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Publications

Topic:
The Info Special (Serial)
The Castle and Beyond (Serial)
Guide to the Nation's Capital and the Smithsonian Institution (Serial)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Visitor Services  Search this
Extent:
8.69 cu. ft. (8 record storage boxes) (1 16x20 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Pamphlets
Compact discs
Electronic records
Floppy disks
Architectural drawings
Floor plans
Maps
Ephemera
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Color negatives
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Videotapes
Artifacts
Place:
Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1959, 1973-2014
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of publications and other materials created by the Office of Visitor Services for distribution to volunteers and to the public as well as signage for the Smithsonian Institution on the National Mall and for the information and membership desks in the various museums. The office was known as the Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center (VIARC) through the end of 2011. Records include forms, applications, brochures, flyers, reply cards, invitations, handbooks, photographs of signage, small signs, badges, greeting cards, bookmarks, floor plans, pamphlets, maps, press kits, newsletters, volunteer service pins, lanyards, and orientation videos. Supporting and administrative documentation is included with some publications, including correspondence, memoranda, original images, graphics, awards, blueprints, design files, and related materials. Some materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Visitors' centers  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Pamphlets
Compact discs
Electronic records
Floppy disks
Architectural drawings
Floor plans
Maps
Ephemera
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Color negatives
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Videotapes
Artifacts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-034, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Visitor Services, Publications
Identifier:
Accession 14-034
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Publications
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa14-034

Emmet Mercury Boiler Records

Creator:
Hartford Electric Light Company.  Search this
Foster Wheeler Corporation  Search this
Stone and Webster.  Search this
General Electric Company  Search this
Babcock and Wilcox Company.  Search this
Emmet, William Le Roy, 1859-  Search this
Source:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.  Search this
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Former owner:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.  Search this
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Extent:
4 Cubic feet (11 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Reports
Photographs
Logs (records)
Correspondence
Blueprints
Architectural drawings
Articles
Date:
1920 - 1961
Summary:
The Emmet Mercury Boiler Records contains information about General Electric Company and Hartford Electric Light Company's development, installation, and use of William Le Roy Emmet's mercury boiler units. The mercury boiler units used mercury fluid along with steam power to improve cycle efficiency in converting coal or oil to electric power. The collection contains articles, news clippings, reports, instruction manuals, log books, data sheets, photographs, and drawings related to the experimental unit installed at Dutch Point, Connecticut, and the first commercial use of a mercury boiler at the South Meadow Station in Hartford, Connecticut.
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents the construction, operation, and demolition of mercury boiler generating units developed by William Le Roy Emmet and installed by the Hartford Electric Light Company in Hartford, Connecticut. The collection contains articles and research about the use of mercury and the development and implementation of mercury boilers. Also included is general correspondence between Hartford Electric Light Company and General Electric Company, operational logs, collected data, instructional guides, inspection reports, and photographs and drawings for the Dutch Point Mercury Boiler and the South Meadow Station.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into four series.

