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Interview 1: 30 July 1987

Collection Creator::
Kinard, John, 1936-1989 interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9538, Kinard, John, 1936-1989 interviewee, Oral history interview with John Kinard
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Oral history interview with John Kinard
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9538-refidd1e260
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Oral history interview with John Kinard

Creator::
Kinard, John, 1936-1989 interviewee  Search this
Extent:
2 audiotapes (Reference copies).
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Date:
1987
Introduction:
The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conducts interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Kinard was interviewed for the Oral History Collection because of his pivotal role in the creation and development of the Anacostia Community Museum. He came to the Smithsonian with a long background of service to his community, both locally and internationally, and he shaped the programs and mission of the Anacostia Community Museum.
Descriptive Entry:
The interview took place on July 30, 1987, at Kinard's office in the Anacostia Museum. Anne M. Rogers, a graduate student in history at the University of Maryland, conducted the interview for the Smithsonian Institution Archives. In the interview, Kinard discusses his education, early work in community service, the founding of the ANM and his directorship. Topics include early exhibits, staff, and Kinard's vision for the Museum.
Historical Note:
John R. E. Kinard (1936-1989), was the Director of the Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) in Washington, D. C., from its founding in 1967 until his death in 1989. Kinard was born and raised in the Washington, D. C., area and attended Howard University briefly before receiving degrees from Livingstone College in 1960 and the Hood Theological Seminary in 1963 in Salisbury, North Carolina.

An ordained minister, Kinard was an Assistant Pastor at John Wesley African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Washington, D. C., for 22 years. He also participated in Operation Crossroads Africa in 1962 and the Poverty Program at the Southeast Neighborhood House in Washington, D. C., where he established close ties with the African government and private agencies.

While working as an interpreter and escort for the U. S. State Department, he was introduced to Mrs. Marion Conover Hope, an active member of the Greater Anacostia People's Corporation. Through Mrs. Hope's influence, he found himself the first Director of the Smithsonian Institution's new Anacostia Neighborhood Museum (ANM) in July, 1967, a position which he retained until his death in 1989.

Begun as the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, an experimental bureau of the Smithsonian Institution, ANM was the first community-based institution founded under the aegis of a major institution and became the prototype for other small neighborhood museums. It was developed as part of a broader plan to encourage museum access to a diverse cultural and socioeconomic group of museum goers. As a community-based museum, ANM sought to address issues of importance to its local constituency, as reflected in early exhibits. With the expansion of its mission, the museum's research and exhibits programs came to reflect its commitment to African American history and culture. In 1987, its name was changed to the Anacostia Museum to reflect more correctly its growth and development from a neighborhood museum to a pioneer in producing both in-house and traveling exhibits that link the African American experience in this country with that of the dominant culture. In 2006, it was renamed the Anacostia Community Museum to reflect its role as a model community museum.
Topic:
Museum directors -- Interviews  Search this
History  Search this
African Americans -- History  Search this
African Americans -- Exhibitions  Search this
African Americans -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9538, Kinard, John, 1936-1989 interviewee, Oral history interview with John Kinard
Identifier:
Record Unit 9538
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Oral history interview with John Kinard
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9538
Additional Online Media:

Intermediaries between the Museum and the Community

Author:
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Subject:
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
International Council of Museums  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 6; Color: Black and White; Size: 6.23 w x 8.923; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper
Type:
Document
Paper
Place:
France
France, Auvergne-Rhone-Alps, Isere, Grenoble
Date:
August 29-September 10, 1971
Topic:
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Community museums  Search this
Lectures and lecturing  Search this
Strategic planning  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
African Americans  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2016-011445 and SIA2016-011446 and SIA2016-011447 and SIA2016-011448 and SIA2016-011449 and SIA2016-011450
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_14618

Lucinda H. Gedeon letter to John Kinard

Creator:
Gedeon, Lucinda H., 1947-  Search this
Kinard, John, 1936-1989  Search this
Subject:
White, Charles  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1981
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)20270
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Lucinda H. Gedeon research material on Charles W. White, 1940-1997, bulk, 1980-1981
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_20270

Portrait of John R. Kinard

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1967
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1067]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Public Domain
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_372114

Workshops at Anacostia Neighborhood Museum

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1968
August 1968
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1312]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Public Domain
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_372345

John Kinard Performs Wedding Ceremony

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Fischer, Michael F  Search this
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Oettli, Evelyne  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1974
November 19, 1974
Topic:
Weddings  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [92-1648]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396176

John R. Kinard, Director of Anacostia Museum, Dies

Subject:
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture  Search this
Date:
August 5, 1989
Topic:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Anacostia Historical Society  Search this
African Americans  Search this
Deaths  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Clergy  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_10877

Visitors from Togo Tour ANM

Subject:
Martin-Felton, Zora  Search this
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Place:
Africa
Date:
August 28, 1974
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Dignitaries  Search this
Togo  Search this
Africa--Togo  Search this
Museum visitors  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_1252

Wedding Ceremony Performed at Anacostia

Subject:
Fischer, Michael F  Search this
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Oettli, Evelyne  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
November 19, 1974
Topic:
Clergy  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
African Americans  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Weddings  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_1262

John Kinard at Pottery/Crafts Class

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
1968
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Event  Search this
Standard number:
92-3576
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8392

John Kinard Performing Wedding Ceremony

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Oettli, Evelyne  Search this
Fischer, Michael F  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1974
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Clergy  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Weddings  Search this
Event  Search this
Standard number:
92-1648
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8662

John Kinard Diving in the Caribbean

Author:
Kier, Porter M  Search this
Subject:
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Place:
Caribbean Sea
Date:
c. 1974
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Diving  Search this
Coral reefs and islands  Search this
Standard number:
92-1780
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8688

Officials from Togo Tour Anacostia Neighborhood Museum

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Place:
Africa
Date:
1974
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Museum visitors  Search this
Dignitaries  Search this
Togo  Search this
Africa--Togo  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Event  Search this
Standard number:
94-2460
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8714

John Kinard at New Anacostia Museum

Author:
Vargas, Rick  Search this
Subject:
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
1987
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Standard number:
87-5243-28
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_9016

John R. Kinard

Author:
Dorwin, Harold  Search this
Subject:
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
c. 1987
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Standard number:
2002-32299
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_9058

Curator Peter C. Welsh; John R. Kinard and MNH Staff; Musical Trio at MHT

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Welsh, Peter C  Search this
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1968
February 13, 1968
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1175]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Public Domain
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_372164

John R. Kinard in Front of Anacostia Neighborhood Museum; Portrait of Louis S. Casey

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Casey, Louis S  Search this
National Air Museum (U.S.)  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1966
May 1966 and May 1968
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1654R1]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Public Domain
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_372754

John Kinard Dives in British Honduras

Creator:
Kier, Porter M  Search this
Subject:
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Place:
British Honduras
Date:
1974
Topic:
Coral reefs and islands  Search this
Biotic communities  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [92-1780]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396101

Officials from Togo Tour Anacostia Neighborhood Museum

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Kinard, John 1936-1989  Search this
Aithnard, K. M  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Place:
Togo
Date:
1974
August 28, 1974
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [94-2460]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396149

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