This collection contains the papers of Smithsonian chief clerk,
bibliographer, and collector William Jones Rhees (1830-1907), of materials assembled
chiefly for their autograph value, though the collection contains various
groups of related materials. Includes papers of American physicist and surveyor Alexander Dallas
Bache (1806-1867), American geographer Henry Rowe Schoolcraft (1793-1864), National Institute for the Promotion of Sciences,
the Smithsonian Institution, as well as correspondence of William Jones
Rhees, letters and papers addressed to the United States Pension Bureau, letters and
papers related to Indian affairs, and miscellaneous autograph letters and documents.
William Jones Rhees (1830-1907) was a bibliographer, collector, and chief clerk of the Smithsonian
Institution. Rhees became chief clerk of the Smithsonian Institution in July 1852, and served in this capacity
until 1891, when he was placed in charge of the archives, publications, etc. His association with the Smithsonian Institution
continued until his death.
An enthusiastic autograph collector, Rhees accumulated numerous
unrelated letters and papers of prominent men as well as more coherent groups of
manuscripts relating to his official position.
Approx. 4,700 pieces in 64 boxes.
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