Series 1: Background and Research on Mercury Boilers, 1920-1961

Series 2: Correspondence, 1921-1950

Series 3: Dutch Point Mercury Boiler Operational Records, 1923-1949

Subseries 3.1: Data Sheets and Reports, 1923-1927

Subseries 3.2: Log Books and Instructions, 1924-1949

Subseries 3.3: Photographs and Drawings, 1923-1927

Series 4: South Meadow Station Operational Records, 1928-1961

Subseries 4.1: Data Sheets and Reports, 1928-1961

Subseries 4.2: Log Books and Instructions, 1928-1955

Subseires 4.3: Photographs and Drawings, 1928,1955
Historical:
The mercury boiler was developed by a General Electric Company's engineer, William Le Roy Emmet, to use mercury fluid in conjunction with steam power to improve cycle efficiency in converting coal or oil to electric power. An experimental mercury-steam generating unit was installed by Hartford Electric Light Company in 1923 at Dutch Point, Connecticut. In June 1927, ground was broken for the South Meadow Station in Hartford, Connecticut, and Babcock and Wilcox Company was contracted for the boiler. This unit was the first commercial installation in the nation and was based on the data collected from the Dutch Point unit. The Dutch Point unit was damaged during the course of operations and was permanently shut down by Emmet in September 1927. Emmet requested that all efforts be focused on the South Meadow Station. In August 1947, the first commercial unit at South Meadow Station was taken out of service and disposed of, and a second unit was installed and put into use on January 1, 1949. The engineering company, Foster Wheeler, was used to help design the second unit. During inspections in 1959 and 1960, it was discovered that the second unit had a wastage issue, and the unit was then operated at half load capacity for the remainder of 1960. On January 4, 1961, the second unit was removed from operation, and on April 19, 1961 it was officially retired. The mercury was removed and sold to Woodbridge Chemical Corporation. The decision was made to not to replace it with another mercury unit.
Provenance:
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions. Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Mercury  Search this
Mechanical engineering  Search this
Electricity  Search this
Chemical engineering  Search this
Boilers  Search this
Mercury vapor  Search this
Genre/Form:
Reports
Photographs -- 20th century
Logs (records)
Correspondence -- 20th century
Blueprints
Architectural drawings
Articles
Citation:
Emmet Mercury Boiler Records, 1920-1961, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0968
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Emmet Mercury Boiler Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0968

Boris V. Timchenko collection

Creator:
Timchenko, Boris V., 1898-1975  Search this
Boris Timchenko and Associates  Search this
Extent:
3 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Plans (drawings)
Architectural drawings
Correspondence
Diplomas
Application forms
Clippings
Certificates
Brochures
Place:
Watergate Gardens (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1919-1975
Summary:
The Boris V. Timchenko collection includes project files, business records, and personal papers of Boris Timchenko, a modernist landscape architect based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area known for his work on The Watergate Development and the annual National Capital Flower and Garden Show.
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains the professional files of landscape architect Boris V. Timchenko. These include architectural drawings and photographic prints from landscape design projects; a client list; brochures Timchenko used to promote his firm; and photographic prints showing him at work. There are a few architectural drawings related to his work on The Watergate Development in 1965 and many photographic prints from the National Capital Flower and Garden Show dated 1950-1961. The collection also contains some personal papers, including forms and licenses Timchenko acquired from the Russian and United States governments; certificates from a French university he attended; correspondence; portraits and photographic prints of his leisure activities; and newspaper profiles and obituaries about him. The collection documents only a portion of Timchenko's known professional design work and personal life.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into three series. Series 1: Project Files (arranged alphabetically by state and city). Series 2: Business Records (arranged by format, with Subseries 3: Photographs arranged alphabetically by state and city, then event). Series 3: Personal Papers (arranged by format).
Biographical / Historical:
Boris Timchenko (1898-1975) was a modernist landscape architect based in the Washington, D.C. area. Boris Vladimir Timchenko, who occasionally spelled his last name "Timtchenko" early in his life, was born in Tambov, Russia on October 1, 1898 to Vladimir Peter Timchenko and Nataly Nazarewsky. He lived in Lipetsk, Russia until he attended Moscow University from 1916-1918. From 1918-1920, he served in the White Russian Army but fled to France when Communist Bolsheviks defeated his army. He studied landscape architecture at what he termed a "Horticulture School" (possibly the École Nationale Supérieure d'Horticulture) in Versailles until 1924, and earned a degree in Agricultural Engineering at the École Nationale de Agriculture de Grignon in Grignon, France in 1926. A year later, he emigrated to the United States and worked for a landscape contractor, A. Gude Sons & Company, in Washington, D.C.

