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Von Del Chamberlain (b. 1934)

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Creator:
Michigan State University
Subject:
Chamberlain, Von Del
Michigan State University Astronomy Department
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1968
Summary:
Von Del Chamberlain (b. 1934) was professor of astronomy at Michigan State University; he is shown holding a meteorite found in Michigan in 1948. Chamberlain later oversaw the National Air and Space Museum's Albert Einstein Spacearium.
Cite as:
Acc. 90-105 - Science Service, Records, 1920s-1970s, Smithsonian Institution Archives
Topic:
Astronomy
Meteorites
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-0178]
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 OSIAREF@si.edu)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

When stars came down to earth : cosmology of the Skidi Pawnee Indians of North America / by Von Del Chamberlain

Author:
Chamberlain, Von Del
Physical description:
270 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1982
C1982
Topic:
Pawnee astronomy
Religion
Call number:
E99.P3 C47 1982X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

When stars came down to earth : cosmology of the Skidi Pawnee Indians of North America / by Von Del Chamberlain

Author:
Chamberlain, Von Del
Physical description:
[2], 270 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
North America
Date:
1982
C1982
Topic:
Pawnee astronomy
Religion
Indian astronomy
Indian mythology
Call number:
E99.P3 C47 1982X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

Records, circa 1957-1989

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Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Albert Einstein Planetarium
Subject:
Chamberlain, Von Del
Crawford, Richard
Callen, Thomas H. II
Barbely, Charles G
Sharp, James H
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Albert Einstein Spacearium
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Presentation and Education Division
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Assistant Director for Interpretive Programs
Physical description:
14 cu. ft. (14 record storage boxes)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Germany (West)
Date:
1957
1957-1989
circa 1957-1989
Notes:
In 1974 the Presentation and Education Division at the National Air and Space Musuem was organized to develop and implement educational programs and operate the theater and planetarium planned for the new museum, then being built. A thirty-foot domed planetarium, called the Experimentarium, went into operation in the Arts and Industries Building to serve as a pilot for the seventy-foot structure being planned. In 1975 the Federal Republic of Germany gave the United States, as a Bicentennial gift, a Zeiss planetarium projector for the planetarium. The planetarium was dedicated as the Albert Einstein Spacearium and opened in July 1976.
Von Del Chamberlain served as Chief of the Presentation and Education Division, 1974-1978, and Charles G. Barbely was Planetarium Officer, 1976-1978. In 1978 Presentation and Education was divided, with the Planetarium remaining with Presentation under Von Del Chamberlain until 1980. In that year the Planetarium became independent and the position of Chief was vacant. In 1981 the Planetarium was placed under the Exhibits and Presentation Division, with Richard D. Crawford as Chief and Thomas H. Callen II as Chief of the Planetarium Unit. James H. Sharp served as Chief of the Unit, 1983- . Since 1983 the Planetarium has moved around the administrative hierarchy a number of times, from Space Science and Exploration, to Museum Operations, to Exhibits and Production Operations, and finally to Interpretive Programs, 1989 .
Summary:
This record unit consists of administrative records, such as reports, correspondence, and attendance records, in addition to records concerning each show, including scripts, correspondence, and proposals. The actual audio and video tapes are in record unit 520. Material from the 1950s and 1960s concerns a proposed Washington Planetarium.
Topic:
Aeronautical museums
Local number:
SIA RU000356
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Development and Operation Records 1957-1989 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Albert Einstein Planetarium]
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Smithsonian Institution Archives

When stars came down to earth: cosmology of the Skidi Pawnee Indians of North America July 1981

Creator:
Chamberlain, Von Del
Physical description:
347 pages
Culture:
Pawnee Skidi
Indians of North America Great Plains
Pawnee Indians
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
July 1981
Cite as:
Manuscript 7316, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Cosmology
Local number:
NAA MS 7316
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives

Space science comes of age : perspectives in the history of the space sciences / edited by Paul A. Hanle and Von Del Chamberlain ; with contributions by Stephen G. Brush ... [et al.]

