DAR Constitution Hall Stage during a Lecture by Lincoln Ellsworth

ID: SIA2011-2367 or 32437-13

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

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: April 15, 1936

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

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Image of interior of Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall. Image shows a raised auditorium stage as seen from the right side of the auditorium. On stage there are several chairs in a row. Behind the chairs is a square screen flanked by two dark panels with pilasters one either side. Above the screen there is an arched pediment with a concave tympanum. There are ionic columns at the edges of the stage. The visible ceiling is composed of multiple smaller panes separated by heavy beams. The auditorium seats are partly filled, as are the chairs on the stage.


  • Ellsworth, Lincoln
  • National Geographic Society
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • DAR Constitution Hall (Organization : Washington, D.C.)
  • United States Army Air Corps


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  • 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.
  • This image was taken on the occasion of a lecture given by polar explorer and benefactor of the American Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Ellsworth, on his recent discovery that the continent of Antarctica is a single continent. Fascinated with polar air exploration, Lincoln Ellsworth was an American explorer, engineer, and scientist who led the first trans-Arctic (1926) and trans-Antarctic (1935) air crossings.
  • Pencil inscriptions in the full scrapbook page read "Lincoln Ellsworth Lecture April 15, 1936" and "National Geographic."
  • On April 15, 1936, Lincoln Ellsworth was awarded the National Geographic Hubbard Medal, presented to him by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Following the presentation of the medal, Ellsworth delivered a lecture on April 15, 1936 in Constitution Hall, owned and operated by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Information on medal presentation and lecture found in newspaper "Lincoln Ellsworth's Theories On Antarctic." (1936, April 17). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 25. Retrieved May 30, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74164016. The content of the lecture was published by Lincoln Ellsworth in "My Flight Across the Antarctic," in National Geographic Magazine, ISSN 1044-6613, 07/1936, Volume 70, p. 1. The Hubbard Medal awarded to Ellsworth in in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum, ID A19640153000.
  • See also image numbers SIA2011-2366 and SIA2011-2365.

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

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April 15, 1936

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  • Explorers
  • Interior architecture
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Architecture


  • Photographic print
  • Interior

ID Number

SIA2011-2367 or 32437-13

Physical description

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

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