Samuel P. Langley Commemorative Statue

ID: 82-3200

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1915

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder 13

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Photograph of the Samuel P. Langley commemorative statue at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California, in 1915. The view is of the statue in the distance, including a view of the street and buildings next to it. People are seen with a street vendor in front of the buildings. Langley was the third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1887-1906, and pioneer in astrophysics and aerial navigation. The base of the statue reads, "To commemorate science's gift of aviation to the world through Samuel Pierpont Langley, an American." The exposition was intended to illustrate the function and administrative faculty of the Government of the United States and to demonstrate the nature and growth of our institutions, their adaptation to the wants of the people and the progress of the nation in the arts of peace and war.


  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Panama-Pacific Exposition (1915: San Francisco, California)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


See Negative #'s SA-30 and 82-3201 for close-up photographs of the base of the statue (same SIA location).

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder 13

Contact information

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


c. 1915

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  • Secretariats
  • Astrophysicists
  • Memorials
  • Sculpture
  • Secretaries
  • Exhibitions
  • Expositions


  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

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Physical description

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

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