Thomas W. Smillie, Photographer, Dies

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Thomas William Smillie, the Smithsonian photographer and custodian of photography since 1869, died. He had amassed a fine collection of photographs documenting the history of photography. In November, Loring W. Beeson was hired as custodian of photography and chief photographer.


  • Beeson, Loring W
  • Smillie, T. W (Thomas William) 1843-1917
  • Division of Photographic History
  • United States National Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


David E. Haberstich, Photographs at the Smithsonian Institution, p. 6-12.

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


March 7, 1917


  • Photography
  • History of Technology
  • Personnel management
  • Employees

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