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The Corcoran Gallery of Art, created by William Wilson Corcoran, is chartered by an Act of Congress and granted tax-exempt status. The Smithsonian's early art collections were transferred to the Corcoran Gallery.


  • Corcoran, W. W (William Wilson) 1798-1888
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • United States Congress


Chronology of Smithsonian History


The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.: Illustrated Handbook of Paintings, Sculpture and other Art Objects, Washington, D.C.: Judd & Detweiler, Inc., 1939

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


May 24, 1870


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