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On Aug. 5, 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor.Created by: PICRYLDated: 2016
A view from the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) of the Statue of Liberty and the boat-filled harbor during the 100th anniversary celebration
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French people commemorating the alliance of France and the United States during the American Revolution. Yet, it represented much more to those individuals who proposed the gift.
The "Father of the Statue of Liberty" was Edouard de Laboulaye, French jurist, poet, author and anti-slavery activist. He provided the idea that would become the Statue. In 1886, The Statue of Liberty was a symbol of democratic government and Enlightenment ideals as well as a celebration of the Union's victory in the American Civil War and the abolition of slavery. Edouard de Laboulaye, the French political thinker, U.S. Constitution expert, and abolitionist, who first proposed the idea of a great monument as a gift from France to the United States was a firm supporter of President Abraham Lincoln and his fight for abolition. Laboulaye saw abolition not only as a way to eliminate immorality, but also as a way to protest repressive tendencies in France.
Auguste Bartholdi was the French sculptor who designed the Statue of Liberty. From 1855 to 1856, Bartholdi embarked on a life-changing trip throughout Europe and the Middle East with some fellow artists. When they visited the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, Bartholdi discovered his passion for large-scale public monuments and colossal sculptures. In 1869, the Egyptian government expressed interest in designing a lighthouse for the Suez Canal. Eager and excited, Bartholdi designed a colossal statue of a robed woman holding a torch, which he called Egypt (or Progress) Brings Light to Asia. When he attended the canal's inauguration, however, Bartholdi was informed that he would not be able to proceed with the lighthouse. Although disappointed, Bartholdi received a second chance to design a colossal statue. In 1865, Edouard de Laboulaye proposed that a monument representing freedom and democracy be created for the United States. Bartholdi was a great supporter of Laboulaye's idea and in 1870 he began designing the Statue of "Liberty Enlightening the World."
Eugene Viollet-le-Duc was the architect hired to design a support structure for the Statue but replaced with famous Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, The Eiffel Tower's author.
Richard Morris Hunt was the American architect who designed the pedestal under the Statue's feet.
Joseph Pulitzer and Emma Lazarus helped raise the money needed to complete the pedestal's construction.
Between 1886 and 1924, almost 14 million immigrants entered the United States through New York. The Statue of Liberty was a reassuring sign that they had arrived in the land of their dreams. To these anxious newcomers, the Statue's uplifted torch did not suggest "enlightenment," as her creators intended, but rather, "welcome." Over time, Liberty emerged as the "Mother of Exiles," a symbol of hope to generations of immigrants. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1936 speech in honor of the Statue's 50th Anniversary helped solidify the transformation of the Statue into an icon of immigration. From the beginning, the Statue of Liberty has stirred the emotions of ordinary people, and has inspired artists and commercial manufacturers to depict and honor her.
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[Statue of Liberty. Framework. Elevations]

[Statue of Liberty. Framework. Elevations]

Architectural drawing showing the iron framework for the Statue of Liberty, sent by the office of engineer Gustave Eiffel to the office of Richard Morris Hunt, designer of the Statue's pedestal. Title devised b... more

[Workmen constructing the Statue of Liberty in Bartholdi's Parisian warehouse workshop; first model; left hand; and quarter-size head-; Winter 1882?]

[Workmen constructing the Statue of Liberty in Bartholdi's Parisian wa...

Title devised by Library staff. Illus. in: Album des travaux de construction de la statue colossale de la Liberté, destinée au port de New-York / Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Reference copy U.S. GEOG FILE - New ... more

[Head of Statue of Liberty on display in park in Paris]

[Head of Statue of Liberty on display in park in Paris]

Illus. in: Album des travaux de construction de la statue colossale de la Liberté, destinée au port de New-York / Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Reference copy U.S. GEOG FILE - New York New York City Statue of Liberty.

Brer Thuldy's Statue Liberty frightenin de world: To be stuck up on Bedbug's Island-Jarsey Flats, opposit de United States. (Only authorized edition)

Brer Thuldy's Statue Liberty frightenin de world: To be stuck up on Be...

Caricature issued as part of the "Darktown comics" series. Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 0732.

The Bartholdi Statue of Liberty / drawn by John Durkin.

The Bartholdi Statue of Liberty / drawn by John Durkin.

Construction of the Statue of Liberty, showing the statue in scaffolding, man with the flame, man with the foot, and head-and-shoulders portrait of Frederic Bartholdi. Illus. in: Harper's weekly, 1884 Jan. 19, p. 41.

New York. Bartholdi "Statue of Liberty," erected on Bedloe's Island, in New York Harbor

New York. Bartholdi "Statue of Liberty," erected on Bedloe's Island, i...

