The Reading Room will be closed Christmas Day, the 26th, and New Year’s Day.

Every Collection has a StoryThe Archives holds records that document the Smithsonian’s people, events, buildings, and research. The history of the Smithsonian is a vital part of the history of American experience, scientific exploration, and international cultural understanding.

Community

Latest Blog Post
Latest Forum Topic

Get updates on our amazing collections!

Today in Smithsonian History

Quad Construction, by Tinsley, Jeff, 1985, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 85-6242-28 or SIA85-6242-28.

December 23, 1981

A $960,000 Congressional appropriation is set aside for the planning of the Smithsonian’s Quadrangle project. The Quadrangle or Quad will be a new museum complex that will serve as a center for African, Near Eastern and Asian cultures. This is the first federal appropriation for the project, whose planning has been underway since 1978 with support from unrestricted trust funds.More

Featured Exhibit