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This article was included within a publication designed for workers of the Otis Elevator Company, New York City. A photograph of the National Museum (NMNH) appears on the page preceding the article describing the new National Museum which was nearing completion in 1909. The article states that the U.S. Congress appropriated $3.5 million to permit its construction in granite, rather than the brick and terra cotta first proposed, to be in keeping with its importance as a national museum housing valuable exhibits. It names the individuals who were instrumental in the museum's design and construction, and describes the physical dimensions and layout of the building in detail. Lengthy note is made of the fact that the Otis Elevator Company, while not submitting the lowest bid for installation of elevator equipment, was awarded the contract to install 4 passenger and 2 freight elevators in the new museum because of the high standard of the company's apparatus.


  • United States Congress
  • United States National Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)


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The Indicator Vol. 2, No. 9 (Journal)

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


September 1909


  • Museum buildings
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Elevators
  • Federal Government, Relations with SI


Washington (D.C.)

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pgs. 65-66

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