Records,
1871-1968, 1972 and undated

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 7079
Creators:
Philosophical Society of Washington (Washington, D.C.)
Dates:
1871-1968, 1972 and undated
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
23.19 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (43 document boxes) (1 16x20 box)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
This record unit includes correspondence (1871-1968), minutes (1871-1965), records of investments and other fiscal records (1871-1968), publications (1871-1962), newspaper clippings, and photographs. Documentation is full before 1950, with some significant gaps.
Most of the records deal with administration of the Society: nomination and election of officers, adoption of and changes in the constitution and by-laws, plans for weekly meetings, and special lectures before the Society. The fiscal records are of particular interest for study of the financing of learned societies in America. Included is information regarding Charles G. Abbot, Spencer Fullerton Baird, Leonard Carmichael, George Gamow, Charles B. Goode, Joseph Henry, Samuel P. Langley, Albert James Myer, Simon Newcomb, and Harold Clayton Urey.

Historical Note
Historical Note
The Philosophical Society of Washington (PSW) was organized on March 13, 1871, by forty-seven men who wished to establish, in the District of Columbia, a society dedicated solely to the advancement of science. It was subsequently incorporated in 1915. The Society's stated goals are the promotion of science, the advancement of learning, and the free exchange of views among its members on scientific subjects. It has pursued these goals through regular and special lectures on scientific topics and through the publication of the Philosophical Society of Washington Bulletin.

Notes
Non-SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7079, Philosophical Society of Washington (Washington, D.C.), Records

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Abbot, C. G. (Charles Greeley), 1872-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Carmichael, Leonard, 1898-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gamow, George, 1904-1968 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown), 1851-1896 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Langley, S. P. (Samuel Pierpont), 1834-1906 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Myer, Albert James, 1829-1880 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Newcomb, Simon, 1835-1909 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Urey, Harold Clayton, 1893-1981 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bulletin (Philosophical Society of Washington) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scientists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Science Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Associations, institutions, etc. Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lectures and lecturing Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manuscripts Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Black-and-white photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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Washington, D.C.
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