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Oral history interviews with Helena M. Weiss 1987

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Interviewee:
Weiss, Helena M
Creator:
Henson, Pamela M
Subject:
Weiss, Helena M
Bassler, Ray S (Ray Smith) 1878-
Bryant, Herbert S
Pearson, Louise M
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978
United States National Museum Office of Correspondence and Documents (USNM)
Office of Correspondence and Documents (USNM) Office of Correspondence and Records (USNM)
Registrar (USNM)
Veterans Administration
Fenykovi elephant
Office of Correspondence and Records (USNM) Office of Correspondence and Documents (USNM)
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
Department of Geology (NMNH)
United States National Museum Office of Correspondence and Records
United States National Museum Registrar (USNM)
Physical description:
8 audiotapes (Reference copies)
Culture:
Hope diamond
Type:
Interviews
Collection descriptions
Audiotapes
Oral history
Date:
1987
Notes:
Helena M. Weiss (1909-2004), museum registrar and administrator, began her career as a stenographer for the Veterans Administration in 1930. In 1931, she was appointed Junior Clerk-Stenographer in the Office of Correspondence and Documents (renamed the Office of Correspondence and Records in 1947) of the United States National Museum (USNM) and in 1935 transferred to the Department of Geology. She returned to the Office of Correspondence and Records in 1948 as an Administrative Assistant and later that year advanced to Chief, after the retirement of Herbert S. Bryant. In 1956, her title was changed to Registrar and she remained in that position until her retirement in 1971.
As one of the first women managers at the Smithsonian, Weiss was responsible for the central filing system of the USNM, public inquiry mail, mail service, accession reports, loans and exchanges, shipping, foreign travel, customs regulations, insurance, and workman's compensation. She was involved in the acquisition of such famous museum specimens as the Wright Brothers' plane, Kitty Hawk, the Hope Diamond, and the Fenykovi elephant.
Summary:
These interviews of Weiss by Pamela M. Henson discuss her work at the Veterans Administration and career at the Smithsonian, including her work as a stenographer for the Office of Correspondence and Documentsand secretary for the Department of Geology, tenure as Registrar for the USNM, and role as one of the first women managers at the Smithsonian. Also included are reminiscences of many colleagues, notably Ray S. Bassler, Herbert S. Bryant, Louise M. Pearson, and Alexander Wetmore, and stories about her responsibilities for important artifacts and specimens.
Topic:
Geology
Museum techniques
Women--History
Wright Flyer (Airplane)
Local number:
SIA RU009587
Restrictions:
Restricted
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Permanent Administrative Files, 1877-1975