Timchenko started his own landscape architecture firm, Boris Timchenko and Associates, in Washington in 1938. Along with his colleague Leonard Bartlett, Jr., Timchenko designed outdoor spaces in the D.C. metropolitan area, Pennsylvania, and coastal Florida. He is perhaps best known as being the landscape architect for The Watergate Development in Washington, D.C. and the consulting designer for the National Capital Flower and Garden Show from 1950 to 1967. He also created private gardens for notable clients such as former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower and the Auchincloss family, owners of Hammersmith Farm in Newport, Rhode Island. Organizations and businesses, such as the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in D.C. and the historic Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria, Virginia, hired him as well. Timchenko was a member of professional organizations including the American Institute of Landscape Architects (later American Society of Landscape Architects) and the Texas Association of Nurserymen, and he was a founding member of the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas in D.C. By the time he died in 1975, Timchenko had contributed significantly to the design of D.C.'s urban landscape.
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Topic:
Landscape architecture  Search this
Landscape design  Search this
Flower shows  Search this
Gardens -- United States  Search this
Office buildings  Search this
Hotels -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Department stores  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Plans (drawings)
Architectural drawings
Correspondence
Diplomas
Application forms
Clippings
Certificates
Brochures
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Boris V. Timchenko Collection.
Identifier:
AAG.TIM
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aag-tim

Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Treasurer  Search this
Extent:
15.5 cu. ft. (15 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Date:
1961-1984
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the functions of the Office of the Treasurer as they relate to a variety of topics/subjects discussed or acted upon during the date span of the records.
Topic:
Museum finance  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 86-024, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Treasurer, Records
Identifier:
Accession 86-024
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa86-024

Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Extent:
297.65 cu. ft. (568 document boxes) (91 3x5 boxes) (1 oversize folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Black-and-white photographs
Serials (publications)
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Date:
1964-1971
Descriptive Entry:
These records reflect the growing scope and complexity of the Smithsonian during Ripley's tenure. They document the Smithsonian's changing administrative structure; growing relationships with universities, foundations, and other external groups; efforts to attract more government support for the Smithsonian; pursuit of new initiatives and programs; and the regular administrative activities of the Institution. The records for this period document the opening of the National Museum of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History); creation of the Office of Academic Studies and the Office of Smithsonian Symposia and Seminars; founding of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program; establishment of the Chesapeake Bay Center for Environmental Studies; opening of east and west wings of the National Museum of Natural History; opening of the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum; beginning of the Festival of American Folklife; opening of the National Portrait Gallery; establishment of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; formation of the Smithsonian National Associates Program; and the opening of the Renwick Gallery.
Historical Note:
In 1964 S. Dillon Ripley, formerly a Professor of Biology at Yale University and Director of its Peabody Museum of Natural History, succeeded Leonard Carmichael as eighth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Serials (publications)
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 99, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 99
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0099

Exhibition Records

Creator::
National Museum of the American Indian. Office of Education and Museum Programs  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Electronic records
Architectural drawings
Date:
1992-2008, 2015-2016
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records created and maintained by Carolyn Rapkievian, Assistant Director. The materials document her work on exhibitions for the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Some materials date to when the office was known as the Office of Public Programs. Exhibitions documented include the Potomac Atrium, Window on Collections, and Nation to Nation: Treaties between the United States and American Indian Nations. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, meeting minutes, presentations, scripts, object lists, architectural drawings, maps, and clippings. Some materials are in electronic format.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2032; Transferring office; 09/30/2019 memorandum, Toda to Rapkievian; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Indians of North America -- Museums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Electronic records
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-204, National Museum of the American Indian. Office of Education and Museum Programs, Exhibition Records
Identifier:
Accession 19-204
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Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa19-204

Records, 1964-1971

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Administration  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Academic Studies  Search this
Smithsonian Resident Associate Program  Search this
Smithsonian National Associates Program  Search this
Chesapeake Bay Center for Environmental Studies  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Symposia and Seminars  Search this
Yale University  Search this
Peabody Museum of Natural History  Search this
Festival of American Folklife  Search this
Physical description:
297.65 cu. ft. (568 document boxes) (91 3x5 boxes) (1 oversize folder)
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Collection descriptions
Serials (publications)
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Date:
1964
1964-1971
Topic:
Museums--Administration  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000099
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Administrative Records 1835-2017 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
Budget Records 1892-1971 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
Correspondence 1863-1971 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
Governmental Relations Records 1907-1971 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_216705

