American Civilization in Three Dimensions: The Evolution of the Museum of History and Technology of the Smithsonian Institution

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Work documents the history of the National Museum of History and Technology (National Museum of American History). Includes history of the Smithsonian, the Centennial Exposition, and information on early Smithsonian administrators, such as Carl W. Mitman and Frank A. Taylor. Also includes information on SI programs, including "The World is Yours;" exhibits, such as the First Ladies' exhibit; the exhibits modernization program and the Office of Exhibits; the effect of World War II on the Smithsonian; and the road to the construction of the American History Building. Also gives architectural analyses of proposed plans for the construction of the building.


  • Taylor, Frank A (Frank Augustus) 1903-2007
  • Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
  • Mitman, Carl W
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • Office of Exhibits (NMNH)
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • United States National Museum Division of History
  • United States National Museum
  • Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Ph.D. dissertation. Includes photographs of the exterior and interior of the National Museum of American History. The First Ladies' Hall is also featured. Also includes plans for proposed buildings and exhibits.

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




  • Architecture
  • Exhibitions
  • Building
  • Buildings

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