Removal of James Smithson's Coffin

ID: 2002-12196

Creator: Bell, Mabel

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1903

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 56 Folder 6

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The coffin containing the remains of James Smithson is being carried out of the Genoa, Italy cemetery where his body had been buried. Notified that the cemetery was to be destroyed, Smithsonian Regent Alexander Graham Bell and his wife Mabel went to Italy to oversee the exhumation of Smithson's remains and their transfer to Washington, D.C. Smithson's grave was opened on December 31, 1903.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Bell, Alexander Graham 1847-1922
  • Bell, Mabel


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Original negative number is 71-57-4, but that negative has been lost.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 56 Folder 6

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



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Genoa (Italy)


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

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