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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 02-152

Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs

Subject Files, 1974-1987

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs
Title: Subject Files
Dates: 1974-1987
Quantity: 0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Collection: Accession 02-152
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of records that document the storage of U.S. Capitol sculptures at the Smithsonian Institution. The statues were removed from the east front of the Capitol in 1958 and stored at the Capitol Power Plant until 1974, when the Smithsonian provided temporary storage for the deteriorating works. Statues included "Discovery of America," depicting Christopher Columbus by Luigi Persico; "Rescue," by Horatio Greenough; "Genius of America," by Persico; "Peace," by Persico; "War," by Persico; and "Justice and History," by Thomas Crawford. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, clippings, and photographs. The primary correspondent is Paul N. Perrot, Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs, with one memorandum dating after Perrot's tenure, to Tom L. Freudenheim, Assistant Secretary for Museums.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of records that document the storage of U.S. Capitol sculptures at the Smithsonian. The statues were removed from the east front of the Capitol in 1958 and stored at the Capitol Power Plant until 1974, when the Smithsonian provided temporary storage for the deteriorating works. Statues included "Discovery of America," depicting Christopher Columbus by Luigi Persico; "Rescue," by Horatio Greenough; "Genius of America," by Persico; "Peace," by Persico; "War," by Persico; and "Justice and History," by Thomas Crawford.

These materials include correspondence, memoranda, clippings, and photographs. The primary correspondent is Paul N. Perrot, Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs, with one memorandum dating after Perrot's tenure, to Tom L. Freudenheim, Assistant Secretary for Museums.

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Access Restriction

Photographs copyrighted to the Architect of the Capitol, Transferring office; Contact reference staff for details.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-152, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs, Subject Files

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Container List

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Statues from the Capitol, correspondence and photographs, 1977-1978

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Deteriorated Marble and Sandstone Sculpture Removed from Capitol in 1958 [Photographs copyrighted to Architect of the Capitol]

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U.S. Capitol under construction

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