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Smithsonian Institution Libraries

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 Color: Color; Size: 2.93w x 4.39h ; Type of Image: Group, Candid ; Medium: Digital Image
Type:
Group, candid
Digital Image
Date:
c. 2011
Topic:
Libraries
Librarians
Collections
Books
Smithsonian Institution--Employees
Standard number:
SIL
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries staff work with collections
Contained within:
Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Libraries, http://www.sil.si.edu/
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Museums, Smithsonian Institution, NAM/NASM, Buildings, NASM Bldg, 1972 Design (HOK), Scale Model. [photograph]

Photographer:
Smithsonian Institution
Type:
Photographs
Date:
Circa early 1970s
Topic:
Museums
Smithsonian Institution
Local number:
NASM-193830
Summary:
Architectural model of the National Air and Space Museum, showing the Mall side of the Museum
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National Air and Space Museum Cataloged Imagery Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Library, Lower Main Hall, Smithsonian Institution Building

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution Building Lower Main Hall
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Interior; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Interior
Date:
1914
Topic:
Smithsonian Institution Building--Great Hall
Libraries
Standard number:
60591 or MAH-60591 or 521880
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
source: Field, Stamm & Ewing. THE CASTLE, AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE SMITHSONIAN BUILDING (p. 64)
Summary:
The Library at the east end of Lower Main Hall, now called the Great Hall, of the Smithsonian Institution Building (SIB) also known as the "Castle." There is a woman reshelving (or retrieving) a book in the center of the photograph
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95, Box 31, Folder: 38 and Record Unit 95, Box 37A, Folder: 10
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Smithsonian Institution Building from Northeast

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution Building North Towers
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Exterior
Place:
Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
late 1800's
Topic:
Smithsonian Institution Building--Flag Tower
Campanile Tower
North front
Standard number:
29731 or MAH-29731
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
The Campanile, North, and Flag Towers of the Smithsonian Institution Building seen from the northeast after the fire of 1865 destroyed the upper story of the main segment and the north and south towers. Between the Campanile and the North Towers, there is a man watering the grass, and The Mall, on the right of the photograph, is full of trees
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 25, Folder: 2
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Instrument Room, Smithsonian Institution Building

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Interior; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Interior
Date:
c. 1890s?
Topic:
Instruments
Scientific apparatus and instruments
Smithsonian Institution Building--Instrument Room
Standard number:
2003-19560
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
The Instrument Room in the Smithsonian Institution Building (SIB), probably c. 1890s. Various scientific instruments can be seen on the table and in cabinets at the rear of the room
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 562, Box 1, Folder Photographs - Interiors SIB
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Repairing the Smithsonian Institution Building Tower

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution Building Towers
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Exterior
Place:
Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
c. 1930s
Topic:
Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
Roofs
Scaffolding
Smithsonian Institution--Employees
Towers
Washington Monument (Washington, D.C.)
Workmen
Standard number:
15103-B or MAH-15103B
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
Workmen on scaffolding repair the Northwest Tower of the Smithsonian Institution Building. The National Mall and the Washington Monument are visible in the background
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 25, Folder: 1
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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South Facade of the Smithsonian Institution Building

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
South Yard
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Exterior
Date:
1885
Topic:
Smithsonian Institution Building--South Front
Standard number:
45963 or 2889 or nhb-2889
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
Few changes had occurred on the south facade of the Smithsonian Institution Building by 1885 except for the wooden shed to the right of the south door and the alteration of the entrance on the south side of the east wing into a freight loading platform ( removed in 1971). Benches have been placed along paths in the South Yard
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 25, Folder: 1
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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15c Smithsonian Institution single

Scott Catalogue USA 1838
Medium:
paper; ink (multicolored) / engraved
Type:
Postage Stamps
Place:
District of Columbia
United States of America
Date:
October 9, 1980
Depicts:
Smithsonian Institution, American, founded 1846
Topic:
Architecture
Credit line:
Copyright United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.
Object number:
2006.2034.92
Description:
unused
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
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Preliminary Digging Outside Smithsonian Institution Building

Author:
Ploskonka, Jeffrey
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
South Yard
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
1983
Topic:
Construction
Smithsonian Institution Quadrangle Complex
Grounds
Event
Standard number:
83-4972-3
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Featured in TORCH, June 1983. Also located in RU410 B3 F Torch Quad Shots
Summary:
Preliminary digging to reroute Smithsonian Institution Building's (SIB) utility lines around the quadrangle excavation site began in January 1983
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4 Folder June 1983
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Great Hall, Smithsonian Institution Building