Q18130 U.S. Copyright Office. This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Magnus, Charles.

New York - the torch of the Statue of "Liberty," as it will appear when completed, on Bedloe's Island

New York - the torch of the Statue of "Liberty," as it will appear whe...

Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1885 June 20, p. 288.

3 illus.: 1. Official presentation of the Statue of "Liberty enlightening the world," Paris, July 4th, 1884 - 2. M. Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi [head and shoulders] - 3. Sectional view of statue, showing iron core and braces

3 illus.: 1. Official presentation of the Statue of "Liberty enlighten...

Title and other information transcribed from caption card. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, vol. 60 (1885 June 13), p. 1. Reference copy may be available in LOT 4383-A. Caption card tracings: St... more

Pedestal for Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty on Bedloe's Island, New York Harbor [and insert of head and shoulder portrait of Bartholdi]

Pedestal for Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty on Bedloe's Island, New Yor...

Illus. in: Harper's Weekly, v. 29, (1885 June 6), p. 356. Title and other information transcribed from caption card. Caption card tracings: B.I.; NYC St. of Lib.

[Construction of the Statue of Liberty]: Re-constructing the statue on Bedloe's Island

[Construction of the Statue of Liberty]: Re-constructing the statue on...

Title and other information transcribed from caption card. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, vol. 63, no. 1620 (1886 Oct. 9), pp. 120-121. Reference copy may be in LOT 3759.

New York - the unvailing [i.e., unveiling] of the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty, October 28th - President Cleveland passing through the fleet of assembled vessels in the launch Vixne, on his way to Bedlow's Island [4 sailors standing in foregrd.; Statue of Liberty in backgrd.]

New York - the unvailing [i.e., unveiling] of the Bartholdi Statue of ...

Title and other information transcribed from caption card. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, vol. 63, no. 1624 (1886 Nov. 6), p. 181.

New York - Preparing the Statue of "liberty" on Bedloe's Island, for the formal unvailing [sic] on October 28th - Present condition of the work / from a sketch by a staff artist.

New York - Preparing the Statue of "liberty" on Bedloe's Island, for t...

Men working on headless Statue of Liberty. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1886 Oct. 9, p. 120.

Completing the torch, Statue of Liberty

Completing the torch, Statue of Liberty

R24222 U.S. Copyright Office This record contains unverified data from caption card.

[The Statue of Liberty. 2 pictures: 1. The statue - Bedloe's Island; 2. The head]

[The Statue of Liberty. 2 pictures: 1. The statue - Bedloe's Island; 2...

2 albertypes copyrighted by Adolph Wittemann, New York City. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Geogr.; Statues.

The Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, from the East

The Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, from the East

Photoprint copyrighted by S.R. Stoddard, Glens Falls, N.Y. No. 775. This record contains unverified data from caption card.

Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, from the North

Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, from the North

Photoprint copyrighted by S.R. Stoddard, Glens Falls, N.Y. No. 777. This record contains unverified data from caption card.

Statue of Liberty [and] New York Harbor

Statue of Liberty [and] New York Harbor

Photoprint copyrighted by N.L. Stebbins. No. 3699. This record contains unverified data from caption card.

Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, from the South

Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, from the South

Photoprint copyrighted by S.R. Stoddard, Glens Falls, N.Y. This record contains unverified data from caption card.

Statue of Liberty from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete description of the Exposition grounds and buildings ... Second edition"

Statue of Liberty from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposit...

This image has been taken from scan 000006 from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete descripti... more

[N.Y. (City) Harbor: Statue of Liberty from Battery Point]

[N.Y. (City) Harbor: Statue of Liberty from Battery Point]

Photo copyrighted by A. Loeffler. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: NY NYC Statues; New York NYC Waterfront; Ships; Shelf.

Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor

Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor

Postcard shows rendering of Statue of Liberty with lighting eminating from the torch and people entering the base. F 4903 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. J.A. Lischke, Hoboken. Contains German text.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Photoprint copyrighted by Irving Underhill, New York. No. 1. This record contains unverified data from caption card.

Statue of Liberty, N.Y.

Statue of Liberty, N.Y.

2 frontal views. Photoprint copyrighted by A. Loeffler, Tompkinsville, N.Y. This record contains unverified data from caption card.

Ocean steamers passing Statue of Liberty, N.Y.

Ocean steamers passing Statue of Liberty, N.Y.

Copyright by A. Loeffler, Tompkinsville, N.Y. No. 14.