Author:
Hanle, Paul A
Chamberlain, Von Del
Brush, Stephen G
National Air and Space Museum
Physical description:
xiii, 194 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1981
Notes:
Papers presented at a symposium held at and sponsored by the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., Mar. 23-24, 1981.
Topic:
Space sciences--History--Congresses
Call number:
QB500 .S62X
QB500.S62X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

Songs from the sky : indigenous astronomical and cosmological traditions of the world : selected proceedings of the "First International Conference on Ethnoastronomy : Indigenous Astronomical and Cosmological Traditions of the World" held at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., 5-9 September 1983 / edited by Von Del Chamberlain, John B. Carlson, M. Jane Young with the assitance of Clive Ruggles

Author:
International Conference on Ethnoastronomy (1st : 1983 : Washington D.C.)
Chamberlain, Von Del
Carlson, John B
Young, M. Jane 1950-
University of Maryland, College Park Center for Archaeoastronomy
Physical description:
xiv, 379 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
2005
C2005
Contents:
The sky is an ethnographic treasure trove / Von Del Chamberlain -- The color of cosmic order / Edwin C. Krupp -- Ethnoastronomy and the problem of interpretation : a Zuni example / M. Jane Young -- Ethnoastronomy and the Arab agricultural almanac / Daniel Martin Varisco -- The seven sisters / N. Scott Momaday -- Raven's universe / David Vogt -- Astronomy in Pueblo and Navajo world views / M. Jane Young -- Using a planetarium to study Navajo star lore / Mark Bunker Peterson -- Black God : god of fire, god of starlight / Trudy Griffin-Pierce -- Origins and meanings of Navajo star ceilings / Von Del Chamberlain and Polly Schaafsma -- Transformations of the Mesoamerican Venus turtle carapace war shield : a study in ethnoastronomy / John B. Carlson -- When is a month? : the moon and Mescaleros / Claire R. Farrer -- Ethnoastronomy of the North American Plains / Alice B. Kehoe -- Lakota star knowledge / Ronald Goodman -- Sky tales from the Anishinaubaeg / Basil H. Johnston -- Venus in the East and West / Stanislaw Iwaniszewski -- Tzotzil Maya cosmology / Weldon Lamb -- Mixe calendrics, ritual and astronomy / Frank J. Lipp -- Constructions of the ritual-agricultural calendar in Pacariqtambo, Peru / Gary Urton -- Mythic substitution and the stars : aspects of Shipibo and Quechua ethnoastronomy compared / Peter G. Roe -- Amahuaca astronomy and star lore / Joseph Holt Woodside -- Búzios Island : knowledge and belief among a fishing and agricultural community at the coast of the State of São Paulo / Marcio D'Olne Campos -- Tropical tribal astronomy : ethnohistorical and ethnographic notes / Edmundo Magaña -- Arawak constellations : a bibliographic survey / Fabiola Jara -- Monotony and surprise in Tabwa cosmology / Allen F. Roberts -- The Moon besmirched / Dominique Zahan -- The haphazard astronomy of the Mursi / Clive Ruggles, David Turton -- Surya Puja temples of South India / J. McKim Malville, R.N. Swaminathan -- The planetarium and the plough : interpreting star calendars of rural Java / Gene Ammarell -- Applied ethnoastronomy : navigating by the stars across the Pacific / Ben Finney -- The Woodlard Island calendar : contexts for interpretation / Frederick H. Damon -- Celestial lore of some Australian tribes / Norman B. Tindale
Topic:
Ethnoastronomy
Archaeoastronomy
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