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Creator:
United States National Museum
Subject:
Bryant, Owen Frederick 1882-1958
Brand, Virgil Michael
Barnum, P. T (Phineas Taylor) 1810-1891
Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) 1872-1973
Baker, C. F (Charles Fuller) 1872-1927
Baur, Georg Herman
Bernadou, John B (John Baptiste) 1858-1908
Byrd, Richard Evelyn 1888-1957
Chalmers, James D. S
Chandler, B. F
Bishop, Heber Reginald 1840-1902
Graf, John Enos
Chapin, James Paul 1889-1964
Collins, Frank Shipley 1848-1920
Collins, Henry Bascom 1899-1987
Evans, Clifford 1920-1981
Gilmore, Charles W (Charles Whitney) 1874-1945
Graham, David Crockett
Hall, Robert C
Hegeman, Annie May
Hershkovitz, Philip
Holmes, Walter W
John, Stanley
Kessel, Brina
Killip, Ellsworth Paine 1890-
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Lea, Isaac 1792-1886
Lenman, Isobel H
Lindbergh, Charles A (Charles Augustus) 1902-1974
Loeb, Morris 1863-1912
McClure, Floyd Alonzo 1897-1970
Nininger, Harvey Harlow 1887-
Orcutt, Charles Russell 1864-1929
Partello, Dwight J. 1841-1920
Pinchot, Mrs. James W
Priestley, Joseph 1733-1804
Ravenel, William de Chastignier 1859-
Roberts, Frank H. H (Frank Harold Hanna) 1897-1966
Roebling, Washington Augustus 1837-1926
Ross, Bernard Rogan
Smith, Hugh M (Hugh McCormick) 1865-1941
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle 1885-1954
Taylor, Walter W. Jr
Wakefield, E. A
Ward, Robert
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-1968
Stirling, Matthew Williams 1896-1975
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973
Ferris, Jean Leon Gerome 1863-1930
Mansfield, Richard 1857-1907
Kellogg, Remington 1892-1969
Hippisley, Alfred Edward d. 1939
Pittier, Henri 1857-1950
Palmer, William 1856-1921
Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918
Rose, J. N (Joseph Nelson) 1862-1928
Seymour, George Dudley 1859-1946
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978
Hammer, William Joseph 1858-1934
Solecki, Ralph S
Newman, Marshall Thornton 1911-1994
Russell, James Townsend d. 1962
Taylor, Frank A (Frank Augustus) 1903-2007
Bermuda Biological Station for Research
Biological Survey of the Panama Canal Zone (1911-1912)
Brush-Swan Electrical Apparatus Collection
Donn Collection of Lincoln Relics
National Museum of Engineering and Industry
George Washington Memorial
United States Governmental Advisory Committee on Oceanography
Holt Collection of South American Birds
International Whaling Commission
United States Lincoln Memorial Commission
McIntire Collection of Historical Objects
Nordenskold Mesa Verde Collection
Oldroyd Collection of Lincoln Relics
Osborne Collection of Guatemalan Textiles
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
Swan-Brush Electrical Apparatus Collection
United States-Mexican International Boundary Commission (1891-1894)
United States Bureau of War Risk Insurance
United States National Museum Division of Correspondence and Documents
United States Patent Office
United States National Herbarium
United States National Museum Dept. of Engineering and Industries
United States National Museum Dept. of Anthropology
United States National Museum Dept. of Arts and Industries
Spirit of St. Louis (Airplane)
Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915 : San Francisco, Calif.)
Rainey African Expedition (1911-1912)
Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.)
Finn Ronn Antarctic Research Expedition (1946-1948)
National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Archeological Expedition to Vera Cruz (1938-1939 : Mexico)
Greater Texas and Pan American Exposition (1937)
Great Lakes Exposition (1936 : Cleveland)
International Exposition (1927 : Seville, Spain)
International Photographic Exposition (1909 : Dresden)
International Silk Exposition (1921 : New York)
Metropolitan Museum of Art Expedition to Egypt (1909)
National Geographic Society-University of Virginia Expedition to the South Pacific Islands (1939)
New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.)
Pageant of Progress Exposition (1922 : Chicago)
Panama-California Exposition (1915-1916 : San Diego, Calif.)
Port-au-Prince Bicentennial Exposition (1949 : Haiti)
Progress Exposition (1926 : New Haven)
Sesquicentennial Exposition (1926 : Philadelphia)
Smithsonian-Universal Film Manufacturing Company African Expedition (1920)
South Carolina Interstate and West Indian Exposition (1901-1902 : Charleston)
Texas Centennial Exposition (1936 : Dallas)
University of Pennsylvania Expedition to Babylonia (1887-1888)
International Boundary Commission, United States-Mexican (1891-1894)
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.)
Johnson-Smithsonian Deep Sea Expedition to the West Indies (1933)
Marsh-Darien Expedition (1924)
Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif.)
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
Jamestown (Virginia) Tercentenary Exposition (1907)
Peruvian Expeditions (1912-1915)
Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition (1909)
Smithsonian-Harvard Expedition to the Altai Mountains (1912)
Physical description:
337.16 cu. ft. (672 document boxes) (116 microfilm reels)
Culture:
Hope diamond
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1877
1877-1975
Notes:
In 1902 the Museum's Division of Correspondence and Documents instituted a numeric filing system for the general correspondence of the United States National Museum. That correspondence, as found in this record unit, comprises most of the central administrative files of the Museum. Prior to 1902, museum correspondence had been filed alphabetically by correspondent (see record unit 189). Beginning in 1862 the accession records of the National Museum had been filed using a numeric system similar to that later adopted for correspondence. Finally in 1924 the two numbering systems were integrated.
Most of the correspondence is directed to the officer in immediate charge of the United States National Museum (Richard Rathbun, 1897-1918; William deC. Ravenel, 1918-1925; Alexander Wetmore, 1925-1948; A. Remington Kellogg, 1948-1962) with lesser amounts to John Enos Graf, who was appointed Associate Director, USNM, in 1931. Also, a smaller amount of correspondence is addressed to the Secretary of the Smithsonian (Spencer F. Baird, 1878-1887; Samuel P. Langley, 1887-1906; Charles D. Walcott, 1907-1927; Charles G. Abbot, 1928-1944; Alexander Wetmore, 1944-1952; Leonard Carmichael, 1953-1964) and to various museum curators. This correspondence was usually referred to the chief administrator of the United States National Museum for response.
Topic:
Museums--Administration
Museums--Collection management
Port Orford meteorite
Local number:
SIA RU000192
Restrictions:
Inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate museum registrar
See more items in:
Permanent Administrative File 1877-1975 [United States National Museum]
Expedition History 1919-1920 [Smithsonian-Universal Film Manufacturing Company African Expedition (1919-1920)]
Expedition History 1919-1920 [William Louis Abbott Botanical Explorations of Haiti (1919-1920)]
Expedition History 1921-1922 [Paul Carpenter Standley Botanical Explorations in Central America (1921-1922)]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

