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An Information Storage and Retrieval System for Biological and Geological Data

Container:
Box 12 of 15
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-169, National Museum of Natural History. Assistant Director for Automatic Data Processing, Program Records
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Program Records
Program Records / Box 12
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa95-169-refidd1e5315

History of Smithsonian Institution Computing Oral History Interviews

Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Transcripts
Compact discs
Digital images
Electronic records
Electronic images
Sound recordings
Date:
2016-2021
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 and volunteers 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.
Descriptive Entry:
Computer technology has been employed for more than fifty years at the Smithsonian. Information Technology (IT) currently supports every facet of the Institution’s operations. The Smithsonian was often a leader in scientific/research use of IT, use of IT to manage museum collections and use of the internet to make collections and research data more publicly available. Thus the history of computing at the Smithsonian is an important component of the history of the Institution. Working with the Institutional History program, three retired longtime IT staff members, David Bridge, John H. Churchman and Carla I. Roeper, volunteered to review existing historic documents (at SIA and other sources), conduct additional research, compile additional documentation including oral history interviews, and prepare an overview of the history of computing at the Smithsonian.

The History of Smithsonian Computing interviewees include David Bearman, David Bridge, Melanie Cameron Dann, Thomas Garnett, Brooke Henley, John P. Howser, James F. Mello, Dante Piacesi, Rusty Russell, and Ching-hsien Wang.

These interviews discuss their contributions to information technology at the Smithsonian from the 1960s to 2000, including the evolution from mainframe computers to desktop to the internet, and applications ranging from scientific data processing, collections management systems, financial and administrative systems, and office applications. The interviews also trace the history of central computing and unit specific support staff across the Smithsonian.

The History of Smithsonian Computing Oral History Interviews collection is comprised of 15 interview sessions, with 10 individuals, totaling approximately 25.75 hours of recordings. In total, this collection is comprised of 35 original digital audio .wav files, 5 original digital video .mp4 files, 35 reference digital audio .mp3 files, and 5 reference digital video .mp4 files, as well as c. 750 pages of transcripts. The interviews were conducted in 2016-2021 by volunteers David Bridge, John H. Churchman, and Carla I. Roeper.

David Bearman attended Brown University and received his Ph.D. in History of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. In the late 1970s, he became involved in issues surrounding how archival information is structured, including work with a Society of American Archivists task force, led by Richard H. Lytle of Smithsonian Archives. In 1982 Lytle became director of the Smithsonian Office of Information Resource Management and Bearman joined him as Assistant and then Deputy Director. Both Bearman and Lytle left the Smithsonian in 1986 to pursue new developments in the field of information technology.

David Bridge attended the University of Maryland, and then Bridge began his career at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Bridge began working in the Division of Birds at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History in 1964 and retired in 2006. In 1967 he became involved in a Department of Health, Education, and Welfare grant project, one of the earliest efforts to automate information on collections. He worked for Natural History’s Automatic Data Processing program from 1970 to 1983, for the Museum Support Center from 1983 to 2000 and for the National Museum of the American Indian from 2000 to 2006.

Melanie Cameron Dann received a bachelor of arts degree in administrative science from Yale University in 1979. Dann first worked for General Electric Information Systems as a programmer analyst; then from 1983 to 1991, she was a senior manager with Price Waterhouse, implementing financial systems for government clients. She joined the Smithsonian in 1991 working on implementation of automated financial systems and then became director of advancement operations and systems in the Smithsonian Office of Advancement.

Thomas Garnett participated in a Buddhist program called Karmê Chöling from 1972 to 1976, and obtained a bachelor's degree in Religion at the University of Colorado (1979) and a Masters in Library Science from Catholic University (1980). He worked as an Information Specialist at the General Accounting Office just before being hired by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL) in October, 1982. He also taught at the Naropa Institute in 1977. After coming to SI, he soon was appointed Systems Administrator and oversaw the acquisition, installation and maintenance of three different major library automation software products. He was also program director for the Biodiversity Heritage Library until his retirement in 2012.

Brooke Henley was Chief of the Catalog Records Unit for Smithsonian Institution Libraries and oversaw much of the work of retrospective conversion of card catalog data to machine-readable form in OCLC in the 1980s.

John P. Howser received a degree in accounting at Strayer University in 1959 and worked as an accountant at Safeway from 1961 to 1968. He began his career at the Smithsonian in the Fiscal Division in 1968 and subsequently held managerial positions for many other offices, including the Accounting Division, Treasurer’s Office’s Financial Systems Division, Office of Accounting and Financial Services, Office of Financial Management and Planning, and Office of Contracting and Property Management. He was chairman of the [Data Processing] DP Manager’s Roundtable on two occasions.

