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Growth of the United States Hall

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
Growth of the United States (Exhibition) (1967: Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White ; Size: 3.25w x 4.5h; Type of Image: Exhibit ; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Exhibit
Photographic print
Date:
June 1967
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Published in "Torch," June 1967. See Neg. SIA2008-2220 for another view of the wheel and the ducks.
Summary:
Located in the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History, "Growth of the United States" Hall exhibit shows a thirty-foot tall water wheel from an eighteenth century grist mill and features two ducks, one sitting on eggs soon to hatch.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 1, Folder: June 1967
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Ducks
Exhibitions
History of Technology
Agriculture
Animals
Standard number:
SIA2011-1098
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Growth of the United States Hall, Exhibit on Underwater Drilling

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
Growth of the United States (Exhibition) (1967: Washington, D.C.)
Petroleum Hall (Exhibition) (1967: Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White ; Size: 3.25w x 4.5h; Type of Image: Exhibit ; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Person, candid
Exhibit
Photographic print
Date:
June 1967
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Published in Torch June 1967
Summary:
"Growth of the United States" Hall, exhibit on underwater drilling, shows a man working at the railing surrounding a diorama in the Petroleum Hall located in the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 1, Folder: June 1967
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Smithsonian Institution--Employees
Exhibitions
Dioramas
Petroleum industry and trade
Standard number:
SIA2011-1099
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Visitors viewing to the Growth of the United States Hall, c.1967

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Subject:
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
History and Technology Building
Growth of the United States (Exhibition) (1967: Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 8h X10w; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print
Date:
c.1967
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Negative number written on back of the photo is 61801-7. See Neg. # SIA2011-1098 for another view of the water wheel and the ducks.
Summary:
Visitors viewing a thirty-foot tall water wheel from an eighteenth century grist mill on exhibit in the Growth of the United States Hall after the opening of the new exhibit at the Museum of History and Technology. For a brief time, Moscovy ducks lived next to the Mill in a small compound.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 03-071, Box 2, Folder Growth of U.S. Hall (Publicity, photos)
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Duck pond
Museum visitors
Standard number:
SIA2008-2220 and 61801-7
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Opening of Growth of the United States (GOUS) Hall

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Creator:
Unknown
Subject:
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1967
June 5, 1967
Notes:
See also number 61738
Digital contact sheet available.
Summary:
Opening of Growth of the United States (GOUS) Hall at the Museum of History and Technology, now known as the National Museum of American History.
Cite as:
SIA Acc. 11-008 - Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs, Photographic Collection, 1960-1970, Smithsonian Institution Archives
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1058]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

[Charles Francis Hall's Scrapbook, 1858 - 1860.]

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Author:
Hall, Charles Francis 1821-1871
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item, 17.0" x 11"
Type:
Diaries
Place:
Arctic regions
Date:
1858
1858 - 1860
19th century
Summary:
Scrapbook of Newspaper clippings on polar exploration.
Cite as:
Charles Francis Hall Collection, 1858-1871, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Explorers
Discovery and exploration
Local number:
AC0702-0000020
See more items in:
Charles Francis Hall Collection
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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[Volume 2 of Charles Francis Hall's Notes on Arctic Explorers Circa 1860.]

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Author:
Hall, Charles Francis 1821-1871
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item, 17.0" x 11"
Type:
Diaries
Place:
Arctic regions
Date:
1860
Circa 1860
19th century
Summary:
Second volume of four notebooks on arctic explorers in preparation for Hall's 1st expedition.
Cite as:
Charles Francis Hall Collection, 1858-1871, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Explorers
Discovery and exploration
Local number:
AC0702-0000024
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Charles Francis Hall Collection
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

[Charles Francis Hall Expedition Diary Volume III, First Expedition August 1860 - November 1860.]