Administrative Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Extent:
511.90 cu. ft. (369 record storage boxes) (236 document boxes) (2 12x17 boxes) (3 16x20 boxes) (141 3x5 boxes) (5 oversize folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings
Newsletters
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Date:
1972-1984
Descriptive Entry:
These records concern the operation of the Office of the Secretary from 1972 to the end of S. Dillon Ripley's tenure as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

The records document the Smithsonian's on-going operations -- internal, with other government Offices and departments, and with foundations, universities, and other outside organizations. Among the events that are documented are the formation of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; renovations at the National Zoological Park; the opening of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; creation of the Scientific Event Alert Network; April 18, 2011 opening of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in New York City; opening of the National Air and Space Museum; opening of a restored Arts and Industries Building; addition of the National Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian; first use of the Multiple-Mirror Telescope, Mount Hopkins, Arizona; donation of the Arthur M. Sackler Collection of Oriental Art to the Smithsonian; opening of the Museum Support Center; and the beginning of construction of the Center for African, Near Eastern, and Asian Cultures.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings
Newsletters
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 613, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Administrative Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 613
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Administrative Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0613

Records

Topic:
Smithsonian scientific series
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Extent:
167.20 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes) (324 document boxes) (10 microfilm reels)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Maps
Books
Color transparencies
Brochures
Date:
1949-1964
Descriptive Entry:
These records document part of the secretarial administration of Alexander Wetmore and the whole of Leonard Carmichael's tenure. During this period the Smithsonian Institution's capacity to carry out research in its traditional scientific disciplines was substantially strengthened. At the same time the Institution was able to invest much more effort in promoting cultural and artistic activities.

Bureaus and offices which were created or underwent substantial change during this period, and which are represented here, include the United States National Museum; the Museum of Natural History; the Museum of History and Technology; the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; the National Cultural Center, now the John F. Kennedy Center; the Bureau of American Ethnology; the National Portrait Gallery; the National Collection of Fine Arts; the National Zoological Park; the Smithsonian Oceanographic Sorting Center; and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Subject headings appearing in these records include: the Arctic Research Laboratory; the Armed Forces Museum and the National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board; the earth satellite program; the Canal Zone Biological Area, now the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute; the Smithsonian's centennial; modernization of Smithsonian exhibits; the Link Foundation; the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics; the National Air Museum, now the National Air and Space Museum; the National Gallery of Art; the Research Corporation; the Century 21 Exposition, Seattle, 1962; the Smithsonian Science Information Exchange; and the Smithsonian Scientific Series.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Satellites  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Maps
Books
Color transparencies
Brochures
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 50, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 50
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0050

