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Charles Gibbs-Smith, National Air and Space Museum's Charles A. Lindbergh Chair of Aerospace History, with the Wright Brothers' Flyer.
Featured in the "Torch," September 1978.
Professor Charles Gibbs-Smith, the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair of Aerospace History at National Air and Space Museum, with the Wright Flyer.
On the fossil genus Basilosaurus, Harlan, (Zeuglodon, Owen) with a notice of specimens from the Eocene green sand of South Carolina. By Robert W. Gibbes ..
Extracted from the Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. ser. 2, v. 1, Art. I.
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With: Observations on certain fossil bones from the collection of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia / Richard Owen. [Philadelphia, 1847] ; Notice of the discovery of a cranium of the Zeuglodon (Basilosaurus) / Michael Tuomey. [Philadelphia, 1847]
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With: On the fossil genus Basilosaurus, Harlan, (Zeuglodon, Owen) with a notice of specimens from the Eocene green sand of South Carolina / Robert W. Gibbes. [Philadelphia, 1847]
Dr. Lincoln Godfrey of Ardmore, Pennsylvania inherited the book from his cousin Mrs. Bessie Valentine of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Upon Mr. Godfrey's death in 1959, the book passed to his wife, Mrs. Patricia Drexel. In 1998, the National Museum of Natural History purchased the book from the Robert Abbe Museum of Bar Harbor, Maine and Patricia and Victor Drexel.
Twenty drawings in a commercial exercise book that has been rebound. The book had been sewn into a second cover prior to its acquisition by the Smithsonian. This second cover was removed when the book was rebound. It is still with the manuscript. The drawings depict hunting, courtship, dance, social gatherings, Indian scouts, mounted and dismounted warriors, and part of the Kiowa Sun Dance. The inside of the front cover is inscribed, "Capt Pratt USA", "By the Indians", "By the Indians incarcerated in Fort Marion St. Augustine in 1876", "Engaged in the Custer Massacre", "Care of Capt Pratt in charge assisted by the following ladies Mrs Linethurst, Mrs Gibbs - Mrs S' Mother St Augustine Mrs Kingsly Gibbs aunt Mrs Valentine Phila Miss Reed", "Carlisle was the outcome of Capt Pratt's efforts assisted by Mrs Kingsly Gibbs of St Augustine". The back cover is inscribed "Works of the Indians while in prison in Fort Marion St Augustine Florida/ after the Custer Massacre in care of Capt Pratt/ The founder of Carlisle/ These Indians finally taken there for housing and taming/ by the Government/ under the care of Capt Pratt USA". In addition to the inscription, the back cover bears the image of a man wearing a breechcloth, which was scratched into its surface. The name "ZOTOM" appears in stencil block letters on the back cover and the inside of the front cover. Although Zotom was a noted Kiowa artist, it is not clear that he is responsible for the drawings. Candace Greene notes that they are unlike his later work and early documented examples of his drawing style have not been identified.
The Scream is a compelling image–a distorted man stands on a bridge, mouth open wide. It's also one of the most familiar in Western art: It was mass-produced by the artist Edvard Munch, and the figure of the man has inspired numerous pop culture references. At least one neurobiologist even thinks we’re hard-wired to respond to the face, writes Kristy Puchko for Mental Floss. In fact, The Scream is so compelling that some art thieves were compelled to steal from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, at gunpoint, on this day in 2004. And nobody knows why they did it.
The painting is “almost impossible to value,” New York art dealer Franck Giraud told The New York Times at the time of the theft. He estimated that “it could sell for over $100 million and become the most expensive painting in the world,” In 2012, this actually happened with a different version of the painting. But given the difficulty of reselling such a famous painting, the value alone can’t explain why art thieves might have stolen it. The painting might have been taken for ransom, Walter Gibbs and Carol Vogel wrote for the Times.