Waldo Rudolph Wedel and Mildred Mott Wedel papers, 1893-1994, bulk 1930s-1993

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Creator:
Wedel, Waldo R (Waldo Rudolph) 1908-1996
Wedel, Mildred Mott
Bell, Ralph C
American Antiquity
Correspondent:
Adovasio, J. M
Anderson, Duane
Angel, J. Lawrence (John Lawrence)
Baby, Raymond S
Banks, Larry
Baerreis, David Albert
Bastian, Tyler
Baumhoff, Martin A
Bauxar, J. Joseph
Berry, Breston
Blaine, Garland
Blaine, Martha Royce
Blakeslee, Donald J
Bournan, Peter W
Brain, Jeffrey
Breternitz, David A
Brown, Margaret K
Byers, Douglas Swain
Campbell, Walter S
Carlson, Gayle F
Carmichael, Leonard
Chamberlain, Von Del
Champe, John Leland
Chapman, Carl H
Collier, Donald
Conner, Stuart W
Corbyn, Ronald C
Cutler, Hugh C. 1912-1998
Dary, David
Davis, Edward Mott
Davis, Leslie B
Deuel, Thorne
Dick, Herbert William
Drucker, Philip 1911
Duck, Tom
Eddy, John A
Eiseley, Loren Corey
Ellis, Florence Hawley
Evans, Clifford Jr
Ewald, Paul A
Ewers, John C (John Canfield) 1909-1997
Fent, O.S
Fenton, William Nelson
Forbis, Richard G
Ford, James Alfred 1911-1968
Frison, George C
Fryxell, F.M
Good, Mary Elizabeth
Gradwohl, James M
Gray, Robert S
Griffin, James Bennett
Gunnerson, James H
Gunnerson, Dolores A
Gussow, Zachary
Guthe, Carl E (Carl Eugen) 1893-1974
Hamilton, Harry W
Hanson, Charles E
Hanson, James A
Harris, Robert King 1912-1980
Haury, Emil Walter
Heizer, Robert Fleming 1915-1979
Hemmings, E. Thomas
Hill, A.T
Hill, W.W
Holder, Preston
Holder, Preston
Holland, C.G
Hotoff, John
Hurt, Wesley R
Huscher, Harold A
Jelinek, George
Jelks, Edward B
Jennings, Jesse David
Johnson, Alfred E
Johnson, Fred
Jones, Horace
Jones, Volney H
Kehoe, Thomas
Kelly, Arthur Randolph
Kidd, Kenneth E
Kidder, Arthur Vincent
Kirby, M.E
Kivett, Marvin E
Knudson, Ruthann
Knudtsen, William C Mrs
Krieger, Alex Dony
Langford, Russ
Lehmer, Donald Jayne 1918-1975
Lowie, Robert Harry
Magowan, E.S
Mayer-Oakes, William J
McReynolds, Robert G
Merrill, William Lewis
Metcalf, George 1900-1975
Monger, Early W
Mulloy, William
Norbeck, Edward 1915-
O'Heeron, Michael K
Olson, James C
Omwake, Henri Geiger 1907-1967
Parks, Douglas R
Petersen, William J
Pollock, H.R
Pollock, H.R
Reed, Harold W
Richert, Roland
Ritchie, William A
Roberts, Frank H. H (Frank Harold Hanna) 1897-1966
Roberts, John M
Rohn, Arthur H
American Quatenary Association
Plains Anthropologist
Correspndent:
Bell, Robert Eugene
Keyes, Charles R
Physical description:
52 linear feet ( 117 document boxes, 2 card file boxes, 1 5x6x2.5" box, and 1 record storage box) plus 2 oversize boxes, 7 printing blocks, and 4 map drawers
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1930
1893-1994
bulk 1930s-1993
Notes:
Waldo R. Wedel was trained at Bethel College, Newton, Kansas, the University of Arizona (B.A., 1930), University of Nebraska (M.A., 1931), and University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D., 1936). At Nebraska, he was a student of William Duncan Strong, who trained him in Plains archeology and introduced him to the direct historical approach (which Wedel himself named). At California, although his chief mentor was Alfred Kroeber, he was strongly influenced by the ecological ideas of geographer Carl Sauer.
Wedel began his development as a field archeologist through an apprenticeship under Strong at Signal Butte, Loup River Valley, and in eastern Nebraska during 1930-1933. In the late spring of 1933, he worked at Medicine Creek in Frontier County, Nebraska, under the auspices of the Nebraska Historical Society. After he received his Ph.D., he worked in Nebraska again, collecting pottery for the Gila Pueblo Foundation.
After this, Wedel began to concentrate on a survey of his native Kansas, a region little known archeologically. Excavating as needed, studying surface finds and local collections, and employing aerial photography, he sketched the prehistory of Kansas in broad outlines and filled in with some detail. One of the major themes of that study was the influence of the environment on human life in Kansas, including its effect on the movement of people in and out of the region. Partially in connection with these outside influences and partially through his broader interest in Plains prehistory, Wedel also worked in areas in neighboring states.
The Kansas survey began during the field seasons of 1937 and 1938 with work in the northeastern part of the state. He carried out excavations at an old Kansa site near Kansas City, worked along the bluffs of the Missouri River above that city, and he worked in the valley of the Kansas River near Manhattan, Kansas. 1n 1938, he also excavated at a Hopewell site in Platte County, Missouri, and, following up reports of ancient finds in Colorado, he worked in caves near Pueblo, carried out a reconnaissance along the Purgatoir River and the Chacuaco-Plum Canyon in Las Animas County along the Purgatoire River and examined open sites in Baca County. In 1939, Wedel worked in Scott and Lane counties in western Kansas and continued his survey in the northwestern parts of the state. In 1940, he continued the survey in Rice and Cowley counties.logical sites in Kansas and observed the effect of severe drought in the state. In 1955 and 1957, he was detailed to the RBS for work atCheyenne River Village in Stanely County, South Dakota. In the latter year, he also excavated two earthlodge villages in Stanley Count (39ST203 and 39ST50).
In the summer of 1946, Wedel was detailed to establish and direct the Missouri Basin Project (MPB) of the Bureau of American Ethnology's River Basin Surveys (RBS). He continued as the MBP director until 1950, being detailed each summer to the MBP headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1951,he was again detailed to the RBS to supervise excavations of an Arikara village in the Oahe Reservoir area near Pierre, South Dakota. In 1954, he examined archeo
In 1961 and 1962, Wedel began to work at the Lamb Spring site near Littleton, Colorado. In the summers of 1965 and 1966, he excavated a Wichita Indian village in Rice County, Kansas, concentrating mainly on so-called conucil circles. In 1967, he again worked at village sites in central Kansas with a focus on council circles. In 1970, he carried out reconnaissance in southwestern Kansas and in the Oklahoma-Texas panhandles. In 1971, he excavated the Tobias site, a village site near Lyons in Rice County, Kansas. In 1973, he made test excavations in Chalk Hollow, a tributary of the Palo Duro in Texas; and, in 1974, he carried out ethnobotanical investigations in central Kansas and also studied the pipe-making industry of that region. In 1974, he worked along the Red River in Texas and Oklahoma for Caddo village locations.
