Regents Approve Saint Gaudens Seal

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The Board of Regents approves the second Smithsonian seal. It is a formal Neo-Classical design by the sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens (1848-1907). The seal carries the inscription: "Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1846, For the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men" and the words "Per Orbem." It depicts a map of the world and two torches, Classical emblems of truth and knowledge. The seal will first be used in 1894.


  • Saint-Gaudens, Augustus 1848-1907
  • Board of Regents
  • Board of Regents


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"The Smithsonian Seal, Symbol of the Institution." Undated brochure prepared by the Smithsonian Office of Architectural History and Historic Preservation.

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