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Barack Obama Presidential Inaugural Medal Collection


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Title: Barack Obama Presidential Inaugural Medal CollectionAdd to your cart.

ID: WUA/07/wua00251

Primary Creator: Mellon, Marc

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The medals are stored in Box 01 and the U.S. flag and certificate are stored in Box 02.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of the 2009 Official Barack Obama Presidential Inaugural Medal and the artists' original concept for the medal as well as a U.S. flag that was flown over the United States Capitol on January 20, 2009.

Collection Historical Note

The 2009 Official Barack Obama Presidential Inaugural Medal was sold as a collectible and the proceeds from the sale were used to fund the inaugural events of January 20, 2009.  The obverse (front) of the medal features a portrait of Obama and was designed by Marc Mellon, a representational sculptor, well known for his portrait busts, commemorative statues, and other works in bronze. The reverse (back) of the medal  features the Inaugural Seal with a split wreath on either side, laurel leaves on the left symbolizing victory, and oak leaves on the right symbolizing wisdom and was designed by well known medalist and former engraver for the U.S. Mint, Thomas D. Rogers.  The first Official Inaugural Medal was made for the second inauguration of William McKinley in 1901.  There has been an official medal for each Presidential inauguration ever since.

The Capitol Flag Program began in 1937 when a Member of Congress requested a flag that had flown over the Capitol. Over the years the focus of the program gradually expanded to encompass the commemoration of national holidays and various special events, as well as to honor the work of groups such as schools and civic organizations.

Administrative Information

Repository: WUA University Archives

Accruals: There are no accruals.

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method:

The two medals were donated to the University Archives by Marc Mellon and Babette Bloch in November 2009. Marc and Babette’s daughter Julia Bloch Mellon was a student at Washington University at the time of Barack Obama’s inauguration and at the time of the donation.

The Flag and certificate were given to the Archives by Patricia Rolfe, Washington University School of Law Facilities Manager and the Chancellor’s Office in December 2009.

Preferred Citation: [Item description]. From the [collection title, series, box, folder]. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Processing Information: Processed by Sonya Rooney in December 2009.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Hannah Barg in July 2012.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],
[Box 2],

Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: 2009 Official Barack Obama Presidential Inaugural MedalAdd to your cart.
(a 2 3/4" bronze medal) includes Certificate of Authenticity, “History of the Official Inaugural Medal” by H. Joseph Levine, and wooden stand
Item 2: Artists' original concept for the Barack Obama Presidential Inaugural MedalAdd to your cart.
(2 3/4" bronze medal) includes wooden stand
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 3: U.S. Flag and certificateAdd to your cart.
Certificate reads: “This is to certify that the flag was flown over the United States Capitol on January 20, 2009.  At the request of the Honorable Chet Edwards, Member of Congress, this flag was flown in honor of Washington University School of Law, in recognition of the Inauguration of President Barack Obama., Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, Acting Architect of the Capitol”

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