Hope Diamond Presentation

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Historic Images of the Smithsonian
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
Restrictions & Rights
No restrictions
November 10, 1958
Standard number
SIA2010-0337 and MP-60B
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
Hope diamond
Smithsonian Institution--Employees
Physical description
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 9.5w x 7.63h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Photographic print
Group, candid