James F. Mello graduated from Yale University in 1962 and joined the United States Geological Survey as a paleontologist, stationed at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. In late 1969, he was recruited by Dr. Richard S. Cowan, Director of Natural History, to lead a new office. Mello became Assistant to the Director in January 1970 and was in charge of the Automatic Data Processing Program and contributed greatly to the development of the SELGEM computer system. When Dr. Porter M. Kier became Director of Natural History in 1973, he recruited Mello to be Assistant Director. Mello continued to be deeply involved with computers and data processing issues, and the Under Secretary of the Smithsonian, Robert A. Brooks, tapped him to lead an Institutional study of computer services at the Smithsonian in 1975. He also played an important role as the five-year Congressionally-mandated collections inventory which began in the late 70s, and was followed by the planning to occupy the new Museum Support Center (MSC) and the move of tens of millions of specimens and objects to Suitland, Maryland.

Dante Piacesi joined the central computing organization of the Smithsonian as the manager of the Scientific Applications Division in 1967. Piacesi played a critical role in the development of computer applications in support of Smithsonian researchers and was assistant director of the Office of Information Resource Management from 1982 to until his retirement in 1986.

Rusty [George F.] Russell attended the University of Maryland and then joined the Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History in 1975. He became Collections Manager in 1979, the same year his department began a massive inventory of the collection and was deeply involved in the development of collections management systems. In the year 2000, he set up an imaging lab which has resulted in the digitization of some 300,000 specimens. He also initiated the Smithsonian’s Field Book project, a very successful program to digitize field notebooks from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and retired in 2017.

Ching-hsien Wang emigrated from China in 1979 and then attended the American University and Montgomery College where she learned English. At the University of Maryland, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree in 1982. After graduating, she went to work for GEAC which marketed a library automation system and the Smithsonian was a GEAC customer. In 1988, she began working for the Smithsonian providing technical support for GEAC and then for its successors, NOTIS and Horizon. After the departure of the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) director in 1998, Ching-hsien became branch manager. She spearheaded the effort to digitize Smithsonian images for fourteen archives units and to build the first Smithsonian central repository of Smithsonian metadata of libraries, archives, and museums. This repository was the basis for the first Collections Search Center, which enabled the public to search across many Smithsonian assets. She retired in 2020.
Rights:
Restricted. Contact SIHistory@si.edu to request permission.
Topic:
Information technology  Search this
Computer systems  Search this
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SIRIS (Information system)  Search this
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Museums -- Collection management  Search this
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SELf GEnerating Master (SELGEM)  Search this
Museums and the Internet  Search this
Genre/Form:
Transcripts
Compact discs
Digital images
Electronic records
Electronic images
Sound recordings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9637, Smithsonian Institution, History of Smithsonian Institution Computing Oral History Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9637
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History of Smithsonian Institution Computing Oral History Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9637

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Cummings, Thomas Seir, 1804-1894  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981-1983
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk circa 1824-1894. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Thomas Seir Cummings papers
Thomas Seir Cummings papers / Series 1: Thomas Seir Cummings Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9bfcc8ce6-38ea-4c34-b769-5de6f14b7bab
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cummitho-ref3
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Director's Records

Extent:
3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Books
Manuscripts
Date:
1981-1991
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of administrative records from the Office of Information Resource Management (OIRM), Office of the Director.
Topic:
Information resources management  Search this
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Information storage and retrieval systems  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 93-130, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Information Resource Management, Director's Records
Identifier:
Accession 93-130
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Director's Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa93-130

Records

Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Audiotapes
Date:
circa 1981-1988
Descriptive Entry:
These records document administrative activities of the Office of Information Resource Management (OIRM). Materials include correspondence and memoranda of the former director, Richard H. Lytle, and deputy director, David A. Bearman. Records also include information pertaining to the reorganization of the office, policy and planning, personnel, budget, minutes of meetings for the Steering Committee and Cost Center Advisory Board, and computer systems upgrading.
Topic:
Information technology  Search this
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Information resources management  Search this
Information storage and retrieval systems  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Audiotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 93-007, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Information Resource Management, Records
Identifier:
Accession 93-007
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa93-007

Director's Records

Extent:
1.5 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Books
Manuscripts
Date:
1978-1987
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records that pertain to various committees, bureaus, museums, and divisions within the Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Information technology  Search this
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Information resources management  Search this
Information storage and retrieval systems  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 90-119, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Information Resource Management, Director's Records
Identifier:
Accession 90-119
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Director's Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa90-119

