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Curatorial Records

Extent:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Brochures
Floppy disks
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Electronic records
Place:
Outer space
Date:
1982-2000
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the various professional activities of David H. DeVorkin, curator in the Department of Space Science and Exploration, later the Department of Space History and then the Division of Space History, including fellow evaluations, manuscript editing, and research, as well as professional correspondence. Also included are files related to reorganization of the museum and department and the search for a new chairman. DeVorkin also served as Chairman of the Department of Space Science and Exploration, 1985-1986. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, fellowship evaluations and work products, policy and planning documents, grant proposals, scripts and script approval coversheets, satellite images, interview transcripts, brochures, and exhibition materials.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Science -- History  Search this
Aeronautical museums  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Brochures
Floppy disks
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-227, National Air and Space Museum, Space History Division, Curatorial Records
Identifier:
Accession 02-227
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Curatorial Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa02-227

Warren M. Robbins Papers, 1945-2015

Creator:
Robbins, Warren M  Search this
Uniform title:
Man for All Reasons: Letters of a Visionary (Monograph : 2014)  Search this
Subject:
Robbins, Warren M  Search this
Douglass, Frederick 1817?-1895  Search this
Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication  Search this
Center for Cross Cultural Communication  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
United States Foreign Service  Search this
Physical description:
1.69 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 16x20 box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Books
Brochures
Clippings
Picture postcards
Scrapbooks
Serials (publications)
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Art objects
Date:
1945
1945-2015
Topic:
Museums--Management  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museums and community  Search this
Art, African  Search this
Cultural relations  Search this
Communication  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 20-144
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_400123

Curatorial Records

Extent:
2.5 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Brochures
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Place:
United States -- History
Date:
1904-2005
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records that document collections management, research, and professional activities of curators in the Division of the History of Technology, with earlier records dating back to when the division was known as the Division of Extractive Industries, the Division of Manufacturing, the Division of Agriculture and Mining, the Division of Agriculture and Forest Products, the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Division of Manufactures and Heavy Industries, and the Division of Industrial Cooperation at the National Museum of American History, which, prior to 1980, was known as the National Museum of History and Technology and the Museum of History and Technology, respectively. Records that date to when the museum was part of the United States National Museum document curatorial activities in the Division of Mineral Technology, as well as the related sections of Organic Chemistry and Manufacturers.

Staff represented in these records include curators G. Terry Sharrer, John T. Schlebecker, Frederick L. Lewton, Howard Irving Chapelle, Pete Daniel, Paula J. Johnson, Carl Weaver Mitman, and Chester Garfield Gilbert; Philip W. Bishop, Curator, and Chairman of the Department of Arts and Manufacturers; associate curators John Nathan Hoffman, Charles O. Houston, Edward C. Kendall, and Samuel S. Wyer; museum specialists Robert G. Walther and Thomas R. Wessel; aids Aida M. Doyle, Section of Organic Chemistry, and Mrs. E. W. Rosson, Division of Textiles; and collections manager Francis D. Roche.

Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; proposals; grant information; reports; speech papers; publications; photographs and negatives; conference, symposium, and committee information; press releases; brochures; and drawings.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years; until Jan-01-2021. Copyrighted material in Box 3 (Mineral Technology: Myles Salt Company, 1916; and John N. Hoffman: "Study of Surface Mine Refuse Fires," Pennsylvania State College, 1949-1950); see finding aid. Transferring office; 5/8/1997 memorandum, Johnstone to Langley; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Museums -- Collections management  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Mining engineering  Search this
Mineral industries -- History  Search this
Production engineering  Search this
Chemical engineering  Search this
Agricultural machinery  Search this
Agriculture -- History  Search this
Forest products  Search this
Coal  Search this
Steel  Search this
Iron  Search this
Congresses and conventions  Search this
Speeches, addresses, etc.  Search this
Research grants  Search this
Committees  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Brochures
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 20-134, National Museum of American History. Division of the History of Technology, Curatorial Records
Identifier:
Accession 20-134
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Curatorial Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa20-134

