People on the Steps of the Natural History Building

ID: SIA2011-2356

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 south steps of the Natural History Building, 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.)
  • Natural History Building South Entrance


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.
  • The geographic location of this image is approximated by the information provided in the image. It is not an exact longitude and latitude.
  • The same negative was used to create SIA2011-2357, which is cropped and enlarged. The scrapbook page has a pencil notation 'Natural History Bldg / May 1935.'
  • The image has glue marks at bottom right corner, top right side, and center left side.

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: 2.25w x 2.25h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print

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