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The focus of this journal issue is the Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. The Guest Editorial sets the stage for an engrossing look at the collection's rich history and resources as various aspects of the wide and varied collection are then presented in essays written by the Guest Editor and fourteen other individuals having expertise in certain facets of the collection. Events leading to the 1896 founding of the collection, managed by Thomas W. Smillie, are discussed, early photographic techniques and equipment for both still and moving pictures are explored, and selected collection acquisitions are reviewed.


  • Smillie, T. W (Thomas William) 1843-1917
  • United States National Museum
  • Photography, Section of
  • Division of Photographic History
  • Washington Salon and Art Photographic Exhibition of 1896, The (Exhibition)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Quarterly journal issue contains 18 separate essays and numerous photographs.

Contained within

History of Photography Vol. 24, No. 1 (Journal)

Contact information

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


Spring 2000


  • Photography
  • Equipment
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Exhibitions
  • Photographic artifacts
  • Photographic collections
  • National Collections
  • Photographs
  • Photography--Exhibitions
  • Photography--Equipment and supplies

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