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Dennis Gould Checking Crates, by Unknown, c. 1974, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 94-2468.

February 14, 1966

The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service is transferred from the National Collection of Fine Arts, now the Smithsonian American Art Museum, under whose jurisdiction it had been since 1952, to the U.S. National Museum. The scope of exhibits is expanded to include crafts, history, technology, science, and education.More

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