Statue of America in the U.S. National Museum Decorated for Garfield Inaugural Ball

ID: MAH66046

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: March 4, 1881

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 10

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Summary

The Rotunda from the northwest balcony of the new United States National Museum, now the Arts and Industries Building, decorated for President James A. Garfield and Vice President Chester A. Arthur's Inaugural Ball, March 4, 1881. This was the first event held in that building. The "Statue of America" in the rotunda holds an electric lamp in her hand.

Subject

  • Arthur, Chester Alan 1829-1886
  • Garfield, James A (James Abram) 1831-1881
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • United States National Museum
  • United States President

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

See Neg. # SIA2009-0160 for a longer view showing the balcony in the foreground.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 10

Contact information

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

Date

March 4, 1881

Restrictions & Rights

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Topic

  • New Museums
  • Electric lighting
  • Statues
  • Rotundas
  • Garfield Inaugural Ball
  • Museum buildings
  • Inaugurations
  • Openings
  • Electricity
  • Inaugural Balls
  • Museum openings
  • Statue of America (Statue)
  • Stencil work
  • Bunting (Cloth)
  • Presidents
  • Event

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Event

ID Number

MAH66046

Physical description

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

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