The provenance of this collection is uncertain. Materials include biographical files and receipts.
Chief Clerk, Special Communications Received
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Records of the Chief Clerk's office consist mostly of records of Chief Clerk William J. Rhees, 1869-1905. Rhees, who joined the Smithsonian Institution staff in 1852, performed many functions over the years, including general correspondence supervision, distribution of scientific publications, supervision of Smithsonian publications, and archival duties. For the most part, Clerk's …
Forms, Circulars, Announcements
This collection consists of forms and circulars of the Secretary, 1846-1888; forms and circulars of the National Museum, Exchanges, Ethnology, Correspondence Clerk, Disbursing Clerk, International Catalogue of Scientific Literature, Library, and National Zoological Park; forms ordered, 1860-1933; lists of Smithsonian Institution employees, 1846-1910, with salaries; and invitations to Smithsonian events, circa 1915-1925.
MS 7000 Letter to chief clerk of the General Land Office reporting petroglyphs at Crater Wells
Correspondence and Memoranda
Records consist of outgoing letterpress book correspondence concerning general fiscal matters, estimates of appropriations, appropriation and expenditure statements; certified vouchers for the disbursement clerk; and personnel matters including leaves of absence, appointments, promotions, terminations, and salaries; also included are fiscal records pertaining to USNM exhibits at international expositions. Originally these …
These records include miscellaneous registers of correspondence and other logs of information created by the Document Clerk, J. M. Noah; the Property Clerk for the Bureau of American Ethnology; Frederick William True; Charles D. Walcott; and the Assistant Chief Clerk, J. Louis Willige. Materials pertain to time and attendance, confidential …
William Jones Rhees Collection
The William J. Rhees Collection consists of the remains of his Manuscript and Newspaper Scrap portfolio files. The dates of the material indicate that Rhees was collecting these papers from the beginning of his tenure at the Smithsonian, but the files were not organized until 1891 when he was appointed keeper …
Correspondence and Memoranda
These records consist of incoming correspondence and internal memoranda. For outgoing correspondence see Record Unit 167. The records are arranged in a numeric filing scheme with access by a card index arranged alphabetically by correspondent and subject. It is suspected that the records are incomplete.
This record unit contains incoming correspondence, and requests for publications and assistance during the tenure of Joseph Henry. Correspondence is mostly ephemeral and contains records of the Chief Clerk. Each volume is indexed individually. The record unit is also available on microfilm.