Grand Basin, Plaza of St. Louis and Louisiana Purchase Monument from Festival Hall. Allegorical Statue, Physical Liberty in the foreground, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Grand Basin, Plaza of St. Louis and Louisiana Purchase Monument from F...

H53518 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8478. Title from item.

Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor

Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor

Copyright 1905 by Detroit Photographic Co. Title from item. Caption for similar image (LC-D43-15232) lists title as: Statue of Liberty, New York, N.Y. Detroit Publishing Co. no. "54152". Forms part of: Photochr... more

[An American cruiser being guided by a tugboat past the Statue of Liberty, as it arrives in New York, probably at the time of the Portsmouth Peace Conference]

[An American cruiser being guided by a tugboat past the Statue of Libe...

H68992 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Underwood & Underwood, Nov. 23, 1905. Title devised by Library staff. Title from published stereograph, no. 108

Statue of Liberty [and] New York Harbor

Statue of Liberty [and] New York Harbor

Photoprint copyrighted by Irving Underhill, New York. No. B-10170. This record contains unverified data from caption card.

Statue of Liberty [and New York Harbor]

Statue of Liberty [and New York Harbor]

J192012 U.S. Copyright Office No copyright renewal. This record contains unverified data from caption card.

Ceremonies and Parades - Patriotic meeting at base of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, N. Y

Ceremonies and Parades - Patriotic meeting at base of the Statue of Li...

Date Taken: 1918. - Photographer: Underwood & Underwood © Ceremonies and Parades

[Woodrow Wilson, half-length portrait, standing, facing left, Statue of Liberty in background]

[Woodrow Wilson, half-length portrait, standing, facing left, Statue o...

G57834 U.S. Copyright Office. Reproduction of painting signed Svensson, c1918. Title devised by Library staff.

Statue of Liberty, Bedloes Island

Statue of Liberty, Bedloes Island

Aerial view. J259241 U.S. Copyright Office No copyright renewal. This record contains unverified data from caption card.

Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor

Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor

Harbor in foreground; statue in background.

Statue of Liberty, New York City

Statue of Liberty, New York City

Frontal view from boat, offshore. J9737 U.S. Copyright Office Photoprint copyrighted by Irving Underhill. No. B57109. This record contains unverified data from caption card.

[Statue of Liberty]

[Statue of Liberty]

[Statue of Liberty] - [PAR-2260 through PAR-2261]

[Statue of Liberty]

[Statue of Liberty]

[Statue of Liberty] - [PAR-2260 through PAR-2261]

[Statue of Liberty]

[Statue of Liberty]

[Statue of Liberty] - [PAR-2260 through PAR-2261]

Part of a group of 171 aliens illegally in the country wave goodby to the Statue of Liberty from the Coast Guard cutter that took them from Ellis Island to the Home Lines ship Argentina in Hoboken for deportation / World Telegram & Sun photo by Al Ravenna.

Part of a group of 171 aliens illegally in the country wave goodby to ...

Title from news agency caption on item. NYWT&S staff photograph. Forms part of: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).

Interior view, looking upward inside the Statue of Liberty, New York, New York

Interior view, looking upward inside the Statue of Liberty, New York, ...

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

Aerial view of the Statue of Liberty, New York

Aerial view of the Statue of Liberty, New York

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

Statue of Liberty, New York

Statue of Liberty, New York

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

Aerial view of the Statue of Liberty, New York

Aerial view of the Statue of Liberty, New York

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

Silhouette back lighted view of the Statue of Liberty in New York City harbor. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Silhouette back lighted view of the Statue of Liberty in New York City...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Close-up view of the Statue of Liberty in New York City Harbor

Close-up view of the Statue of Liberty in New York City Harbor

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

Aerial view of the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

Aerial view of the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

Aerial view of the Statue of Liberty, New York, New York

Aerial view of the Statue of Liberty, New York, New York

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency not held by the Library. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. Credit line: Photographs in the Carol M.... more

Statue of Liberty, officially "Liberty Enlightening the World," Jersey City, New Jersey

Statue of Liberty, officially "Liberty Enlightening the World," Jersey...

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Note the World Trade Center Twin Towers, still standing... more

Statue of Liberty, New York

Statue of Liberty, New York

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886... more

Aerial view of the Statue of Liberty, New York

Aerial view of the Statue of Liberty, New York

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

Liberty statue, honroing Charles Etienne Gayarre, one of New Orleans's first great historians, who wrote a four-volume history of Louisiana in French in the early 19th Century

Liberty statue, honroing Charles Etienne Gayarre, one of New Orleans's...