The Hope Diamond

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Creator:
Smithsonian Channel
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2013-12-10T21:05:55.000Z
Video Title:
The Hope Diamond
Description:
See Tom Cavanagh explain how the Hope Diamond came to the Smithsonian Institution. From: STORIES FROM THE VAULTS: Top Secret http://bit.ly/1rBRuUf
Views:
2,117
Video Duration:
2 min 11 sec
Youtube Category:
Entertainment
See more by:
smithsonianchannel
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianchannel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Channel

The Hope Diamond

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Creator:
National Museum of Natural History
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2008-05-02T19:20:34.000Z
Video Title:
The Hope Diamond
Description:
45.52 carats - The Hope Diamond--the world's largest deep blue diamond--is more than a billion years old. It formed deep within the Earth and was carried by a volcanic eruption to the surface in what is now India. Since the Hope Diamond was found in the early 1600s, it has crossed oceans and continents and passed from kings to commoners. It has been stolen and recovered, sold and resold, cut and recut. Through it all, the diamond's value increased. In 1958, Harry Winston donated the Hope Diamond to the Museum, and it now belongs to the people of the United States. Visit the Museum to learn more about the dramatic interactions between people and this diamond, and about its natural history. Visit the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals. http://www.mnh.si.edu/
Views:
44,464
Video Duration:
57 sec
Topic:
Natural History
Youtube Category:
Science & Technology
See more by:
smithsonianNMNH
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianNMNH
Data Source:
National Museum of Natural History

Hope Diamond

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Designer:
John Nels Hatleberg
Medium:
Paper (part -1a), resin (part -1b)
Type:
containers
Decorative Arts
Box
Object Name:
Box
Place:
USA
Date:
1995
Catalogue Status:
Research in Progress
Description:
'box of chocolates' ( reads in card catalogue)
Credit Line:
Gift of John Nels Hatleberg
Accession Number:
1996-34-1-a,b
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Diamond

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Taxon:
Diamond - Primary Gem
Weight:
45.52ct
Jewelery Type:
Necklace
Fassion/Cut:
Modified Antique Cushion
Color:
Dark Gray Blue
Maker:
Cartier, Inc.
Place:
India
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
18 Dec 2015
Accession Number:
217868
USNM Number:
G3551
See more items in:
Mineralogy
Gems
Mineral Sciences
Data Source:
NMNH - Mineral Sciences Dept.

New Hope Diamond Design

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Creator:
Smithsonian Channel
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-08-19T16:01:31.000Z
Video Title:
New Hope Diamond Design
Description:
The fate of the Hope Diamond is in your hands.
Views:
10,004
Video Duration:
54 sec
Youtube Category:
Entertainment
See more by:
smithsonianchannel
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianchannel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Channel

Hope Diamond Wrapper

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Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 11 1/8 x 14 1/4 in. (28.26 x 36.2 cm)
Type:
Covers & Associated Letters
Place:
United States of America
Date:
November 8, 1958
Description:
The mailing wrapper, marked "please deliver 11:45 AM 11/10/58," contained the rare gem, the "Hope Diamond," when it was sent as a gift by Harry Winston to the Smithsonian Institution located in Washington, D.C. in 1958. Winston, a well-known jeweler, routinely used the mails to deliver valuable material.
Mailed on the morning of November 8 from New York City, the item was sent by registered (first class) mail -- considered the safest means of transport for valuables at that time. The total fee was $145.29 (see the meter machine tapes). Postage only amounted to $2.44 for the package which weighed 61 ounces. The remainder of the fee ($142.85) paid for an indemnity of about $1 million.
The package was delivered on Monday, November 11, by letter carrier James G. Todd, who had picked it up at the Old City Post Office (the building is now home to the National Postal Museum).
Object number:
1992.2002.15
See more items in:
National Postal Museum Collection
On View:
Currently on exhibit at the National Postal Museum
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
Additional Online Media:

