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National Museum of Natural History 100th Anniversary Oral History Interviews

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History  Search this
Extent:
15 digital audio files; 42 digital video files
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Electronic records
Compact discs
Digital images
Transcripts
Date:
2009-2011
Introduction:
The Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also reminiscences and interviews recorded by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

As part of the celebration of the Centennial of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), oral history interviews were conducted with museum staff members from an array of professions and subject areas, by SIA Institutional History Division staff, American University students, and volunteers from 2009 to 2011. Interviewees were nominated by NMNH staff and the project was coordinated by Heather P. Ewing. Interviews were recorded in digital audio and digital video, and deposited in the Smithsonian Institution Archives Oral History Collection.
Descriptive Entry:
These interviews discuss their careers at the NMNH, work with collections, research, scientific illustration, exhibits, taxidermy, museum security, interaction with the public and staff. The NMNH Centennial Interviews consist of c. 38.75 hours of interview with 21.25 hours of digital audio recordings, 17.5 hours of digital video recordings, and c. 500 pages of transcript.
Historical Note:
National Museum of Natural History interviewees include Andre R. Bell, Protection Services, NMNH; Audrey Butler, Food Services; Alan H. Cheetham, Curator of Paleobiology; R. "Chip" Clark, museum photographer; Roy S. Clarke, Jr., Curator of Meteorites; Donald Davis, Curator of Entomology; Elizabeth Dietrich, Supervisory Museum Specialist, Museum Support Center; Leon Dixon, Locksmith Foreman; Nathan Erwin, manager, Insect Zoo; Frank M. Greenwell, taxidermist; Kristofer M. Helgen, Curator of Mammals; Gary F. Hevel, Museum Specialist, Department of Entomology; David Hunt, Museum Specialist, Department of Anthropology; James J. Krakker, Museum Specialist, Department of Anthropology; Storrs L. Olson, Curator of Birds; David L. Pawson, Curator of Invertebrate Zoology; Paul W. Pohwat, Museum Specialist, Department of Mineral Sciences; Paul D. Rhymer, exhibits specialist; Mary E. Rice, director Emeritus, Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce; Martha Rosen, Natural History Branch Librarian for Smithsonian Institution Libraries; George F. "Rusty" Russell, Supervisory Museum Specialist, Department of Botany; and George Venable, scientific illustrator, Department of Entomology.

Interviewers included Inci Bowman, Mignon Davis, and Mark White from NMNH, Lauren Dare and Pamela M. Henson from Smithsonian Institution Archives, Emma Lang, John Minks, James Nelson, Cigdem Pakel, William Stapleton, and Bridget Sullivan from American University, and Courtney Shaw and Mary A. Thomas from Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
Restrictions:
Some of these interviews are restricted. The Andre Bell, Roy S. Clarke, Jr., Kristofer M. Helgen, Storrs L. Olson, Paul W. Pohwat, Paul D. Rhymer, and Mary E. Rice interviews cannot be used without their permission prior to 2050. The Leon Dixon, Donald Davis, David L. Pawson, and Martha Rosen interview transcripts cannot be used without their permission. The George Venable recording cannot be used without permission. The Audrey Butler, Alan Cheetham, Chip Clark, Elizabeth Dietrich, Nathan Erwin, Frank Greenwell, Gary Hevel, David Hunt, James Krakker, and Rusty Russell interviews are unrestricted. Contact SIHistory@si.edu to request permission.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
Photography -- Scientific applications  Search this
Centennial celebrations, etc.  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Cafeterias  Search this
Security guards  Search this
Food service  Search this
Taxidermists  Search this
Scientific illustration  Search this
Anniversaries  Search this
Natural history museums  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museum curators -- Interviews  Search this
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Taxidermy  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Electronic records
Compact discs
Digital images
Transcripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9622, National Museum of Natural History 100th Anniversary Oral History Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9622
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National Museum of Natural History 100th Anniversary Oral History Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9622

[Commemorative One Hundred Dollar Bill, Virginia : paper money,]

Publisher:
McGurk, John G.  Search this
Series Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Ink on paper., 3" x 7".)
Type:
Archival materials
Paper money
Currency
Commemoratives
Place:
Virginia
Date:
1961-1965
Scope and Contents:
Commemorative One Hundred Dollar bill for the Civil War Centennial 1961-1965. Date on bill, Oct. 15, 1862.
Local Numbers:
AC0060-0001246a.tif (AC Scan No.: obverse)

