Cooper Union Becomes Part of the Smithsonian

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On July 1, 1968, the Smithsonian Institution takes over the Cooper Union Museum, changing the name to Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design. The change of name honors the founders, who were granddaughters of Peter Cooper and daughters of Abram S. Hewitt.


  • Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1969. Washington, D.C: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1969, p. 443.

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July 1, 1968


  • Art
  • Decoration and ornament
  • Name Changes
  • Gifts
  • New Bureaus
  • National Collections
  • Major Events in Smithsonian History
  • Art objects
  • Decorative arts

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