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Author:
Hall, Charles Francis 1821-1871
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item, 9.5" x 12.2"
Type:
Diaries
Place:
Arctic regions
Date:
1860
August 1860 - November 1860
August 1860 to November 1860
19th century
Summary:
Charles Francis Hall Expedition Diary Volume III, First Expedition.
Cite as:
Charles Francis Hall Collection, 1858-1871, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Explorers
Discovery and exploration
Local number:
AC0702-0000004
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Charles Francis Hall Collection
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Construction of the Underwater Exploration Exhibit

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Armed Forces History Hall
National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
Growth of the United States (Exhibition) (1967: Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White ; Size: 3.25w x 4.5h; Type of Image: Exhibit ; Medium: Document
Type:
Exhibit
Document
Group, candid
Date:
June 1967
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Published in Torch June 1967
Summary:
Growth of the United States Hall indoor exhibit on underwater exploration with workers installing diving suits in the Armed Forces History section of the Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 1, Folder: June 1967
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Diving
Underwater exploration
Smithsonian Institution--Employees
Exhibitions
Standard number:
SIA2011-1119
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

The Exploring Expedition and the Smithsonian Institution

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Author:
Reingold, Nathan 1927-
Co-Author:
Rothenberg, Marc 1949-
Editor:
Viola, Herman J
Margolis, Carolyn
Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
Peale, Titian Ramsay
Smithsonian Institution Building Early History
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
Smithsonian Institution Establishment of
United States Exploring Expedition (USEE)
United States Army Corps of Engineers
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)
Physical description:
Number of pages: 12; Page numbers: 242-253
Date:
1985
Category:
Smithsonian History Bibliography
Notes:
The image [neg. # 2005-1378] is of William Dunlop Brackenridge who was entrusted with the care of the plants collected on the Wilkes Expedition.
Summary:
After providing background on the Smithsonian's founding and its first Secretary, Joseph Henry, this article describes Henry's attempts to prevent the federal government from using the Smithsonian as a repository for the voluminous natural history collections of the Wilkes Expedition of 1838-1842 and U.S. Army surveys of the 1850s. Henry was determined that the Smithsonian's primary role should be to undertake original scientific research, not to serve as a museum or repository for materials already collected by other institutions. However in 1853, Henry agreed that the Smithsonian Building, or "Castle," could temporarily serve as a National Museum overseen by the Smithsonian but supported with outside funds from the federal government. Specimens poured in and an exhibit hall was developed.
Although Congress continued to fund the Museum's expansion over the next two decades, Henry held firm to his belief that the Museum was temporary and that the Smithsonian would primarily serve as a research institution. His hope that the government would finally take over the Museum was renewed by the decision to construct a new, separate museum building to house the massive government exhibits produced for the 1876 Centennial Exposition. However by the time Congress appropriated funds for the new building, Henry had died. His successor, naturalist and curator Spencer F. Baird, saw the Museum as central to the Smithsonian's mission and fully supported its growth.
Contained within:
Magnificent voyagers: the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 (Book)
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men
United States Congress, Relations with SI
Secretaries
Publisher:
Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Interior Views of Halls in the Museum of History and Technology

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Creator:
Unknown
Subject:
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1967
May 12, 1967
Notes:
See also number 61651
Digital contact sheet available. Frame selections featured in "The Torch," June 1967.
Summary:
Growth of the United States (GOUS) Hall in the Museum of History and Technology, now known as the National Museum of American History, featuring an 18th century grist mill and the Ipswich House, and Petroleum Hall, featuring a diorama illustrating underwater drilling.
Cite as:
SIA Acc. 11-008 - Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs, Photographic Collection, 1960-1970, Smithsonian Institution Archives
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1028]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

"How Tall Are You Exhibit," Hall of Health, A&I Building

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Arts and Industries Building
Exhibits Modernization Program United States National Museum
United States National Museum
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Exhibit
Date:
1957
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
The original negative number is 44788-B, but that negative has been lost. There are several similar images of two children with a woman at the exhibit site.
Summary:
Several visitors at the Hall of Health at the "How Tall Are You?" exhibit showing the growth rate of children at various ages. This new installation was part of the Exhibits Modernization Program in the Arts and Industries Building and opened to the public on November 3, 1957.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 42 Folder 24
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Children
Event
Medicine
Openings
Public Health Exhibit
Museum visitors
Exhibitions
Health
Standard number:
2002-10650
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Peter C. Welsh

