First Ladies Exhibit in the A&I Building

ID: MAH 43539-D

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1955

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 42 Folder 17

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First Ladies Exhibit reinstalled in the West North Range of the Arts and Industries Building on May 24, 1955. The exhibit shows figures with the gowns removed from the glass exhibit cases and placed in period decorated rooms. Left to right: Martha Johnson Patterson, daughter of President Andrew Johnson; Mary Todd Lincoln; Harriet Lane, niece of President of James Buchanan; Jane Appleton Pierce; Abigail Powers Fillmore; Betty Taylor Bliss, daughter of President Zachary Taylor.


  • Bliss, Betty Taylor
  • Fillmore, Abigail Powers
  • Johnston, Harriet Lane 1830-1903
  • Lincoln, Mary Todd 1818-1882
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Exhibits Modernization Program United States National Museum
  • First Ladies Hall
  • United States National Museum
  • National Collections


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Similar photos exist in the Smithsonian Year 1955, pp. 7-9.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 42 Folder 17

Contact information

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



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  • Women
  • Pierce, Jane Appleton
  • Clothing and dress
  • Patterson, Martha Johnson
  • Interiors
  • History
  • Artifacts
  • Mannequins (figures)
  • Costume
  • Exhibitions
  • Gifts
  • First Ladies Gowns
  • Museum mannequins
  • Presidents
  • Costumes
  • Presidents' spouses
  • Women--History


United States


  • Photographic print
  • Exhibit

ID Number

MAH 43539-D

Physical description

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

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