Music for Smithsonian Polka by W. Bergman

ID: 82-3241

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1855

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

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Page 1 of the musical score (4 pages) "The Smithsonian Polka," composed by W. Bergman, a Washington, D.C. music teacher. The music was probably written to commemorate the opening of the newly completed Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle. The original sheet music was given to Charles D. Walcott, fourth Secretary (1907-1927) of the Smithsonian Institution, by Mrs. Herbert Hoover in 1924.


  • Bergman, W
  • Smithsonian Polka


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Neg. # 92-2053 is a color negative of the cover sheet. Neg. # 82-3240 is a black and white negative of the cover sheet. The original sheet music is in Accession 99-031. See also Negative #'s 82-3242, 82-3243, and 82-3244 for photographs of the rest of the sheet music.

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

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



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

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