Exhibition Records

Extent:
2.28 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes) (2 oversize folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Brochures
Exhibition catalogs
Floor plans
Drawings
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1915-1981, 2002-2003, 2007-2008
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records that document planning, development and production activities for the exhibitions The Coke Push: A Centennial Portfolio of Industrial Art, Abandoned Mine Scenes, Lead and Zinc Mine Scenes of the Past, Labor Day, The United States Census, 1790-1960, The Changing American Farm, 1831-1981, The Clockwork Universe: German Clocks and Automata, 1550-1650, as well as the halls of Heavy Machinery, Civil Engineering, Petroleum, Nuclear Energy, Power Machinery, Iron and Steel, Coal, Mining, Internal Combustion, Light Machinery, and Agriculture at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), which, prior to 1980, was known as the National Museum of History and Technology and the Museum of History and Technology, respectively. A few records also predate the creation of NMAH, when the museum was part of the United States National Museum. Earlier records date back to when the Division of Work and Industry was known as the Division of the History of Technology, the Division of Extractive Industries, the Division of Manufacturing, the Division of Agriculture and Mining, the Division of Manufactures and Heavy Industries, and the Division of Mineral Technology. In addition are records documenting exhibition activities in the related sections of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Industries, plus some records from the Division of Transportation in regard to the Railroad Hall.

Staff represented in these records include curators John T. Schlebecker, Robert M. Vogel, and John H. White; Philip W. Bishop, Curator, and Chairman of the Department of Arts and Manufacturers; associate curator John Nathan Hoffman; assistant curator G. Terry Sharrer; industrial specialist Lowell L. Henkel; and aid Aida M. Doyle, Section of Organic Chemistry.

Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; proposals; budget summaries; press releases; scripts; object lists; brochures; floor plans; committee information; exhibition catalogs; opening invitations; speech papers; photographs and negatives; design layouts; production schedules; a contract; and drawings.
Oversize:
This collection contains oversize material.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years; until Jan-01-2024. Copyrighted material in Box 1 (Photograph of Buytl Rubber Manufacture Exhibition, Museum of History and Technology) and Box 2 (Hall of Coal: Scripts, circa 1960); see finding aid. Transferring office; 2/1/2011 memorandum, Johnstone to Jones; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Mining engineering  Search this
Chemical engineering  Search this
Committees  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Speeches, addresses, etc.  Search this
Nuclear energy  Search this
Agriculture -- History  Search this
Petroleum  Search this
Textile fabrics  Search this
Clocks and watches  Search this
Steel  Search this
Rubber  Search this
Coal  Search this
Iron  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Brochures
Exhibition catalogs
Floor plans
Drawings
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 20-133, National Museum of American History. Division of Work and Industry, Exhibition Records
Identifier:
Accession 20-133
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Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa20-133

Board of Trustees Records

Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Clippings
Date:
1954-1962, 1983-2000
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records primarily created and maintained by Max N. Berry, former president of the Board of Trustees, Archives of American Art (AAA). A member of the Board of Trustees since 1989, Berry became vice president in 1990 and then was president from 1992 to 1996. Berry is a Washington, D.C. lawyer specializing in international trade law. He has previously served as an attorney at the Pentagon for the United States Army and with the Office of General Counsel of the Department of the Treasury. Some materials date to both before and after Berry was on the Board of Trustees. The records document the activities of the Board and its interaction with and governance of the AAA. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, fund raising records, member lists, meeting agendas and minutes, reports, budget records, news releases, brochures, organizational charts, and clippings.
Topic:
Advisory boards  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Museum archives  Search this
Artists  Search this
Arts fund raising  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 20-131, Archives of American Art, Board of Trustees Records
Identifier:
Accession 20-131
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Board of Trustees Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa20-131

Otto Mayr Papers

Extent:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Place:
Sunkyong (Korea)
Date:
1978-1979, 1990
Descriptive Entry:
Otto Mayr is a mechanical engineer, historian of technology, curator, museum director and author. He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Munich in 1956. In 1964 he received his master's in science at the University of Rochester and in 1968 he obtained his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Munich.

Mayr was appointed Curator of Mechanical and Civil Engineering in the Division of Engineering and Industry at the National Museum of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History) in 1970. He went on to be chair of the Department of Science and Technology, 1976-1977, and then acting director of the museum from 1978-1979. In 1983 Mayr became the general director of the Deutsches Museum and served in that capacity until he retired in 1992.

