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Topic:
Journal of museum education: Roundtable reports
Roundtable reports (Serial)
Creator::
Museum Education Roundtable  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1971-1984
Descriptive Entry:
These records consist of correspondence, minutes of committee meetings, and negotiations and proposals between the Museum Education Roundtable and the American Association of Museums, 1979-1981.
Topic:
Professional associations  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 85-131, Museum Education Roundtable, Records
Identifier:
Accession 85-131
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
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Records

Topic:
Roundtable reports (Serial)
Creator::
Museum Education Roundtable  Search this
Extent:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1986-1987
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records that document the activities of the Museum Education Roundtable. Materials include correspondence, reports, financial summaries, meeting agendas and minutes, long-range planning information, and bylaws.
Topic:
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Professional associations  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 16-248, Museum Education Roundtable, Records
Identifier:
Accession 16-248
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Records

Topic:
Museum education anthology, 1973-1983: perspectives on informal learning: a decade of Roundtable reports (Monograph)
Roundtable reports (Serial)
Creator::
Museum Education Roundtable  Search this
Extent:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Books
Newsletters
Date:
1982-1985
Descriptive Entry:
These records consist of the Roundtable Reports, the Museum Education Roundtable's newsletter, and the Museum Education Anthology, a 1985 compilation of articles written between 1973 and 1983. Also included are memoranda and correspondence pertaining to the John Fines Seminar (added through Accession 84-221).
Topic:
Professional associations  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Newsletters
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 85-175, Museum Education Roundtable, Records
Identifier:
Accession 85-175
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa85-175

Records

Topic:
Roundtable reports (Serial)
Creator::
Museum Education Roundtable  Search this
Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1970-1982
Historical Note:
Education personnel at the Smithsonian Institution founded the Museum Education Roundtable (MER) in 1970 as a consortium of local museum educators. Today MER is an independent, non-profit, educational corporation which seeks to promote communication between museum personnel and local educators, further the use of museums and cultural institutions as educational resources, and develop educational services in museums and other public institutions. Regular meetings supplemented by workshops are also concerned with the creation of cooperative museum-school projects, and improving communication between educators in museums and schools by keeping members informed of programs available in the area, as well as professional museum education staff development. As a volunteer organization, MER seeks financial support through subscriptions to its quarterly newsletter, "Roundtable Reports," and membership dues. Initial funding came from National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities grants.

An elected board of directors governs MER. Their responsibilities include transforming the organization's goals into programs and obtaining funding. Chairs of the MER board have included: Tom Radford, 1971-1973; Sue Hoth, 1973-1975; Donna Ari, 1975-1977; Barbara Fertig, 1977-1979; Kenneth Yellis, 1979-1981; Susan L. Nichols, 1981-1982; and Schroeder J. Cherry, 1982- . Membership information and surveys, minutes of board meetings, and membership materials are included in these MER records, as are workshop materials and funding proposals.

The Museum Education Roundtable promotes communication between the museum and education communities both nationally and locally through its publications. Through "Roundtable Reports" MER provides its members and other subscribers with information about national trends in museum education, recent developments in the profession, and nationally available resources such as other museum education organizations and their seminars, workshops, and committees. A nearly complete set of "Roundtable Reports," 1973, 1975-1980, is part of this record unit.

Another MER publication, the "Directory of Educational Opportunities in the Washington Area," has had three editions, 1971-1973. Through the Directory readers learn about field trips and educational resources in the District of Columbia area. Other flyers and brochures are also part of the MER archives.
Topic:
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7295, Museum Education Roundtable, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 7295
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
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