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Subject:
Welsh, Peter C
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
Smithsonian Institution Office of Museum Programs
Growth of the United States (Exhibition) (1967: Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1964
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
For another image see SIA2007-0167
Summary:
Curator Peter C. Welsh conducting research, possibly for his book entitled "Track and Road: The American Trotting Horse, 1820-1900," published in 1968. Welsh is standing with an open book in front of him. There are two photos of horses propped up leaning against the wall. Welsh was Associate Curator in the Department of Civil History, National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History, 1959-1969. As curator he played a major role in the development of the "Growth of the United States" Hall in the Museum. Welsh was Assistant Director General of Museums, 1969-1970, and also served as Director of the Office of Museum Programs, 1970-1971.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 420, Box 10, Folder 21
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Horses
Historians
Museum curators
Smithsonian Institution--Employees
Civil History
Standard number:
SIA2007-0168
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

The Hampton Student Vol. XI No. 3

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Published by:
Hampton University, American, founded 1868
Subject of:
The Hampton Student, American
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 10 x 6 3/4 in. (25.4 x 17.1 cm)
Type:
newspapers
Place depicted:
Hampton, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
April 15, 1921
Topic:
African American
Education
Sports
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.54.1
Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
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North American X-15

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Pilot:
Neil A. Armstrong, 1930 - 2012
Manufacturer:
North American Aviation Inc.
Materials:
Overall: Titanium
Dimensions:
Wingspan: 6.7 m (22 ft)
Length: 15.5 m (51 ft)
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Weight, gross: 17,237 kg (38,000 lb)
Type:
CRAFT-Aircraft
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
1959
Physical Description:
North American X-15, rocket powered experimental aircraft; black titanium skin with wedge shaped horizontal stablizer; yellow stripe NASA inisignia on tail with stars and red bars United States national insignia on wings; white letter text "U.S. AIR FORCE" on the sides of the fuselage.
Long Description:
The North American X-15 rocket-powered research aircraft bridged the gap between manned flight within the atmosphere and manned flight beyond the atmosphere into space. After completing its initial test flights in 1959, the X-15 became the first winged aircraft to attain velocities of Mach 4, 5, and 6 (four, five, and six times the speed of sound). Because of its high-speed capability, the X-15 had to be designed to withstand aerodynamic temperatures on the order of 1,200 degrees F.; as a result, the aircraft was fabricated using a special high-strength nickel alloy named Inconel X.
Air-launched from a modified Boeing B-52 Stratofortress aircraft, the X-15 required conventional aerodynamic control surfaces to operate within the atmosphere and special "thruster" reaction control rockets located in the nose and wings of the aircraft to enable the pilot to maintain control when flying on the fringes of space. Indeed, the X-15 design was so much like that of a space vehicle that during the formative days of Project Mercury, America’s first attempt to put a man in orbit, North American and National Air and Space Administration (NASA) engineers gave serious consideration to utilizing a growth version of the X-15 for the manned orbiting mission. This plan was dropped in favor of using a blunt-body reentry vehicle. Because of the potential dangers to the pilot should the X-15’s pressurized cockpit lose its atmosphere while the aircraft operated in a near-space environment, X-15 pilots wore specially developed full-pressure protection ‘spacesuits’ while flying the experimental plane.
Three X-15 research aircraft were built and flown, completing a total of 199 research flights. The National Air and Space Museum has the historic X-15 #1, Air Force serial 56-6670. The X15 #2 (56-6671) was rebuilt following a landing accident as the advanced X-15A-2, having increased propellant capacity and, hence, a higher potential performance. The X-15A-2 was the fastest X-15 flown, and it is now on exhibit at the Air Force Museum, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The X-15 #3 (56-6672) featured an advanced cockpit display panel and a special adaptive control system. The aircraft made many noteworthy flights until it crashed during atmospheric reentry, following pilot disorientation and a control-system failure. The pilot, Capt. Michael Adams, was killed.
The X-15 flew faster and higher than any other airplane. A peak altitude of 354,200 feet (67± miles) was reached by the X-15, and the X-15A-2 attained a speed of Mach 6.72 (4,534 mph) while testing a new ablative thermal protection material and a proposed design for a hypersonic ramjet. Various proposals were set forth for modifying the aircraft to accomplish new and even more radical tasks. At one point, NASA scientists planned to test a hydrogen-fueled supersonic combustion ramjet engine mounted on the X-15s lower vertical fin. A mock-up of this proposed installation was flight-tested on the X-15A-2. Other ideas included modifying the X-15 with a slender delta wing and using the aircraft as a booster for small satellite launch vehicles. None of these ideas, however, came to fruition.
The X-15 spearheaded research in a variety of areas: hypersonic aerodynamics, winged reentry from space. life-support systems for spacecraft, aerodynamic heating and heat transfer research, and earth sciences experiments. A total of 700 technical documents were produced, equivalent to the output of a typical 4,000-man federal research center for more than two years.
Development of the X-15 began in 1954, in a joint research program sponsored by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (forerunner of NASA), the U.S. Air Force. the U.S. Navy, and private industry. North American was selected as prime contractor on the project following a competition in which Douglas. Republic. and Bell also participated. By the time of its first airborne test, flight research was too complex to rely on simple air-to-ground communications near a test field. The Air Force and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics developed a special 485-mile-long test corridor stretching from Wendover Air Force Base. Utah. to Edwards Air Force Base. California. It was planned that the X15 would be air-launched from a Boeing B-52 near Wendover. then fly down this corridor, the High Range. to Edwards. monitored by tracking stations at Ely and Beatty. Nevada. and at Edwards. The range lay along a series of flat dry lakes. where the X-15 could make an emergency landing. if necessary. Nothing this extensive had previously existed in flight research, and it foreshadowed the worldwide tracking network developed by American manned spacecraft ventures. The X-15 would complete its research mission and then. followed by special Lockheed F-104 chase aircraft. would land on the hard clay of Rogers (formerly Muroc) Dry Lake. Because the X-15 featured a cruciform tail surface arrangement. it was necessary for the designers to make the lower half of the ventral fin jettisonable prior to landing so that the conventional two-wheel, nose-landing gear and two tail-mounted landing skids could support the aircraft.
Alternate Name:
North American X-15
Key Accomplishment(s):
World's Fastest Piloted Aircraft
Impact or Innovation:
The X-15 gathered critical flight data that made human spaceflight and future hypersonic aircraft possible.
Brief Description:
First flown in 1959, the North American X-15 bridged the gap between human flight in the atmosphere and spaceflight. It was the first winged aircraft to fly Mach 4, 5, & 6 and to operate at altitudes above 30,500 m (100,000 ft). Eight of 12 pilots received astronaut wings.
Credit Line:
Transferred from United States Air Force, Andrews AFB
Inventory Number:
A19690360000
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
Exhibition:
Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
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The Colored American Magazine Vol. XV No. 3

