National Air and Space Museum Groundbreaking Luncheon

ID: SIA Acc. 11-009 [72-10569]

Creator: Neufeld, Harry B

Form/Genre: Black-and-white negatives

Date: 1972

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 11-009, Image No. 72-10569

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Luncheon in the Great Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building, or Castle, after the groundbreaking ceremony for the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), with Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, Senator Jennings Randolph, Dr. Charles Greeley Abbot, fifth Smithsonian Secretary, Alexander Wetmore, sixth Smithsonian Secretary, Regent John Nicholas Brown, Dr. David Challinor, Assistant Secretary for Science, Michael Collins, NASM Director, Melvin B. Zisfein, NASM Deputy Director, Frederick C. Durant III, NASM Assistant Director (Astronautics), Paul E. Garber, first head of the National Air Museum, and former Under Secretary James C. Bradley.


  • Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001
  • Burger, Warren E. 1907-1995
  • Randolph, Jennings 1902-1998
  • Bradley, James C. 1910-1984
  • Garber, Paul Edward 1899-1992
  • Durant, Frederick C. 1916-
  • Zisfein, Melvin B
  • Collins, Michael 1930-
  • Challinor, David
  • Brown, John Nicholas 1900-1979
  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978
  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) 1872-1973
  • Smithsonian Institution Photographic Services Division
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • National Air and Space Museum


  • Digital contact sheet available.
  • For color slides of this event, see 72-10778 thru 72-10806.
  • Requested from Photographic Services Division by Office of Special Events.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 11-009, Image No. 72-10569

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1972
  • November 20, 1972

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