Regents' Room, South Tower, Smithsonian Institution Building, or Castle - James Smithson's Coffin

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Interior view, coffin of James Smithson in the former Regents' Room of the Smithsonian Institution Building, or Castle, with exhibition of his personal effects and memorabilia in view.


Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


  • USNM No. 15883
  • Smithson's remains were brought to the United States by Smithsonian Regent Alexander Graham Bell in 1904, when the Protestant Cemetery in Genoa, Italy, where Smithson was buried, was to be moved. Upon arrival, a flag-draped coffin was placed in the old Regents' Room, where it remained until its transfer to the Crypt in the North Tower entrance of the Smithsonian Institution Building. Between 1900 and 1970, the Regents met in a room in the East Wing.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 31A, Folder 12, Image No. SIA_000095_B31A_F12_002

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



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Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA RU000095 [SIA_000095_B31A_F12_002]

Physical description

Gelatin silver prints; 8 x 10;

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