AC0060-0001246b.tif (AC Scan No.: verso)
General:
In Box 2, Folder 26.
Civil War Selections from the Archives Center
Related Materials:
Civil War series, Warshaw Collection of Business Americana
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Centennial celebrations, etc.  Search this
Civil war  Search this
Genre/Form:
Paper money
Currency
Commemoratives
Series Citation:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Civil War
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Civil War / Government Records, Business Records, and Other / Civil War
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0060-s01-01-civilwar-ref534
Online Media:

Records

Topic:
Toward Our Third Century (Motion picture : 1976)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for History and Art  Search this
Extent:
48 cu. ft. (48 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings
Sound recordings
Newsletters
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Date:
1966-1980, with related records from 1961
Descriptive Entry:
This record unit documents the tenure of Charles Blitzer as assistant secretary for History and Art from 1973 to 1979. There are also records pertaining to the Office of Education and Training, 1965-1968, which Blitzer had directed.

The celebration of the bicentennial of the American Revolution was a major Smithsonian project from 1972 to 1977. These records document those efforts from first proposals to their completion or abandonment and include memoranda, budget proposals, and audio-visual recordings, including a 16-mm film of the Wells Fargo Essay Contest, Towards Our Third Century.

The records consist of correspondence, memoranda, budgets, and associated materials documenting the changing activities of History and Art bureaus during a period of intense activity and growth.
Historical Note:
Changes in History and Art's organization during these years included the return of the Hillwood Estate to the Marjorie Merriweather Post Foundation in 1975, the transfer of the Smithsonian Institution Archives to the Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs, and the assignment of the office of the American Revolution Bicentennial Coordinator to History and Art. The Renwick Gallery was acquired as a showcase for design, crafts, and decorative arts and became part of the National Museum of American Art. The Smithsonian also acquired the Carnegie Mansion and renovated it to house the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, which opened in 1976. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden was completed during this period and opened in 1974. The Museum of History and Technology became the National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT) in 1969.
Topic:
American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976  Search this
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Contests  Search this
Centennial celebrations, etc.  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Historical museums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings
Sound recordings
Newsletters
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 281, Smithsonian Institution, Asbsistant Secretary for History and Art, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 281
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0281

American Revolution Bicentennial Records

Topic:
Art in America: A Bibliography (Monograph)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for History and Art  Search this
Extent:
44.54 cu. ft. (41 record storage boxes) (1 document box) (1 12x17 box) (2 16x20 boxes) (2 oversize folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Clippings
Books
Sound recordings
Manuscripts
Motion pictures (visual works)
Color transparencies
Brochures
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Color negatives
Architectural drawings
Date:
1962-1982
Descriptive Entry:
These records document the work of Susan A. Hamilton as Bicentennial Coordinator, acting under the direction of the Assistant Secretary for History and Art. They also cover preliminary planning for Bicentennial programs carried out between 1968 and the creation of the Office in 1971. For a fuller record of such activities, researchers should also consult the records of John J. Slocum, Special Assistant to the Secretary (Record Unit 341).

These records consist of correspondence, memoranda, publications, photographs, videotapes, a banner, and posters documenting the work of the Coordinator and the committee, as well as proposals and planning documents for both approved and rejected projects prepared to mark the Bicentennial. Plans for Art in America: A Bibliography and for an exhibition, The Federal City: Plans and Realities, are especially well represented.
Historical Note:
The Bicentennial Coordinator's Office was created on July 1, 1971, to coordinate the work of a special Institution-wide committee intended to plan the Smithsonian's activities in observance of the Bicentennial of the American Revolution. The office was abolished in 1977 at the conclusion of the Bicentennial observance.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976  Search this
Centennial celebrations, etc.  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Clippings
Books
Sound recordings
Manuscripts
Motion pictures (visual works)
Color transparencies
Brochures
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Color negatives
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 337, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for History and Art, American Revolution Bicentennial Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 337
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American Revolution Bicentennial Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0337

National Zoological Park Offices, Officials and Programs Files

Creator::
National Zoological Park. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
40 cu. ft. (40 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Date:
1958-1999
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the programs and activities of National Zoological Park (NZP) offices and departments during the tenures of Directors Theodore H. Reed, 1958-1983; and Michael H. Robinson, 1984-2000.

