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American Association of Museums Centennial Oral History Interviews

Extent:
11 compact discs (Reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Transcripts
Video recordings
Electronic records
Electronic images
Compact discs
Date:
2006
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.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American Association of Museums (AAM) and the 30th anniversary of the Museum Studies Department, The George Washington University, oral history interviews were videotaped with eleven of the AAM's Centennial Honor Roll honorees as a part of a special Museum Studies graduate seminar taught by Smithsonian Institution Archives historian, Pamela M. Henson. Interviews were recorded in digital video and deposited in the Smithsonian Institution Archives Oral History Collection.
Descriptive Entry:
The AAM Centennial Honorees that were interviewed were Nina M. Archabal, Director of the Minnesota Historical Society; Rebecca A. Buck, Chief Registrar, The Newark Museum; Lonnie G. Bunch, Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution; Robert R. Macdonald, former Director, Museum of the City of New York; Marie C. Malaro, former Smithsonian Institution General Counsel and former Director, Museum Studies Department, The George Washington University; Kathleen McLean, Principal, Independent Exhibitions; Keith E. Melder, former Curator, National Museum of American History; Harold K. Skramstad, former Director, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village; Kathy Dwyer Southern, Director, National Children's Museum; James M. Vaughn, Vice President, Stewardship of Historic Sites, National Trust for Historic Preservation; and W. Richard West, Director, National Museum of the American Indian. The interviews document their careers and reflections on the museum profession.

Graduate students Melanie M. Blanchard, Lauren A. Boegen, Reagan M. Furrow, Natascha L. Guluk, Heather T. Hawkins, Arthur Kim, Anthony Sankston Wallace, Elizabeth A. Pierson, Erica I. Nuckles, and Kimberly I. Robinson, from the GWU Museum Studies Program and the course instructor, SIA Historian Pamela M. Henson, conducted the interviews.

These interviews discuss their careers as outstanding museum professionals.

The AAM Centennial Interviews consist of 13.0 hours of digital video interviews and 379 pages of transcript. The original digital video files are preserved in security storage with Windows Media Video files available for reference.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Transcripts
Video recordings
Electronic records
Electronic images
Compact discs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9620, American Association of Museums Centennial Oral History Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9620
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American Association of Museums Centennial Oral History Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9620

Interview of Kathleen Dwyer Southern (1946- ) by Elizabeth A. Pierson at the AAM 2006 Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, begins with a discussion of her background in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and quickly turns to her college life at the University o...

Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9620, American Association of Museums Centennial Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
American Association of Museums Centennial Oral History Interviews
American Association of Museums Centennial Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9620-refidd1e838

CFCH and the National Children's Museum, Memorandum of Understanding and Agendas, 2006

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 23
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years; until Jan-01-2029. Boxes 1-3, 6-7, 11, and 20-22 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Transferring office; 09/14/2015 Memo, Wright to Bell/Adams/Strickland; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-341, Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Director's Administrative Records
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Director's Administrative Records
Director's Administrative Records / Box 5
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa15-341-refidd1e2257

National Children's Museum, Presentation to the Smithsonian Folklife Center, April 20, 2005

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Container:
Box 21 of 23
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years; until Jan-01-2029. Boxes 1-3, 6-7, 11, and 20-22 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Transferring office; 09/14/2015 Memo, Wright to Bell/Adams/Strickland; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-341, Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Director's Administrative Records
See more items in:
Director's Administrative Records
Director's Administrative Records / Box 21
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa15-341-refidd1e7678

National Children's Museum, Correspondence, 2007

Collection Creator::
National Museum of African American History and Culture. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2030; Transferring office; 12/17/2015 Memorandum, Milhoan to Thomas; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 16-069, National Museum of African American History and Culture. Office of the Director, Administrative Records
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Administrative Records
Administrative Records / Box 2
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa16-069-refidd1e2656

National Children's Museum

Type:
Books
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1016516

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