This accession consists of the "Alaska Native Collections: Sharing Knowledge" website as it existed on June 23, 2011. The website is a joint project of the National
Museum of Natural History, Arctic Studies Center and the National Museum of the American Indian. The website includes stories about the communities, cultures, and people of
Alaska and the surrounding regions. It also provides information on related objects in the collections of the two museums. Materials are in electronic format.
National Museum of Natural History. Division of Mammals Search this
26.99 cu. ft. (23 record storage boxes) (1 document box) (1 blueprint storage box) (4 16x20 boxes) (3 oversize folders)
Digital versatile discs
This accession consists of the records of curator emeritus Richard W. Thorington (1937-2017), who specialized in systematics, evolution, anatomy, and functional morphology
in mammals, especially of primates and squirrels. The records primarily document Thorington's curatorial activities in the Division of Mammals at the National Museum of Natural
History in regard to field work, research, publications, professional societies, lecturing, committees, collections management and when he served as Chairman of the Department
of Vertebrate Zoology (1987-1992) and as Director of the Smithsonian Primate Biology Program. Records that predate Thorington's career at the Smithsonian Institution pertain
to his activities as primatologist at Harvard University's New England Regional Primate Research Center (NERPRC), 1964-1969; as Chairman of the NERPRC Division of Primatology,
1966-1969; as Associate in Mammalogy at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology, 1964-1970; and when he was an undergraduate student at Princeton University (1956-1959),
followed by graduate studies in biology at Harvard University where he earned a doctorate degree in 1964. Also represented in these records is primatologist John Russell Napier,
Director of the Smithsonian Primate Biology Program, who was succeeded by Thorington.
Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; grant proposals; reports; contracts and agreements; research publications, data, and analyses; field work and laboratory
notebooks; meeting agendas and minutes; book reviews; budget summaries; information about conferences, symposiums, committees, workshops, surveys, and conservation biology
programs; visitor books; lecture papers and presentation material; photographs, slides, and negatives; awards; newsletters, articles, newspapers, and clippings; exhibition
and loan information; brochures; maps; scientific illustrations and drawings; floor plans; posters; videotapes; audiotapes; and supporting documentation. Some materials are
in electronic format.
This accession consists of the website of the Department of Entomology as it existed on May 12, 2017. The website includes information about staff, collections, research,
and the history of the department. Detailed collection information is not included in this accession. Materials are in electronic format.
This accession consists of the "Smithsonian GeoGallery" website, maintained by the Department of Mineral Sciences, as it existed on November 29, 2016. The website allows
users to search or browse the National Museum of Natural History's collection of gems, minerals, meteorites, and rocks. This accession may not include all of the collection
data available on the live website and some features may not function as expected. Materials are in electronic format.
This accession consists of a section of the Department of Paleobiology website devoted to the National Museum of Natural History's paleontological art collection. The
files were transferred from the web server and include versions of pages dating from approximately 2005 when the website first went live through 2017 when it was taken down.
Materials are in electronic format.
This accession consists of the "Rogers Archaeology Lab" blog, maintained by the Department of Anthropology, as it existed on August 15, 2017. The blog is written by
a research group led by archaeologist and curator J. Daniel Rogers. The blog shares stories about their research, collections, and professional activities as well as current
events. The blog launched in July 2012. Materials are in electronic format.
These records are the official minutes of the Board. They are compiled at the direction of the Secretary of the Smithsonian, who is also secretary to the Board, after
approval by the Regents' Executive Committee and by the Regents themselves. The minutes are edited, not a verbatim account of proceedings. For reasons unknown, there are no
manuscript minutes for the period from 1857 through 1890; and researchers must rely on printed minutes published in the Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution instead.
Minutes are transferred regularly from the Secretary's Office to the Archives. Minutes less than 15 years old are closed to researchers. Indexes exist for the period from
1907 to 1946 and can be useful.
The Smithsonian Institution was created by authority of an Act of Congress approved August 10, 1846. The Act entrusted direction of the Smithsonian to a body called
the Establishment, composed of the President; the Vice President; the Chief Justice of the United States; the secretaries of State, War, Navy, Interior, and Agriculture; the
Attorney General; and the Postmaster General. In fact, however, the Establishment last met in 1877, and control of the Smithsonian has always been exercised by its Board of
Regents. The membership of the Regents consists of the Vice President and the Chief Justice of the United States; three members each of the Senate and House of Representatives;
two citizens of the District of Columbia; and seven citizens of the several states, no two from the same state. (Prior to 1970 the category of Citizen Regents not residents
of Washington consisted of four members). By custom the Chief Justice is Chancellor. The office was at first held by the Vice President. However, when Millard Fillmore succeeded
to the presidency on the death of Zachary Taylor in 1851, Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney was chosen in his stead. The office has always been filled by the Chief Justice
since that time.
