Swearing in of Secretary Leonard Carmichael

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Swearing in of the seventh Secretary of the Smithsonian Leonard Carmichael (1953-1964) on January 2, 1953, with (l-r) Regent Robert V. Fleming, Alexander Wetmore (sixth Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1944-1952), Chief Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals Harold M. Stephens, Leonard Carmichael, and Mrs. Pearl Carmichael. Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson was unable to attend the ceremony due to a death in his family, so Stephens filled in.


  • Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973
  • Fleming, Robert Vedder
  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-
  • Stephens, Harold M (Harold Montelle)
  • Board of Regents


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  • There is a similar print in RU7005 B186 F4, also a close-up of the Carmichaels and Judge Stephens and a print of a larger group.
  • "Dr. L. Carmichael Takes Oath As Smithsonian Secretary," Washington Post, January 3, 1953, pg. 7.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 7005 Box 186 Folder 4

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  • Carmichael, Pearl
  • Secretariats
  • Secretaries


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

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