Other than Plains archeology, Wedel worked in widely separated places. As a student at the University of California, he joined a Laboratory of Anthropology field school led by Ralph Linton that was devoted to basic ethnographic work among Comanche Indians around Walters, Oklahoma. As a student, he also carried out archeological investigations in the Bay Region of California. In 1933-1934, he joined Strong and Winslow Walker's Civil Works Administration-Bureau of American Ethnoloy expedition to Kern County, California. There, with E.F. Walter, he was in charge of excavations at Buena Vista Lake. In the 1930s, after moving to Washington, D.D., he became involved in archeological investigations in the Potomac River area, working at site near Seneca in Montgomery County, Maryland, and, with Thomas Dale Stewart, at the village of Nacotchtanke (Anacostia) at Bolling Air Force Base in the District of Columbia. In 1938 and 1939, he carried out weekend surveys of sites of the Potomac Valley. His interest in local archeology continued with work with amateur archeologists.
Further south, Wedel carried out reconnaissance in the Holton River drainage area near Saltville, Virginia, during the winter of 1938-1939. In 1943, he joined a Smithsonian-National Geographic Society expedition to La Venta in Mexico where Matthew W. Stirling continued his work on Olmec culture. In 19063, he became a consultant to the Mummy Cave Project of the Whitney Gallery of Western Art.
Except for early work for the Nebraska Historiacl Society and Gila Pueblo Foundation, Wedel's institutional affilication has been with the Smithsonian Institution. In 1936, he was appointed assistant curator under Neil M. Judd in the Division of Archeology, Department of Anthropology of the United States National Museum. He was made associate curator in 1942. During World War II, he was detailed for a brief period to the Military Planning Division of the Quartermaster Corps, being charged with analysis of captured foreign materiel. His detail the RBS and his work in organizing and directing the Missouri Basin Projecthas already been mentioned. In 1950, he was named curator of archeology at the USNM. In 1962, he became head curator of the Department of Anthropology, and in 1964-1965, he was acting head of the newly organized Smithsonian Office of Anthropology. He became Senior Archeologist in 1965. He retired in 1977 from what had become the Department of Anthropology in the National Museum of Natural History and became curator emeritus. He continued activity with the department until 1990 when he moved to Boulder, Colorado.
Like most curators of his day, Wedel was heavily involved in museum work, incluidng the acuqisition, cataloging, and storage of specimens. He was also in charge of the modernization of archeological exhibits during the general renovation of the United States Naional Museum exhibits during the 1950s.
Wedel served as secretary of the Society for American aRcheology in 1940 and became its president in 1948-1949 and again in 1951-1952. He was also president of the Anthropological Society of Washington in 1951-1952 and chairman of the 20th Plains Conference at Lincoln in 1962. In 1956, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. In 1968, he served as president of the 26th Plains Conference in Lincoln and was chairman of the symposium on Plains Caddoan origins in 1967. In 1968-1970, he was president of the Board of Directors of the journal Plains Anthropologist.
Wedel received honorary doctorates from the University of Nebraska in 1962 and from Kansas State University in 1986. He was awarded the distinguished service award of the Society for American Archaeology in 1986.
Mildred Mott was trained in history at the University of Iowa (A.B., 1934) and in anthropology with an emphasis on archeology at the University of Chicago (M.A., 1938). She continued study at Chicago until 1940. While in school, she worked at the University of New Mexico Jemez Field School and was a member of the University of Chicago expedition to the Kincaid site in Illinois. In 1937-1938, she assisted Florence Hawley in the University of Chicago Dendrochronology Laboratory. In 1939, she directed the excavation of a mound in Webster County, Iowa, for the Iowa Historical Society.
In 1939, Mildred Mott married Waldo Wedel and afterward accompanied him on his many tripts to the field. In addtiion, she pursued an interest in ethnohistory that she had developedwhile in school. In particular, she worked on the ethnohistory of the regions in which Waldo Wedel was carrying on archeological work, often taking advantage of field seasons by retracing the routes of early European explorers. Thus, she carried out particularly extensive work on the explorations of the French in the Plains areas (especially Jean-Baptiste Benard, Sieur de la Harpe; Pierre-Charles Le Sueur; Claude-Chalres Dutisne; and Jean-Baptiste Teuteau and has published works on Plains Caddoan origins and on the Iowa and Wichita. In 1978-1979, under contract with the Corps of Engineers, she studied the ethnohistory of Wichita village and French post at the Deer Creek site, Kay County, Oklahoma.
Mildred Wedel was appointed a Smithsonian Institution research associate in anthropology in 1974. She was one of several women honored by the American Anthropological Association in 1985 for their long-time involvement in anthropology.
Summary:
Waldo Wedel's papers primarily concern his archeological work in the field and his many publications. There is also considerable material concerning his curatorial duties, offices and other activities with organizations, and personal papers. In addition, there are material relating to other activities such as his expert tesimony in claims clases brought by the Missouri and Oto, Pawnee, and Kansa Indians (which also involved Mildred Wedel) during the 1940s and 1950s. Mildred Wedel's papers are virtually all letters, most of which concern her ethnohistorical and archeological work, conferences in which she participated, and her publications.
Indexing of this record is continued in record AAK8017.
Cite as:
Waldo Rudolph Wedel and Mildred Mott Wedel papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives

