Moving the "Statue of Freedom" from the Rotunda of A&I

ID: OPA-1002-04 or OPA-1002.04

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1967

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 35

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"Statue of Freedom" being moved from the Rotunda of the Arts and Industries Building. Here the crane is already hooked up and the statue is being cut in half for removal.


  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Statue of Freedom (Statue)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Through the cooperation of the Architect of the Capitol, Hon. Edward Clark, the original full-size plaster model of the "Statue of Freedom" by sculptor Thomas Crawford which sits atop the dome of the United States Capitol Building was transferred from the basement of the Capitol to the United States National Museum building, now the Arts and Industries Building, and was installed in the Rotunda on December 15, 1890.
  • There are three other shots of this event: 61326-11, 61326-13, 61326-9.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 35

Contact information

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



Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions


  • Moving of artifacts
  • Cranes, derricks, etc
  • Scaffolding
  • Exhibitions
  • Statues
  • Rotundas
  • Event


Photographic print

ID Number

OPA-1002-04 or OPA-1002.04

Physical description

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

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