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Photograph Collection, 1850's- [graphic]

Smithsonian Institution
Photograph Collection, 1850's- [graphic]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
1850, 1850s-
The Smithsonian Archives maintains this record unit as a central file of photographs documenting the history of the Institution. It is a combination of reference files which were created by various administrative offices of the Smithsonian, and individual photographs which have come in separately from other records or manuscript collections. Photographs that come into the Archives as part of a record unit are generally kept in that record unit. See Appendix A, Index by Form, for a list of other record units containing photographs.
Included in this record unit are photographs of Smithsonian officials and staff, scientists, and political figures; buildings and facilities of the Institution, some documented from groundbreaking to the present; exhibits; Smithsonian activities, including ceremonies, presentations, and openings; expositions, especially those in which the Institution participated; insignia and medals of the Smithsonian; and Washington, D.C., and vicinity. The collection also contains some photographs of specimens held by the museums, but researchers should generally consult the appropriate curatorial office for specimen photographs. A small number of engravings and prints are also included in this collection.
Researchers are advised that photographs in this and other collections in the Archives are only a small part of the Institution's photographic resources.
Smithsonian buildings, Museum exhibits, Exhibitions, Museum buildings, Employees, Medals, Architecture
Washington (D.C.)
Photographs, Collection descriptions
Local Number:
SIA RU000095
Physical Description:
74.21 cu. ft. (95 document boxes) (1 half document box) (43 12x17 boxes) (1 16x20 box) (17 5x8 boxes) (2 tall document boxes) (oversize materials)
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