First Ladies Gowns Exhibited in Arts & Industries

ID: 43539-E or MAH-43539E

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1955

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 42, Folder: 17

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First Ladies Exhibit reinstalled in the West North Range of the Arts and Industries Building on May 24, 1955. The basis of this setting is the Blue Room of the White House as it looked at the time of the Grant Administration. The case contains the dresses of Julia Dent Grant; Lucy Webb Hayes, Lucretia Rudolph Garfield, Mary Arthur McElroy, sister of President Chester Arthur, and Caroline Scott Harrison and Mary Harrison McKee, who represented the administration of President Benjamin Harrison. A portrait of Grant hangs above the mantle.


  • Grant, U. S (Ulysses S.) 1881-1968
  • Garfield, Lucretia Rudolph
  • Grant, Julia Dent
  • Harrison, Caroline Scott
  • Hayes, Lucy Webb
  • McElroy, Mary Arthur
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Exhibits Modernization Program United States National Museum
  • First Ladies Hall
  • United States National Museum
  • National Collections


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 42, Folder: 17

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ID Number

43539-E or MAH-43539E

Physical description

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

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