Records

Topic:
Smithsonian scientific series
North American Wildflowers
World is yours (Radio program)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Extent:
78.77 cu. ft. (65 record storage boxes) (1 half document box) (90 3x5 boxes) (1 oversize folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Serials (publications)
Maps
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Date:
1925-1949
Descriptive Entry:
This record unit traces the operation of the Smithsonian from 1925 to 1949. It contains records from the last years of Secretary Charles D. Walcott's administration, perhaps most notably the ambitious but abortive fund raising campaign to add $10,000,000.00 to the Smithsonian's endowment. The Depression and consequent cut-backs in government support are also present in the records, as well as Smithsonian contributions to World War II, which naturally had a significant impact on operations as well. Smithsonian bureaus that were created, enlarged, or significantly changed during these years, and which are represented here, include the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; the National Gallery of Art (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum); the National Gallery of Art created from the gift of Andrew Mellon; the National Zoological Park; the National Air and Space Museum; and the Canal Zone Biological Area (now the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute). Secretary Charles G. Abbot, whose tenure these records chiefly document, found his job complicated by the effects of the Depression and World War II. The principal event of his administration was Andrew Mellon's gift of a national art museum. Abbot created a Division of Radiation and Organisms within the Astrophysical Observatory, which he had directed and which remained his chief interest. He was also able to use Works Progress Administration funds to produce major improvements at the National Zoological Park. The Smithsonian maintained its ties with the National Academy of Sciences, the Carnegie Institution, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the National Research Council, the National Geographic Society, and similar organizations. During World War II the Smithsonian was instrumental in operating the Ethnogeographic Board, and co-operated with the Office of Scientific Research and Development. Topics in these records include: the Johnson-Smithsonian Expedition to the Puerto Rico Trench, 1932; the Eighth American Scientific Congress, Washington, 1940; the Smithsonian Scientific Series; North American Wildflowers; the Langley-Wright controversy; the River Basin Survey; the abortive design competition for a museum of modern art, won by Eliel and Eero Saarinen and Robert Swanson; "The World Is Yours" radio programs; Robert H. Goddard's rocket research; the Langley Medal; private funding for the Smithsonian, particularly the Tamblyn and Brown plans for a 1927 campaign and the associated 1927 Conference on the Future of the Smithsonian; and Abbot's research in solar radiation and climatic studies.
Historical Note:
These records document the administrations of the Smithsonian Institution during the last years of Charles D. Walcott's administration, circa, 1925-1927; the tenure of Charles G. Abbot, his successor, 1927-1944; and a portion of the administration of Alexander Wetmore, circa 1944.
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Depressions -- 1929  Search this
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Langley Medal  Search this
Radiation  Search this
Climatology  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Serials (publications)
Maps
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 46, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 46
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0046

R. Wallace Steel Papers

Creator:
Steel, R. Wallace  Search this
Extent:
2 Cubic feet (1 map-folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Architectural drawings
Engineering drawings
Legal documents
Linen tracings
Maps
Financial records
Payrolls
Letters (correspondence)
Date:
1864-1903
Summary:
The collection documents railroad engineer R. Wallace Steel and his work with railroads, primarily in Pennsylvania and Missouri.
Content Description:
The collection consists of the papers of railroad engineer R. Wallace Steel, and documents his work with railroads, primarily in Pennsylvania and Missouri. The papers include engineering reports, financial documents, legal documents, progress reports on railroad work, payroll documents, maps, letters, linen tracings, and plans and drawings for structures such as fences, gates, arches, culverts, abutments, tunnels and railroad stations.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Railroad bridges  Search this
Railroad construction  Search this
Railroad engineering  Search this
Railroad engineers  Search this
Railroad stations  Search this
Railroads  Search this
Genre/Form:
Architectural drawings
Engineering drawings
Legal documents
Linen tracings
Maps -- 19th century
Financial records -- 19th century
Payrolls
Letters (correspondence) -- 19th century
Citation:
R. Wallace Steel Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1449
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1449

David S. Gendell Architectural Drawings

Creator:
Gendell, David S., 1839-1925  Search this
Names:
New Jersey Classical and Scientific Institute.  Search this
Peddie School.  Search this
Extent:
0.25 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Architectural drawings
Date:
ca. 1860s-1900.
Scope and Contents note:
Eighty-three architectural drawings, including floor plans and various views of numerous structures, including churches, a depot, and houses. None of the drawings are dated or identified, with the exception of one set of drawings identified as the New Jersey Classical and Scientific Institute (later called the Peddie School), another annotated as "Wayne House," the Mariners Baptist Bethel Church, and a Masonic hall.
Arrangement:
1 series.
Biographical/Historical note:
Architect, active in Philadelphia, ca. 1860s-1900.
Provenance:
Found in collections.
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Friendly societies  Search this
Freemasonry  Search this
Church buildings  Search this
Architecture -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Architects  Search this
Genre/Form:
Architectural drawings
Citation:
David S. Gendell Architectural Drawings, ca. 1860s-1900, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0644
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0644

