In the early 1970s, the Office of Public Affairs reported to the Director of the National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT). Also included as part of the Office was the special events staff. In 1972, Rebecca B. Clapp was appointed Special Events Assistant for the Office of Public Affairs and Special Events, and became Special Events Officer in 1975. Geraldine B. Sanderson succeeded Clapp the following year and was made Public Information Officer in 1978. In 1980, Sanderson began reporting to the Director of the Office of Public and Academic Programs.
When NMHT was renamed the National Museum of American History (NMAH) in 1980, the Office of Public Affairs again reported to the Director of the Museum. In 1982, Mary W. Dyer succeeded Sanderson as the Public Information Officer. From 1984 to 1985, the Office of Public Affairs was under the Department of Public Programs.
The Office of Public Affairs is responsible for preparing, coordinating, and distributing information to the public and the media concerning activities at NMAH. Staff has included Rebecca B. Clapp, Special Events Assistant, 1972-1974, and Special Events Officer, 1975; Geraldine B. Sanderson, Special Events Officer, 1976-1977, and Public Information Officer, 1978-1981; and Mary W. Dyer, Public Information Officer, 1982-1985.
For a description of the record series of which these materials are a part, refer to "Forms part of" above.
(1) Office of Public Affairs, 1970-1979, accession number 82-066; (2) Office of Public Affairs, 1976-1985, accession number 87-013; (3) Office of Public Affairs, 1981-1985, accession number 88-040; (4) Office of Public Affairs, 1982-1985, accession number 88-047
These records consist of memoranda and correspondence, brochures, events calendars, and public notices for NMAH programs and exhibitions; articles; newspaper clippings, and news-related information documenting Museum events; exhibition brochures, catalogs, and scripts; film reels of public service announcements; audiotape recordings of musical performances and lectures; photographs, contact sheets, and slides of exhibition objects, media events, and the public visiting NMAH; guest lists, proposals, and schedules about the Doubleday Lecture Series; videotape of Museum exhibitions; and Folklife Festival information.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520