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Smithsonian Source: Westward Expansion

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Section of SmithsonianSource.org intended to supplement the materials you currently use for lessons on the expansion of the United States. Includes a video in which a Smithsonian art curator examines Emanuel Leutze's epic painting Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way, lesson plans and DBQs organized by grade level, and primary source documents from Smithsonian collections.

Stamp Stories of Westward Expansion

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Assessment activity that emphasizes visual learning through U.S. postage stamps�_�little pictorial windows into American history. Students build their own stamp collections to show what they've learned and debate why their stamps reflect the history of America's expansion during the early nineteenth century.

Resources for Teaching American History: Westward Expansion

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
The multimedia site includes teacher-selected primary sources, Advanced Placement DBQs, a video on the painting Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way, and a lesson plan on Lewis and Clark.

Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way [photomechanical print]

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
(Printed on image): 09882 / Copyright 1904 by Detroit Photographic Co.

(Stamped and inscribed on back): Library of Congress / Copy Recieved Oct. 20, 1904 / Copyright Entry Oct. 20, 1904 / Class H XXc. No. 51931 / Copy B Delivered to Prints Division / Nov. 5, 1904 / A42283 / Leutze, Emanuel, px. / Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way / Copyright 1904 by Detroit Photographic Co.

Westward (Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines, Iowa) [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Amico, Leonard N., "The Mural Decorations of Edwin Howland Blashfield (1848-1936)," Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1978, pg. 67.

Orig. negative: 8x10, Glass, BW.

Sketch for Westward Movement: Justice of the Plains [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Mural study, U.S. Department of Justice building, Washington, D.C.

Alternate title transcribed from negative.

Junker, Patricia, "John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West," New York: Hudson Hill Press, in association with the Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998.

Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 8x10, Safety, BW.

Study for Westward Movement: Justice of the Plains [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Alternate title transcribed from negative.

Mural study, U.S. Department of Justice building, Washington, D.C.

Junker, Patricia, "John Steuart Curry: Inventing the Middle West," New York: Hudson Hill Press, in association with the Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998.

Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 8x10, Safety, BW.

Portrait of America: Expansion [fresco] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Panel was destroyed by a fire at Unity House on February 28, 1969.

"Diego Rivera: A Retrospective," New York: Founders Society Detroit Institute of Arts, 1986, pg. 300-301, panel D.

Rivera, Diego and Bertram D. Wolfe, "Portrait of America," New York: Convici, Friede, 1934, panel IV.

Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Orig. negative: 8x10, Nitrate, BW.

copy 1 negative: 8x10, Safety, BW.

Unity House, Forest Park, Pennsylvania.

Installed 1933 at the New Workers School, New York City. Bequest 1941 to the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

Westward Ho [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
DuBois, June, "W.R. Leigh: The Definitive Illustrated Biography," Kansas City: Lowell Press, 1977.

Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Black-and-white study print (11x14).

Orig. negative: 11x14, Safety, BW.

copy 1 negative: 4x5, Safety, BW.

Westward Ho [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Black-and-white study print (8x10).

Black-and-white study print (11x14).

Orig. negative: 11x14, Safety, BW.

copy 1 negative: 4x5, Safety, BW.

Kansas City Hall Frieze: Road to Oregon (right side) [sculpture] / (photographed by De Witt Ward)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
On photo mount label: U. Ellerhusen. Road to Oregon. Right side. Photographer: De Witt Ward. Classification number: 282. Accession: 24695.

1 photographic print : b&w, 3 1/2 x 9 5/8 in. (trimmed), mounted on 9 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. board.

Pioneer Woman of Texas

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Kansas City Hall Frieze: Road to Oregon (left side) [sculpture] / (photographed by De Witt Ward)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
On photo mount label: U. Ellerhusen. Road to Oregon - left side. Photographer: De Witt Ward. Classification number: 282. Accession: 24694.

1 photographic print : b&w, 3 1/2 x 9 1/8 in. (trimmed), mounted on 9 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. board.

Kansas City Hall Frieze: Twenty Four Mile Treaty [sculpture] / (photographed by De Witt Ward)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
On photo mount label: U. Ellerhusen. Twenty Four Mile Treaty. Kansas City. City Hall. Photographer: De Witt Ward. Classification number: 282/E. Accession: 160110. Lantern Slide: E87824.

1 photographic print : b&w, 8 x 6 1/4 in. (trimmed), mounted on 9 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. board.

In Ambush [sculpture] / (photographed by A. B. Bogart)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
On photo mount label: H. A. MacNeil. Coming of White Man. Bogart. Classification number: 282. Accession: 474[cropped].

1 photographic print : b&w, 7 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. (trimmed), mounted on 9 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. board.

The First Permanent Settlement of the West [sculpture] / (photographed by De Witt Ward)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
On photo mount label: U. Ellerhusen. Clark Memorial. Harrodsburg, Ky. Photographer: De Witt Ward. Classification number: 282. Accession: 24874.

1 photographic print : b&w, 7 1/4 x 9 in. (trimmed), mounted on 9 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. board.

Reveries of a Pioneer [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
On photo mount label: S. H. Borglum. Reveries of a pioneer (equestrian). St. Louis, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904. Classification Number: 282/B734/971. Accession: 47404.

1 photographic print : b&w, 9 1/4 x 7 in. (trimmed), mounted on 9 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. board.

Requests for permission to reproduce this image must be directed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kansas City Hall Frieze: Twenty Four Mile Treaty [sculpture] / (photographed by De Witt Ward)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
On photo mount label: U. Ellerhusen. Twenty four mile treaty. Kansas City, City Hall. Photographer: De Witt Ward. Classification number: 282.

1 photographic print : b&w, 3 1/2 x 5 5/8 in. (trimmed), mounted on 9 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. board.

Pioneer Family (model for)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Daniel Boone

Smithsonian American Art Museum
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