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Subject Files

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Brochures
Clippings
Electronic records
Digital versatile discs
Place:
Krakow (Poland)
Date:
1998-2011
Descriptive Entry:
The Institut für Deutsche Ostarbeit (IDO) opened in German-occupied Krakow, Poland, in 1940. The Sektion für Rasse- und Volkstumforschung (IDO-SRV) (Section for Racial and National Traditions Research) was an anthropological unit of the IDO that classified people by studying their anthropometric and genealogical information. The collection was seized by the United States and British armies after the end of World War II and given to the Smithsonian Institution on permanent loan once they were deemed of no further value for military intelligence.

In 2003, the Polish government requested this collection be transferred back to Poland. These records document the task force that was created by Cristián Samper, Director of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), at the request of the Secretary of the Smithsonian to investigate the legal, scientific, ethical, and archival issues related to the return of these records. In 2004, the task force recommended the records be returned after microfilm copies and digital surrogates had been made. In a ceremony at the Polish Consulate in New York on September 27, 2007, the IDO records were transferred from the National Anthropological Archives to Uniwersytet Jagielloński (Jagiellonian University), Krakow. (See also related records in Accession 05-091.)

These records were compiled and maintained by Ruth Osterweis Selig, Special Assistant to the Director, NMNH. Materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, notes, clippings, brochures, and reports. Some materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Anthropology  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
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Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 12-182, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
Identifier:
Accession 12-182
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Neotropical Lowland Research Program Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1986-2004
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the administration and research activities of the Neotropical Lowland Research Program compiled by Richard P. Vari, Principal Investigator. Materials include reports, budget requests, correspondence, and memoranda.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2020; Transferring office; 6/23/2008 memorandum, Yowell to Vari; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Biotic communities  Search this
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Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 08-145, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Neotropical Lowland Research Program Records
Identifier:
Accession 08-145
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Discovery Center/West Court Renovation Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
20.5 cu. ft. (20 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Date:
1966-2004
Descriptive Entry:
This accession documents the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) building West Court renovation and Discovery Center project. The Discovery Center, funded by the Discovery Channel, features an IMAX theater with a six-story-high screen for 2-D and 3-D movies, a six-story Atrium Cafe with a food court, and expanded museum shops. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, proposals, architectural drawings and specifications, and related materials.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2020; Transferring office; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Buildings -- Repair and reconstruction  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 08-163, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Discovery Center/West Court Renovation Records
Identifier:
Accession 08-163
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Subject Files

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1992-2003
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of agreements and memoranda of understanding between the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and other organizations. These agreements encompass cooperation in research, collecting, staffing, funding, and training. Materials also include correspondence.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2019; Transferring office; 1/15/2014 memorandum, Yowell to File; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-083, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
Identifier:
Accession 14-083
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Research Program Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Place:
Galapagos Islands
Date:
1974-1987
Descriptive Entry:
These records document special programs and projects undertaken in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Included are files on the Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program, Scholarly Studies Program, Short-Term Visitors Program, a 1987 NMNH expedition to Henderson Island in the South Pacific, the 1987 NMNH Task Force on Research, the NMNH Calendar, and the NMNH Diving Board. Also included are files concerning the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands, a program administered by the Assistant Secretary for Research. The records consist of correspondence, memoranda, proposals, reports, budgets, and fiscal materials.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
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Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 362, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Research Program Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 362
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Research Program Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0362

Professional Society Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Serials (publications)
Date:
1969-1982
Descriptive Entry:
These records chiefly document the role of NMNH in the organization and programs of the Association of Systematics Collections (ASC) during the tenures of the Directors Richard Sumner Cowan, 1969-1973; Porter M. Kier, 1973-1979; and Richard S. Fiske, 1980-1982. The ASC was established on July 7, 1972 to foster the care, management, preservation, and improvement of systematics collections and to facilitate their utilization in science and society.

The records include correspondence, memoranda, reports, meeting materials, constitution and by-laws, and publications. They concern the initial discussions for a national program for systematics; the organization and incorporation of ASC; meetings and symposia of ASC; and Kier's service as ASC Vice-President. Also included are a few files documenting NMNH relations with the American Institute of Biological Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Serials (publications)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 364, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Professional Society Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 364
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Professional Society Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0364

Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
79.5 cu. ft. (78 record storage boxes) (3 document boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Black-and-white photographs
Manuscripts
Date:
1971-1990
Descriptive Entry:
These records primarily document the administration of the NMNH during the tenures of Kier, Fiske, and Hoffman. A small amount of files were created by Talbot, and Acting Directors James F. Mello, 1979, and James C. Tyler, 1985 and 1988. The records document the research, exhibition, and educational missions of the NMNH. They also document relations between the NMNH and Smithsonian bureaus and offices, educational organizations, and the museum community. Of special interest are files documenting the planning, construction, and opening of the Museum Support Center; the opening and exhibition program of the Thomas M. Evans Special Exhibition Gallery; and the development of NMNH programs including the Molecular Systematics Laboratory and the Biological Diversity Program. Also included are fiscal and budgetary records, and files documenting special events at the NMNH.
Historical Note:
Porter M. Kier served as Director of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) from 1973 to 1979. Richard S. Fiske was appointed to the position in January 1980 and served until July 1985. Robert S. Hoffman was named Director in October 1985 and remained in the position until January 1988. Frank H. Talbot was appointed Director in June 1988.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 374, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 374
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Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
23 cu. ft. (46 document boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1973-1975
Descriptive Entry:
These records are the official administrative files of the Office of the Director of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), 1973-1975. Porter M. Kier was appointed to that position on January 14, 1973. For an administrative history of the Office of the Director, see Record Unit 155.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 257, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 257
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Subject Files

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
48 cu. ft. (48 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Clippings
Manuscripts
Color transparencies
Architectural drawings
Date:
1948-1970
Descriptive Entry:
These records are the administrative files of the Office of the Director, National Museum of Natural History. Most of the records date from the late-to-mid 1950s. Those records created prior to 1959 are the records of the Director of the United States National Museum, although they are records relating primarily to that segment of the U. S. National Museum that became the Museum of Natural History in 1957.