Agency history, 1974-

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Albert Einstein Planetarium
Subject:
Chamberlain, Von Del
Crawford, Richard
Bauer, Cheryl R
Barbely, Charles G
Callen, Thomas H. II
Sharp, James H
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
Outer space
Date:
1974
1974-
Category:
Agency History
Notes:
This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
Guide to the Smithsonian Archives, 1996
Smithsonian Institution, Albert Einstein Planetarium [http://www.nasm.ei.edu/nasm/planetarium/Enstein.html, 02/01/00]
E-mail from Sandy Rittenhouse-Black to Mike Willens, 01/20/00
E-mail from Cheryl Bauer to Mike Willens, 02/01/00
In 1974 the Presentation and Education Division at the National Air and Space Museum was organized to develop and implement educational programs and operate the theater and planetarium planned for the new museum, then being built. Prior to this move, a planetarium had existed in the Quonset hut building behind the Castle, where there was a Goto star projector and a small dome.
A thirty-foot domed planetarium, called the Experimentarium, went into operation in the Arts and Industries Building to serve as a pilot for the seventy-foot structure being planned. In 1975 the Federal Republic of Germany (then West Germany) gave the United States, as a Bicentennial gift, a Zeiss planetarium projector for the planetarium. The planetarium was dedicated as the Albert Einstein Spacearium and opened in July 1976.
Von Del Chamberlain served as Chief of the Presentation and Education Division, 1974-1978, and Charles G. Barbely was Planetarium Officer, 1976-1978. In 1978, Presentation and Education was divided, with the Planetarium remaining with Presentation under Chamberlain until 1980. In that year, the Planetarium became independent and the position of chief was vacant. In 1981 the Planetarium was placed under the Exhibits and Presentation Division, with Richard D. Crawford as Chief and Thomas H. Callen II as Chief of the Planetarium Unit. James H. Sharp served as Chief of the Unit, 1983-1995. Cheryl Bauer has served as Director 1995- .
Since 1983, the Planetarium has been moved around the administrative hierarchy a number of times, from Space Science and Exploration, to Museum Operations, to Exhibits and Production Operations, to Interpretive Programs, and finally to Exhibits and Public Services Department, Exhibits Division, 1997- .
Topic:
Planetariums
Aeronautical museums
Exploration
Local number:
SIA AH00140
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Agency history, 1965-

