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Oral history interview with William W. Moss, III

Creator::
Moss, William W., 1935-, interviewee  Search this
Extent:
3 audiotapes. (Reference copies). 1 videotape. (Reference copy).
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Videotapes
Oral history
Transcripts
Audiotapes
Date:
1993
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 conduct 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.

Moss was interviewed for the Smithsonian Institution Archives Oral History Collection because of his service as director of Smithsonian Institution Archives.
Descriptive Entry:
This collection consists of an audiotaped interview of Moss by University of Maryland student Keith Winsell conducted in 1986, and a 1993 videotaped interview of Moss by Marc Pachter, Acting Assistant Secretary for External Affairs, that covers his early life and education; naval career; graduate studies; work at the National Security Agency; career at the Kennedy Library and the Smithsonian Institution Archives, including interest in history at the Smithsonian, the space problem at the Archives, formation of CIED, and future directions for the Institution; oral history and archival practices; and interest in China and Chinese archives. The collection consists of 1.0 hour of audiotape recording, which has been remastered digitally into 2 .wav files and 2 .mp3 files, and 2.0 hours of videotape recording. No transcript is available.

This interview may not be cited, quoted, or reproduced without the permission of the heirs or assigns of William W. Moss.
Historical Note:
William W. Moss III (1935-2007) received his B.A. from Haverford College in 1957. Moss began his federal service in the United States Navy in 1958. During nearly five years of active duty, he spent a year studying Chinese at the Army Language School in Monterey, California. From 1963 to 1964, he undertook graduate work in Chinese and public law and government at Columbia University, and was awarded the M.A. in 1965. He worked as an Intelligence Research Analyst in foreign language at the National Security Agency from 1964 through 1969. In 1969, he left to accept a position at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts, as an Oral History Interviewer, and in 1970, became Chief of the Oral History Program. Moss became Senior Archivist for national security and foreign affairs materials at the Library in 1972 and Chief Archivist in 1975. In 1983, Moss came to the Smithsonian as Archivist of the Institution and Director of the Smithsonian Institution Archives. During his ten years at the Archives, he participated in the establishment of the Council of Information and Education Directors (CIED) and served as its head for two years. He also presided over the formation of the Smithsonian Institution Archives and Special Collections Council and served as chairman for three years. Moss retired in 1993 to accept a position teaching in the International Programs Office at the Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, China, and was named the first Archivist Emeritus.
Rights:
Restricted.
Topic:
History  Search this
Archives  Search this
Archives -- China  Search this
Archivists  Search this
Museum archives  Search this
Archives -- Collection management  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Videotapes
Oral history
Transcripts
Audiotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9575, Moss, William W., 1935-, interviewee, Oral history interview with William W. Moss, III
Identifier:
Record Unit 9575
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Oral history interview with William W. Moss, III
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9575

Director's Records, 1977-1993

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of Smithsonian Institution Archives  Search this
Subject:
Moss, William W. 1935-  Search this
Deiss, William A  Search this
Lytle, Richard H  Search this
Physical description:
5.5 cu. ft. (11 document boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1977
1977-1993
Topic:
Museum archives  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 00-021
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_228753

Director's Records, 1980-1996

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of Smithsonian Institution Archives  Search this
Subject:
Moss, William W. 1935-  Search this
Hedlin, Ethel W  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of History, Archives, and National Collections  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Smithsonian Institution Archives  Search this
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Brochures
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1980
1980-1996
Topic:
Museum archives  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 98-075
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_251892

Suitland Collections Research Center Records, c. 1978-1994

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of Smithsonian Institution Archives  Search this
Subject:
Moss, William W. 1935-  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Museum Support Center  Search this
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1978
1978-1994
c 1978-1994
Topic:
Museum archives  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 97-163
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_252030

Director's Records, circa 1977-1992

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives  Search this
Subject:
Moss, William W. 1935-  Search this
Physical description:
5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1977
1977-1992
circa 1977-1992
Topic:
Museum archives  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 96-063
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2008; Transferring office; Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Subject Files 1978-1991, 1994-2018 [Smithsonian Institution Archives]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_252111

