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Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Date:
1899-1958
Descriptive Entry:
These records consist of correspondence, reports, proposals, estimates, and drawings concerning various aspects of the Smithsonian physical plant, with emphasis on early electrical, heating, and ventilating systems in the Smithsonian Institution Building, the Arts and Industries Building (A&I), the Freer Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, the National Zoological Park, the Natural History Building (NHB), the National Cathedral, and the Library of Congress.
Topic:
Smithsonian buildings  Search this
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Museum buildings  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 565, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 565
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Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Extent:
29.58 cu. ft. (29 record storage boxes) (1 tall document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Architectural drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Manuscripts
Sketches
Date:
1881-1973
Descriptive Entry:
These records include records of the Buildings Management Department and its predecessors, including subject files, photographs, plans, reports, sketches, drawings, blueprints, memoranda, and correspondence concerning maintenance, financial matters, labor and supply costs, visitors, receptions, exhibitions, guard forces, and buildings maintained by the Department.

Annual reports from the Superintendent of Buildings and Labor (1902-1946) contain maintenance reports of the Division; financial statements broken down by maintenance, labor, and supply costs; salary of staff positions; visitor reports of the United States National Museum and Smithsonian Institution Building; special visitors, receptions and exhibitions in the USNM; and watch force reports. Buildings maintained by the Division included the Smithsonian Institution Building, Arts and Industries Building, Museum of Natural History Building, Ninth Street Annex, Emery Building, and South Shed. There is a table of contents for each report beginning with the annual report of 1907. Reports are arranged in chronological order.

Buildings and museums represented in this collection include: Anacostia Museum, Barney Studio House, Belmont Conference Center, National Museum of History and Technology, National Museum of Natural History, National Collection of Fine Arts, National Portrait Gallery, National Air and Space Museum (formerly the National Air Museum), Arts and Industries Building, Freer Gallery of Art, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Radiation Biology Laboratory, Chesapeake Bay Center for Environmental Studies, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Smithsonian Institution Building, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Oceanographic Sorting Center, and Silver Hill Facility.
Historical Note:
The Buildings Management Department (BMD) and its predecessors operated, maintained, and protected the Smithsonian's offices, museums, and research facilities in the Washington, D.C., area. They provided security for museum collections, and information, direction, and assistance to Smithsonian visitors. In performing these duties, the Department supplied engineering, design, fabrication, repair, communication, transportation, special mechanical, and safety services.

Henry Horan was the first Superintendent of Buildings, holding that position from 1880 to 1896. In 1896, J. Elfreth Watkins became Chief of the newly created Division of Buildings and Superintendence. Another reorganization in 1902 gave Watkins the title of Superintendent and James S. Goldsmith that of Supervisor of Construction. In 1904, the Division of Construction and Labor was created. The title was changed to Buildings and Labor in 1915, Buildings and Grounds in 1954, and Buildings Management Department in 1958. Goldsmith was Superintendent from 1904 to 1935; Royal H. Trembly held the position from 1935 to 1943; and Lawrence L. Oliver held it from 1943 to 1957. Oliver became Buildings Manager in 1958 and was succeeded by Andrew F. Michaels in 1959. In 1965 the title was changed to Director of Buildings Management Department and Michaels held the position until 1973. In 1973, the Buildings Management Department was reorganized into a number of newly created offices.
Topic:
Buildings -- Maintenance  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Architectural drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Manuscripts
Sketches
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 157, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 157
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Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Extent:
102.06 cu. ft. (98 record storage boxes) (7 tall document boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Architectural drawings
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Floor plans
Black-and-white transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Clippings
Manuscripts
Color transparencies
Plates (illustrations)
Brochures
Audiotapes
Date:
1947-1979, with related records from 1902
Introduction:
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Descriptive Entry:
These records comprise the working files of the Engineering and Construction Division as well as the files of the building managers and resident engineers in the Building Services Division. The records of the Engineering and Construction Division were maintained by James M. Murphy and Roy O'Brien. They concern repairs and improvements to Smithsonian facilities including the Arts and Industries Building, Barney Studio House, Barro Colorado Island, the Renwick Gallery, the National Zoological Park, Adelaide Forbes Calhoun property, River House residence, the Freer Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution Building, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Andrew Carnegie Building (home of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum).

These records contain correspondence, contracts, specifications, and blueprints concerning work planned and performed. The records of the building managers and resident engineers include blueprints, specifications, correspondence, reports, transcripts, photographs, shop drawings, and daily inspection reports concerning the History and Technology Building, the Natural History Building, and the Fine Arts and Portrait Galleries Buildings. Harold L. Haworth and Roy W. Johnson were the resident engineers of the History and Technology Building from 1958 to 1967. F. H. Mahlman was the resident engineer of the Natural History Building from 1961 to 1964. Hugh E. Yates was the resident engineer for the Fine Arts and Portrait Gallery Building from 1964 to 1966.
Historical Note:
During the period documented in this record unit, the Department was divided into four divisions: the Office of the Director, Protection Division, Mechanical Services Division, and Building Services Division. The Office of the Director included the Design and Review Office, Engineering and Construction Division, and Safety Management Office.
Topic:
Architectural design  Search this
Buildings -- Maintenance  Search this
Buildings -- Repair and reconstruction  Search this
Museum buildings  Search this
Smithsonian buildings  Search this
Genre/Form:
Architectural drawings
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Floor plans
Black-and-white transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Clippings
Manuscripts
Color transparencies
Plates (illustrations)
Brochures
Audiotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 532
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352 Plywood Panels for the Grid Ceilings

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Container:
Box 29 of 105
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
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Box 30

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
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353 Additional 4" Block Wall in the 5th Floor Serving

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Container:
Box 30 of 105
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
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354 Omit Canopy, Hall of Philately

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Container:
Box 30 of 105
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
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355 Omit Curtain Wall, Hall of Textiles

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Container:
Box 30 of 105
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
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356 Additional 12" to 14" Check Valves for Chill Water System

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Container:
Box 30 of 105
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
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357 Reimbursement to GSA for Testing Caulking Compound

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Container:
Box 30 of 105
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
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358 Modifications of Cold Cathode Fixture Reflectors

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Container:
Box 30 of 105
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
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359 Temporary Steam, Winter 1961-1962

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Container:
Box 30 of 105
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
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360 Addition of 7/8" Recessed Marble Panel in 1st Floor Center Hall

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Container:
Box 30 of 105
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
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New Castle Products, Inc. Drawings

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Container:
Box 8 of 105
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
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361 6" Channel on Canopy of Hall of Textiles Suspended by Hanger Rods

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Container:
Box 30 of 105
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
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362 Relocation of Fire Hose Cabinet from Basement Machine Room AB038

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Container:
Box 30 of 105
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
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363 Relocation of Fire Alarm Gongs and Horns

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Container:
Box 30 of 105
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
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364 Proposed Design of Marble Support and Raceway Closure

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Container:
Box 30 of 105
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
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365 Omit Finish at Adams Room, Hall of Political History

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Container:
Box 30 of 105
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
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366 Omission of Partitions

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department  Search this
Container:
Box 30 of 105
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 532, Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department, Records
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