Records

Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Drawings
Date:
1983-1987
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of GEAC Contract and Smithsonian Institution Bibliographic Information System (SIBIS) Construction files; maintenance and lease materials; Office of Information Resource Management (OIRM) cost estimates; OIRM Advisory Board minutes and renovation drawings; proposals for OIRM renovation; reports of space requirements for OIRM; Arts and Industries Building computer center improvements; policy materials pertaining to SIBIS cost; guidelines for computer center; correspondence and memoranda; drawings and sketches; and architectural drawings.
Topic:
Geac Library Information System  Search this
Information technology  Search this
Information resources management  Search this
Information storage and retrieval systems  Search this
Computer systems  Search this
Buildings -- Repair and reconstruction  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 90-151, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Information Resource Management, Records
Identifier:
Accession 90-151
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa90-151

Administrative Records

Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1978-1987
Descriptive Entry:
This accession contains information on the Office of Information Resource Management's (OIRM) data base management system, GEAC proposal, budgetary information, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) needs for automation, and some general correspondence from the Director.
Topic:
Geac Library Information System  Search this
Information resources management  Search this
Information storage and retrieval systems  Search this
Information technology  Search this
Computer systems  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 89-131, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Information Resource Management, Administrative Records
Identifier:
Accession 89-131
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Administrative Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa89-131

Records

Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Manuscripts
Date:
1983-1985
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records that document the operation of certain aspects of the work of the Office of Information Resource Management.
Topic:
Information technology  Search this
Information resources management  Search this
Computer systems  Search this
Information storage and retrieval systems  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-173, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Information Resource Management, Records
Identifier:
Accession 88-173
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa88-173

Publications

Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Books
Serials (publications)
Date:
1972-1983
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of publications issued by the Office of Information Resource Management (OIRM), with earlier issues dating from when OIRM was known as the Smithsonian's Information Systems Division and the Office of Computer Services. The publications pertain to the Smithsonian Institution Information Retrieval System (SIIRS) and, beginning in the early 1970s, SELGEM (SELf-GEnerating Master System), which replaced SIIRS. Materials include publications.
Topic:
SELf GEnerating Master (SELGEM)  Search this
Information resources management  Search this
Computer systems  Search this
Information technology  Search this
Information storage and retrieval systems  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Serials (publications)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 87-071, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Information Resource Management, Publications
Identifier:
Accession 87-071
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Publications
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa87-071

Consultant's Report

Extent:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Books
Date:
February 1966
Descriptive Entry:
This material consists of a consultant's report regarding Smithsonian Institution computer service. "Data Processing Review," February 1966 Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co.
Topic:
Information technology  Search this
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Information resources management  Search this
Computer systems  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 86-033, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Computer Services, Consultant's Report
Identifier:
Accession 86-033
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Consultant's Report
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa86-033

Smithsonian Institution Human Resources System RDW Software Documentation

Extent:
3.5 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1981-1982
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of materials that document attempts to develop an on-line system for the Smithsonian's payroll and personnel activities.
Topic:
Information technology  Search this
Computer systems  Search this
Information resources management  Search this
Information storage and retrieval systems  Search this
Personnel records  Search this
Computer software -- Development  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 85-142, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Information Resource Management, Smithsonian Institution Human Resources System RDW Software Documentation
Identifier:
Accession 85-142
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Smithsonian Institution Human Resources System RDW Software Documentation
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa85-142

Records

Extent:
3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Books
Manuscripts
Date:
1975-1982
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of correspondence with domestic and foreign universities concerning the SELGEM computer system. The Office of Computing Services (OCS) files were maintained by S. A. Kovy, Director of OCS, and consist of correspondence, printouts, reading files, and reports.
Topic:
Computer systems  Search this
Information storage and retrieval systems  Search this
Information resources management  Search this
Information technology  Search this
SELf GEnerating Master (SELGEM)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 84-204, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Computer Services, Records
Identifier:
Accession 84-204
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa84-204

Records

Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Books
Manuscripts
Date:
1979-1982
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of abstracts for Computer in Research Symposia; reading files; abstracts for program library manuals and SELGEM Users; correspondence; and reports.
Topic:
Information technology  Search this
Information resources management  Search this
Computer systems  Search this
Information storage and retrieval systems  Search this
SELf GEnerating Master (SELGEM)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 85-064, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Computer Services, Records
Identifier:
Accession 85-064
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa85-064