Chairman's Files, 1988-1989

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Council of Information and Education Directors  Search this
Subject:
Lowe, Felix C  Search this
Moss, William W. 1935-  Search this
Physical description:
4 cu. ft. (8 document boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1988
1988-1989
Topic:
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-067
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2005; Transferring office; Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Chairman's Files 1988-1989 [Smithsonian Institution Council of Information and Education Directors]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_254431

SIA Files, 1972-1986

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Office of the Director  Search this
Subject:
Deiss, William A  Search this
Moss, William W. 1935-  Search this
Lytle, Richard H  Search this
Physical description:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1972
1972-1986
Topic:
Museum archives  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 06-200
See more items in:
SIA Files 1972-2005 [Smithsonian Institution Archives Office of the Director]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_260946

Box 1

Collection Creator::
Moss, William W., 1935-, interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9575, Moss, William W., 1935-, interviewee, Oral history interview with William W. Moss, III
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Oral history interview with William W. Moss, III
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9575-refidd1e278

Interview 2: 13 August 1993

Collection Creator::
Moss, William W., 1935-, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9575, Moss, William W., 1935-, interviewee, Oral history interview with William W. Moss, III
See more items in:
Oral history interview with William W. Moss, III
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9575-refidd1e325

Interview 1: 21 November 1986

Collection Creator::
Moss, William W., 1935-, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9575, Moss, William W., 1935-, interviewee, Oral history interview with William W. Moss, III
See more items in:
Oral history interview with William W. Moss, III
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9575-refidd1e295

Untitled

Collection Creator::
Moss, William W., 1935-, interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Summary:
Audio and Video Recordings of Interviews
Collection Rights:
Restricted.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9575, Moss, William W., 1935-, interviewee, Oral history interview with William W. Moss, III
See more items in:
Oral history interview with William W. Moss, III
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9575-refidd1e286

Moss is Director, Smithsonian Archives

Subject:
Moss, William W. 1935-  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA)  Search this
Date:
December 11, 1984
Topic:
Archives  Search this
Directors  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_2177

Chairman's Files, 1988-1989

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Council of Information and Education Directors  Search this
Subject:
Moss, William W. 1935-  Search this
Lowe, Felix C  Search this
Physical description:
4 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1988
1988-1989
Topic:
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS01516
Restrictions & Rights:
Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Chairman's Files 1988-1989 [Smithsonian Institution Council of Information and Education Directors]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_287292

Secretary's Gold Medal for Exceptional Service Awarded, 1993

Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018  Search this
Jacobs, Madeleine  Search this
Moss, William W. 1935-  Search this
Rinzler, Ralph  Search this
Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA)  Search this
Date:
July 28, 1993
Topic:
Awards  Search this
Medals  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11806

Oral history program manual [by] William W. Moss

Author:
Moss, William W. 1935-  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 109 p. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1974
[1974]
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
Call number:
D16 .M857X
D16.M857X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_38339

Archives in the People's Republic of China : a brief introduction for American scholars and archivists / by William W. Moss

Author:
Moss, William W. 1935-  Search this
Smithsonian Archives  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (various pagings) ; 28 cm
Type:
Directories
Place:
China
Date:
1993
[1993]
Topic:
Archives  Search this
Call number:
CD2031 .M91 1993
CD2031.M91 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_451834

SIA Files, 1972-2005

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Office of the Director  Search this
Subject:
Hedlin, Ethel W  Search this
Deiss, William A  Search this
Moss, William W. 1935-  Search this
Jameson, John F  Search this
Lytle, Richard H  Search this
Henson, Pamela M  Search this
Physical description:
7.25 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Black-and-white transparencies
Date:
1972
1972-2005
Topic:
Museum archives  Search this
Archives--Administration  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS01200
See more items in:
SIA Files 1972-2005 [Smithsonian Institution Archives Office of the Director]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_249118

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