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Exhibits and Public Services Department
Subject:
Johnston, Patricia E
Robischon, Ernest W
Sharp, James H
Chamberlain, Von Del
Makovenyi, Nadya A
Wolfe, Janet K
Grazette, Jacqueline Hicks
Hanle, Paul A
Huffer, Paul D
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Division of Presentations and Education
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Associate Director for Research
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Assistant Director for Information and Education
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Education Services Division
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Assistant Director for Interpretive Programs
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Assistant Director for Educational Services
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1965
1965-
Category:
Agency History
Notes:
This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
Smithsonian Year, 1965-1970
The Exhibits and Public Services Department began in about 1965 and has seen many changes in its constituent elements. It was first identified as Assistant Director for Information and Education. After a lapse of several years the unit was called the Division of Presentations and Education in 1976 and 1977. Functions were split in 1978 between education and presentation. In 1998 the Exhibits and Public Services Department reunited the exhibits and education functions. It provides a number of exhibition and eductional services for Museum visitors.
Ernest W. Robischon was Assistant Director for Information and Education from about 1965 to 1971. Von Del Chamberlain headed a Division of Presentations and Education, 1976-1977. From about 1979 to 1982, Janet K. Wolfe and, in 1983, Patrica E. Johnston were chiefs, Education Services Division. From 1984 to 1988 an Associate Director for Research, Paul A. Hanle, was responsible for the Division. In 1989-1990 an Assistant Director for Interpretive Programs, James H. Sharp, was in charge. In 1993 Jacqueline Hicks Grazette became Assistant Director, Educational Services Division. She was succeeded by Nadya A. Makovenyi, Associate Director for the Exhibits and Public Services Department, 1996-1999. Paul D. Huffer succeeded her, 2000- .
Topic:
Aeronautical museums
Local number:
SIA AH00350
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Joy McLean Bosfield papers, circa 1929-1995 bulk 1945-1985

