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Exhibition Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Extent:
31.73 cu. ft. (31 record storage boxes) (1 tall document box) (1 oversize folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Floor plans
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Drawings
Clippings
Books
Manuscripts
Brochures
Date:
circa 1955-1990 and undated
Descriptive Entry:
This record unit contains a variety of records documenting the planning, design, and production of permanent and temporary exhibitions at the NMNH. It also contains smaller amounts of records concerning exhibitions held at the National Museum of History and Technology, National Air and Space Museum, National Collection of Fine Arts, Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, and Arts and Industries Building. A few records documenting office administration are also found.

The records were created by the Office of Exhibits, 1955-1969; the Office of Exhibits Programs, 1969-1973; and the Office of Exhibits, NMNH, 1973-1990. Staff of the Office of Exhibits, NMNH, and its predecessor offices, represented in the records include John E. Anglim, 1956-1972; A. Gilbert Wright, 1963-1970; Dorothy Guthrie, 1965-1970; James A. Mahoney, 1969-1973; William F. Haase, 1969-1983; Harry T. Hart, 1970-1977; Eugene F. Behlen, 1977-1983; and Carl A. Alexander, 1969-1987. Also included are a few records of Lawrence P. O'Reilly, 1984-1990.

The records offer primary documentation of natural history exhibition production at the Smithsonian, and they help to illustrate a period of intense exhibit modernization at the Institution. They include correspondence, memoranda, photographs, blueprints, layouts, scripts, work contracts, schedules, notes, and publications. Of special interest are records documenting the renovation of permanent exhibition halls during the 1960s; efforts to make NMNH exhibits more accessible to the handicapped; the development of the Insect Zoo; planning and preparation of the NMNH Bicentennial Exhibition in the 1970s; activities of the NMNH Exhibits Committee; and professional activities of the staff.
Historical Note:
The Office of Exhibits in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) was created in 1973 when a reorganization established independent exhibit offices in several Smithsonian museums. Prior to its establishment, natural history exhibitions were the responsibility of the Office of Exhibits, 1955-1969, and the Office of Exhibits Programs, 1969-1973.

Harry T. Hart was appointed Chief of the Office of Exhibits, NMNH, on March 18, 1973. Eugene F. Behlen replaced Hart on May 22, 1977, and he served as Chief until 1983. Carl A. Alexander was Acting Chief during 1983-1984. In 1984, administration of the Office of Exhibits became a duty of the newly established Assistant Director for Exhibits. Lawrence P. O'Reilly was appointed to the position.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Floor plans
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Drawings
Clippings
Books
Manuscripts
Brochures
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 363
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Contractors for Hall 5

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 29 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 10: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1963-1989 / Box 29
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Coke Push - Fiscal Report and Script

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 29 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 10: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1963-1989 / Box 29
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e10014

Thailand Exhibit Hall

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 29 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 10: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1963-1989 / Box 29
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e10025

Hall 8 - special label

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 29 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 10: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1963-1989 / Box 29
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e10036

Lloyd Herman - 1968 notes

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 29 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 10: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1963-1989 / Box 29
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e10048

Public Inquiries

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 29 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 10: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1963-1989 / Box 29
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e10059

Hall 25: Physical Anthropology script

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 1: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1956-1987 and undated / Box 2
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1955-1973 and undated

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Note:
This series consists of records created by the Office of Exhibits, the Office of Exhibit Programs, and the NMNH Office of Exhibits. The records consist of correspondence, memoranda, blueprints, photographs, plans, and related materials mostly documenting special exhibits at NMNH, as well as at the Museum of History and Technology, National Air and Space Museum, National Collection of Fine Arts, Arts and Industries Building, and Anacostia Neighborhood Museum. Also included are files concerning a few shows of the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service. The records are arranged alphabetically.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 363, Series 11
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Exhibition Records
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Box 29

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 11: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1955-1973 and undated
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e10086

Abu Simbel, undated

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 29 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 11: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1955-1973 and undated / Box 29
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e10093

Alaska Purchase Centennial Exhibit (SITES - Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service), 1967

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 29 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 11: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1955-1973 and undated / Box 29
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e10104

Anniversary of Armistice (MHT), 1968

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 29 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 11: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1955-1973 and undated / Box 29
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e10115

Apollo Spacecraft (NASM), undated

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 29 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 11: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1955-1973 and undated / Box 29
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e10126

Art of Organic Forms, 1968

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 29 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 11: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1955-1973 and undated / Box 29
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e10138

Art Protis (SITES), 1970

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 29 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 11: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1955-1973 and undated / Box 29
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e10149

Arts and Industries Building, Plans, 1969

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 29 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 11: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1955-1973 and undated / Box 29
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e10160

Paleo: Hall 5 closing

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 1: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1956-1987 and undated / Box 2
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e1017

Arts and Industries Building, Photographs

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 29 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 11: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1955-1973 and undated / Box 29
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e10171

Astronomical Art Addicts (MHT), 1969

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 29 of 32
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 363, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records
See more items in:
Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Series 11: EXHIBIT FILES, circa 1955-1973 and undated / Box 29
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0363-refidd1e10182

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