First Ladies Exhibit in the A&I Building

ID: 44606 or MAH-44606

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1955

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

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The First Ladies Exhibit is reinstalled in the West North Range of the Arts and Industries Building on May 24, 1955, showing figures removed from glass exhibit cases and placed in diorama-like period decorated rooms. View of hall shows chandelier installed and a floor plan for visitors in the foreground.


  • Arts and Industries Building
  • First Ladies Hall
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • Exhibits Modernization Program United States National Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


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

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



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ID Number

44606 or MAH-44606

Physical description

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

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