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Issued by:
The Colored American Magazine, American, 1900 - 1909
Edited by:
Frederick Randolph Moore, 1857 - 1943
Published by:
The Colored American Publishing Company, American, founded 1900
Printed by:
Moore Publishing and Printing Company
Illustrated by:
Theodore R. M. Hanné
Subject of:
Emma Azalia Hackley, 1867 - 1922
Medium:
ink on paper (fiber product)
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 9 3/4 × 6 15/16 × 3/16 in. (24.8 × 17.6 × 0.5 cm)
Type:
magazines (periodicals)
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
March 1909
Topic:
African American
Business
Mass media
Poetry
United States--History--1865-1921
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2014.63.64.5
Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials
Exhibition:
Making a Way Out of No Way
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 050
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture

The People of India, Volume Four

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Publisher:
Watson, J. Forbes (John Forbes) 1827-1892
Kaye, John William Sir 1814-1876
Physical description:
1 volume
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
South Asia
Date:
1868
Cite as:
The People of India, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Purchase
Topic:
Indigenous Peoples
Ethnography
Local number:
FSA A1990.03 4
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The People of India: A Series of Photographic Illustrations, with Descriptive Letterpress, of the Races and Tribes of Hindustan. 1868
The People of India, Volume Four
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Men of Progress

