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Smithsonian Institutional History

The Smithsonian Board of Regents is a database with biographical information on the over 300 members of the Institutionís Board of Regents, from our founding in 1846 to the present. The Regents are the governing board of the Smithsonian Institution. Entries consist of names, titles, birth and death dates, occupations, tenures as a Regent, public law appointing them, special roles as a Regent, such as committees, type of Regent (Vice-President, Chief Justice, Senator, Congressman, or Citizen), the state they are from, biographical citations and sources of images. To search the Board of Regents only, select the combined keyword search screen and limit your search to the Smithsonian Board of Regents. You may also limit your search to a specific date range that regents were appointed or sort by date, name of regent, etc. To limit or sort your search using the browse indexes, select the browse search screen and use the limits or sort functions on the results screen.


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Contact Information

Inquiries about the history of the Smithsonian should be directed to the address below. As this catalog is an active project, we welcome comments from users on corrections and additions to the catalog entries. Citations to or reprints of items relevant to this catalog or that should be added to this catalog should be sent to the address below.

Institutional History Division
Smithsonian Institution Archives
P. O. Box 37012
Capital Gallery Building, Suite 3000, MRC 507
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
Telephone: 202-633-5910
FAX: 202-633-5927