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Summary

National Museum of American History's David Todd lends his clockmaker's art to the tricky job of refitting the newly gold-leafed hands to the clock of the Flag Tower of the Smithsonian Institution Building. Scaffolding has been erected. The image looking north, shows the National Museum of American History across the National Mall.

Author

Long, Eric

Subject

  • Todd, David
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Flag Tower

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

The clock located on the Flag Tower faces all four sides of the tower: north, south, east, and west.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives Accession 98-015, Box 2, Folder: October 1991

Contact information

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

Date

1991

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Scaffolding
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Clocks and watches
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

Place

Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

ID Number

SIA2011-1452 or 91-13640-37

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print

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Summary

Workmen on scaffolding repair the Northwest Tower of the Smithsonian Institution Building. The National Mall and the Washington Monument are visible in the background.

Author

Unknown

Subject

Smithsonian Institution Building Towers

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 25, Folder: 1

Contact information

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

Date

c. 1930s

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Towers
  • Scaffolding
  • Workmen
  • Personnel management
  • Roofs
  • Employees
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Buildings
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Washington Monument (Washington, D.C.)

Place

  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
  • Washington Monument (Washington, D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

ID Number

15103-B or MAH-15103B

Physical description

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

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Summary

View from the roof of the Natural History Building, now the National Museum of Natural History, of the National Mall shortly before it is cleared of trees and leveled. Across the Mall are the Smithsonian Institution Building and the Arts and Industries Building Parked along Madison Drive N.W. are automobiles of the 1920s.

Author

Unknown

Subject

  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Arts and Industries Building

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 25, Folder: 2

Contact information

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

Date

1928

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Trees
  • Landscapes
  • Automobiles

Place

Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Landscape

ID Number

SIA2011-1460 or 31274A

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Landscape; Medium: Photographic print

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Summary

  • This image shows the Star-Spangled Banner as it was originally hung on the exterior of the Smithsonian Institution Building shortly after it was acquired for the National Museum. The flag was made during the summer of 1813 as a simple garrison flag, but after the British attacked Baltimore in 1814, it gained recognition as the "Star Spangled Banner". The flag became a valued keepsake of Major George Armistead, the commander of Baltimore's Fort McHenry, and was retained by his descendants. Eventually the family came to believe that the Star Spangled Banner belonged in a museum as an artifact of national heritage. Armistead's grandson, Eben Appleton, made inquires and corresponded with Smithsonian Secretary Charles D. Walcott. In 1907 Appleton loaned the flag to the Smithsonian Institution and later in 1912 he converted the loan to a gift. The flag was restored by the Smithsonian Institution in 1914. This negative has been altered, please see the note field.
  • Packed in the wooden crate that Commodore George Preble had made for it in 1876, the flag was shipped from New York by Adams Express on July 5, 1907, and arrived at the Smithsonian the next day. Secretary Walcott was out of town, but Assistant Secretary Richard Rathbun had it hung on the exterior wall of the Castle and photographed. The flag was then placed in a case in the Arts and Industries Building's Hall of History, next to cases holding military artifacts that had belonged to George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant.

Author

Unknown

Subject

  • Appleton, Eben
  • Armistead, George 1780-1818
  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Star-Spangled Banner (Flag)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • This is an altered version of the original of this negative. The Smithsonian Institution Building was whited out, and the partial "A" on the flag was whited out in this version. A copy print was made of the original, which has not been altered, see negative number SIA2011-1081 found in Record Unit 95, Box 53, Folder: 7.
  • "Real Star-Spangled Banner," the Washington Post, July 21, 1907, page E8, contains a cropped version of this picture that still shows a small part of the Smithsonian Institution Building behind it.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-006

Contact information

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

Date

1907

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • United States Flag
  • Loans
  • Gifts
  • Flags
  • Buildings

Form/Genre

  • Object
  • Glass plate negative

ID Number

19703A or MAH-19703A

Physical description

Color: Black and white; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Glass plate negative

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Summary

View of the Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle, after a snow fall in 1903. The statue of Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian, facing the west end of the building, is visible in the foreground. Six cars are parked on a road in front of the Smithsonian Institution Building.

Author

Unknown

Subject

Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 7005, Box 189, Folder: 3

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

  • Secretaries
  • Snow
  • Statues
  • Automobiles
  • Joseph Henry Statue

Place

  • District of Columbia
  • Washington
  • United States of America
  • Smithsonian Institution Building
  • Southwest

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

ID Number

94-12566

Physical description

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

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Summary

View is looking out at the section of The Mall known as "Smithsonian Park," from the North Carriage Porch of the Smithsonian Institution Building, late 19th century.

Author

Unknown

Subject

  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Park

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 30A, Folder: 16

Contact information

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

Date

c. 1885

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

Carriage Porch

Place

Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

ID Number

1255 or MAH-1255

Physical description

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

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Summary

View of the North Tower, the Flag Tower and the Carriage Porch of the Smithsonian Institution Building from across the National Mall in the late 19th century. Trees and tall grass are in the foreground.

Author

Unknown

Subject

  • Smithsonian Institution Building North Towers
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Flag Tower

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

Similar view but including East Wing and Campanile Tower: neg # 72-1968.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 25, Folder: 3

Contact information

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

Date

c. 1870

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • North Front
  • Carriage Porch
  • Smithsonian Institution Building
  • North Entrance
  • Smithsonian Institution Building--North Entrance
  • Smithsonian Institution Building--North Front

Place

Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

ID Number

72-1970

Physical description

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

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Summary

Few changes had occurred on the south facade of the Smithsonian Institution Building by 1885 except for the wooden shed to the right of the south door and the alteration of the entrance on the south side of the east wing into a freight loading platform ( removed in 1971). Benches have been placed along paths in the South Yard.

Author

Unknown

Subject

  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • South Yard

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 25, Folder: 1

Contact information

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

Date

1885

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • South Front
  • Smithsonian Institution Building
  • Smithsonian Institution Building--South Front

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

ID Number

45963 or 2889 or nhb-2889

Physical description

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

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Summary

The Campanile, North, and Flag Towers of the Smithsonian Institution Building seen from the northeast after the fire of 1865 destroyed the upper story of the main segment and the north and south towers. Between the Campanile and the North Towers, there is a man watering the grass, and The Mall, on the right of the photograph, is full of trees.

Author

Unknown

Subject

  • Smithsonian Institution Building North Towers
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 25, Folder: 2

Contact information

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

Date

late 1800's

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Flag Tower
  • North front
  • Campanile Tower
  • Smithsonian Institution Building
  • Smithsonian Institution Building--Flag Tower

Place

Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

ID Number

29731 or MAH-29731

Physical description

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

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