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Gives a comprehensive history of the art collection of the Smithsonian Institution from John Varden's Museum and the founding of the Smithsonian Institution to the present. Also discusses the National Gallery of Art, the Renwick Gallery, the Freer Gallery of Art, Barney Studio House, and the major donations given by various collectors. Includes reproductions of works and photographs of Smithsonian buildings.


  • Barney, Alice Pike 1857-1931
  • Varden, John c. 1790-1865
  • Gellatly, John 1853-1931
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian
  • Renwick Gallery
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Barney Studio House (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Smithsonian Gallery of Art
  • Washington Museum


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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




  • Art
  • Art, American
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Collectors and collecting
  • SI, Early History
  • History
  • National Collections
  • Art--History
  • Art objects

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