A Brief Cooper-Hewitt History

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Outlines the development of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, including the foundation of the Cooper Union as an educational institution by Peter Cooper, the addition of a museum by his granddaughters (the Hewitts), its transferal to the care of the Smithsonian Institution, and the move to its new home, the Carnegie Mansion.


  • Cooper, Peter 1791-1883
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • National Museum of Design


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


Fall 1981


  • Art
  • Architecture
  • History
  • Buildings
  • Art objects
  • Art--History

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