A&I Interior Decorated for Garfield's Inaugural Ball

ID: SIA2009-0162 and 37715

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: March 4, 1881

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 10

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In the United States National Museum Building, now known as the Arts and Industries Building, a view of the North Hall looking towards the Rotunda with the "Statue of America" facing the Hall. The building is decorated for the March 4, 1881, inaugural ball of James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur, the first public use of the new museum building. Strings of garlands of electric lights were strung from the ceiling and the "Statue of America" in the Rotunda held an electric lamp in her hand.


  • Garfield, James A (James Abram) 1831-1881
  • Arthur, Chester Alan 1829-1886
  • United States National Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • United States President (1881 : Garfield)
  • Statue of America (Statue)
  • United States. Office of the Vice President


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 10

Contact information

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


March 4, 1881

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  • New Museums
  • Electric lighting
  • Statues
  • Garfield Inaugural Ball
  • Rotundas
  • Inauguration Day
  • Museum buildings
  • Electricity
  • Inaugurations
  • Inaugural Balls
  • Museum openings
  • Stencil work
  • Bunting (Cloth)
  • Inaugural events


  • Photographic print
  • Interior
  • Event

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SIA2009-0162 and 37715

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Interior ; Medium: Photographic print

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