Crowded Lecture Hall in the A&I Building

ID: 2002-10631

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1890s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder 20

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The Lecture Room in the West North Range of the United States National Museum, now known as the Arts and Industries Building hosted public lectures as well as meetings of the National Academy of Sciences and American Institute of Mining Engineers in its first year. In the front of the hall for demonstration during the lecture is a stuffed bear along with other animals and an Eskimo mannequin. In the Catlin Indian Gallery portraits of Indians and scenes of Plains Indian life drawn by George Catlin between 1832 and 1840 can be seen on the back wall.


  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Arts and Industries Building Lecture Hall
  • United States National Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building West North Range
  • Catlin Indian Gallery


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The original negative number is 4035, but that negative has been lost. For a similar photo in Neg # 2002-10632; large glare on right side of picture is from light coming through the windows.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder 20

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



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  • Museum buildings
  • Taxidermy
  • Mannequins (figures)
  • Art
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Historians
  • Zoology
  • Specimens
  • Museums
  • Collection and preservation
  • Bears
  • Art objects
  • Eskimos
  • Indians of North America
  • Museum visitors
  • Zoological specimens--Collection and preservation


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

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

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