Natural History Building

ID: SIA2011-2361 or 32279-11

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

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: January 1936

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

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Slightly to the right of its dome, the Natural History Building, now known as the National Museum of Natural History, seen from the middle of the National Mall,. Bare deciduous trees partially obscure the building, and one coniferous tree stands in front of the portico to the south entrance of the building. There are two cars parked on Madison Drive.


  • 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 included in section N of a scrapbook of photographs of Smithsonian staff, grounds, buildings, exhibitions, and Washington, D.C. scenes. Alternative Negative Number 32279-11.
  • The geographic location of this image is approximated by the information provided in the image. It is not an exact longitude and latitude.
  • An alternative Negative Number 32219-11 is written in the top border in pencil.
  • On the lower right edge there are five semicircular cuts into the image.

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,


January 1936

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  • Architecture
  • Automobile parking
  • Grounds
  • 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

ID Number

SIA2011-2361 or 32279-11

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Sepia; Size: 2.25w x 2.25h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print

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