Fighting for the West

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact

Narrow Your Results


Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.


Concerns the controversial exhibit "The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820-1920" at the National Museum of American Art, now known as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in 1991. Describes the debate over the exhibit in a Senate Appropriations Committee and the complaints of a perversion of history by the Smithsonian. Article defends the Smithsonian's analytical approach to American history and art in the exhibit.


  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

The Nation (Journal)

Contact information

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


July 29/August 5, 1991


  • Art
  • Art, American
  • Controversies
  • Ethnology
  • Exhibitions
  • History
  • Art objects
  • Art--History


  • United States
  • North America

Physical description

pp. 163-166

Full Record

View Full Record