Hirshhorn Collection Acquisition Announced

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Announcement that the United States, with the Smithsonian Institution as administrator, acquired the Hirshhorn art collection, including 5,600 paintings, drawings and sculptures representing one of the largest private art collections in the world. The title of the collections in this agreement is passed from Joseph Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian on April 17, 1974.


  • Hirshhorn, Joseph H
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 1, "The Torch," June 1966, p. 1.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1974. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1974, p. 154.

Contact information

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


May 17, 1966


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