Smithsonian Institution Building, West Wing, c 1903

ID: 16876 or MNH-16876

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1903

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder: 19

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact
Download IIIF Manifest Request permissions Download image Print

Narrow Your Results


Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.


Lower Invertebrates exhibit in the West Wing of the Smithsonian Institution Building (SIB), 1903. Models of a giant squid and an octopus, designed for the Tennessee Exposition of 1897, hang from the ceiling over the exhibit cases. These painted plaster casts were considered art objects by the head curator of the Department of Biology, but large specimens were difficult to preserve and display. The exhibit cases contain coral and other objects.


  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building West Wing


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


USNM Annual Report 1903, facing page 229

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder: 19

Contact information

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



Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions


  • Giant squids
  • Models (representations)
  • Exhibitions
  • Biology
  • Octopuses
  • Lower Invertebrates Exhibit
  • Octopus
  • Models and modelmaking


  • Photographic print
  • Exhibit

ID Number

16876 or MNH-16876

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 9 1/4w x 7 1/2h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print

Full Record

View Full Record