Engraving of the 1865 Fire in the Smithsonian Institution Building

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An engraving from Harper's Weekly of the burning of the Smithsonian Institution Building, January 24, 1865. In this view there are a number of men on horseback.


  • Harper's Weekly
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


The old negative number is 58753, but that negative could not be found. Identical 5x7 also in the file. For the retouched photograph that is the basis for this engraving, see Negative Number 37082.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 30, Folder: 9

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



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  • Museum buildings
  • Animals
  • Disasters
  • Fire
  • Horses
  • Accidents
  • Fires


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  • Photographic print

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Color: Black and White; Size: 15w x 3h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print

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