Gellatly Bequest Accepted by Congress

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The donation of the art collection of John Gellatly, valued at $4.5 million, is accepted by the United States Congress under a joint resolution and approved by the President. The collection, housed in the Heckscher Building in New York City, will remain there for four years before being transferred to the National Gallery of Art, now the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


  • Gellatly, John 1853-1931
  • National Collection of Fine Arts)
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian)
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • United States Congress
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1929. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1930, p. 47.
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 60.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 2, "The Torch," January 1977, p. 7.

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


June 6, 1929


  • Art
  • Gifts
  • National Collections
  • Art objects

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