The View From the Castle: The National Collection of Fine Arts now dwells in marble halls, further proof that Washington has become an art center

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With the Archives of American Art recently adding its collection to the National Collection of Fine Arts in 1970, Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley discusses the value of studying art in America. Ripley recounts the arduous founding of the National Gallery of Art and Andrew Mellon's gift of paintings and sculpture, to the Smithsonian art collection, the Harriet Lane Johnston's art collection, being displayed in the Museum of Natural History. Ripley ends with the opening of the National Collection of Fine Arts by Smithsonian Secretary Leonard Carmichael and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.


  • Eisenhower, Dwight D (Dwight David) 1890-1969
  • Johnston, Harriet Lane 1830-1903
  • Mellon, Andrew W (Andrew William) 1855-1937
  • Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973
  • Archives of American Art
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian Gallery of Art
  • United States Congress
  • United States President
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Smithsonian Vol. 1, no. 8 (Journal)

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


November 1970


  • Art
  • Openings
  • Secretaries
  • Castle View
  • Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • SI, Early History
  • New Museums
  • History
  • Art--History


United States

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