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Creator:
Bosfield, Joy McLean
Subject:
Bosfield, Joy McLean
Physical description:
4 boxes (3.41 linear feet)
Type:
Artifacts
Collection descriptions
Books
Clippings
Contracts
Correspondence
Ephemera
Sound recordings
Magazines (periodicals)
Pamphlets
Personal papers
Photographic prints
Photographs
Posters
Scores
Scrapbooks
Scripts (documents)
Date:
1923
1923-1995
circa 1929-1995
bulk 1945-1985
20th century
Notes:
Joy McLean Bosfield was born on January 27, 1924 to John and Florence Mearimore. Her mother, an immigrant from Demerara, Guiana, married McLean's father, a prominent New York businessman, in March of 1923 in New Jersey. She lived with her family in Paramus, New Jersey until 1940, when she graduated from Ridgewood High School. During that same year McLean was accepted to the prestigious Hunter College, in New York. Her mother moved with her to New York City where they lived with Mrs. Mearimore's older brother. During her time in New York, McLean developed important relationships that helped shape her professionalism and creativeness. On February 26, 1945, McLean performed in her first recital at St. Martin's Little Theatre. It was the beginning of a long and distinguished career as a soprano opera singer. Three years after graduating and making her debut, she went on to perform at Carnegie Hall. In June of 1948, McLean married Charles McLean and moved to England. Mr. McLean, originally from British Guiana, wished to study law at London University, while Ms. McLean continued to develop her career by working for the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) as a solo soprano for several of their programs. In 1952 Ms. McLean toured with an American company of Porgy and Bess. Through the production she travelled all over the world including eastern and western Europe and the Middle East. When she returned to the United States, McLean joined several musicals and continued to give recitals and public appearances. At some point, McLean married Samuel Bosfield and began being known as McLean Bosfield. She claimed the name change reflected her many years as a public figure and the importance of the associated reputation it generated. Later in life, McLean moved to Washington D.C. with her husband where she continued to work on her career by giving recitals and performing as a piano accompanist. She also began working for the Frederick Wilkerson Studio of Voice as a vocal coach. After the death of Wilkerson, McLean took over the studio in the 1980s. She called it the McLean Bosfield Vocal Studio. Besides vocal training she also produced public recitals for her students. The final student concert of the studio was held on March 17, 1985. It was not only the final concert for the studio (Ms. McLean retired and closed the studio in 1985) but it would also be Ms. McLean's final public performance. With the death of her husband, Samuel Bosfield, and her mother in 1983 and 1984 McLean found no reason to stay in D.C. She moved to Chapala, Mexico in 1985 after reconnecting with an old family friend she knew when she lived in New York City while attending college. Upon moving to Mexico, McLean married her long time friend, Bill Jackson who was several years her senior and had moved to Chapala years earlier with his deceased first wife. Jackson and McLean spent several fruitful years together, participating in community theater productions and other community functions until his death in 1991 at the age of 91. On April 4, 1999, Joy McLean Bosfield died.
Summary:
The collection, which dates from circa 1923 to 1995 and measures 3.41 linear feet, documents the personal life and career of opera singer and voice teacher Joy McLean Bosfield. The papers are comprised of personal and professional correspondence, concert programs, contracts, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photgraphs, radio scripts, and record albums.
Cite as:
Joy McLean Bosfield papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Joy McLean Bosfield
Topic:
African American singers
Opera
Sopranos (Singers)
Voice teachers
Local number:
ACMA 2003.7050
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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Curators' Annual Reports, 1881-1964

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Creator:
United States National Museum
Subject:
Kellogg, Remington 1892-1969
Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
Ravenel, William de Chastignier 1859-
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
Taylor, Frank H (Frank Hamilton) 1846-1927
Physical description:
49 cu. ft. (98 document boxes)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1881
1881-1964
Notes:
The administration of the United States National Museum required curators to submit regular reports on the activities of the departments, divisions, and sections. Prior to about 1900 these reports were often made monthly and semi-annually as well as annually. The reports were traditionally submitted to the Director of the National Museum to be used in preparing the published Annual Report of the United States National Museum. The individual reports, however, were not reproduced in their entirety in the published Annual Report and generally contain more information than is to be found in the published version.
Reports were stored by the Division of Correspondence and Documents, and later by the Office of the Registrar.
Summary:
Includes reports submitted to the Director of the United States National Museum by curators and administrators.
Topic:
Museums--Administration
Local number:
SIA RU000158
See more items in:
Curators' Annual Reports 1881-1964 [United States National Museum]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

[E. Howard Clock customer lists, Volume 1, book.]

view [E. Howard Clock customer lists, Volume 1, book.] digital asset number 1
Author:
E. Howard Clock Co
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item, 14.5" x 9.1"
Type:
Ledgers (account books)
Place:
Massachusetts
Boston (Mass.)
Date:
1900
Circa 1900
19th century
20th century
Summary:
Listing of custormer names.
Cite as:
E. Howard Clock Co. Records, 1862-1930, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Clock and watch making
Clock and watch makers
Clocks and watches
Local number:
AC0776-10-01.tif (AC Scan)
See more items in:
E. Howard Clock Co. Records 1862-1930
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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Negative Log Book Number 18, (86-5143 to 88-15270)

view Negative Log Book Number 18, (86-5143 to 88-15270) digital asset number 1
Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1986
1986-1988
Summary:
Negative log book number 18, or "green book," documenting various Smithsonian museums and events. Information includes negative numbers, subjects of the photographs, persons and departments for whom the pictures were taken, dates the pictures were taken, photographers, and dates the information was entered into the log books.
Cite as:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-001, Negative Log Book Number 18, 1986-1988
Topic:
Photography--History
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB18]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Negative Log Book Number 10, (77-13866 to 78-16862)