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Artist:
Christian Schussele, 16 Apr 1824 - 1879
Sitter:
William Thomas Green Morton, 9 Aug 1819 - 15 Jul 1868
James Bogardus, 14 Mar 1800 - 13 Apr 1874
Samuel Colt, 19 Jul 1814 - 10 Jan 1862
Cyrus Hall McCormick, 15 Feb 1809 - 13 May 1884
Joseph Saxton, 22 Mar 1799 - 26 Oct 1873
Charles Goodyear, 29 Dec 1800 - 1 Jul 1860
Peter Cooper, 12 Feb 1791 - 4 Apr 1883
Jordan Lawrence Mott, 12 Oct 1799 - 1866
Joseph Henry, 17 Dec 1797 - 13 May 1878
Eliphalet Nott, 25 Jun 1773 - 29 Jan 1866
John Ericsson, 31 Jul 1803 - 8 Mar 1889
Frederick Ellsworth Sickels, 20 Sep 1819 - 8 Mar 1895
Samuel Finley Breese Morse, 27 Apr 1791 - 2 Apr 1872
Henry Burden, 22 Apr 1791 - 19 Jan 1871
Richard March Hoe, 19 Jul 1815 - 13 Sep 1884
Erastus Brigham Bigelow, 2 Apr 1814 - 6 Dec 1879
Isaiah Jennings, 1792 - 1862
Thomas Blanchard, 24 Jun 1788 - 16 Apr 1864
Elias Howe, 9 Jul 1819 - 3 Oct 1867
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 128.3 x 190.5 x 5.1cm (50 1/2 x 75 x 2")
Frame: 162.6 x 225.7 x 12.7cm (64 x 88 7/8 x 5")
Culture:
Henry Burden: European\British\Scottish
John Ericsson: European\Scandinavian\Swedish
Type:
Painting
Place:
United States\Pennsylvania\Philadelphia\Philadelphia
Date:
1862
Exhibition Label:
In 1857, the inventor of a coal-burning stove, Jordan Mott, commissioned Christian Schussele to paint a group portrait of eighteen American scientists and inventors who "had altered the course of contemporary civilization." As with Schussele's celebration of American letters, Washington Irving . . . at Sunnyside, the group portrait did not mark an actual occasion but was designed to honor the achievements of American industry. The artist sketched study portraits of each of his subjects before putting them all into his final, formal composition. Men of Progress is a remarkable document of the growth of the American economy by the 1850s as it celebrates the inventions and processes of manufacturing pioneered by men such as Cyrus McCormick, Charles Goodyear, Samuel Colt, Samuel Morse, Elias Howe, and fourteen others.
Topic:
Interior
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table
Equipment\Walking stick\Cane
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses\Pince-nez
Architecture\Column
Artwork\Painting\Portrait
Weapon\Gun\Pistol
Artist's Effects\Architectural drawing
Equipment\Patent model
Isaiah Jennings: Male
Isaiah Jennings: Health and Medicine\Dentist
Isaiah Jennings: Science and Technology\Inventor\Dental
Isaiah Jennings: Science and Technology\Inventor\Firearms
Joseph Henry: Male
Joseph Henry: Education\Educator\Professor
Joseph Henry: Science and Technology\Scientist\Physicist
Joseph Henry: Society and Social Change\Administrator\Smithsonian Institution\Secretary
Elias Howe: Male
Elias Howe: Science and Technology\Inventor\Sewing machine
Elias Howe: Crafts and Trades\Machinist
William Thomas Green Morton: Male
William Thomas Green Morton: Literature\Writer\Medical
William Thomas Green Morton: Science and Technology\Inventor\Medical
William Thomas Green Morton: Health and Medicine\Dentist
William Thomas Green Morton: Health and Medicine\Physician\Anaesthetist
Charles Goodyear: Male
Charles Goodyear: Science and Technology\Inventor
Charles Goodyear: Business and Industry\Industrialist\Manufacturer\Rubber
Charles Goodyear: Business and Industry\Merchant\Retailer
James Bogardus: Male
James Bogardus: Visual Arts\Artist\Medalist
James Bogardus: Science and Technology\Inventor
James Bogardus: Science and Technology\Engineer\Structural
Joseph Saxton: Male
Joseph Saxton: Science and Technology\Inventor
Joseph Saxton: Crafts and Trades\Craftsman\Clockmaker
Jordan Lawrence Mott: Male
Jordan Lawrence Mott: Business and Industry\Merchant
Jordan Lawrence Mott: Visual Arts\Art Patron
Jordan Lawrence Mott: Business and Industry\Industrialist\Manufacturer\Iron
Cyrus Hall McCormick: Male
Cyrus Hall McCormick: Business and Industry\Industrialist\Manufacturer
Cyrus Hall McCormick: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist
Cyrus Hall McCormick: Science and Technology\Inventor
Cyrus Hall McCormick: Society and Social Change\Administrator\Historical Society\President
Henry Burden: Male
Henry Burden: Business and Industry\Businessman\Entrepreneur
Henry Burden: Science and Technology\Inventor
Henry Burden: Business and Industry\Industrialist\Manufacturer\Iron
Henry Burden: Crafts and Trades\Craftsman\Metalworker\Ironmaster
Henry Burden: Business and Industry\Transportation\Shipbuilder
Erastus Brigham Bigelow: Male
Erastus Brigham Bigelow: Science and Technology\Inventor\Loom
Erastus Brigham Bigelow: Education\Founder\Technical institute
Samuel Colt: Male
Samuel Colt: Science and Technology\Inventor
Samuel Colt: Business and Industry\Industrialist\Manufacturer\Firearms
Thomas Blanchard: Male
Thomas Blanchard: Science and Technology\Inventor
Richard March Hoe: Male
Richard March Hoe: Science and Technology\Inventor\Press
Frederick Ellsworth Sickels: Male
Frederick Ellsworth Sickels: Science and Technology\Inventor
Frederick Ellsworth Sickels: Science and Technology\Engineer\Structural
Frederick Ellsworth Sickels: Science and Technology\Engineer\Civil\Bridge builder
Eliphalet Nott: Male
Eliphalet Nott: Education\Administrator\College\President
Eliphalet Nott: Science and Technology\Inventor
Eliphalet Nott: Religion and Spirituality\Clergy\Minister
Peter Cooper: Male
Peter Cooper: Business and Industry\Businessman
Peter Cooper: Education\Founder\School
Peter Cooper: Business and Industry\Industrialist\Manufacturer
Peter Cooper: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist
Peter Cooper: Science and Technology\Inventor
Peter Cooper: Business and Industry\Industrialist\Manufacturer\Iron
John Ericsson: Male
John Ericsson: Science and Technology\Inventor
John Ericsson: Science and Technology\Engineer\Military
John Ericsson: Science and Technology\Engineer\Marine
John Ericsson: Business and Industry\Transportation\Shipbuilder
Samuel Finley Breese Morse: Visual Arts\Artist
Samuel Finley Breese Morse: Male
Samuel Finley Breese Morse: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter\Portraitist
Samuel Finley Breese Morse: Communications\Journalist
Samuel Finley Breese Morse: Visual Arts\Art Instructor
Samuel Finley Breese Morse: Education\Founder\College
Samuel Finley Breese Morse: Science and Technology\Inventor
Samuel Finley Breese Morse: Science and Technology\Inventor\Telegraph
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the National Gallery of Art; gift of the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, 1942
Object number:
NPG.65.60
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
American Origins
On View:
NPG, East Gallery 120
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

