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Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Space History Department  Search this
Subject:
DeVorkin, David H. 1944-  Search this
Durant, Frederick C. 1916-  Search this
Hanle, Paul A  Search this
Needell, Allan A  Search this
Tatarewicz, Joseph N  Search this
Sharp, James H  Search this
Herken, Gregg 1947-  Search this
Smith, Robert W (Robert William) 1952-  Search this
Launius, Roger D  Search this
Weitekamp, Margaret A. 1971-  Search this
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Department of Space Science and Exploration  Search this
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Department of Space History  Search this
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Department of Astronautics  Search this
National Air Museum (U.S.) Department of Astronautics  Search this
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Space History Department  Search this
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Space History Division  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
Outer space
Date:
1975
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.
National Air and Space Museum, About, Organization, Staff, https://airandspace.si.edu/about/organization/staff, accessed 2016-2022
National Air and Space Museum, Research, Space History Department, http://airandspace.si.edu/research/space-history/, accessed 2013-2015
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Department of Space History [http://www/nasm.si.edu/nasm/dsh/shdiv.htm], 01/21/00
Guide to the Smithsonian Archives, 1996
The Space History Department is a focal point for the space-related historical research, collecting and exhibit work of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM). Curators and historians within the department write, lecture, collect artifacts, and prepare exhibitions in the following fields: rocketry, computers and avionics, human spaceflight, satellites and commercial spacecraft, military space, ground- and space-based astronomy, and foreign space programs. The department's Oral History Project documents through interviews the recollections of leading scientists, engineers, managers and political figures involved in the nation's space program.
Frederick C. Durant III joined NASM as Assistant Director (Astronautics) in 1965. In 1975, his title was changed to Chairman, Department of Astronautics. He served until 1980, when he left the Museum. Paul Hanle became Acting Chairman and the Department of Astronautics was renamed the Department of Space Science and Exploration. Hanle served as Chairman 1981-1985, replaced by David H. DeVorkin, who served as Chairman through 1986. In 1987, the department was renamed the Department of Space History and Joseph N. Tatarewicz served as Acting Chairman, followed by James H. Sharp. In 1988, Gregg F. Herken became Chairman and served 1988-1996. Robert Smith was Chairman from 1997-1999, and Allan Needell was Chairman, 1999-2002. Roger D. Launius served as Senior Curator, 2002-2012; followed by David H. DeVorkin, Senior Curator, 2012-2021. In 2019, Margaret A. Weitekamp was appointed Chair.
The Space History Department was reorganized around 1997 and renamed the Space History Division. In 2013 the name reverted back to the Space History Department.
For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of above."
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
Topic:
Aeronautical museums  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Exploration  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00129
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_221018