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 (Richard Hubbard Howland) Search this
17 cu. ft. (17 record storage boxes)
These records deal in some degree with Howland's work as Head Curator but mostly describe his assignment as a Special Assistant. Records include wide correspondence
with furniture dealers, professional organizations, learned societies, historical preservation groups, and prospective donors. There is also some material documenting Howland's
work on the Smithsonian Associates' program of travel tours, as well as files of information on the Archaeological Institute of America and the American School of Classical
Studies in Athens.
Special Assistants to the Secretary have discharged many duties over the years. Richard H. Howland first came to the Smithsonian Institution in 1960 as Head Curator
and Chairman of Civil History, National Museum of American History. In 1964 Howland became a special assistant to newly arrived Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, who asked him to
restore the Smithsonian Institution Building to its original nineteenth-century ambience.