This accession consists of two volumes of images, invitations, news releases, brochures, and other related materials that were compiled to document the period of time when Otto Mayr was Acting Director of the National Museum of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History). In addition, there are images from Mayr's participation at the International Symposium of Science Museums in Future Society which took place at Sunkyong, South Korea.
Topic:
Museum curators  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Congresses and conventions  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 20-130, Otto Mayr Papers
Identifier:
Accession 20-130
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Otto Mayr Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa20-130

Exhibition Records

Extent:
3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Brochures
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Digital images
Electronic records
Black-and-white photographs
Color transparencies
Motion pictures (visual works)
Videotapes
Audiotapes
Date:
1980-2003
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records that document exhibitions at the National Museum of American History. The materials primarily consist of audiovisual materials created for use in exhibitions. Exhibitions documented include: The Clockwork Universe: German Clocks and Automata, 1550-1650; Science in American Life; Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops, 1820-Present; and Engines of Change: The American Industrial Revolution, 1790-1860.

Some of the materials were created from when the division was known as the Department of the History of Science and Technology. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, videotapes, audiocassettes, audiotape, motion picture film, and images. Some materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Museum exhibits  Search this
Historical museums  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Brochures
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Digital images
Electronic records
Black-and-white photographs
Color transparencies
Motion pictures (visual works)
Videotapes
Audiotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 20-129, National Museum of American History. Division of the History of Technology, Exhibition Records
Identifier:
Accession 20-129
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Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa20-129

Research Records

Extent:
2.32 cu. ft. (4 non-standard size boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Place:
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Date:
1986-1999
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of census data related to a 14-year study of the effects of the mode of death on trees in a mature forest. The research, led by Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) ecologist Dennis F. Whigham, was conducted in the Western Triangle area of the SERC property in the Chesapeake Bay Region. Materials also include a project description and data field documentation.
Topic:
Research  Search this
Environmental sciences  Search this
Forest ecology  Search this
Forest dynamics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 20-128, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Research Records
Identifier:
Accession 20-128
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Research Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa20-128

Website Records

Topic:
Tami's Tower: Let's Think About Engineering (Game)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic records
Web sites
Date:
2019
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the web page for "Tami's Tower: Let's Think About Engineering" game as it existed on July 31, 2019. The game was created by the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). The web page is located on the SSEC website and provides information about the game. A portion of the game is also included. Materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Web sites  Search this
Internet games  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Science -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records
Web sites
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 20-125, Smithsonian Science Education Center, Website Records
Identifier:
Accession 20-125
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Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa20-125

Website Records

Topic:
Properties of Matter (Website)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic records
Web sites
Date:
2012-2018
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the "Properties of Matter" website, a resource guide for a module of the Science and Technology Concepts for Middle Schools curriculum. The website was crawled twice on December 13, 2018, shortly before it was taken offline. Although the website has been maintained by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, it has not been updated since approximately 2012 and reflects the Center's previous name, National Science Resources Center (NSRC). NSRC was jointly administered by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academies. Materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Web sites  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Science -- Study and teaching  Search this
Curriculum planning  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records
Web sites
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 20-124, Smithsonian Science Education Center, Website Records
Identifier:
Accession 20-124
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Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa20-124

Exhibition Records

Extent:
1.03 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 oversize folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Floor plans
Color photographs
Date:
1965-1986
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of exhibition records created and maintained by Associate Curator and Curator, Uta C. Merzbach. The materials document the research, design, and execution of exhibitions at the National Museum of American History, primarily in the field of mathematics. Exhibitions covered include 1876: A Centennial Exhibition, the Hall of Physical Sciences, Learning Mathematics With Objects, and Pain and Its Relief. Some records date to when the division was previously known as the Section of Mathematics and Antique Instruments, and then the Section of Mathematics, as well as from when the museum was known as the United States National Museum, the Museum of History and Technology, and the National Museum of History and Technology. Materials include correspondence; memoranda; and exhibit schedules, proposals, scripts, objects lists, images, and floor plans.
Oversize:
This collection contains oversize material.
Topic:
Museum exhibits  Search this
Women museum curators  Search this
Women mathematicians  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Floor plans
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 20-127, National Museum of American History. Division of Mathematics, Exhibition Records
Identifier:
Accession 20-127
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Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa20-127

Divisional Records

Extent:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Manuscripts
Transcripts
Picture postcards
Drawings
Color transparencies
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Audiotapes
Date:
1866, 1954-1997
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records created and maintained by Uta C. Merzbach, Associate Curator and Curator, 1964-1988. Merzbach earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mathematics from the University of Texas, Austin in 1952 and 1954 respectively. She then completed her Ph.D. in Mathematics and the History of Science at Harvard University in 1965.