The Regents of the Smithsonian have included distinguished Americans from many walks of life. Ex officio members (Vice President) have been: Spiro T. Agnew, Chester A.
Arthur, Allen W. Barkley, John C. Breckenridge, George Bush, Schuyler Colfax, Calvin Coolidge, Charles Curtis, George M. Dallas, Charles G. Dawes, Charles W. Fairbanks, Millard
Fillmore, Gerald R. Ford, John N. Garner, Hannibal Hamlin, Thomas A. Hendricks, Garret A. Hobart, Hubert H. Humphrey, Andrew Johnson, Lyndon B. Johnson, William R. King, Thomas
R. Marshall, Walter F. Mondale, Levi P. Morton, Richard M. Nixon, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Theodore Roosevelt, James S. Sherman, Adlai E. Stevenson, Harry S. Truman, Henry A.
Wallace, William A. Wheeler, Henry Wilson.
Ex officio members (Chief Justice) have been: Roger B. Taney, Salmon P. Chase, Nathan Clifford, Morrison R. Waite, Samuel F. Miller, Melville W. Fuller, Edward D. White,
William Howard Taft, Charles Evans Hughes, Harlan F. Stone, Fred M. Vinson, Earl Warren, Warren E. Burger.
Regents on the part of the Senate have been: Clinton P. Anderson, Newton Booth, Sidney Breese, Lewis Cass, Robert Milledge Charlton, Bennet Champ Clark, Francis M. Cockrell,
Shelby Moore Cullom, Garrett Davis, Jefferson Davis, George Franklin Edmunds, George Evans, Edwin J. Garn, Walter F. George, Barry Goldwater, George Gray, Hannibal Hamlin,
Nathaniel Peter Hill, George Frisbie Hoar, Henry French Hollis, Henry M. Jackson, William Lindsay, Henry Cabot Lodge, Medill McCormick, James Murray Mason, Samuel Bell Maxey,
Robert B. Morgan, Frank E. Moss, Claiborne Pell, George Wharton Pepper, David A. Reed, Leverett Saltonstall, Hugh Scott, Alexander H. Smith, Robert A. Taft, Lyman Trumbull,
Wallace H. White, Jr., Robert Enoch Withers.
Regents on the part of the House of Representatives have included: Edward P. Boland, Frank T. Bow, William Campbell Breckenridge, Overton Brooks, Benjamin Butterworth,
Clarence Cannon, Lucius Cartrell, Hiester Clymer, William Colcock, William P. Cole, Jr., Maurice Connolly, Silvio O. Conte, Edward E. Cox, Edward H. Crump, John Dalzell, Nathaniel
Deering, Hugh A. Dinsmore, William English, John Farnsworth, Scott Ferris, Graham Fitch, James Garfield, Charles L. Gifford, T. Alan Goldsborough, Frank L. Greene, Gerry Hazleton,
Benjamin Hill, Henry Hilliard, Ebenezer Hoar, William Hough, William M. Howard, Albert Johnson, Leroy Johnson, Joseph Johnston, Michael Kirwan, James T. Lloyd, Robert Luce,
Robert McClelland, Samuel K. McConnell, Jr., George H. Mahon, George McCrary, Edward McPherson, James R. Mann, George Perkins Marsh, Norman Y. Mineta, A. J. Monteague, R.
Walton Moore, Walter H. Newton, Robert Dale Owen, James Patterson, William Phelps, Luke Poland, John Van Schaick Lansing Pruyn, B. Carroll Reece, Ernest W. Roberts, Otho Robards
Singleton, Frank Thompson, Jr., John M. Vorys, Hiram Warner, Joseph Wheeler.
