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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: William Jones Rhees Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1744-1907
    Collection Number: mssRH 1-4598
    Creator: Rhees, William Jones, 1830-1907.
    Extent: Approx. 4,700 pieces in 64 boxes.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: 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, and 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.
    Language: English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. William Jones Rhees Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Chiefly purchased from Romenia F. Rhees, February 24, 1922. A few items were purchased from Flora G. Rhees, February 6, 1935.

    Related Materials in the Huntington Library

    • Additional photographs related to the collection in the Photo Archives include: photPF 3490-3529; 3555-3577. These are from various sources, but related to the Smithsonian Institution and some of the photographs may have come with the Rhees papers.

    Biographical Note

    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.

    Scope and Content

    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, and 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. There is also personal correspondence of William Jones Rhees and correspondence with Sons of the American Revolution, particularly the chapter at Washington, D.C. This portion of the collection holds letters from Dorothea Lynde Dix. Letters and addresses to the United States Pension Bureau contain routine letters regarding pensions or applications. Letters and papers relating to Indian affairs pertain to various Indian agents and factors, including Benjamin Hawkins, William Hull, William Irvine, Return Jonathan Meigs, and others. There are also 134 letters collected chiefly for their autograph value, and receipts for Smithsonian publications.
    Individuals represented by 5 or more pieces consist of:
    • Agassiz, Louis (41 items)
    • Alden, James (11 items)
    • Alexander, John Henry (9 items)
    • Alexander, Stephen (10 items)
    • Bache, Alexander Dallas (61 items)
    • Barnard, Frederick Augustus Peter (12 items)
    • Cass, Lewis (12 items)
    • Caswell, Alexis (7 items)
    • Chase, Salmon Portland (10 items)
    • Chauvenet, William (7 items)
    • Cobb, Howell (9 items)
    • Colfax, Schuyler (16 items)
    • Craven, Tunis Augustus (7 items)
    • Dana, Charles Anderson (6 items)
    • Dana, James Dwight (39 items)
    • Davis, Charles Henry (20 items)
    • Dix, Dorothea Lynde (25 items)
    • DuPont, Samuel Francis (11 items)
    • Emory, William Hemsley (5 items)
    • Fessenden, William Pitt (5 items)
    • Field, Cyrus West (6 items)
    • Force, Peter (13 items)
    • Gibbs, Oliver Wolcott (28 items)
    • Gilbert, Samuel Augustus (12 items)
    • Gilliss, James Melville (36 items)
    • Gould, Benjamin Apthorp (30 items)
    • Gray, Asa (17 items)
    • Guyot, Arnold (6 items)
    • Hamlin, Hannibal (10 items)
    • Hare, Robert (6 items)
    • Hayes, Isaac Israel (6 items)
    • Henry, Joseph (78 items)
    • Hilgard, Julius Erasmus (13 items)
    • Hill, Abrose Powell (6 items)
    • Humphreys, Andrew Atkinson (15 items)
    • Jenkins, Thornton Alexander (13 items)
    • Kennedy, Joseph Camp Griffith (7 items)
    • LeConte, John (5 items)
    • LeConte, John Lawrence (7 items)
    • LeFroy, Sir John Henry (11 items)
    • Lesley, J. Peter (5 items)
    • Lieber, Francis (32 items)
    • Llody, Humphrey (7 items)
    • McCosh, James (6 items)
    • Maclean, John (40 items)
    • Markoe, Francis (9 items)
    • Meigs, Montgomery Cunningham (9 items)
    • Mitchell, Henry (7 items)
    • Newcomb, Simon (7 items)
    • Patterson, Carlile Pollock (10 items)
    • Pearce, James Alfred (24 items)
    • Peirce, Benjamin (38 items)
    • Phelps, Thomas Stowell (10 items)
    • Poe, Orlando Metcalfe (5 items)
    • Porter, David Dixon (10 items)
    • Porter, Noah (10 items)
    • Potter, Alonzo (8 items)
    • Preble, George Henry (5 items)
    • Quetelet, Lambert Adolphe Jacques (8 items)
    • Rodgers, Christopher Raymond Perry (8 items)
    • Rodgers, John (5 items)
    • Rogers, Fairman (28 items)
    • Sabine, Sir Edward (30 items)
    • Seward, William Henry (7 items)
    • Silliman, Benjamin, Jr. (31 items)
    • Simpson, James Harvey (9 items)
    • Stevens, Isaac Ingalls (18 items)
    • Smith, Gerrit (7 items)
    • Totten, Joseph Gilbert (26 items)
    • Trenchard, Stephen Decatur (16 items)
    • Trowbridge, William Petit (23 items)
    • Tyndale, Hector (11 items)
    • Tyndall, John (16 items)
    • Waite, Morrison Remick (35 items)
    • Wilkes, Charles (26 items)

    Arrangement

    Arranged in the following manner:
    • Miscellaneous correspondence (Boxes 1-2)
    • Indian Affairs materials (Box 3)
    • Pension Bureau materials, 1817-1885 (Box 4)
    • Henry Rowe Schoolcraft correspondence, 1815-1874 (Box 5-6)
    • National Institute materials, 1844-1859 (Boxes 7-11)
    • Alexander Dallas Bache Correspondence, 1822-1904 (Boxes 12-35)
    • Smithsonian Institution materials 1831-1906 (Boxes 36-55)
    • William Jones Rhees Correspondence, 1822-1904 (Boxes 56-59)
    • Miscellaneous (boxes 60-64)
      • Receipts for Smithsonian Publications, A-Z (Boxes 60-62)
      • Miscellaneous fragments and ephemera (Box 63)
      • Miscellaneous photographs (Box 64)
    • Index to the autographs (RH 4596)
    Cards are filed in alphabetical and chronological sections of the Manuscripts card catalog.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Bache, A. D. (Alexander Dallas), 1806-1867 -- Archives.
    Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864 -- Archives.
    Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1802-1887 -- Correspondence.
    Hawkins, Benjamin, 1754-1816 -- Correspondence.
    Hull, William, 1753-1825 -- Correspondence.
    Irvine, William, 1741-1804 -- Correspondence.
    Meigs, Return Jonathan, 1740-1823 -- Correspondence.
    Smithsonian Institution -- Archives.
    National Institute for the Promotion of Science -- Archives.
    Smithsonian Institution -- Archives.
    Sons of the American Revolution -- Archives.
    Smithsonian Institution -- Archives.
    United States. Pension Bureau -- Archives.
    Autographs -- Collectors and collecting -- United States.
    Indian agents -- Correspondence.

    Forms/Genres

    Autographs -- United States.
    Collections -- United States.
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States.
    Personal papers -- United States.
    Professional papers -- United States.
    Documents.

    Additional Contributors

    Bach, A. D. (Alexander Dallas), 1806-1867.
    Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864.
    Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1802-1887.
    Hawkins, Benjamin, 1754-1816.
    Hull, William, 1753-1825.
    Irvine, William, 1741-1804.
    Meigs, Return Jonathan, 1740-1823.
    Smithsonian Institution.
    Sons of the American Revolution.
    United States. Pension Bureau.
    National Institute for the Promotion of Science.