Materials include correspondence, memoranda, departmental reports, meeting minutes, planning files, research proposals and reports, collections management files, policy development records, award files, exhibition records, animal files, facilities and maintenance files, public affairs records, education files, photographs, biodiversity program records, project files, records pertaining to workshops and seminars, and other administrative records. Of particular interest are records relating to the Amazonia tropical rainforest exhibition, giant pandas, the Man and Beast Revisited Symposium, and the NZP Centennial celebration.

See also Accession 01-042, Director's Subject Files, which may contain related records.
Topic:
Zoos  Search this
Pandas  Search this
Centennial celebrations, etc.  Search this
Zoo directors  Search this
Zoos -- Administration  Search this
Congresses and conventions  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 01-044, National Zoological Park. Office of the Director, National Zoological Park Offices, Officials and Programs Files
Identifier:
Accession 01-044
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National Zoological Park Offices, Officials and Programs Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa01-044

Symposia and Seminars Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Interdisciplinary Studies  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Books
Clippings
Manuscripts
Date:
1983-1992
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records which document planning for symposiums, with earlier records dating back to the Office of Symposia and Seminars. Materials include the correspondence of Wilton Dillon, Director, 1987-1988, and Chair, 1989; Carla M. Borden, Associate Director, 1987, Acting Director, 1988, and Senior Program Specialist, 1988; and Neil G. Kotler, Program Specialist, pertaining to administrative issues, budget planning, special events, and symposiums; release forms; contracts; information about fundraising, grants, donations, and awards; budget summaries; and files pertaining to the World Food Prize, the Times Mirror Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Annie Laurie Aitken Charitable Trust, the Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebration, and the Close Up Foundation.

The symposia documented in this accession include "Constitutional Roots, Rights and Responsibilities," "Afro-Americans and the Evolution of a Living Constitution," "Man and Beast Revisited," and "Les Droits de l'Homme and Scientific Progress."
Topic:
Special events  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.) -- Centennial celebrations, etc.  Search this
World Food Prize  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Congresses and conventions  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Clippings
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 94-011, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, Symposia and Seminars Records
Identifier:
Accession 94-011
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Symposia and Seminars Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa94-011

50 lines for 50 words on Marcel Duchamp Coco Gordon

Author:
Gordon, Coco 1938-  Search this
Author:
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Subject:
Duchamp, Marcel 1887-1968 Centennial celebrations, etc  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume (unpaged) illustrations 22 cm
Type:
Books
Calligraphy
Copy art
Exposed sewn bindings
Hand-bound books
Handmade papers
Mixed media
Non-adhesive bindings
Photcopy art
Poems
Acetate film
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
Flax fibers (Paper)
Limited editions
Specimens
Thread
tracing vellum
transparent vellum
Place:
United States
Date:
1987
Topic:
Anniversaries  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.G65194 G6f 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_417890

Somphōt Krung Rattanakōsin 200 Pī = Rattanakosin Bicentennial : a pictorial celebration of Thailand

Author:
Kānthō̜ngthīeo hǣng Prathēt Thai  Search this
Physical description:
320 p. : chiefly col. ill., maps, plans ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
Thailand
Bangkok (Thailand)
Date:
1983
2526 [1983]
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Centennial celebrations, etc  Search this
Call number:
DS566.2 .S65
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_873969

California, the centennial of the Gold Rush and the first State Constitution; [catalog of] an exhibit in the Library of Congress, Washington, D. C., November 12, 1949 to February 12, 1950

Author:
Library of Congress  Search this
Physical description:
iv, 97 p. illus., maps ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Bibliography
Place:
California
Date:
1949
Topic:
Centennial celebrations, etc  Search this
Call number:
Z881.U5 1949cX
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_363039

1607, Jamestown exposition, 1907, Hampton Roads, Virginia

Title:
Jamestown exposition
Jamestown exposition, Hampton Roads, Virginia
Subject:
Roosevelt, Theodore 1858-1919 Anniversaries, etc  Search this
Physical description:
16 pages illustrations, folded maps 18 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Virginia
Hampton Roads
Jamestown (Va.)
Hampton Roads (Harbor)
Jamestown
Date:
1907
20th century
Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Anniversaries  Search this
Centennial celebrations, etc  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
F234.J3 S62 1907
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1000331

Report to the governor, 30 June 1936

Author:
Tercentenary Commission of the State of Connecticut  Search this
Physical description:
69 p. tables. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Connecticut
Date:
1936
Topic:
Centennial celebrations, etc  Search this
Call number:
F97.C784X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_293363