Citizen Regents have been: David C. Acheson, Louis Agassiz, James B. Angell, Anne L. Armstrong, William Backhouse Astor, J. Paul Austin, Alexander Dallas Bache, George
Edmund Badger, George Bancroft, Alexander Graham Bell, James Gabriel Berrett, John McPherson Berrien, Robert W. Bingham, Sayles Jenks Bowen, William G. Bowen, Robert S. Brookings,
John Nicholas Brown, William A. M. Burden, Vannevar Bush, Charles F. Choate, Jr., Rufus Choate, Arthur H. Compton, Henry David Cooke, Henry Coppee, Samuel Sullivan Cox, Edward
H. Crump, James Dwight Dana, Harvey N. Davis, William Lewis Dayton, Everette Lee Degolyer, Richard Delafield, Frederic A. Delano, Charles Devens, Matthew Gault Emery, Cornelius
Conway Felton, Robert V. Fleming, Murray Gell-Mann, Robert F. Goheen, Asa Gray, George Gray, Crawford Hallock Greenwalt, Nancy Hanks, Caryl Parker Haskins, Gideon Hawley,
John B. Henderson, John B. Henderson, Jr., A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Gardner Greene Hubbard, Charles Evans Hughes, Carlisle H. Humelsine, Jerome C. Hunsaker, William Preston
Johnston, Irwin B. Laughlin, Walter Lenox, Augustus P. Loring, John Maclean, William Beans Magruder, John Walker Maury, Montgomery Cunningham Meigs, John C. Merriam, R. Walton
Moore, Roland S. Morris, Dwight W. Morrow, Richard Olney, Peter Parker, Noah Porter, William Campbell Preston, Owen Josephus Roberts, Richard Rush, William Winston Seaton,
Alexander Roby Shepherd, William Tecumseh Sherman, Otho Robards Singleton, Joseph Gilbert Totten, John Thomas Towers, Frederic C. Walcott, Richard Wallach, Thomas J. Watson,
Jr., James E. Webb, James Clarke Welling, Andrew Dickson White, Henry White, Theodore Dwight Woolsey.
This accession consists of the "Smithsonian Voices" blog on the "Smithsonian.com" website, the online presence of Smithsonian Magazine, as it existed on September 7,
2017. The blog features a sampling of the unique voices that make up the chorus of ideas among scientists, researchers, curators, and collections managers at the National
Museum of Natural History. The blog launched in November 2016. Materials are in electronic format.
This accession consists of the "Alaska Native Collections: Sharing Knowledge" website, which documents the Sharing Knowledge Project. It was crawled on April 28, 2017,
and again on May 5, 2017. Through the project, members of Indigenous communities from across Alaska and northeast Siberia are working with the Smithsonian Institution and
the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center to interpret the materials, techniques, cultural meanings, history, and artistry represented by objects in the western arctic and subarctic
collections of the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the American Indian. The National Museum of Natural History, Arctic Studies Center organized
and implemented the project. Materials are in electronic format.
This accession consists of a section of the Department of Paleobiology website dedicated to the Green River fossil collections as it existed on June 9, 2017. It includes
information about the collections and their history as well as selected images of the specimens. Materials are in electronic format.
The Department of Anthropology website, crawled May 11, 2017, includes information about collections, staff, staff publications, research, and training programs as
well as online exhibitions. Materials are in electronic format.
This accession consists of the website for the Department of Mineral Sciences as it existed on June 27, 2017. The website includes information about research, collections,
exhibitions, seminars, facilities, and staff. In addition, it includes references to standards and the newsletter, "NMNH Geosciences." Detailed collections information is
not included in this accession. Materials are in electronic format.
National Museum of Natural History 100th Anniversary Interviews
15 digital audio files; 42 digital video files
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.
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
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; 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.
This accession consists of the Field Book Project blog as it existed on October 28, 2015. The Field Book Project is a joint initiative between the National Museum of
Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution Archives, the Smithsonian Libraries, and the Office of the Chief Information Officer to create a single online location for scholars
and others to visit when searching for field books and other field research materials. The blog highlights materials found while cataloging the materials and provides context
for their creation. It was established in March 2011 and is hosted by the National Museum of Natural History. Materials are in electronic format.
The Department of Anthropology website, crawled October 6, 2015, includes information about collections, staff, staff publications, and training programs and hosts
the official websites of several departmental research programs such as the Program in Human Ecology and Archaeobiology, the Repatriation Office, the Paleo-Indian Program,
and the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology. The website also includes issues of the former departmental newsletters, "Anthrolog" and "Anthropolog;" the departmental newsletter
for educators, "AnthroNotes;" and online exhibitions. Materials are in electronic format.
This accession consists of the website for the Department of Mineral Sciences as it existed on September 10, 2015. The website includes information about research,
collections, exhibitions, seminars, facilities, and staff. In addition, it includes references to standards and the newsletter, "NMNH Geosciences." The Dom Pedro Aquamarine
section of the website was crawled separately on September 11, 2015. Detailed collections information is not included in this accession. Materials are in electronic format.
This accession consists of the website of the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit (WRBU) as it existed on July 7, 2014. The WRBU performs collections management activities
for the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Department of Entomology mosquito collection, comprising over 1.5 million specimens. The WRBU also provides assistance to
staff and researchers in locating and examining specimens. In addition, the WRBU maintains a molecular entomology laboratory within the Smithsonian Institution, Museum Support
Center. The website includes information about the unit, its research, and the services it provides. Materials are in electronic format.
This accession consists of a website, crawled June 3, 2014, maintained by the Department of Mineral Sciences providing detailed information about its collections with
options to sort the specimens in a variety of ways. Collections information may not be complete. Materials are in electronic format.