Apparatus Room in the Smithsonian Institution Building

ID: SIA2011-2394 or 43804-G

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1850s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 31A, Folder: 27

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Print of an engraving of the Apparatus Room of the Smithsonian Institution Building, or "Castle," with the electrical machines constructed by Dr. Robert Hare, a professor of chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hare donated his collection of chemical and physical apparatus to the Institution in 1848. Men and women are talking and walking around. The engraving was published in the Smithsonian Guidebook of 1857.




  • Hare, Robert 1781-1858
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Apparatus Room


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 31A, Folder: 27

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SIA2011-2394 or 43804-G

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Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White ; Size: 7.5w x 5.5h ; Type of Image: Interior; Engraving ; Medium: Photographic print

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