Whereas: Stories from the People’s House

Recent Artifacts Online, Winter 2022

Take a look at newly digitized artifacts in Collections Search. They join the thousands already available online, from portraits to ribbons.

Ronald Reagan Memorial Ribbon

Ronald Reagan Memorial Ribbon/tiles/non-collection/3/3-9-collections-winter-ribbon_2004_032_007.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
This patriotic memorial ribbon adorned the House of Representatives’s funeral wreath for President Ronald Reagan, which was placed by his casket for the three days he lay in state in the Capitol in 2004. More than 100,000 people filed through the Rotunda to pay their respects to the first President in 30 years to receive this honor.

William Levi Dawson, Jet Magazine Cover

William Levi Dawson, Jet Magazine Cover/tiles/non-collection/3/3-9-collections-winter-dawson_2019_108_000.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
Jet magazine’s cover story for its November 22, 1962, issue details Representative William Dawson’s organizational role in the Democratic Party, both in his hometown of Chicago and nationwide. “The Chief,” as the article refers to him, was a “political genius.” Despite his vote-wrangling powers, the article also covers the criticism Dawson received for what many saw as a lack of commitment to civil rights. Jet points out, though, that he might also be considered the first African-American Representative who “advocated overall support of a party program from foreign affairs to commerce rather than an overemphasis on civil rights. . . . [H]e is the race’s first political statesman.”

John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams/tiles/non-collection/3/3-9-collections-winter-jqa_2021_082_000.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
John Quincy Adams, known in the House as “Old Man Eloquent,” died in the office of the Speaker of the House in 1848. The following year, the House placed this bust in the room, mere feet from the sofa where Adams expired. The plaque beneath read “John Quincy Adams who, after fifty years of public service, the last sixteen in yonder Hall, was summoned thence to die in this room, 23 February 1848.” Adams’s death severed one of the last living connections to the nation’s revolutionary period. In the decades to come, the artist John Crookshanks King made bronze replicas of the bust that found favor among abolitionists, whose cause Adams championed in Congress.

View of Washington City

View of Washington City/tiles/non-collection/3/3-9-collections-winter-dc-print_2013_024_000.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
This lithograph of Washington, made by German immigrant Edward Sachse in 1859, captures one of the most striking city views of the 19th century. His Baltimore-based firm made bird’s-eye engravings of dozens of places in the mid-Atlantic. In this tremendous effort, Sachse records such details as the new fountain on the far side of the Capitol, the canal beyond it, and Alexandria across the river in the distance. The print is not a completely accurate depiction of the view, however, likely because elements of it were not drawn from life. The Capitol lacks the low copper domes that stood over the old House and Senate Chambers for decades. The big new dome—designed but not completed when Sachse engraved this—was never green. Likewise, the Washington Monument appears as it was originally designed, with complicated columns around the base.

Jaime C. de Veyra

Jaime C. de Veyra/tiles/non-collection/3/3-9-collections-winter-de-veyra_PA2015_01_0033a.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
Taken between 1917 and 1923, this photograph shows Jaime C. de Veyra, Resident Commissioner from the Philippine Islands. Like many other Members at the time, de Veyra sat for a head-and-shoulders studio portrait against a dark background. However, for the Resident Commissioner’s portrait, the photographer used light and shadow to create an unusually dramatic effect.

Want to see even more newly digitized artifacts? Here are a few more:

Millard Fillmore/tiles/non-collection/3/3-9-collections-winter-fillmore-2018_087_000.xml
Gus Savage Handbill/tiles/non-collection/3/3-9-collections-winter-savage_2008_219_000.xml
Patsy Takemoto Mink/tiles/non-collection/3/3-9-collections-winter-mink_PA2013_06_0001e.xml
Capitol Gets Annual Bath/tiles/non-collection/3/3-9-collections-winter-washing_PA2019_01_0042.xml
Reading Clerk’s Notebook/tiles/non-collection/3/3-9-collections-winter-reading_clerk_2009_200_001.xml
Millard Fillmore
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Gus Savage Handbill
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Item 2/5
Patsy Takemoto Mink
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Item 3/5
Capitol Gets Annual Bath
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Reading Clerk’s Notebook
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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