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After a judicial review of the Smithsonian Institution/ Cooper Union Museum agreement, the Supreme Court of the State of New York rules that the transfer of the Cooper Union Museum to the Smithsonian could be accomplished and that the museum was legally an entity within the Smithsonian Institution. On July 1, 1968 the Smithsonian takes over the Cooper Union and the museum is renamed the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design.


  • 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 1968. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1968, p. 21.

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May 14, 1968


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

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