But it was hard to know, especially given the showy (and dangerous) manner in which the thieves took the painting and another famous Munch piece, Madonna. The museum was open and it was just after 11:00 a.m. when two robbers wearing balaclavas entered the museum and threatened museum guards, who weren’t armed, with pistols.Like 'The Scream,' Munch produced several versions of 'Madonna.' This is the one that was stolen from the Munch Museum. (Wikimedia Commons)
“Speaking in Norwegian, one of the men held the two guards at gunpoint, ordering them to the floor, while the other used a wire cutter to clip the framed paintings free of the wall,” Gibbs and Vogel wrote. “Witnesses described the thieves as clumsy, even dropping the paintings on the way out.”
The discovery later that day of the paintings’ frames and glass led art fans to fear the art had been damaged. But, two long years after the initial theft, the paintings were both recovered. Although some reports had suggested the paintings might have been destroyed, neither was very badly damaged–although, wrote Jonathan Jones for The Guardian in 2007, the damage the paintings did sustain “was caused by carelessness and neglect.”
The Scream and Madonna, he and others believe, were stolen to distract police from another investigation, one into a murdered Norwegian police officer. “This had not been a sophisticated crime,” the curator of the Munch Museum, Ingebørg Ydstie, told him. By the time the paintings were found, the perpetrators had already been identified, charged and found guilty of the theft of the paintings. Their motives remain mysterious to art fans, but they probably had little to do with the monetary value of the paintings.
It wasn’t the first time a version of the painting had been stolen–Munch did four versions in all, all confusingly titled The Scream. Two of them are finished paintings which belong to Norway, both of which have been stolen and recovered, while the other two–including the one that sold for almost $120 million in 2012–are pastel drawings.
In the 1994 theft, writes Puchko, “bandits placed a ladder up to the window of the National Gallery in Oslo, slunk inside, and made off with the other version of The Scream.” They left a note saying “Thanks for the poor security,” she writes. That time, the painting was back within three months. As Richard W. Stevenson reported for the Times, the story of its theft and recovery was equally mysterious and dramatic. There's just something about this painting.
It’s been an exciting year at the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Reference and Photo Fulfillment merged to form an expanded Reference Team, streamlining the process of ordering photos and obtaining permission to publish them.
In addition, the photo collections housed at the former Smithsonian Photographic Services spaces in the National Museum of American History have been moved to a newly completed Cold Vault storage facility at the Smithsonian Institution Support Center in Landover, Maryland. This is the culmination of six years of planning, building and moving.
Researchers will have access to these images through our website. This quarter’s Hot Topics illustrations are examples of seasonal photographs currently available online.
When asked what the Smithsonian Institution Archives collects, we say we hold records about the history of the Smithsonian and its people, programs, research, and activities. While accurate, this doesn’t really give anyone a clue about what is actually in those records.
The SIA Reference Term handles an average of around 6,000 queries per year, and if you ask us what people have been researching at the Archives recently, you’ll get some pretty interesting responses. Although not comprehensive, here’s a snapshot of the diverse range of information encompassed by the history of the world’s largest museum complex!
Over the past three months, researcher projects have included:
- The Smithsonian’s SITES program
- Smithsonian Castle façade
- Handbook of the North American Indian
- Scopes Trial
- The Curies
- History of computers at the Smithsonian Institution
- The Fines Arts Commission and the National Gallery
- Data collection practices at the Smithsonian
- Egg collecting in the nineteenth century
- Weather observations
- Museum dioramas
- George Gibbs
- Smithsonian expeditions
- The Roosevelt expedition
- Marine research
- The Smithsonian’s railroad locomotive collection
- Atomic testing sites
Upcoming publications using our photos or documents include:
- Anthony Burton, The Locomotive Pioneers 1801-1851
- Xiaofei Kang & Donald Sutton, Contesting the Yellow Dragon: Ethnicity, religion and the State in the Sino-Tibetan Borderland
- Andrew Kirk and Kristian Purcell, Doom Towns: The Contested Landscapes of Atomic Testing
- Michael Glazer, Crystallography: A Very Short Introduction
- Richard H. Robbins, Mark Nathan Cohen, Darwin and the Bible: The Cultural Confrontation
- The Liberty Science Center, "Beyond Rubik's Cube" exhibit
Reference services at the Smithsonian Institution Archives