Samuel P. Langley Memorial Tablet

ID: 82-3198

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1908 c

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 15 Folder 12

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Memorial tablet of Secretary Samuel P. Langley (third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1887-1906) and his contributions to aerial navigation. The tablet is not completed and is still in the artist's studio as photographs of Langley are posted nearby. Other easels are visible in the background of the image. At the meeting of the Board of Regents on December 15, 1908, the following resolution was adopted: Resolved, that the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution be requested to report to the Board of Regents as soon as practicable upon the erection in the Institution Building of a tablet to the memory of Secretary Langley, setting forth his services in connection with the subject of aerial navigation . . . Regents Henry Cabot Lodge, A. O. Bacon, Alexander Graham Bell, and Secretary Charles D. Walcott.


Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906


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See also Negative #82-3199 (same SIA location) for another version of the tablet with slightly different images and writing on the base. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to read the writing on the bases of both tablets.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 15 Folder 12

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


1908 c

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

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