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Charles Lang Freer first offers his art collection to the Smithsonian Institution. President Theodore Roosevelt has to convince the Board of Regents to accept, and the formal deed of gift is signed May 5, 1906.


  • Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919
  • Roosevelt, Theodore 1858-1919
  • Board of Regents
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • United States President


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 141.

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January 3, 1905


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