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Mrs. William Howard Taft presents her inaugural gown to the Smithsonian Institution, beginning this popular collection. Subsequently, former first ladies or their descendants are approached and a collection of dresses from each first lady is acquired.


  • Taft, Helen Herron 1861-1943
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Political History
  • United States National Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 305, Accession Number 53791, U.S. National Museum accession records.
  • Gurney, SI, p. 80

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


March 11, 1912


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