Potted Agave in USNM Rotunda

ID: SIA Acc. 11-007 [MNH-3369]

Creator: United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory

Form/Genre: Glass negatives

Date: 1885

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 11-007, Box 014, Image No. MNH-3369

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Potted agave plant in the United States National Museum (USNM), now known as the Arts and Industries Building.


  • United States National Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)


  • One of a series of plants given to the USNM by W.R. Smith of the U.S. Botanical Gardens for the purpose of growing in the rotunda of the Museum. The agave species did not thrive, as documented in a series of photographs taken between April and May of 1885, but did bloom during the summer. The living plants were cared for by A.L. Schott, assistant in the Department of Recent Plants.
  • Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution for the Year 1885, pt. II, p. 135-136.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 11-007, Box 014, Image No. MNH-3369

Repository Loc.

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


  • 1885
  • April 16, 1885

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  • Botany
  • Plants


Glass negatives

Local number

SIA Acc. 11-007 [MNH-3369]

Physical description

10 x 8;

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