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

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Summary

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.

Author

Unknown

Subject

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

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

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, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1903

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

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

Form/Genre

  • 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

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