Related records are to be found in Record Units 88 and 89.
Historical Note:
The United States National Museum had its origins in a scientific organization founded in Washington in 1841 under the name of the National Institute. Although the National Institute was a private organization it was chosen by the federal government as the custodian of minerals received from the James Smithson estate in 1838 and of the collections amassed by the United States Exploring Expedition between 1838 and 1842. The collections were housed in the Patent Office, and funds for their care were provided by the government. In 1858, these collections were transferred to the Smithsonian and were added to specimens already in the possession of the Institution, and federal funds were appropriated for their care.

It is difficult to say with certainty when the U. S. National Museum was officially established but by 1858 a National Museum was reality. The term National Museum was commonly used by the 1860s.

Spencer F. Baird came to the Smithsonian in 1850 as Assistant Secretary in charge of publications and museum. He was in effect, the first director of the U. S. National Museum. In 1875, George Brown Goode was appointed Assistant Curator of the National Museum. By 1878, when Baird became Secretary, Goode was named Curator of the Museum and was virtually in charge of its operation. In 1880 his title was changed to Assistant Director of the U. S. National Museum (the Secretary was officially the Director) and in 1886 to Assistant Secretary in charge of the U. S. National Museum. Goode died in 1896, and his position was filled on an interim basis by Charles D. Walcott until Richard Rathbun was appointed to the position in 1898. After Rathbun's death in 1918, William de C. Ravenel assumed the administrative duties as Administrative Assistant to the Secretary in charge of the U. S. National Museum.

In 1925, Alexander Wetmore was appointed Assistant Secretary, with general supervision over the U. S. National Museum (USNM), the National Gallery of Art, and the National Zoological Park. Ravenel remained Administrative Assistant to the Secretary as well as Director of the Department of Arts and Industries. As a result of Wetmore's appointment, Ravenel was able to devote more time to the Department of Arts and Industries, the forerunner of the present National Museum of History and Technology.

In 1945, Wetmore became Secretary while retaining his duties as Director of the U. S. National Museum.

In 1948, Arthur Remington Kellogg was appointed Director. In 1955 Frank A. Taylor, formerly Head Curator of the Department of Engineering and Industries became Assistant Director of USNM. In 1957, the U. S. National Museum created two administrative subdivisions: the Museum of Natural History (Arthur Remington Kellogg, Acting Director) and the Museum of History and Technology (Frank A. Taylor, Director). In 1958, Albert C. Smith was appointed Director of the Museum of Natural History. In 1962, Kellogg retired and was replaced as Director of USNM by Frank A. Taylor. In the same year, Thomas Dale Stewart replaced Smith as Director of the Museum of Natural History. Richard Sumner Cowan replaced Stewart in 1966, and Cowan was in turn, replaced by Porter M. Kier in 1973.

By 1967 the U. S. National Museum as an administrative entity was eliminated, with the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of History and Technology existing as separate administrative units. In 1969, the names of the museums were changed to the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of History and Technology respectively.

The Director of the National Museum of Natural History reports administratively to the Assistant Secretary for Science. Prior to 1966 he reported to the Director of the U. S. National Museum who was responsible to the Secretary.
Topic:
Natural history museum directors  Search this
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Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Clippings
Manuscripts
Color transparencies
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 155, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
Identifier:
Record Unit 155
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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SPA-210 Smithsonian-Bredin Expeditions, General

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 18 of 48
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 155, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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SPA-210 Smithsonian-Bredin Expeditions, Publications

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 18 of 48
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 155, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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BG-6-1-1 West Wing Hyman Co. Correspondence, 1963

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 48
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 155, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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SPA-210 Smithsonian-Bredin Expeditions, Trip IV - Yacht Freelance

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 18 of 48
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 155, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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SPA-210 Smithsonian-Bredin Expeditions, Trip V - Yacht Caribee

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 18 of 48
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 155, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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SPA-211-1 SI Bredin-Archbold Biological Survey of Dominica, General

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 18 of 48
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 155, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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SPA-211-1-1 SI Bredin-Archbold Biological Survey of Dominica, Publications

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 18 of 48
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 155, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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SPA-211-2 SI Bredin-Archbold Biological Survey of Dominica, Flora of Dominica

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 18 of 48
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 155, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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Box 19

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 155, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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SPA-211-3 Modern Smithsonian Expedition to Dominica - Scientific Investigation of Vegetation Ecology of Dominica

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 19 of 48
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 155, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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SPA-213 Organization of Specimen Associated Data Assembled by Dr. Waldo L. Schmitt

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 19 of 48
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 155, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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