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The Smithsonian Institution Archives' Reference Room, by Ken Rahaim, Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Archives.

The Smithsonian Institution Archives' Public Reference Room

The Smithsonian Institution Archives' Public Reference Room in Washington DC, by Ken Rahaim.

The Smithsonian Institution Archives' Front Desk, by Ken Rahaim, Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Archives.

The Smithsonian Institution Archives' Public Reference Room

The Smithsonian Institution Archives' Public Reference Room in Washington DC, by Ken Rahaim.

Postgraduate Fellow in Conservation, Beth Antoine, Center for Archives Conservation, by Nora Lockshin, Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Center for Archives Conservation

Postgraduate Fellow in Conservation, Beth Antoine, Center for Archives Conservation, Smithsonian Institution Archives, by Nora Lockshin.

The Smithsonian Institution Archives' Photography Collection Vault, by Ken Rahaim, Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Archives.

The Smithsonian Institution Archives’ Photography Collection Vault

The Smithsonian Institution Archives’ Collection Vault of Historic Photography with John Dillaber, Staff Digital Imaging Specialist, by Ken Rahaim.

Charles D. Walcott, 4th Secretary of the Smithsonian, Grand Canyon in Arizona, 1915, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Historic Images of the Smithsonian, ID# 83-14116.

Secretary Charles D. Walcott

Charles D. Walcott, 4th Secretary of the Smithsonian, Grand Canyon in Arizona, 1915, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Historic Images of the Smithsonian, ID# 83-14116.

William M. Mann (1886-1960), Former Director of the Smithsonian National Zoo, and Lucile Quarry Mann (1897-1986), writer and editor, 1940, Smithsonian Institution Archives, ID# SIA2009-0984.

William M. Mann and Lucile Quarry Mann

William M. Mann (1886-1960), Former Director of the Smithsonian National Zoo, and Lucile Quarry Mann (1897-1986), writer and editor, 1940, Smithsonian Institution Archives, ID# SIA2009-0984.

Drawing of the Smithsonian Castle by James Renwick Jr.

Drawing of the Smithsonian Castle

James Renwick Jr. Drawing of the Smithsonian Castle, Survey 11, Item 298, OPPS Neg# 92-9480, Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Aerial Photograph of National Mall

Aerial Photograph of National Mall

Aerial Photograph of National Mall during William J. Clinton Presidential Inauguration (depicting Smithsonian Castle and National Museum of Natural History), 1993, by Carl Hansen, Ektachrome print, ID# 2003-0102, Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Secretary Leonard Carmichael, by Unknown, 1961, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 76-17992.

Secretary Leonard Carmichael

Smithsonian Secretary Leonard Carmichael at the National Zoological Park with a baby gorilla, Leonard (left), and chimpanzee (right), 1961, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Historic Images of the Smithsonian, Record Unit 95 Box 5 Folder 9, ID# 76-17992.

Rocket Row on West Side of A&I Building

Rocket Row

Rocket Row along the west side of the Arts and Industries Building before the National Air and Space Museum was built, 1960s, Historic Images of the Smithsonian, Smithsonian Institution Archives, ID# 2002-12168.

Mary Blade, standing at blackboard

Mary Blade, Cooper Union Engineering Faculty, 1946

Mary Blade, Cooper Union Engineering Faculty, 1946, Science Service Records (1920s-1970s), Acc. 90-105, SIA Acc. 90-105, Smithsonian Institution Archives.

How to Build an Acid-Free Records Storage Box

How to Build an Acid-Free Records Storage Box, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 2011.

Black Aviators

Excerpt from Janet Harmon Bragg Video History, RU 9545 Black Aviators, Smithsonian Institution Archives.