Scientists and Inventors Portrait File: photoprints

Usage or copyright restrictions on some material in this collection. The Smithsonian Institution charges reproduction fees. Permission to reproduce photographic copies can be arranged through the Archives Center or curatorial units having custody of the original images. In many cases the user must ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage.
The original images represented by these photographic copies include early engravings, paintings, etc., and nineteenth- and twentieth-century photographic and photomechanical images.
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File apparently compiled by staff and volunteers in the Division of Physical Sciences, NMAH. As noted above, it represents a selection of images generated by many Smithsonian offices, including photographic copies of original collection material, plus reproductions. It served as a convenient alphabetical file, providing OPPS negative numbers for ordering purposes. The file was transferred to the Archives Center to make it accessible to a larger audience.
1 series, arranged alphabetically by subjects' names
COPY PRINTS ONLY, NOT ORIGINAL MATERIAL.: Copies of selected portraits of scientists and inventors, compiled by curatorial staffs in the National Museum of American History and other Smithsonian bureaus, forming a reference print file of OPPS negative numbers to facilitate ordering prints and as a guide to original material in curatorial collections, but poorly documented here. Many copied from reproductions in books, magazines, and newspapers, rather than from originals in collections. Most curatorial staffs do not acquire portraits systematically, and these pictures often were acquired merely to illustrate staff publications or exhibits. The file is made available as a convenience to researchers, but does not include the type of original material which the Archives Center usually collects.
Cite as
Scientists and Inventors Portrait File, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Repository Loc.
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453
19th-20th century
Physical Sciences, Division of (NMAH, Smithsonian Institution)
Physical description
Silver gelatin paper photoprints, 8" x 10", on cardboard mounts
7.5 cu. ft
1 file cabinet
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Scientists and Inventors Portrait File: [Physical Sciences, Division of (NMAH, Smithsonian Institution)]
Data Source
Archives Center, National Museum of American History