Lionel Bier Drawings of Monuments and Sites in Iran

Creator:
Bier, Lionel D., 1942-2004  Search this
Extent:
29 Items (architectural drawings)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Architectural drawings
Place:
Iran
USA -- New York -- New York
Date:
1975-1976
Scope and Contents:
Twenty-nine ink and pencil drawings documenting, usually both in plan and elevation, a number of both pre-Islamic and Islamic Iranian architectural monuments, executed on site between 1975 and 1976. Focus primarily is on Sassanian sites. Sites covered include: Bishapur, Firuzabad, Istakhr, Masjid-i Sang, Sarvistan, and Shari-i Ij
Arrangement:
2 flat folders arranged from smaller to largest
Biographical / Historical:
The late Lionel D. Bier, art historian and archaeologist, taught art history at Brooklyn College for more than 30 years. He was primarily active in researching the archaeological record of pre- and early-Islamic Iran. Among his noted publications are: Sarvistan: A Study in Early Iranian Architecture (1986) and The Sassanian Palaces and their Influence in Early Islam, from Ars Orientalis (Vol. 23, 1993).
Local Numbers:
FSA A2004.05
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Restricted: Bishapur drawings ; until permission by granted by Iranian authorities
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
Archaeology -- Iran  Search this
Architecture, -- Sassanid  Search this
Genre/Form:
Architectural drawings
Identifier:
FSA.A2004.05
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a2004-05
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Correspondence

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Extent:
65.91 cu. ft. (98 document boxes) (6 12x17 boxes) (1 16x20 box) (88 3x5 boxes) (1 tube box) (oversize material)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Architectural drawings
Photographs
Manuscripts
Date:
1866-1906, with related records to 1927
Descriptive Entry:
These records document the history of the Smithsonian from 1872-1927. Most of the records concern the tenure of Samuel P. Langley, the third Secretary, who served from 1887-1906. There is also some material dating from as early as 1866 to as late as 1927 in the collection. This record unit is the last to be based on a distinction between incoming and outgoing records, for, beginning in 1907, unified filing systems were employed. Users should therefore be careful to consult the Archives' collections in order to have access to parallel outgoing records series. Users should also consult the collections to identify important separate record units for the United States National Museum. The records document both the Institution's history and the personal research interests of Secretary Langley.

In addition to Langley's research, records of particular interest document the creation of the Astrophysical Observatory and the National Zoological Park, as well as the consolidation of the Bureau of American Ethnology within the Smithsonian after the death of John Wesley Powell.
Historical Note:
Even before Joseph Henry's death, the Smithsonian had taken on a double identity. On the one hand it exercised the usual powers associated with a private body. At the same time it acted as a sort of agent to accomplish various objectives for the federal government. This duality of function was elaborately preserved under the administration of Samuel P. Langley, the Smithsonian's third Secretary. During his tenure (1887-1906) the Bureau of American Ethnology, the National Gallery of Art (now the National Museum of American Art), and the National Zoological Park were all added to the Smithsonian's federal side. Langley created the Astrophysical Observatory, using endowment income and private gifts. It, too, began to receive federal funds before he died in 1906. These records illustrate the peculiar but powerful role which the Smithsonian's Secretary played in forming national scientific policy at the turn of the nineteenth century.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Astrophysics  Search this
Aerodynamics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Architectural drawings
Photographs
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Correspondence
Identifier:
Record Unit 31
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Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0031
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Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Special Events  Search this
Extent:
5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Books
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Date:
1982-1985
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records that document short term events such as dinners for Regents, luncheons, tea parties for special guests, receptions for special guests of the Smithsonian Institution. Also include correspondence, memoranda, purchase and catering receipts, guests lists and their mailing addresses, agendas, invitations, minutes of meetings, acceptance, catalogues, brochures, pamphlets, newspaper article clippings pertaining to the special events, press kits, black and white photographs, contact sheets and color prints and negatives.
Topic:
Special events  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 92-037, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Special Events, Records
Identifier:
Accession 92-037
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa92-037