Photograph, Mrs Mclean Wearing Hope Diamond & Star Of East

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Taxon:
Photograph, Mrs Mclean Wearing Hope Diamond & Star Of East - Primary Gem
Place:
Synthetic
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
18 Dec 2015
Accession Number:
381516
USNM Number:
G9890
See more items in:
Mineralogy
Gems
Mineral Sciences
Data Source:
NMNH - Mineral Sciences Dept.

The Hope Diamond's New Setting Revealed

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Creator:
Smithsonian Channel
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2013-05-09T19:55:05.000Z
Video Title:
The Hope Diamond's New Setting Revealed
Description:
For a limited time, the Hope Diamond will be on display in a temporary new setting designed by Harry Winston. See the dazzling new setting revealed inside the halls of Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. From: MYSTERY OF THE HOPE DIAMOND http://bit.ly/1kQO8bR
Views:
11,607
Video Duration:
1 min 6 sec
Youtube Category:
Entertainment
See more by:
smithsonianchannel
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianchannel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Channel

Engaged by the Hope Diamond

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Creator:
National Museum of Natural History
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2008-05-09T23:22:57.000Z
Video Title:
Engaged by the Hope Diamond
Description:
45.52 carats - The Hope Diamond--the world's largest deep blue diamond--is more than a billion years old. It formed deep within the Earth and was carried by a volcanic eruption to the surface in what is now India. Since the Hope Diamond was found in the early 1600s, it has crossed oceans and continents and passed from kings to commoners. It has been stolen and recovered, sold and resold, cut and recut. Through it all, the diamond's value increased. In 1958, Harry Winston donated the Hope Diamond to the Museum, and it now belongs to the people of the United States. Visit the Museum to learn more about the dramatic interactions between people and this diamond, and about its natural history. Visit the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals.
Views:
2,829
Video Duration:
3 min 45 sec
Topic:
Natural History
Youtube Category:
People & Blogs
See more by:
smithsonianNMNH
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianNMNH
Data Source:
National Museum of Natural History

Mystery of the Hope Diamond: Behind the Scenes

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Creator:
Smithsonian Channel
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2013-05-09T19:17:06.000Z
Video Title:
Mystery of the Hope Diamond: Behind the Scenes
Description:
Our film crew recreates the glamorous life of socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean. The one-time owner of the hope Diamond was rumored to occasionally display the Hope Diamond on the neck of her Great Dane. From: MYSTERY OF THE HOPE DIAMOND http://bit.ly/1jTQ1t4
Views:
4,314
Video Duration:
1 min 36 sec
Youtube Category:
Entertainment
See more by:
smithsonianchannel
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianchannel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Channel

Mystery of the Hope Diamond: Sneak Peek

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Creator:
Smithsonian Channel
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2010-11-01T16:22:53.000Z
Video Title:
Mystery of the Hope Diamond: Sneak Peek
Description:
Witness the brilliant history, science and secrets of the Hope Diamond. Relive Hope's epic journey, spanning eons, crossing three continents, and passing from kings to thieves to millionaires and into the halls of the Smithsonian.
Views:
13,025
Video Duration:
1 min 26 sec
Youtube Category:
Entertainment
See more by:
smithsonianchannel
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianchannel
Data Source:
Smithsonian Channel

Dr. George Switzer with Hope Diamond

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Creator:
Unknown
Subject:
Switzer, George S (George Shirley) 1915-2008
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Mineral Sciences
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1968
May 21, 1968
Notes:
See also number 65716
Digital contact sheet available.
Summary:
Dr. George Switzer, Chairman of the Department of Mineral Sciences at Museum of Natural History, with Hope Diamond.
Cite as:
SIA Acc. 11-008 - Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs, Photographic Collection, 1960-1970, Smithsonian Institution Archives
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1266]
Restrictions:
No restrictions All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email OSIAREF@si.edu)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Inside the Smithsonian Channel Documentary about the Hope Diamond