Merzbach was the Smithsonian's first curator of mathematical instruments and collected primarily objects made and used in the United States, but also collected objects from outside of the United States. The research and collections of the Division of Physical Sciences principally focused on the history of astronomy, meteorology, chemistry, classical physics, geology, astrophysics, and mathematics. The Division of Mathematics and its predecessors were concerned with the history of mathematical calculating instruments, both domestic and foreign, collecting such artifacts such as planimeters, slide rules, mechanical calculators, digital electronic computers, and astrolabes.

These records document Merzbach's collecting activities for the division; her interactions with researchers, museums, corporations, and the general public; her work on mathematics symposia held at the National Museum of American History (NMAH); and her research and publications. Of note are the materials related to Merzbach's work on the cooperative Computer History Project between the American Federation of Information Processing Societies and the Smithsonian Institution. The project started in 1967 and meant to collect and document the people and objects responsible for the development of the computer.

Some records date to when the division was previously known as the Section of Physical Sciences and Measurements, the Section of Mathematics and Antique Instruments, the Section of Mathematics, the Division of Mathematics, the Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, and the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences respectively; as well as from when the museum was known as the United States National Museum, the Museum of History and Technology, and the National Museum of History and Technology. Additionally, some records date to before and after Merzbach's time at the Smithsonian.

Materials include correspondence, memoranda, picture postcards, acquisition records, transcripts, reports, lecture and presentation records, symposia materials, timelines, publications and writings, bibliographies, images, an audiotape, ephemera, and clippings.
Topic:
Women museum curators  Search this
Science -- History  Search this
Museums -- Acquisitions  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Computers -- History  Search this
Mathematicians  Search this
Women mathematicians  Search this
Historical museums  Search this
Mathematical instruments  Search this
Congresses and conventions  Search this
Mathematics -- History $y 19th century  Search this
Mathematics -- History $y 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Manuscripts
Transcripts
Picture postcards
Drawings
Color transparencies
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Audiotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 20-126, National Museum of American History. Division of Physical Sciences, Divisional Records
Identifier:
Accession 20-126
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Divisional Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa20-126

James Byron Friauf

Subject:
Friauf, James B. 1896-  Search this
Carnegie Institute of Technology  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Collection descriptions
Topic:
Physics  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-1720]
Restrictions & Rights:
No 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 photos@si.edu)
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_366468

Committee Records, 2010

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives and Special Collections Council  Search this
Subject:
Archives of American Gardens  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Libraries  Search this
Archives of American Art  Search this
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) Archives  Search this
National Anthropological Archives  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Archives Center  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Archives  Search this
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Collection descriptions
Video recordings
Date:
2010
Topic:
Museum archives  Search this
Museum libraries  Search this
Archives--Collection management  Search this
Archives--Administration  Search this
Archival materials--Digitization  Search this
Archival materials--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 17-086
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Committee Records 1990-2011 [Smithsonian Institution Archives and Special Collections Council]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_386888

Director's Records, 1956-2011

Creator:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Subject:
Woolfenden, William E (William Edward) 1918-1995  Search this
Murray, Richard N. 1942-2006  Search this
Hamilton, Susan A  Search this
Wattenmaker, Richard J  Search this
Smith, John W (John William) 1959-  Search this
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Color photographs
Place:
United States
Date:
1956
1956-2011
Topic:
Archives--Acquisitions  Search this
Museum archives  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Artists  Search this
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Archives--Collection management  Search this
Archives--Administration  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 20-136
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2027; Transferring office; 3/2/1988 memorandum, Massa to Fleckner; Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Director's Records 1954-2020 [Archives of American Art]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_400117

George B. Field Papers, circa 1968-1983

Creator:
Field, George B. 1929-  Search this
Subject:
Field, George B. 1929-  Search this
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics  Search this
Physical description:
7 cu. ft. (7 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1968
1968-1983
circa 1968-1983
Topic:
Astrophysics  Search this
Astrophysicists  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 89-067
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted until the donor's death, Transferring office; Contact reference staff for details
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_254961