Exhibition Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Exhibits Central  Search this
Extent:
11 cu. ft. (11 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Books
Brochures
Clippings
Exhibition catalogs
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Picture postcards
Compact discs
Digital versatile discs
Digital images
Electronic records
Floppy disks
Architectural drawings
Floor plans
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Date:
circa 1988-2012
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the development of exhibitions for the Arts and Industries Building, the Smithsonian Institution Building, and the International Gallery. The Arts and Industries Building, Office of Exhibitions was formed when Ellen Dorn was appointed as Director of Exhibitions for the Arts and Industries Building in November 1998. Betsy Burstein Robinson joined the office in 1999 and Seth Waite in 2001. The Arts and Industries Building closed to the public in 2004 and, in late 2005, the staff was transferred under the Office of Exhibits Central as the Special Exhibitions Division where they continued to develop and manage exhibitions in both public and office spaces in the Smithsonian Institution Building (otherwise known as the Castle) as well as in the International Gallery.

Materials include correspondence, memoranda, agreements, checklists, exhibition drawings, floor plans, scripts, object lists, budgets, reports, publicity materials, press releases, exhibition catalogs, images, clippings, books, videos, audiotapes, brochures, pamphlets, and related materials. Some materials are in electronic format.

Materials dated prior to 1998 were created by Dorn while she was project manager for the traveling exhibition, America's Smithsonian, or by Anne R. Gassett, Associate Director, International Gallery.
Topic:
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Brochures
Clippings
Exhibition catalogs
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Picture postcards
Compact discs
Digital versatile discs
Digital images
Electronic records
Floppy disks
Architectural drawings
Floor plans
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 13-079, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Exhibits Central, Exhibition Records
Identifier:
Accession 13-079
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Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa13-079

Exhibition Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Exhibits Central  Search this
Extent:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Drawings
Posters
Date:
1975-1985
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of exhibit scripts, manuscripts; memoranda, correspondence; newspaper articles; posters, booklets; brochures, and photocopies of chapters from books, including journal articles. There are also architectural drawings; drawings and sketches; and computer printouts.
Topic:
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Drawings
Posters
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 89-127, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Exhibits Central, Exhibition Records
Identifier:
Accession 89-127
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Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa89-127

Exhibition Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Exhibits Central  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
circa 1963-1972, 1990
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records produced and/or maintained by Kenneth V. Young, former Exhibit Designer with the Office of Exhibits Central. A majority of the files date from when Young worked in the Exhibits Office at the Museum of History and Technology. The records consist of memoranda and correspondence pertaining to exhibition planning; exhibit blueprints and drawings; newspaper clippings; exhibition scripts; and photographs.
Topic:
Museum exhibits  Search this
Designers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 97-171, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Exhibits Central, Exhibition Records
Identifier:
Accession 97-171
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Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa97-171

Exhibition Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Exhibits Central  Search this
Extent:
3.5 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Books
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Drawings
Posters
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Date:
1983, 1986-1990
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of edited exhibition scripts, outlines, and designs for mostly Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES); memoranda to and from other bureaus within the Smithsonian Institution; correspondence between curators and exhibition designers; drawings, sketches and architectural and electrical designs for such SITES exhibitions as Preserving Architectural Heritage: Frank Lloyd Wright Decorative Arts in the Domino's Pizza Collection, Tropical Rainforests: A Disappearing Treasure, All Systems Go: America's Space Transportation System for the 1990s, African American Artists: Selections from the Evans-Tibbs Collection, 1880-1987, and India Along the Ganges.

Interspersed among the records are pamphlets, brochures, newspaper and journal articles, exhibition reviews, color slides, color prints, requisitions for supplies and photographic duplication, and posters.
Topic:
Museum exhibits  Search this
Traveling exhibitions  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Drawings
Posters
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-085, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Exhibits Central, Exhibition Records
Identifier:
Accession 96-085
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Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa96-085

Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Libraries  Search this
Extent:
3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Date:
1964-1979
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of correspondence, awards, memoranda, meeting agendas, reports, Smithsonian Institution Libraries budgets, surveys and studies, materials concerning recruitment and staff development and space, and architectural drawings.
Topic:
Museum libraries  Search this
Library administration  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 82-016, Smithsonian Institution, Libraries, Records
Identifier:
Accession 82-016
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa82-016

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