This accession consists of personal and professional correspondence, research notes and drawings of specimens, lecture slides, photographs, and records documenting
Ralph E. Crabill's work in the organizational procedures of the Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History.
Smithsonian Institution,Office of Quincentenary Programs Search this
37.86 cu. ft. (37 record storage boxes) (2 12x17 boxes)
These records document the activities which the Office of Quincentenary Programs coordinated or organized to mark the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's first
landfall in the Americas on October 12, 1492. The Quincentenary programs began in 1985 under the coordination of Smithsonian's Directorate of International Activities, Magali
Carrera. The Quincentenary activities took place in South and Central America, the United States, Spain, Italy and the Caribbean. The records document the Columbian observances
which took place mostly in the United States. Observances included parades, festivals, exhibitions, symposia and other individual events celebrating the voyage.
The records include correspondence between the Director of the Office of Quincentenary Programs, Alicia M. Gonzalez, and other Smithsonian Institution bureaus. Most of
the correspondence is between the director and various other national and international institutions such as museums, universities, embassies, archives, and professional and
special interest organizations. Other records document a variety of exhibitions, public programs and scholarly publications to commemorate Columbus's voyage to the Americas.
All the programs and events highlighted the Quincentenary themes: (1) Magnificent Traditions, (2) Dynamic of the Encounter, (3) Continuity of the Encounter and (4) The Next
The administrative records document travel, contract agreements, accounting records for various projects and functions, interpreters and caterers.
Interspersing the records are documents about a five-part bilingual, series of one-hour television programs entitled, "Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World
by Carlos Fuentes" (1991), exploring Latin America, past and present, focusing on themes, institutions, beliefs and symbols which have endured or changed; major Smithsonian
Quincentenary programs such as exhibitions: "Seeds of Change", "American Encounters", "Where Next, Columbus", "The West as America", "Portraiture in the Reign of Philip II",
"Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation", "Latin American Pioneers of Modernism", and the "Amazonia: The New World Explored on the Occasion of the Columbus Quincentenary".
The Office of Folklife Programs organized events such as the Festival of American Folklife "living exhibitions" which featured "The Caribbean: Cultural Encounters in the
New World" (June/July 1989), the Festival's 1991 and 1992 features of the indigenous populations of the Americas, focusing on cultures of the rainforests, Andean Highlands,
Valley, Desert, Northwest Coast, Woodlands and Pinenut gathering cultures, also the symposia, "Seeds of the Past" (1988), "Seeds of Commerce" (1989), and "Seeds of Industrialization"
(1990), including Folklife Programs in collaboration with Smithsonian Folkways Records of music and verbal arts, Smithsonian Quincentenary radio programs highlighting living
cultural exhibitions, teacher-training workshops and exhibition program books; and a Quincentenary multi-cultural curriculum, five-unit, bilingual kits, "Early Childhood Materials
on the Peoples of the Americas" which the Office of Elementary and Secondary School produced for use in pre-schools in the United States, South America, Central America and
The records pertaining to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) document co-sponsorship of the Fourth World Congress on the National Parks in Panama, an international
symposium, "Non-Imperial Polities in the Lands Visited by Christopher Columbus on His Four Voyages to the New World" (1990) and the 1992 Fourth World Congress on National
Parks which was convened by the International Union of Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).
Correspondence, excerpts from books and book reviews document a variety of books on themes related to the Columbus Quincentenary at the popular and scholarly levels, including
Smithsonian Institution Press efforts to develop publications from the many exhibitions and scholarly symposia which took place over the period of the Quincentenary observance.
Included are photographs; brochures; pamphlets; posters; color slides; prints; maps; newspaper and newsmagazine clippings; excerpts from published books; copies of research
papers presented at the Quincentenary symposia; minutes of various planning committees; reports to the Smithsonian Secretary, Robert Adams; lists of organizations within and
outside the United States, lists of guests to various functions; audio cassette tapes; videotapes; records concerning establishing a Quincentenary newsletter, "The New World";
exhibition proposals; budget projections and justifications; and miscellaneous documents.
This accession includes records from the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) concerning finances, bylaws, meetings and publications. Materials include account ledgers,
"The Auk," "The Auklet," meeting programs and abstracts, photographs, videotape, and a record album. Some materials are in electronic format.
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2026; Transferring office; 4/9/2008 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
Smithsonian Institution. Division of Performing Arts Search this
25 cu. ft. (25 record storage boxes)
This Collection contains the records from the discontinued Division of Performing Arts, which began in 1967 and ended in 1983. The Division of Performing Arts was formed
with the creation of the first Festival of American Folklife, and handled such events as music and theater performances, festivals, holiday celebrations, and the Children's
Discovery Theater. While the division began as only a few people, it grew in size to fifteen staff members and coordinated events with other museums and Universities. This
collection contains papers, flyers, and playbills for all events that were put on by the Division between 1972 and 1983, as well as information on each annual Festival of
American Folklife that took place in Washington, DC, and the Festival On Tour in 1976. There are also papers about the American Revolution Bicentennial Celebration that was
held in 1976. Along with information about the division's various events, there are also the personal files of Martin Williams, who was the Director of the Jazz Program and
Bernice Johnson Reagon, who was the Director for the Program in Black American Culture. Other items within this collection include budget information, correspondence, newsletters,
mailers, press releases, recipe books, photographs, slides, reel-to-reel audio tapes, and cassette tapes.
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will be given to researchers.]; Contact reference staff for details.