Rotunda of the U.S. National Museum Decorated for Garfield Inaugural Ball

ID: SIA2009-0159 or 7037

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: March 4, 1881

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 562 Box 1 Folder A&I History of

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The southeast corner of the Rotunda of the new United States National Museum building, now the Arts and Industries Building, decorated for President James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur's Inaugural Ball, March 4, 1881. This was the first event held in the building. Buntings and flags decorated the walls and a wooden floor was laid for the event. The image shows the southeast balcony. On each side of the opening are carved plaques. A spiral staircase leads up to the balcony.


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


Historic Images of the Smithsonian

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 562 Box 1 Folder A&I History of

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


March 4, 1881

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  • Staircases
  • Inaugurations
  • Openings
  • Balconies
  • Inaugural Balls
  • Museum openings
  • Stencil work
  • Bunting (Cloth)
  • Plaques, plaquettes
  • Rotundas
  • Garfield Inaugural Ball
  • Presidents
  • Event


  • Photographic print
  • Interior
  • Event

ID Number

SIA2009-0159 or 7037

Physical description

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

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