Robert "Railroad" Harris

ID: 84-18042-25A

Creator: Hofmeister, Richard K

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1984

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 4, Folder: February 1985

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Summary

Robert "Railroad" Harris at the time of his retirement. Harris, a security officer at the National Museum of American History, retired after 38 years at the Smithsonian, December 18, 1984. When he came to the Institution, the entire guard force consisted of 80 men who rotated between four buildings. His nickname stuck when another guard began calling him "Railroad" after learning that Harris's initials were R.R. (Robert Riley).

Subject

  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • Office of Protective Services

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

Featured in the "Torch," February 1985

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 4, Folder: February 1985

Contact information

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

Date

1984

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Police Force
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Harris, Robert Riley "Railroad"
  • Employees
  • Guard Force
  • Security
  • Watchmen
  • African Americans
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

ID Number

84-18042-25A

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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