National Collection of Fine Arts is Dedicated

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact

Narrow Your Results


Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.


The National Collection of Fine Arts, now the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is dedicated in its new building. The NCFA moved out of the Natural History Building and into the Old Patent Office Building after it was vacated by the Civil Service Commission. At the dedication, President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson are escorted through the galleries by Secretary and Mrs. S. Dillon Ripley. The public opening is on May 6.


  • Johnson, Lady Bird 1912-
  • Johnson, Lyndon B (Lyndon Baines) 1908-1973
  • Ripley, Mary Moncrieffe Livingston
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library
  • United States Civil Service Commission
  • Fine Arts and Portrait Galleries Building (FA&PG)
  • National Collection of Fine Arts)
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • Natural History Building
  • Patent Office Building (POB)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • United States President


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Taylor, Joshua C. National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1978, p. 31.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1968. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1968, p. 5, 191.
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 138.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, "S. Dillon Ripley Chronology."

Contact information

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


May 3, 1968


  • Moves
  • Architecture
  • Openings
  • Secretaries
  • Presidents
  • Major Events in Smithsonian History
  • Buildings
  • Presidents' spouses


United States

Full Record

View Full Record