Carl Mitman and Staff

ID: 2003-19537

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1952

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 56 Folder 26

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Carl Mitman (1889-1958) opening a farewell gift surrounded by his staff on the occasion of his retirement. Mitman is pulling a dog-shaped cut out with a very long note attached to it from inside a miniature dog house labeled "MIT" and a fire hydrant next to it labeled "The Budget." The note reads "Forty-one years is a heluva time to serve an institution, but at last you have reached the end." Mitman joined the United States National Museum (USNM) in 1914. Mitman held a succession of curatorial positions at the USNM, culminating with his selection as head curator of the Department of Arts and Industries in 1932. He was chairman of the Smithsonian War Committee from 1942 to 1944. In 1948, Mitman was appointed Assistant to the Secretary for the National Air Museum where he remained until his retirement.


  • Mitman, Carl W
  • United States National Museum
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Arts and Industries


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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 56 Folder 26

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  • History of Science and Technology
  • Technology
  • Museums
  • History
  • Retirement
  • Museum curators
  • United States--History--Technology


United States


  • 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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