First Ladies Gowns Exhibited in Arts & Industries

ID: 43539-C or MAH-43539C

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1955

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 42 ,Folder: 17 and Record Unit 285, Box 20, Folder: 3

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First Ladies Exhibit reinstalled in the West North Range of the Arts and Industries Building (A&I) on May 24, 1955, showing figures with the gowns removed from the glass exhibit cases and placed in period decorated rooms. The dresses in this room are those that were worn by (left to right) Emily Danelson and Sarah Yorke Jackson (representing the administration of President Andrew Jackson, Angelica Van Buren, Jane Irwin Findlay (hostess for President William Henry Harrison), Julia Gardiner Tyler, and Sarah Childress Polk. Persian carpet on the floor was a gift from the Sultan of Muscat (now Oman) to President Martin Van Buren in 1840.


  • Danelson, Emily
  • Findlay, Jane Irwin
  • Jackson, Sarah Yorke
  • Tyler, Julia Gardiner
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Exhibits Modernization Program United States National Museum
  • First Ladies Hall
  • United States National Museum
  • National Collections
  • Arts and Industries Building West North Range
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 42 ,Folder: 17 and Record Unit 285, Box 20, Folder: 3

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



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  • Women
  • Clothing and dress
  • Polk, Sarah Childress
  • History
  • Van Buren, Angelica
  • Artifacts
  • Mannequins (figures)
  • Costume
  • Exhibitions
  • Gifts
  • First Ladies Gowns
  • Museum mannequins
  • Presidents
  • Costumes
  • Presidents' spouses
  • Women--History


United States


  • Photographic print
  • Exhibit

ID Number

43539-C or MAH-43539C

Physical description

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

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