The tercentenary of Connecticut, 1635-1935 : the Connecticut ode, the tercentenary in review, Connecticut celebrates, Connecticut and her founders, the evolution of the government of Connecticut

Title:
Connecticut tercentenary, 1935
Author:
Tercentenary Commission of the State of Connecticut  Search this
Physical description:
55 pages ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Connecticut
Date:
1936
[1936]
Topic:
Anniversaries  Search this
History  Search this
Centennial celebrations, etc  Search this
Call number:
F94 .T315 1936
F94.T315 1936
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_386064

New London's participation in Connecticut's tercentenary, 1935. Compiled and edited by Ernest E. Rogers

Editor:
Rogers, Ernest E (Ernest Elias) 1866-1945  Search this
Physical description:
x pages, 1 leaf, 121, [2] pages frontispiece, illustrations (including map) 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New London (Conn.)
Connecticut
New London
Date:
1935
Topic:
Anniversaries  Search this
Centennial celebrations, etc  Search this
Call number:
F104.N7R6X 1935
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_386132

Official guide to the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition and City of Nashville issued under authority of the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition

Title:
Six days of delight - a week at the Tennessee Centennial
Author:
Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition (1897 : Nashville, Tenn.)  Search this
Subject:
Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition (1897 : Nashville)  Search this
Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition (1897 : Nashville, Tenn.)  Search this
Physical description:
194 [19] pages illustrations, map, portraits, facsimile 21 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Guidebooks
Place:
Tennessee
Date:
1897
Topic:
Centennial celebrations, etc  Search this
Call number:
T775.A1 T46 1897
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_999616

RAM100 : Rockford Art Museum: 1913-2013 / Rockford Art Museum ; [editor-in-chief, Linda Dennis ; plates and images, Carrie Johnson Breitbach; copy, Sarah Bursley McNamara]

Title:
RAM 100
RAM 100: Rockford Art Museum Centennial, 1913-2013
Author:
Dennis, Linda  Search this
Breitbach, Carrie Johnson  Search this
McNamara, Sarah Bursley  Search this
Host institution:
Rockford Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Rockford Art Museum  Search this
Rockford Art Museum Centennial celebrations, etc  Search this
Physical description:
147 : ill. (mostly col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Illinois
Rockford
United States
Date:
2013
21st century
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Artists  Search this
Call number:
N6512.7 .R36 2013
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1038754

The American Bicentennial Jazz Celebration / [illustrations by Alex Mattison]

Author:
American Revolution Bicentennial Administration  Search this
Mattison, Alex  Search this
Physical description:
[24] pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Type:
Songs and music
Music
Place:
United States
Date:
1976
[1976]
Topic:
Jazz  Search this
American Revolution Bicentennial, 1976  Search this
Centennial celebrations, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1041856

The centennial cruise by one of the guests

Physical description:
130 pages illustrations, portraits 20 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
United States
Date:
1877
Topic:
Voyages and travels  Search this
Anniversaries  Search this
History  Search this
Centennial celebrations, etc  Search this
Call number:
F124 .C46 1877
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_953880

The centennial book one hundred years of Christian civilization in Hawaii, 1820-1920 a symposium

Author:
Hawaiian mission centennial  Search this
Physical description:
3 pages 1., 3-90 pages plates, portraits 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Hawaii
Date:
1920
Topic:
Missions  Search this
Anniversaries  Search this
Centennial celebrations, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_957705

Louisiana and the fair [microform] : an exposition of the world, its people and their achievements / J. W. Buel, editor

Author:
Buel, James W (James William) 1849-1920  Search this
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.)  Search this
Subject:
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.)  Search this
Physical description:
10 v. (3851 p.) : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Microforms
Place:
America
New France
Mississippi River Valley
West (U.S.)
Date:
1904
1905
[1904-05]
Topic:
Louisiana Purchase--Centennial celebrations, etc  Search this
Discovery and exploration  Search this
Spanish  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
mfm 003107.153-154.1
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_485925

Centennial fun

Subject:
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.) Humor  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
United States
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Date:
1876
1876?]
Topic:
American wit and humor  Search this
American wit and humor, Pictorial  Search this
Centennial celebrations, etc  Search this
Call number:
PN6161 .C46 1876
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_774895

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