List of Articles Deposited by the Smithsonian Institution in the Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington

ID: SIA2011-1461

Creator: Smithsonian Institution

Form/Genre: Document

Date: 1874

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Reading Room, Annual Report, 1874

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Summary

From the Smithsonian Institution's Annual Report from 1874, on page 65 is a list of articles (paintings, engravings, and other art works) deposited by the Smithsonian Institution in the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Secretary Joseph Henry was transferring the art collection to the Library of Congress and the Corcoran. The art collection transferred to Corcoran was later returned to the Smithsonian at the request of the Board of Regents (1896).

Subject

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • Henry laid out his plan for the new Institution in his Programme of Organization. The Programme contained fourteen guiding considerations, including the suggestion that the Smithsonian only undertake programs that cannot be adequately carried out by existing United States institutions, and that the Institution produce a publication, Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, and periodical reports on scientific progress. Henry was reluctant to take on the responsibilities to care for a museum containing the national collections and eliminated the national library provisions from the Smithsonian's enabling act.
  • At this time the Corcoran Gallery of Art was at 17th and Pennsylvania Avenue. It is now the Renwick Gallery.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Reading Room, Annual Report, 1874

Contact information

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

Date

1874

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Topic

  • Art
  • Annual Reports
  • Transfers
  • Art objects

Form/Genre

  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2011-1461

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Color ; Size: 5w x 8.75h ; Type of Image: Paper; Medium: Document

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