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Creator:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2011-06-23T19:08:49.000Z
Video Title:
Inside the Smithsonian Channel Documentary about the Hope Diamond
Description:
David Royle and Charles Poe are vice presidents of Smithsonian Networks. They introduce and present a short piece about an upcoming feature about the Hope Diamond. [Catalog No. - CFV10271; Copyright - 2010 Smithsonian Institution]
Views:
3,626
Video Duration:
5 min 49 sec
Topic:
Cultural property
Youtube Category:
Education
See more by:
smithsonianfolklife
YouTube Channel:
smithsonianfolklife
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

The Hope Diamond

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Mineral Sciences
United States National Museum Division of Mineralogy and Petrology
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Object
Date:
1974
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Featured in the "Torch," January 1983. There is a color photograph of the gem in Widder, Robert B. A PICTORAL TREASURY OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, 1966, p. 22.
Summary:
The Hope Diamond, the largest of all blue diamonds, 45.52 carats, exhibited at the National Museum of Natural History. The gem is slightly lopsided, possibly because the bottom of the teardrop shape was cut away so that the original stolen jewel could not be identified. The setting is a circlet of smaller white diamonds on a chain of diamonds.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4 Folder January 1983
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Hope diamond
Minerals
United States National Museum
Specimens
Gems
Mineralogy
Standard number:
74-6034
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Hope Diamond Presentation

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Switzer, George S
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973
Winston, Harry 1896-1978
Winston, Edna (Fleishmann)
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 8w X 10h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
November 10, 1958
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Mrs. Edna Winston presenting the Hope Diamond to Secretary Leonard Carmichael and George Switzer, November 10, 1958.
Summary:
Mrs. Edna Winston, wife of Harry Winston, presenting the Hope Diamond to Secretary Leonard Carmichael and Curator George Switzer on November 10, 1958.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 57, Folder: 11
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Hope diamond
Gems
Standard number:
SIA2008-2293
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Hope Diamond Delivery

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973
Todd, James G
Winston, Edna (Fleishmann)
Winston, Ronald
Summerfield, Arthur E (Arthur Ellsworth) 1899-1972
United States Postal Service
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Mineralogy
National Collections
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 9.5w x 7.63h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
November 10, 1958
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
Letter carrier James G. Todd presents to Dr. Leonard Carmichael, Smithsonian Secretary, the package containing the Hope Diamond delivered to the Natural History Building. Pictured from left to right are Mr. Ronald Winston, Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield, United States Postal Service letter carrier James G. Todd, Mrs. Edna Winston (wife of Harry Winston) and Dr. Leonard Carmichael.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 57, Folder: 11
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Hope diamond
Gifts
Gems
Event
Standard number:
SIA2010-0338 and MP-62A
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Hope Diamond Presentation

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Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Switzer, George S
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973
Winston, Edna (Fleishmann)
Summerfield, Arthur E (Arthur Ellsworth) 1899-1972
United States Postal Service
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Mineral Sciences
National Collections
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 9.5w x 7.63h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
November 10, 1958
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
The package containing the Hope Diamond is presented to Smithsonian Secretary Dr. Leonard Carmichael. The donor, Harry Winston, shipped the diamond through the regular United States Postal Service via first-class mail; the postage cost him $2.44, plus $142.85 for $1 million dollars worth of insurance. Pictured from left to right: Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield, Mrs. Edna Winston, Dr. Leonard Carmichael, Dr. George Switzer, and Mr. Sinclair of the National Museum of Natural History's minerology department. Dr. George Switzer was an American mineralogist who is credited with expanding the Smithsonian Institution's famed National Gem and Mineral Collection by acquiring the Hope Diamond for the Museum in 1958. Switzer made the arrangements when renowned New York City jeweler Harry Winston decided to donate the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 57, Folder 11
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Hope diamond
Smithsonian Institution--Employees
Gifts
Gems
Event
Standard number:
SIA2010-0337 and MP-60B
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

David L. Wolper and the Hope Diamond

view David L. Wolper and the Hope Diamond digital asset number 1
Author:
Hofmeister, Richard K
Subject:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Mineral Sciences
Hall of Gems
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
1974
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Featured in the "Torch," April 1974
Summary:
David L. Wolper, producer of a Smithsonian Institution television special, standing next to the vault in the National Museum of Natural History which displays the Hope Diamond, on March 19, 1974.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 2, Folder: April 1974
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Wolper, David L
Hope diamond
Gems
Mineralogy
Vaults (Strong rooms)
Standard number:
74-2646-20A or SIA74-2646-20A
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

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