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

Statue of Liberty, New York, New York

Statue of Liberty, New York, New York

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

Statue of Liberty with Ellis Island in the background, New York

Statue of Liberty with Ellis Island in the background, New York

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

PH2 Richard New York City....Two SH-3H Sea King helicopters from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 15 (HS-15) approach the Statue of Liberty. The helicopters are assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59), which, along with the ships of its battle group, is visiting the city for Fleet Week '89. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH2 Richard New York City....Two SH-3H Sea King helicopters from Helic...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

PHCM Dittmar Upper New York Bay....Trailed by two tug boats, the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59) comes abreast of the Statue of Liberty as it enters the harbor. The Forrestal and its battle group are in New York City to participate in Fleet Week '89. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PHCM Dittmar Upper New York Bay....Trailed by two tug boats, the aircr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An evening view of the skyline with the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty visible to the left

An evening view of the skyline with the twin towers of the World Trade...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: New York State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SPEC 4 Frederick Sutter Release Status: Released to... more

The aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) is anchored near Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty. The television special, "A Salute to Lady Liberty," will be taped onboard the carrier for broadcast on July 8. Restoration scaffolding surrounds the statue

The aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) is anchored near Liberty...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 R.P. Fitzgerald Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... more

The Joint Service Reserve Color Guard Unit parades the colors during Independence Day ceremonies at the Statue of Liberty. Restoration scaffolding surrounds the statue

The Joint Service Reserve Color Guard Unit parades the colors during I...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: New York State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 R. P. Fitzgerald Release Status: Released to Pu... more

A sailor aboard the USS IOWA (BB 61) looks out at the Statue of Liberty through binoculars, as the battleship makes a scheculed port visit to New York City

A sailor aboard the USS IOWA (BB 61) looks out at the Statue of Libert...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hudson River State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Jeff Hilton Release Status: Released to Pub... more

President Ronald Reagan visits the battleship USS IOWA (BB 61) during celebrations commemorating Independence Day and the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty

President Ronald Reagan visits the battleship USS IOWA (BB 61) during ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: New York Harbor State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Jeff Hilton Release Status: Released to ... more

President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan and crewmen aboard the battleship USS IOWA (BB 61) honor the flag during celebrations commemorating Independence Day and the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty

President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan and crewmen aboard the battleship USS...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: New York Harbor State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Jeff Hilton Release Status: Released to ... more

Aerial view of Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty under restoration

Aerial view of Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty under restorat...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: New York State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Rick Cook Release Status: Released to Public Co... more

A starboard quarter view of the guided missile cruiser USS YORKTOWN (CG 48) during the centennial anniversary celebration of the Statue of Liberty

A starboard quarter view of the guided missile cruiser USS YORKTOWN (C...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: New York Harbor State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Jeff Hilton Release Status: Released to ... more

Crew members of the battleship USS IOWA (BB 61) stand on the No. 3 Mark 7 16-inch/50-caliber gun turret as the rest of the crew mans the rails. The ship is here for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Statue of Liberty and participation in the International Naval Review

Crew members of the battleship USS IOWA (BB 61) stand on the No. 3 Mar...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: New York Harbor State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Jeff Hilton Release Status: Released to ... more

A US Marine Corps honor guard prepares to raise the colors of the battleship USS IOWA (BB 61). The ship is here for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Statue of Liberty and participation in the International Naval Review

A US Marine Corps honor guard prepares to raise the colors of the batt...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: New York Harbor State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Jeff Hilton Release Status: Released to ... more

The sailing ship MYSTIC CLIPPER passes the memorial ex-USS INTREPID (CVS 11) moored at a lower Manhattan pier. The sailing ship is here for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Statue of Liberty and participation in the International Naval Review

The sailing ship MYSTIC CLIPPER passes the memorial ex-USS INTREPID (C...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: New York Harbor State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Jeff Hilton Release Status: Released to ... more

Crew members stand at parade rest on top of No. 1 Mark 7 16-inch/50-caliber gun turret of the battleship USS IOWA (BB 61). The ship is here for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Statue of Liberty and to participate in the International Naval Review

Crew members stand at parade rest on top of No. 1 Mark 7 16-inch/50-ca...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: New York Harbor State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Jeff Hilton Release Status: Released to ... more

A crewman stands at the stern of a launch from the battleship USS IOWA (BB-61). The ship is here for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Statue of Liberty and to participate in the International Naval Review

A crewman stands at the stern of a launch from the battleship USS IOWA...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: New York Harbor State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Jeff Hilton Release Status: Released to ... more

Sailing ships are silhouetted against the the Statue of Liberty during the statue's 100th anniversary celebration

Sailing ships are silhouetted against the the Statue of Liberty during...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: New York Harbor State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Jeff Hilton Release Status: Released to ... more