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Smithsonian Institution Libraries

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Smithsonian Institution Libraries staff work with collections.

Museums, Smithsonian Institution, NAM/NASM, Buildings, NASM Bldg, 1972 Design (HOK), Scale Model. [photograph]

National Air and Space Museum Archives
Architectural model of the National Air and Space Museum, showing the Mall side of the Museum.

Library, Lower Main Hall, Smithsonian Institution Building

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
source: Field, Stamm & Ewing. THE CASTLE, AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE SMITHSONIAN BUILDING (p. 64)

The Library at the east end of Lower Main Hall, now called the Great Hall, of the Smithsonian Institution Building (SIB) also known as the "Castle." There is a woman reshelving (or retrieving) a book in the center of the photograph.

Smithsonian Institution Building from Northeast

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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.

Instrument Room, Smithsonian Institution Building

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
The Instrument Room in the Smithsonian Institution Building (SIB), probably c. 1890s. Various scientific instruments can be seen on the table and in cabinets at the rear of the room.

Repairing the Smithsonian Institution Building Tower

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

15c Smithsonian Institution single

National Postal Museum
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Museums, Smithsonian Institution (SI), SI Facilities, Smithsonian Building ("Castle"). [ephemera]

National Air and Space Museum Archives
Illustration showing the Smithsonian Building ("Castle"), Washington, DC.

South Facade of the Smithsonian Institution Building

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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.

Preliminary Digging Outside Smithsonian Institution Building

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in TORCH, June 1983. Also located in RU410 B3 F Torch Quad Shots.

Preliminary digging to reroute Smithsonian Institution Building's (SIB) utility lines around the quadrangle excavation site began in January 1983.

Great Hall, Smithsonian Institution Building

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Great Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building, prior to restroation in 1965, looking south toward door to the South Tower chamber. Photograph shows an exhibit on James Smithson in immediate foreground as well as an exhibit by the National Zoological Park.

Conference on the Future of the Smithsonian Institution, February 11, 1927

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Second book of the report on the first Smithsonian-wide strategic planning conference.

A Conference on the Future of the Smithsonian Institution is convened in the Smithsonian "Castle" on February 11, 1927, by the Smithsonian Board of Regents "to advise with reference to the future policy and field of service of the Smithsonian Institution." William Howard Taft, Chancellor of the Board of Regents, presides, with assistance from Assistant Secretaries Charles G. Abbot and Alexander Wetmore. Regents are Chief Justice Taft, Vice President Dawes, Reed Smoot, George Wharton Pepper, Woodbridge N. Ferris, Albert Johnson, R. Walton Moore, Walter H. Newton, Charles F. Choate, Jr., Henry White, Robert S. Brookings, Irwin B. Laughlin, Frederic A. Delano, and Dwight W. Morrow.

North and Flag Towers of the Smithsonian Institution Building

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

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.

Smithsonian Institution Building, North Facade, c. 1860

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Note on back says weather vane, visible atop highest North Tower, installed 1856. Predates fire of 1865. Original located in oversize prints.

View of the north facade of the Smithsonian Institution Building from the north east, showing the landscaping in front of the building. The weather vane atop highest North Tower was installed in 1856. The photograph was taken before the fire of 1865.

Langley (Samuel P.) Aerodrome No 5 (1895-96); Museums, SI, Smithsonian Institution, Facilities, South Shed. [photograph]

National Air and Space Museum Archives
Full left side view of a Dr. Samuel Pierpont Langley Aerodrome No. 5 during tests, prior to the most successful flight made on May 6th 1896, differing from the final form of rudder, lack of cowl, engine and propeller.

Report of the Smithsonian Institution Science Commission, December 2002

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Smithsonian Institution Science Commission's report on the state of the leadership, education, funding and research in the field of science at the Institution.

Great Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building, 1971

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
source: Field, Stamm & Ewing. THE CASTLE, AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE SMITHSONIAN BUILDING (p. 68)

The Great Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building in 1971. The hall at this time was beginning to be used to provide information on the events and exhibitions at the Smithsonian. For the 125th Anniversary of the Smithsonian each museum was represented by a case of objects and a display, as seen in this picture.

Great Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
The old negative number is 65869, but that negative could not be found. 2002-12117 on7/31/2002, but not burned to CD.

The Great Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building. The Hall at this time was beginning to be used to provide information on the events and exhibitions of the Smithsonian. A flag stands by a display case containing a portrait and other artifacts.

Smithsonian Institution Staff Meeting

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
See also Neg. # 1437 (same SIA location) and Neg. # 94-12562 (SIA RU7005 B186 F4) for other copies of this same image.

Photograph of the meeting of Smithsonian Institution staff on February 14, 1939, to discuss proposed exhibits in the Main Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building, the "Castle," and the 100th anniversary celebration. The staff is seen here meeting over lunch. Present are: John Ellerton Lodge, Waldo LaSalle Schmitt, Webster P. True, William L. Corbin, Ray S. Bassler, Alexander Wetmore, Charles Greeley Abbot, Johnston, Neil M. Judd, Ruel P. Tolman, Julian H. Steward, Charles W. Gilmore, Frank M. Setzler, H. W. Krieger, James H. Hill, Aleš Hrdlička, H. B. Collins, Jr., John R. Swanton, John P. Harrington, Gerrit S. Miller, Jr., Nicholas W. Dorsey, Austin H. Clark, Herbert Friedmann, Leonhard Stejneger, Frank H. H. Roberts, Jr., Leonard P. Schultz, Frederick L. Lewton, W. R. Maxon, W. F. Foshag, Carl W. Mitman, Edward A. Chapin, Frank A. Taylor, Charles E. Resser, William M. Mann, Herbert S. Bryant, Leonard C. Gunnell.

Art Room in Smithsonian Institution Building, 1903

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
See CRF, The Castle, p. 46; USNM Report 1903, p. 233.

The Art Room in the East Wing of the Smithsonian Institution Building, created by third Secretary Samuel P. Langley. The furnishings were specially designed by Hornblower and Marshall. Encircling the room was a plaster copy of the Parthenon frieze and carbon photographs by Adolphe Braun of Old Master portraits and paintings.

Art Room in Smithsonian Institution Building (1903)

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
See Field, Stamm and Ewing, The Castle: An Illustrated History, p. 46; U.S. National Museum Report 1903, p. 233.

The Art Room in the East Wing of the Smithsonian Institution Building, created by third Secretary Samuel P. Langley. The furnishings were specially designed by Hornblower and Marshall. Encircling the room was a plaster copy of the Parthenon frieze and carbon photographs by Adolphe Braun of Old Master portraits and paintings.

Programme of Organization for the Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
In this "Programme," Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, laid out his plan for the new organization, focusing on scientific research and the publication and exchange of scientific information.
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