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Smithson, James 1765-1829
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
National Zoological Park (U.S.)
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Interior; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Interior
Date:
c. 1965
Topic:
Smithsonian Institution Building--Main Hall
Smithsonian Institution Building--Great Hall
Exhibitions
Standard number:
2003-19580
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
Great Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building, prior to restroation in 1965, looking south toward door to the South Tower chamber. Photograph shows an exhibit on James Smithson in immediate foreground as well as an exhibit by the National Zoological Park
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 41 Folder 15
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Smithsonian News Clipping File, 1852-1971

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution
Physical description:
3.4 linear meters
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1852
1852-1971
Topic:
Smithsonian Institution--History
Local number:
SIA RU000096
Summary:
The clipping file consists of news clippings and magazine articles concerning persons and events in Smithsonian history
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Conference on the Future of the Smithsonian Institution, February 11, 1927

Author:
Board of Regents
Subject:
Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
Taft, William H. (William Howard) 1857-1930
Board of Regents
Conference on the Future of the Smithsonian Institution
Physical description:
Number of pages: 48; Page numbers: 1-48
Type:
Report - Smithsonian
Date:
1927
February 11, 1927
Topic:
Strategic planning
Smithsonian Institution Strategic Plans
Publisher:
Baltimore, Maryland: Lord Baltimore Press
Category:
Smithsonian Legal Documents
Legal document information:
1927 Conference on the Future of the Smithsonian
Report
Summary:
Second book of the report on the first Smithsonian-wide strategic planning conference
A Conference on the Future of the Smithsonian Institution is convened in the Smithsonian "Castle" on February 11, 1927, by the Smithsonian Board of Regents "to advise with reference to the future policy and field of service of the Smithsonian Institution." William Howard Taft, Chancellor of the Board of Regents, presides, with assistance from Assistant Secretaries Charles G. Abbot and Alexander Wetmore. Regents are Chief Justice Taft, Vice President Dawes, Reed Smoot, George Wharton Pepper, Woodbridge N. Ferris, Albert Johnson, R. Walton Moore, Walter H. Newton, Charles F. Choate, Jr., Henry White, Robert S. Brookings, Irwin B. Laughlin, Frederic A. Delano, and Dwight W. Morrow
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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North and Flag Towers of the Smithsonian Institution Building

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution Building North Towers
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
Smithsonian Institution Building Flag Tower
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Exterior
Place:
Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
c. 1870
Topic:
Carriage Porch
Smithsonian Institution Building--North Entrance
Smithsonian Institution Building--North Front
Standard number:
72-1970
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Similar view but including East Wing and Campanile Tower: neg # 72-1968
Summary:
View of the North Tower, the Flag Tower and the Carriage Porch of the Smithsonian Institution Building from across the National Mall in the late 19th century. Trees and tall grass are in the foreground
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 25, Folder: 3
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Smithsonian Institution Building, North Facade, c. 1860

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
Smithsonian Institution Building North Towers
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Exterior
Place:
Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
United States of America, District of Columbia, Washington, Southwest, Smithsonian Institution Building
Date:
c. 1856-1864
Topic:
Smithsonian Institution Building--North Front
Weather vanes
Museum buildings
Standard number:
45934A or MAH-45934A
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Note on back says weather vane, visible atop highest North Tower, installed 1856. Predates fire of 1865. Original located in oversize prints
Summary:
View of the north facade of the Smithsonian Institution Building from the north east, showing the landscaping in front of the building. The weather vane atop highest North Tower was installed in 1856. The photograph was taken before the fire of 1865
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 30, Folder: 8
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Additional Online Media:

Smithsonian Institution Castle: Early Years

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2009-11-02T18:26:45.000Z
Metadata Updated:
2013-10-17T17:48:17.000Z
Topic:
Museum administration
YouTube Category:
Education
Views:
1127
Video Title:
Smithsonian Institution Castle: Early Years
Description:
During its early years, the Castle served as a home for the Smithsonian secretary and his family and living quarters for scientists and explorers.
Video Duration:
10 seconds
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SmithsonianCastle
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Smithsonian Institution Castle: Cloisters

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2009-11-02T17:40:50.000Z
Metadata Updated:
2013-10-17T17:48:17.000Z
Topic:
Museum administration
YouTube Category:
Education
Views:
1173
Video Title:
Smithsonian Institution Castle: Cloisters
Description:
Originally, open walkways patterned after medieval cloisters ran along the north sides of both the West Range and East Range. Smithsonian planner Robert Dale Owen believed the cloister was appropriate for the free public college that he hoped the Smithsonian Institution would become. But the open cloisters proved impractical and were closed with the installation of windows shortly after building's construction. In the 1870s, sculpture was moved into the cloisters from the West Range's central space to make room for ethnological exhibits primarily focused on North American Indians.
Video Duration:
37 seconds
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SmithsonianCastle
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Smithsonian Institution Castle: James Renwick

