Wright Brothers Outside Smithsonian Institution Building

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The Wright Brothers outside the Smithsonian Institution Building on February 10, 1910, after receiving the Langley Medal for their contributions to aeronautics. Alexander Graham Bell, a Smithsonian regent, stands closest to the automobile. To his right is Orville Wright, then Wilbur Wright, then Smithsonian Secretary Charles Doolittle Walcott. The Wright Brothers contacted Smithsonian Secretary Samuel Pierpont Langley for advice on aeronautics early in their work on the airplane. They later donated their historic aircraft to the Smithsonian.


  • Bell, Alexander Graham 1847-1922
  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • Wright, Orville 1871-1948
  • Wright, Wilbur 1867-1912
  • Board of Regents
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 25, Folder: 41

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



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  • Awards
  • Inventors
  • Secretaries
  • Aeronautics
  • Rewards (Prizes, etc.)
  • Langley Medal
  • Regents
  • Medals
  • Aeronautics--Awards


Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

ID Number

22184 or MAH-22184

Physical description

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

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