U.S. National Museum Decorated for Garfield Inaugural Ball

ID: SIA2009-0161 and 72-1116 or 72-11116

Creator: Cluss & Schulze

Form/Genre: Engraving

Date: 1881

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder 10

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Engraving of the United States National Museum (now called the Arts and Industries Building) by Cluss & Schulze, Architects, depicting the interior of the building decorated for President James A. Garfield's and Chester A. Arthur's Inaugural Ball, March 4, 1881. Building was lavishly decorated for the event with the "Statue of America" in the rotunda holding an electric light. Garlands of electric lights have been strung from the ceiling. In the engraving people are shown attending the ball. This was the first event held in the building.


  • Arthur, Chester Alan 1829-1886
  • Garfield, James A (James Abram) 1831-1881
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • United States National Museum
  • United States President


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Both negative numbers 72-1116 or 72-11116 are on the photo

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder 10

Contact information

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



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  • Interiors
  • Museums
  • Electric lighting
  • Statues
  • Garfield Inaugural Ball
  • Museum buildings
  • Inaugurations
  • Openings
  • Electricity
  • Inaugural Balls
  • Museum openings
  • Stencil work
  • Bunting (Cloth)
  • Event
  • Museum visitors


  • Engraving
  • Event
  • Interior

ID Number

SIA2009-0161 and 72-1116 or 72-11116

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Interior Medium: Engraving

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