Exhibition Proposals, 1995-2012

Creator:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Exhibitions Department  Search this
Subject:
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Physical description:
5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes)
Type:
Brochures
Collection descriptions
Books
Manuscripts
Exhibition catalogs
Floppy disks
Digital versatile discs
Compact discs
Electronic records
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Date:
1995
1995-2012
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Art, Asian  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 15-347
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2028; Transferring office; 2/11/2015 memorandum, Wright to Sobas/Amrod; Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Exhibition Proposals 1995-2014 [Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Exhibitions Department]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_379427

Director's Records, 1996-2017

Creator:
Smithsonian Affiliations (Program)  Search this
Subject:
Closter, Harold A  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Department of Public Programs  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Deputy Secretary Office of National Programs  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Collection descriptions
Electronic mail
Date:
1996
1996-2017
Topic:
Museum outreach programs  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museums and community  Search this
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Historical museums  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museums--Administration  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 21-062
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2033. Records may contain personally identifiable information (PII) that is permanently restricted; Transferring office; 06/09/2021 memorandum, Toda to File; Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Director's Records 1996-2017 [Smithsonian Affiliations (Program)]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_404587

Correspondence and Memoranda

Extent:
19.50 cu. ft. (39 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1882-1932
Descriptive Entry:
These records consist of incoming correspondence and internal memoranda. For outgoing correspondence see Record Unit 167. The records are arranged in a numeric filing scheme with access by a card index arranged alphabetically by correspondent and subject. It is suspected that the records are incomplete.
Historical Note:
The Administrative Assistant was in charge of the general supervision of the expenditure of United States National Museum (USNM) appropriations; preparing proposals for supplies; issuing orders for the purchasing of supplies; settlement of accounts; awarding contracts; supervision of non-scientific or specimen-related correspondence; general supervision of employees, assignments to duty, granting leaves of absence; and conducting boards of inquiry and investigations of complaints. The Administrative Assistant also acted as special agent and at times was appointed representative of the Museum and the Smithsonian at international expositions. Prior to 1902 the incumbent was known as Chief Clerk.

William V. Cox was designated as the Museum's first Chief Clerk in 1885. When he left the Museum in 1902 the title of the position was changed to Administrative Assistant, and William deC. Ravenel was appointed to the post.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
United States -- Appropriations and expenditures  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 198, United States National Museum, Administrative Assistant, Correspondence and Memoranda
Identifier:
Record Unit 198
See more items in:
Correspondence and Memoranda
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0198

Correspondence and Memoranda

Extent:
14.26 cu. ft. (3 document boxes) (22 tall document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Letterpress copybooks
Date:
1885-1914
Descriptive Entry:
Records consist of outgoing letterpress book correspondence concerning general fiscal matters, estimates of appropriations, appropriation and expenditure statements; certified vouchers for the disbursement clerk; and personnel matters including leaves of absence, appointments, promotions, terminations, and salaries; also included are fiscal records pertaining to USNM exhibits at international expositions. Originally these records had been kept in three separate series, (1) general museum business; (2) personnel; and (3) copied letters addressed to the Secretary transmitting vouchers for payment. These series were combined at an unknown date and volumes pertaining to exposition financial matters were added. Most of the correspondence was signed by Cox, and William De C. Ravenel. Other correspondents include Secretaries Samuel P. Langley, and Charles D. Walcott; executive curator, Frederick William True; and acting chief clerks, J. E. Rockwell, and J. L. Willige. Volumes are individually indexed. A Volume list follows.
Historical Note:
The chief clerk's appointment was an administrative one. Under his charge was the general supervision of the expenditure of United States National Museum appropriations; preparing proposals for supplies, issuing orders for the purchasing of supplies; settlement of accounts; awarding contracts; supervision over nonscientific or specimen related correspondence; general supervision of employees, their assignments to duty, granting leaves of absence; and conducting boards of inquiry and investigation of complaints. The chief clerk also acted as special agent and at times was appointed representative of the Museum and the Smithsonian at international expositions.

William V. Cox, designated chief clerk of the Museum in 1885, was the first and last chief clerk of the Museum. When Cox left the Museum in 1902 the title of the position was changed to administrative assistant. Duties of the administrative assistant were somewhat modified but the differences between these duties and those of the chief clerk were never enumerated in the Museum reports.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
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United States -- Appropriations and expenditures  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Letterpress copybooks
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 167, United States National Museum, Administrative Assistant, Correspondence and Memoranda
Identifier:
Record Unit 167
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Correspondence and Memoranda
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0167

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