The Smithsonian's Mystery Building

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.


Article describes the new Quadrangle building at the Smithsonian. Includes a historical outline of events leading up to the creation of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the National Museum of African Art. Highlights the major figures responsible for their creation including Charles Lang Freer, S. Dillon Ripley, Arthur M. Sackler, and Warren Robbins.


  • Sackler, Arthur M
  • Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Robbins, Warren M
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
  • National Museum of African Art (U.S.)
  • S. Dillon Ripley International Center


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

The Washington Post (Newspaper)

Contact information

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


August 30, 1987


  • Art
  • Benefactors
  • Architecture
  • New Museums
  • Gifts
  • Smithsonian Institution Quadrangle Complex
  • Buildings
  • Art objects


Enid A. Haupt Garden (Washington, D.C.)

Physical description

section G

Full Record

View Full Record