Photographs at the Smithsonian Institution: A History

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Traces the establishment and growth of the Smithsonian's photographic history collection, especially in the National Museum of American History, from early images of American Indians and first curator Thomas William Smillie, to Eugene Ostroff, curator at the time the article was written. Also discusses collections in the National Museum of American Art (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Air and Space Museum, Office of Printing and Photographic Services, National Museum of African Art, Human Studies Film Archives and National Portrait Gallery.


  • Beeson, Loring W
  • Olmsted, Arthur J
  • Ostroff, Eugene
  • Smillie, T. W (Thomas William) 1843-1917
  • Wedderburn, Alexander
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Graphic Arts
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • Office of Printing and Photographic Services
  • Division of Photographic History
  • Photography, Section of
  • United States National Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution Human Studies Film Archives
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

Picturescope Vol. 32, No. 1 (Journal)

Contact information

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


Summer 1985


  • Photography
  • History of Technology
  • Ethnology
  • National Collections


North America

Physical description

pp. 4-20

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