Victor and Cosmos Mindeleff Working on Models

ID: 6084 or NHB-6084

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Interior

Date: 19th century, c. 1885

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 28, Folder: 31

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Victor and Cosmos Mindeleff building models of the Penasco Blanco Pueblo Indian village for use in the Bureau of American Ethnology exhibitions. This model was eventually moved from the Arts and Industries Building to the Natural History Building and was on exhibit there for more than 40 years. The Mindeleffs are working in the South Shed located in the South Yard behind the Smithsonian Building, also known as the "Castle."


  • Mindeleff, Cosmos
  • Mindeleff, Victor
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • South Shed
  • South Yard


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


For similar picture see Neg # MNH 3674.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 28, Folder: 31

Contact information

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


19th century, c. 1885

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  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Models (representations)
  • Historians
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Museum--employees
  • Models and modelmaking
  • Indians of North America
  • Pueblo Indians
  • Pueblo architecture


  • Interior
  • Person, candid
  • Photographic print

ID Number

6084 or NHB-6084

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Interior; Medium: Photographic print

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