Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs
Subject Files, 1974-1987
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.
Photographs copyrighted to the Architect of the Capitol, Transferring office; Contact reference staff for details.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Perrot, Paul N.
- Freudenheim, Tom L.
- Columbus, Christopher
- Persico, Luigi, 1791-1860
- Greenough, Horatio, 1805-1852
- Crawford, Thomas, 1813-1857
- Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Museums
- United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
- Discovery of America (Statue)
- Rescue (Statue)
- Genius of America (Statue)
- Peace (Statue)
- War (Statue)
- Justice and History (Statue)
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-152, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs, Subject Files