English-Alabama and Alabama-English dictionary 1906-1913

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Creator:
Swanton, John Reed
Sylestine, Harden
Physical description:
5400 cards
4 boxes
Culture:
Alibamu
Koasati Indians
Alabama Indians
Indians of North America Southern States
Type:
Dictionaries
Collection descriptions
Date:
1906-1913
Notes:
The note by Swanton preceding Alabama-English section reads? "The material marked (H) was furnished by an Alabama Indian, Harden Sylestine, who translated in his own way. His translation is usually preserved lest a mistake be made in altering; the material is to be corrected later. This includes all of my Alabama material except 12 pages of text by native informants and a vocabulary which for the most part duplicates what has been given."
Summary:
Alabama-English, 2433 typed cards in 2 boxes; English-Alabama, approximately 3000 typed and autograph A. cards in 2 boxes. Includes terms written in pencil and marked "(K)," which may be terms in Koasati. Informants are Harden Sylestine and others.
Swanton's arrangement of the Alabama-English section is generally alphabetical, with many terms grouped together by stesm. The cards have been stamped with consecutive numbers 1-2433, and Swanton's order has been preserved. Cards that had been clipped together now have a second number, beginning with 1 for the first in a clipped group (e.g., if cards 25-27 were found clipped together, they would now be numbered 25-1, 26-2, 27-3).
The Alabama-English section (with sequentially numbered cards) contains utterances identifiable by a following number in parentheses. If the number does not begin with zero, apparently if refers to Swanton's page numbers in his rough field notes (M 4151 "second set"). Numbers beginning with zero seem to refer to the"first set," MS 4151-- Karen Lupardus, August 18, 1978.
Cite as:
Manuscript 2435, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Language and languages--Documentation
Local number:
NAA MS 2435
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Numbered manuscripts 1850s-1980s (some earlier)
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
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Architectural History of the National Museum Building (Arts and Industries), 1879

