Charles G. Abbot's Solar Panels

ID: SIA2011-0168 and 32603-10

Creator: Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. September 30, 1936

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Scrapbook II, 1934-1942, A-N

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact
Download IIIF Manifest Request permissions Download image Print

Narrow Your Results


Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.


Smithsonian Institution employees are working in the South Yard, behind the Smithsonian Institution Building or "Castle", on the installation of the solar powered boiler developed by fifth Smithsonian Secretary and astrophysicist Charles Greeley Abbot (1928-19244). The group is preparing for a news broadcast by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).


  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
  • South Yard
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • See Neg. #s SIA2011-0166 through SIA2011-0173 and 4694C for other views of the Solar Boiler preparation.
  • This image was taken by Ruel P. Tolman, former Director of Smithsonian National Collection of Fine Arts, and is included in a scrapbook of photographs of Smithsonian staff, grounds and buildings, exhibitions, and Washington, D.C. scenes. (Section A)

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Scrapbook II, 1934-1942, A-N

Contact information

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


c. September 30, 1936

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions


  • Astrophysicists
  • Secretariats
  • Astrophysics
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Secretaries
  • Inventions
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Solar energy
  • Employees
  • Solar Boiler
  • Special events
  • Event
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • Photographic print
  • Event
  • Group, candid

ID Number

SIA2011-0168 and 32603-10

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 2w x 2h; Type of Image: Event; Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print

Full Record

View Full Record