Mellon Donates his Art Collection to U.S

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Andrew W. Mellon donates his collection of paintings and sculptures and more than $15 million to provide for a building to house the collection and an endowment for salaries and acquisitions to the United States. The gallery is to operate as a bureau of the Smithsonian administered by its own trustees.


  • Mellon, Andrew W (Andrew William) 1855-1937
  • National Gallery of Art (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 144.

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


December 31, 1936


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