Secretary Charles G. Abbot Playing Tennis

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Astrophysicist Charles Greeley Abbot, (Fifth Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1928-1944), playing tennis behind the Smithsonian Institution Building, the "Castle," next to the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, in the South Yard. Abbot is seen here getting ready to serve the ball.


  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


There are several candid photographs of Abbot and SAO staff playing tennis at this SIA location.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7005, Box 186, Folder: 2

Contact information

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

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  • Tennis
  • Observatories
  • Secretariats
  • Secretaries
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Sports
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

ID Number

15277 or MAH-15277

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 6h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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