Publications

Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Books
Serials (publications)
Date:
1966-1982
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of publications issued by the Office of Computer Services (OCS), with earlier issues dating from when OCS was known as the Smithsonian's Information Systems Division. The publications pertain to the Smithsonian Institution Information Retrieval System (SIIRS) and, beginning in the early 1970s, SELGEM (SELf-GEnerating Master System), which replaced SIIRS. Materials include publications.
Topic:
SELf GEnerating Master (SELGEM)  Search this
Information storage and retrieval systems  Search this
Computer systems  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Information technology  Search this
Information resources management  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Serials (publications)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 84-222, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Computer Services, Publications
Identifier:
Accession 84-222
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Publications
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa84-222

Information Resource Management Newsletter

Topic:
Information Resource Management Newsletter
News from the Office of Information Resource Management (Newsletter)
OIRM Newsletter
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Newsletters
Date:
1983-1989, 1992
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of a reference set of Information Resource Management Newsletter, with earlier issues dating back to when the newsletter was known as OIRM Newsletter and News from the Office of Information Resource Management, respectively. The newsletter was published bi-monthly by the Office of Information Resource Management (OIRM) and documents general news and announcements about OIRM staff, projects, committees, information management standards, computer technology, and courses. Materials include newsletters. Some issues are missing.
Topic:
Information technology  Search this
Information resources management  Search this
Computer systems  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Information storage and retrieval systems  Search this
Genre/Form:
Newsletters
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 13-205, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Information Resource Management, Information Resource Management Newsletter
Identifier:
Accession 13-205
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Information Resource Management Newsletter
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa13-205

Publications

Topic:
Smithsonian Information Systems Innovations (Serial)
Procedures in Computer Sciences (Serial)
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Serials (publications)
Date:
1969-1975
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of publications issued by the Office of Computer Services (OCS), with earlier issues dating from when OCS was known as the Smithsonian's Information Systems Division. The publications pertain to the Smithsonian Institution Information Retrieval System (SIIRS) and, beginning in the early 1970s, SELGEM (SELf-GEnerating Master System), which replaced SIIRS. Materials include the publications "Smithsonian Information Systems Innovations" (Volumes 1-2) and "Procedures in Computer Sciences" (Volume 1).
Topic:
SELf GEnerating Master (SELGEM)  Search this
Information storage and retrieval systems  Search this
Computer systems  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Information resources management  Search this
Information technology  Search this
Genre/Form:
Serials (publications)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 13-142, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Computer Services, Publications
Identifier:
Accession 13-142
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Publications
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa13-142

Administrative Records

Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
FY 1987-FY 2005
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the administrative activities of the Office of the Chief Information Officer and its predecessors, the Office of Information Technology, 1995-2001, and the Office of Information Resource Management, 1982-1995. Topics include new technologies, security, infrastructure, funding, planning, partnerships, and general oversight. Materials include memoranda, presentations, reports, briefing materials, planning documents, handbooks, committee records, budget requests, and related materials.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Oct-01-2020; Transferring office; 5/4/2001 memorandum, Johnstone to Bass; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Information technology  Search this
Information resources management  Search this
Information storage and retrieval systems  Search this
Computer systems  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 12-192, Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Chief Information Officer, Administrative Records
Identifier:
Accession 12-192
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Administrative Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa12-192

Flora North America Project Records

Extent:
5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1966-2000
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the Flora of North America Project, a project to create a computerized data bank of information about vascular plants of North American north of Mexico. Materials include reports, correspondence, meeting materials, grant proposals, papers and publications, publicity materials, budget records, notes, and photographs. Records were created and maintained by Stanwyn G. Shetler, Program Secretary, 1967-1971; and Program Director, 1972.
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Flora of North America Project  Search this
Information storage and retrieval systems  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-095, National Museum of Natural History. Department of Botany, Flora North America Project Records
Identifier:
Accession 10-095
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Flora North America Project Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa10-095

Flora North America Project Records

Extent:
3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1966-1988
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the Flora North America (FNA) Project, a project to create a computerized data bank of information about vascular plants of North American north of Mexico. The FNA Project was organized in 1966 by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, and was funded, in large part, by the National Science Foundation, in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution. Funding for the Project ended in 1972. Materials include reports, correspondence, meeting materials, grant proposals, papers and publications, publicity materials, budget records, notes, and photographs. Records were created and maintained by Stanwyn G. Shetler, Program Secretary, 1967-1971; and Program Director, 1972.
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Information storage and retrieval systems  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 09-239, National Museum of Natural History. Department of Botany, Flora North America Project Records
Identifier:
Accession 09-239
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Flora North America Project Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa09-239

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