Cover of Sheet Music for the "Smithsonian Polka"

ID: 82-3240

Creator: Sindall, Henry S

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 66, Folder 15

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Cover for the sheet music "The Smithsonian Polka," composed by W. Bergman, a Washington, D.C., music teacher, dedicated "To the Officers & Members of the Smithsonian Institute," and published in 1855 by Hilbus and Hitz. The cover was a lithograph of the Smithsonian Institution Building's north facade with adults and children gathered in groups and strolling around on the grounds. It was engraved by A. Hoen & Co. of Baltimore from a drawing by Henry (Harry) S. Sindall. The music was probably written to commemorate the opening of the newly completed Smithsonian Institution Building. The original sheet music was given to Charles D. Walcott, fourth Secretary (1907-1927) of the Smithsonian Institution, by Mrs. Herbert Hoover in 1924.


  • Sindall, Henry S
  • A. Hoen & Co
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Polka


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Neg. # 92-2053 is a color negative of the cover sheet. The original sheet music is in Accession 99-031. See also Negative #'s 82-3241, 82-3242, 82-3243, and 82-3244 for photographs of the sheet music itself.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 66, Folder 15

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,



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  • Bergman, W
  • Music
  • Hilbus and Hitz


  • Photographic print
  • Exterior
  • Engraving

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Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Engraving; Medium: Photographic print

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