Robert Dale Owen

ID: 2002-12184

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1840s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 18, Folder: 10

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Younger looking portrait of Robert Dale Owen, son of Utopian founder of New Harmony, from a daguerreotype. As a Congressman, he was active in debates over the creation of the Smithsonian Institution. Owen argued for an institution to train teachers for a nationwide system of free secondary education schools. He served on the first Smithsonian Board of Regents, and was influential in the design of the Smithsonian Institution Building, also known as the Castle.


  • Owen, Robert Dale 1801-1877
  • Board of Regents
  • United States Congress
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


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Original negative number is 64747 also 60530-F, but that negative has been lost. Original daguerreotype in section of photography cat. #67-54.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 18, Folder: 10

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


c. 1840s

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

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