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Lot 213: 6 scrapbooks from Smithsonian Sec'y Carmichael

Waverly Rare Books Catalog Auction 12-1-2016

by Quinn's Auction Galleries

December 1, 2016

Falls Church, VA, USA

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  • 6 scrapbooks from Smithsonian Sec'y Carmichael
  • 6 scrapbooks from Smithsonian Sec'y Carmichael
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Description: [Smithsonian Secretary Carmichael] 6-volume scrapbook maintained by Leonard Carmichael (b. 1898, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1953-64) and his wife, Martha Carmichael, whose ownership signature appears at the front of the 1952-53 scrapbook. Under Leonard Carmichael, the Smithsonian established the National Portrait Gallery and expanded the Museum of Natural History. Visits to the Smithsonian rose from about 3.5 million to 10 million annually. Scrapbooks for late 1953-1959 contain newspaper and magazine clippings (some mentioning Carmichael); postcards; ads; invitations to and programs for conferences in Washington, Montreal, and elsewhere; invitations to parties at embassies, nonprofit organizations, and the homes of dignitaries, etc. Includes a typed press release for Secretary of State Dulles appointing Carmichael to be chairman of the American delegation to the Conference on the Protection of Cultural Property (Apr 15, 1954), which covered buildings as well as movable art and artifacts. Includes an ad for Leonard Carmichael’s Manual of Child Psychology (Published March 1954). Embassy events, events held for ambassadors, or honoring ambassadors of Pakistan, India, Austria, Sweden, Ecuador, Finland, Yugoslavia, South Africa, Portugal, Luxemburg, UK, Japan, Argentina, Greece, Turkey, Ireland, Israel, etc. Event with the Prince of the Netherlands. Courtesy card from the Philippine embassy. Invitation and placecard for the state dinner invitation for the President of Germany (end of 1958 volume). An event held for the Italian Ambassador has a secretary’s notation at top: “To meed Conductors Francesco Mauer… The Leaders of the Florentine Symphony Orchestra” (near front of 1957 vol). Invitations and/or programs for events held by the Westinghouse Educational Foundation, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Art, Friends of Music at Dumbarton Oaks, Carnegie Foundation Metropolitan Club, Woman’s National Democratic Club, Army & Navy Club, Naval Historical Foundation, etc. Leonard Carmichael speaking at the Economic Club (newspaper clipping Nov. 20, 1953). Program for an American Philosophical Society meeting lists Carmichael as scheduled to speak (held Apr 25-26, 1957, but appearing in the spring 1958 portion of the scrapbook). Clipped newspaper article on Smithsonian displaying a General Motors heart device (Sep. 11, 1954). The naming of a Carmichael Hall at Tufts College (Nov. 1954). Article from The Tufts Weekly on Martha Carmichael unveiling a portrait of Leonard Carmichael (who was the former President of Tufts College), Nov. 18, 1954. Conflict between the official plan for the National Mall and a draft plan for an air museum (newspaper article from Dec. 1954). Carmichael among the dignitaries entertained at the White House (article from late December 1954). Carmichael holding a large piece of Smithsonite newly displayed at the Smithsonian (Apr. 25, 1958 Washington Post front page photo-illustration). 2 photo-illustrations of Carmichael with Mamie and Dwight Eisenhower at the Smithsonian (newspaper clipping in April 1958 and U.S. News and World Report clipping May 2, 1958 a few pages later). Article on Churchill art at the Smithsonian (spring 1958). Founding of the Leonard Carmichael Society at Tufts University (social service group, May 1958). Carmichael being named to the George Washington University Board of Trustees (late 1958). 4to, contemp cloth. Condition of items varies, but mostly very good. Items are mostly mounted on scrapbook’s leaves, some tipped, loosened, or separated with or without loss. Separation of items is greatest in 1952-53 volume, which has less of a focus on Carmichael’s professional life than is true of the other 5 scrapbooks. Several leaves partly or fully removed from front of the 1952-53 volume, single leaf or part of a leaf removed from several other locations throughout the set. Occasional adhesion evidence on leaves from items that are no longer present, many such instances at front of 1959. 16.6 Lb.

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