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Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary. Executive Assistant to the Secretary Search this
5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes)
This accession consists of the correspondence of James M. Hobbins, Executive Assistant to the Secretary, documenting Smithsonian Institution administrative and managerial
activities between the Office of the Secretary and the Board of Regents. Materials include correspondence which dates from January 2005 through September 2006.
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2022; Transferring office; 5/16/1996 memorandum, Robinson to Hobbins; Contact reference staff for details.
This accession consists of the correspondence file of Christine Minter-Dowd, who worked for Richard H. Howland (Special Assistant to the Secretary), and pertain to
the Firestone Silver Collection catalog project. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, research notes, and architectural drawings and sketches.
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary. Special Assistant to the Secretary for Bicentennial Planning Search this
3.41 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 film box)
These records consist of correspondence between Slocum and various persons and organizations he dealt with in carrying out his duties. They also document some of his
personal interests, notably numismatics and the work of the English Speaking Union.
The Special Assistant to the Secretary for Bicentennial Planning was responsible for developing various aspects of the Smithsonian Institution's planning for the celebration
of the Bicentennial of the American Revolution in 1976. For a full account of planning for the Bicentennial events, researchers should also consult the records of the Bicentennial
Coordinator responsible for internal Smithsonian planning, Record Unit 337.
John J. Slocum was attached to the Office of the Secretary, but also reported on occasion to the Director of the National Museum of History and Technology since he was
involved in procuring artifacts for use by the Museum in its exhibits. He was particularly involved in negotiations for a Pony Express first-day cover and for a Corliss steam
engine, both of which the Museum wanted as features of its Bicentennial exhibitions. Slocum was also responsible for planning and leading a Smithsonian National Associates
trip to Turkey during 1971, drawing on his earlier experience of the eastern Mediterranean in the American diplomatic service.
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary. Special Assistant to the Secretary for Fine Arts Search this
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
These records primarily consist of form letters answering Beggs' survey. Other records pertaining to this collection such as charters and annual reports have been dispersed
in the National Museum of American Art and Portrait Gallery Library.
The position of Special Assistant to the Secretary for Fine Arts was created in 1965. Thomas M. Beggs, who had served as Director of the National Collection of Fine
Arts, 1948-1964, held the position until his retirement in 1965. He was charged with surveying American and foreign art museums concerning the development of contemporary
art in this country.