911
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
24.02 cu. ft. (20 record storage boxes) (1 12x17 box) (1 16x20 box) (5 tall document boxes) (11 folders oversize materials)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
The National Museum Building Construction Records, 1894 - 1919 (bulk 1903 - 1911), document the process and methods used to construct the National Museum Building that is now known as the National Museum of Natural History. These records primarily refer to the management of the construction aspects of the project, documenting specifications for services and supplies, proposals received as bids to meet these specifications, and contracts that were issued to companies to deliver the supply or service. There is correspondence to and from the Superintendent of Construction, Bernard R. Green, concerning the management of the contracts, orders issued, discussion with inspectors, and companies that were not fulfilling their contracts. A portion of this correspondence and material concerns the process of documenting the failure of two companies, Frank F. Graham and Thompson-Starrett Co., to fulfill their contracts for the project. Additionally, there is accounting and administrative information on the project workers, applications for employment, daily reports, expenses for items, and the receipt of shipments of materials, primarily for cut granite.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 81, United States National Museum. Superintendent of Construction for the United States National Museum Building, Records

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Green, Bernard R. (Bernard Richardson), 1843-1914 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rathbun, Richard, 1852-1918 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Library of Congress. Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States National Museum Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum buildings Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian buildings Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Buildings -- Maintenance Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Buildings -- Repair and reconstruction Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architectural design Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architectural drawings Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Floor plans Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
Washington, D.C.
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