Freer Gallery Groundbreaking

ID: 94-4417

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1916

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

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Groundbreaking for the Freer Gallery of Art building. September 23, 1916. Left to right, 1. W.W. Torbert; 3. H. W. Dorsey; 7. William deC. Ravenel; 10. J. S. Pollock; 11. Louis Goldberg; 12. J. W. Scollick (preparator); 14. Richard Rathbun, Acting Secretary; 15. Frank E. Gass; 18. Ray S. Bassler; 21. J. S. Goldsmith; 24. Ruel P. Tolman; 26. George P. Merrill; 28. James G. Traylor; 29. E. L. Springer; 30. Leonhard Stejneger; 31. Rosemary Whiteker.


  • Dorsey, Harry W 1874-1960
  • Ravenel, William deC
  • Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918
  • Bassler, Ray S. (Ray Smith), b. 1878
  • Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954
  • Merrill, George P (George Perkins) 1854-1929
  • Traylor, James G
  • Springer, E. L
  • Stejneger, Leonhard 1851-1943
  • Freer Gallery of Art


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The actual turning of the sod. Groundbreaker's head is blurred.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 56 Folder 12

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  • Groundbreaking
  • Whiteker, Rosemary
  • Goldsmith, James S
  • Pollock, John S
  • Goldberg, Louis
  • Gass, Frank E
  • Torbert, W. W
  • Scollick, J. W


  • Photographic print
  • Event

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

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