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On May 3, 1900, the House Committee on Coinage, Weights and Measures met to consider a letter recently submitted by the Secretary of the Treasury requesting the establishment of a national standardizing bureau. Within 10 months the bill founding the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) passed both houses of Congress. [From: Measures for Progress by Rexmond C. Cochrane, p. 1]. The images in this collection document the request letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, the first payroll records, and photographs of early members of the NBS staff.

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