People on the Steps of the Natural History Building

ID: SIA2011-2357

Creator: Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: May 1935

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Ruel P. Tolman Collection, Scrapbook A-N

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Men and women seated and standing on the steps of the Natural History Museum, now known as the National Museum of Natural History, as seen from a walking path on the opposite side of Madison Drive, with partial views of two parked cars. Two signs are visible, one is cut off to the left of the frame. The sign facing the viewer reads 'No Parking / Any Time.'


  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • South entrance of the Natural History Building


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Image taken by Ruel P. Tolman, former Director of the Smithsonian's National Collection of Fine Arts, and is included in Section N of a scrapbook of photographs of Smithsonian staff, grounds and buildings, exhibitions, and Washington, D.C. scenes.
  • There is a nick above the bottom right corner of the image, and glue marks at the top and bottom where the image was adhered to the page.
  • The geographic location of this image is approximated by the information provided in the image. It is not an exact longitude and latitude.
  • The image appears to be an enlarged crop of SIA2011-2356. The scrapbook page has a pencil notation 'Natural History Bldg / May 1935.'

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Ruel P. Tolman Collection, Scrapbook A-N

Contact information

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


May 1935

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  • Women
  • Signs
  • Automobile parking
  • Stairs
  • Museums
  • Motor vehicles


  • District of Columbia
  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • Washington (D.C.)
  • Washington


  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

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Physical description

Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White; Size: 7.5w x 8h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print

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