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2009-11-02T18:30:33.000Z
Metadata Updated:
2013-10-17T17:48:17.000Z
Topic:
Museum administration
YouTube Category:
Education
Views:
1175
Video Title:
Smithsonian Institution Castle: James Renwick
Description:
Architect James Renwick, Jr. was twenty-eight years old when he won the design competition for the Smithsonian Institution Building. Renwick submitted two of the thirteen entries. Not formally trained as an architect, Renwick graduated from Columbia University and worked as an engineer for the Erie railway and as an assistant engineer on the Croton aqueduct before he won a competition in 1843 to design Grace Church in New York City. After his work on the Castle, Renwick went on to design a number of significant buildings, including the original building for the Corcoran Gallery of Art, now the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery, and St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.
Video Duration:
42 seconds
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Smithsonian Institution Castle: James Smithson

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2009-11-02T17:06:37.000Z
Metadata Updated:
2014-07-01T09:57:22.000Z
Topic:
Museum administration
YouTube Category:
Education
Views:
3108
Video Title:
Smithsonian Institution Castle: James Smithson
Description:
James Smithson's legacy to the United States created the world's largest museum and research complex, yet he never visited this country during his lifetime. Almost as mysterious as his motives and intentions for the institution he founded was the man himself. The story of James Smithson's life is sketchy, but it is known that he was born in 1765, the illegitimate son of Hugh Smithson and Elizabeth Macie. After he earned a master of arts degree from Pembroke College, Oxford, he embarked on a life of scientific research, ultimately publishing 27 papers on chemistry, geology, and mineralogy. His topics ranged from a chemical analysis of calamines to an improved method of making coffee. James Smithson died in Genoa, Italy, in 1829, and the wealth he had inherited from his mother passed to his nephew. Because his nephew died without heirs, the estate went to the U.S. government, as Smithson had specified in his will. When the Genoa cemetery was to be relocated in 1904, Alexander Graham Bell, then a Regent of the Smithsonian, traveled to Italy to retrieve Smithson's remains and bring them here to rest, in a room specially reconfigured in the building where the Smithsonian Institution had its beginning.
Video Duration:
79 seconds
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Smithsonian Institution Castle: Renwick Model

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2009-11-02T23:12:46.000Z
Metadata Updated:
2014-04-08T05:56:03.000Z
Topic:
Museum administration
YouTube Category:
Education
Views:
3736
Video Title:
Smithsonian Institution Castle: Renwick Model
Description:
This original model of the Castle was found here in an upstairs attic sometime in the late 1960s or early 70s. The medieval revival building style was chosen for the building because it was associated with the architecture of English colleges, and education was - and remains - at the heart of the Smithsonian mission. The style was also thought to express the practical, flexible, independent American character. Medieval forms and details from different periods, such as double pointed-arch windows within a single rounded-headed arch, were combined for the picturesque effect popular at the time. Adding to the picturesque or visually pleasing quality are the building's asymmetry, underscored by the nine towers - all different - and the red sandstone facade. To cut costs, the main part of the building was reduced from three to two stories and one 12-story front tower out of the two originally proposed was eliminated between the creation of the model and the building's construction.
Video Duration:
63 seconds
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Smithsonian Institution Castle: The Commons

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2009-11-02T16:58:53.000Z
Metadata Updated:
2013-10-17T17:48:17.000Z
Topic:
Museum administration
YouTube Category:
Education
Views:
1466
Video Title:
Smithsonian Institution Castle: The Commons
Description:
The grand, well-lit Commons resembles the chapels of English academic architecture, but the space was always intended for secular use. The room, known as the West Wing for most of its history, has seen many other uses since its initial service as a library. In 1871, one of the earliest meetings of the National Academy of Sciences was held here. Mineralogical specimens, exhibits from the 1876 Centennial Exposition, and marine invertebrate specimens all found a home at one time or another in this space before the entire west end and main hall were closed for renovation from 1914 to 1916. When the Commons reopened to the public, graphic arts exhibits were on view there. Those exhibits were transferred, in 1963, to the Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History, Behring Center. In subsequent decades, a restaurant was housed in the Commons. Today, the exhibits in this room provide a sampler of objects from Smithsonian collections.
Video Duration:
63 seconds
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