view Negative Log Book Number 10, (77-13866 to 78-16862) digital asset number 1
Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1977
1977-1978
Summary:
Negative log book number 10, or "green book," documenting various Smithsonian museums and events. Information includes negative numbers, subjects of the photographs, persons and departments for whom the pictures were taken, dates the pictures were taken, photographers, and dates the information was entered into the log books.
Cite as:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-001, Negative Log Book Number 10, 1977-1978
Topic:
Photography--History
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB10]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Minutes, 1846-

view Minutes, 1846- digital asset number 1
Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents
Subject:
Fillmore, Millard 1800-1874
Taylor, Zachary 1784-1850
Taney, Roger Brooke 1777-1864
Smithsonian Institution Administration
Physical description:
8.20 cu. ft. (9 document boxes) (7 12x17 boxes) (1 16x20 box)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1846
1846-
Notes:
The Smithsonian Institution was created by authority of an Act of Congress approved August 10, 1846. The Act entrusted direction of the Smithsonian to a body called the Establishment, composed of the President; the Vice-President; the Chief Justice of the United States; the Cabinet; the Mayor of Washington; and the Commissioner of the Patent Office. In fact, however, the Establishment last met in 1877; and control of the Smithsonian has always been exercised by its Board of Regents. The membership of the Regents consists of the Vice-President and the Chief Justice of the United States; three members each of the Senate and House of Representatives; two citizens of the District of Columbia; and nine citizens of the several states, no two from the same state. (Prior to 1970 the category of citizen-Regents not residents of Washington consisted of four members). By custom the Chief Justice is Chancellor. The office was at first held by the Vice-President. However, when Millard Fillmore succeeded to the presidency on the death of Zachary Taylor in 1851, Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney was chosen in his stead; and the office has always been filled by the Chief Justice since that time.
Summary:
These records are the official, edited minutes of the Board, compiled at the direction of the Secretary of the Smithsonian, who is also secretary to the Board. Manuscript minutes exist for the period from 1846 to 1856, and after 1891. Only printed versions exist for the years from 1857 to 1891.
Topic:
Museum trustees
Museums--Administration
Local number:
SIA RU000001
See more items in:
Minutes 1846-2007 [Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Negative Log Book Number 9, (77-1 to 77-13865)

view Negative Log Book Number 9, (77-1 to 77-13865) digital asset number 1
Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1977
Summary:
Negative log book number 9, or "green book," documenting various Smithsonian museums and events. Information includes negative numbers, subjects of the photographs, persons and departments for whom the pictures were taken, dates the pictures were taken, photographers, and dates the information was entered into the log books.
Cite as:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-001, Negative Log Book Number 9, 1977
Topic:
Photography--History
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB09]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Negative Log Book Number 15, (83-3727 to 84-5411)

view Negative Log Book Number 15, (83-3727 to 84-5411) digital asset number 1
Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1983
1983-1984
Summary:
Negative log book number 15, or "green book," documenting various Smithsonian museums and events. Information includes negative numbers, subjects of the photographs, persons and departments for whom the pictures were taken, dates the pictures were taken, photographers, and dates the information was entered into the log books.
Cite as:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-001, Negative Log Book Number 15, 1983-1984
Topic:
Photography--History
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB15]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Negative Log Book Number 8, (76-1 to 76-19384)

view Negative Log Book Number 8, (76-1 to 76-19384) digital asset number 1
Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1976
Summary:
Negative log book number 8, or "green book," documenting various Smithsonian museums and events. Information includes negative numbers, subjects of the photographs, persons and departments for whom the pictures were taken, dates the pictures were taken, photographers, and dates the information was entered into the log books.
Cite as:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-001, Negative Log Book Number 8, 1976
Topic:
Photography--History
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB08]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Negative Log Book Number 11, (78-16863 to 79-13777)

view Negative Log Book Number 11, (78-16863 to 79-13777) digital asset number 1
Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1978
1978-1979
Cite as:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-001, Negative Log Book Number 11, 1978-1979
Topic:
Photography--History
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB11]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

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