Freer Gallery of Art Groundbreaking

ID: 2002-10692

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1916

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 56, Folder: 12

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The ground-breaking for the Freer Gallery of Art on September 23, 1916. A crowd of people has formed a semi-circle to observe the event. While not all of the individuals are identified, several names are listed on the back of the print, including: H. W. Dorsey, C. R. Aschemeier, J. S. Pollock, Joseph Mace, George T. Mace, Richard Rathbun, Ms. M. V. Young, James G. Traylor, Charles Greeley Abbot (fifth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1928-1944), E. L. Springer, D. L. Stejneger, and Ms. M. E. deRonceray.


  • Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918
  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
  • Aschemeier, Charles R
  • Springer, E. L
  • Traylor, James G
  • Freer Gallery of Art


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


The original negative number is 29933, but that negative has been lost. Neg. # 94-4410 is also the same image, however it is not at this SIA location.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 56, Folder: 12

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



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  • Mace, George T
  • Secretariats
  • Groundbreaking
  • Architecture
  • Secretaries
  • Pollock, John S
  • Mace, Joseph
  • Mirguet, Charles E
  • deRonceray, N. E
  • Buildings
  • Event


Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)


  • Photographic print
  • Event

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Physical description

Color: Cyano type; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print

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