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Subject:
Schulze, Paul
Cluss, Adolph 1825-1905
Arts and Industries Building Rotunda
Arts and Industries Building North Hall
Arts and Industries Building West Hall
Arts and Industries Building Southwest Pavilion
Arts and Industries Building
Arts and Industries Building North Entrance
Arts and Industries Building Southeast Pavilion
Arts and Industries Building West Entrance
Arts and Industries Building Southwest Range
United States National Museum Dept. of Arts and Industries
Arts and Industries Building East Hall
South-East Range of the Arts and Industries Building
Arts and Industries Building Lecture Hall
Arts and Industries Building North Front
Board of Regents
National Trust for Historic Preservation
National Register of Historic Places
Hornblower & Marshall
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum
1876: A Centennial Exhibition (Exhibition) (1976: Washington, D.C.)
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1879-ongoing
Category:
Chronology of Smithsonian History
Notes:
Ewing, H., & Ballard, A. (2009). A guide to Smithsonian architecture. Washington: Smithsonian Books.
Summary:
Initial construction began on the National Museum in 1879. The idea for the first ever building to house the U.S. National Museum came out of the extreme overcrowding at the Smithsonian Institution Building (Castle). Smithsonian scientists and curators had been collecting items to display at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibit of 1876, in addition to their other collections. Following the fair, the Smithsonian suddenly had too many objects and nowhere to store or display them, so Congress was petitioned and the funds for the new building were made available. The building was erected with the latest fireproof technologies, and was completed in less than two years. It opened in 1881.
Prominent architects Adolf Cluss (1825-1905) and Paul Schulze (1827-1897) were chosen to design the new museum building. From 1862-1876 Cluss had either designed or oversaw all of the public buildings built in Washington, DC.
The design for the National Museum Building got its inspiration from many different architectural styles, and doesn't fit perfectly in to any one style. The building's symmetrical, modular shape was inspired by writings of architect J.N.L. Durand (1760-1834), who was an important figure in the Neoclassical architecture movement. Each modular unit is built on to the central unit, thus maintaining its own identity. The building has four entrances, one in the center of each side of the building, each with its own set of symmetrical towers. In fact, the building is identical on all four sides. In the very center sits a domed rotunda, and there are four pavilions, one on each corner of the building, inspired by the popular buildings of the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876.
The official architectural style of the Arts and Industries Building is High Victorian, which is considered to be a sub-style of Gothic Revival. Elements of High Victorian style include the building's polychromatic façade and varying textures. The building possesses Gothic style elements including arched windows and doorways, as well as several square towers.
With the continued growth of the Smithsonian, the collection had once again outgrown the building within just a few years. From 1897 to 1902, mezzanine balconies were installed in the four corner courts, designed by local architects Hornblower and Marshall in Beaux-Arts style. This was only a temporary fix. When the National Museum of Natural History opened in 1911, all of the natural history collections were transferred there. The building was renamed Arts and Industries, and only industry, technology, and American history collections remained.
Arts and Industries Building has served as a temporary space for many exhibitions for future museums including the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Museum of History and Technology (now National Museum of American History), and National Air and Space Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian. A major renovation took place in the 1970s to add more office space and update the building. It continued to house specialty exhibits until 2004 when it was closed indefinitely due to structural damage. The building is one of the most endangered historic sites in America according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Smithsonian anticipates that the current renovation will be complete in the fall of 2015.
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Museum architecture
Museum buildings
Architecture, Gothic
Architecture--Conservation and restoration
Architecture, Victorian
Architecture--Washington (D.C.)
Gothic revival (Architecture)
Architecture, Neoclassical
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Program for a Marian Anderson concert at the War Memorial Opera House

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Published by:
Moss and Hayman Management
Subject of:
Marian Anderson, American, 1897 - 1993
Sol Hurok, American, 1888 - 1974
War Memorial Opera House, founded 1932
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
L x W: 8 3/4 x 5 13/16 in. (22.2 x 14.8 cm)
Type:
programs
Place depicted:
San Francisco, California, United States, North and Central America
Date:
March 10, 1958
Topic:
African American
Opera (Music)
Singers (Musicians)
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Jackie Bryant Smith
Object number:
2010.66.144
Rights:
Public Domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
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