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Curators' Annual Reports

Extent:
49 cu. ft. (98 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1881-1964
Descriptive Entry:
The administration of the United States National Museum required curators to submit regular reports on the activities of the departments, divisions, and sections. Prior to about 1900 these reports were often made monthly and semiannually as well as annually. The reports were traditionally submitted to the Director of the National Museum to be used in preparing the published Annual Report of the United States National Museum. The individual reports, however, were not reproduced in their entirety in the published Annual Report and generally contain more information than is to be found in the published version.

Reports were stored by the Office of Correspondence and Reports (later known as the Office of Correspondence and Documents), and then by the Office of the Registrar.

Includes reports submitted to the Director of the United States National Museum by curators and administrators.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 158, United States National Museum, Curators' Annual Reports
Identifier:
Record Unit 158
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Curators' Annual Reports
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0158
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Website Records

Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic records
Web sites
Place:
Panama
Date:
2020
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of web content maintained by the Museum Conservation Institute (MCI).

The MCI pages on the Smithsonian Institution website were crawled on January 27, 2020. They include information about research projects, conservation resources for the general public, and professional development opportunities.

An MCI project description page on the Smithsonian Institution's public-facing data repository was crawled on February 21, 2020. The project was a technical study of artifacts from Precolumbian Panama made of gold and related metal alloys. The research data is not included in this accession.

Materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Web sites  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Preservation of materials  Search this
Museum conservation methods  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Research  Search this
Materials science  Search this
Indian art -- Central America  Search this
Gold  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records
Web sites
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 20-097, Museum Conservation Institute, Website Records
Identifier:
Accession 20-097
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Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa20-097

Director's Records

Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1959-2014
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records that document the history and work of the Museum Conservation Institute (MCI). MCI serves as the center for specialized technical collection research and conservation for all Smithsonian museums and collections. Through knowledge of materials and through the use of state-of-the-art instrumentation and scientific techniques MCI staff provides technical research studies and interpretation of artistic, anthropological, biological, and historical objects. Some materials in this accession date from when MCI was known as the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education (SCMRE) and the Conservation Analytical Laboratory (CAL). Directors documented in this accession include Charles Olin, 1966-1967; Robert M. Organ, 1968-1983; Alan Postlethwaite, Acting Director, 1983-1984; Lambertus Van Zelst, 1985-2003; and Robert J. Koestler, 2004- . Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, grant proposals, meeting agendas and minutes, organizational charts, strategic plans, presentations, staff lists, clippings, and images.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2030; Transferring office; 10/01/2003 memoranda, Wright to N'Gadi; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Conservation and restoration  Search this
Preservation of materials  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-273, Museum Conservation Institute, Director's Records
Identifier:
Accession 15-273
See more items in:
Director's Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa15-273

The National Archives and statistical research; [papers and proceedings] Edited by Meyer H. Fishbein

Author:
Conference on the National Archives and Statistical Research (1968 : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Fishbein, Meyer H (Meyer Harry)  Search this
United States National Archives and Records Service  Search this
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
United States National Archives and Records Service  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 255 p. 25 cm
Type:
Congresses
Place:
United States
Date:
1973
[1973]
Topic:
Preservation of materials  Search this
Statistical services  Search this
Call number:
HA37.U55C65 1968X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_289431

Oral history and digital humanities voice, access, and engagement edited by Douglas A. Boyd and Mary A. Larson

Editor:
Boyd, Douglas A. 1970-  Search this
Larson, Mary 1964-  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (xv, 205 pages)
Type:
Electronic resources
Electronic books
Oral history
Date:
2014
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
Oral history--Methodology  Search this
Digital media  Search this
HISTORY--Study & Teaching  Search this
Digital Humanities  Search this
Call number:
D16.14 .O7326 2014 (Internet)
Restrictions & Rights:
Non-linear
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1147762

Daily Globe Writes about Museum's Mr. Wizard

Subject:
Hindley, J. W  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Date:
July 6, 1890
Topic:
Taxidermy  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Preservation of materials  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_12998

Proceedings of Panel on Ordnance Materials meeting on preservation of material and packaging, 13 Dec. 1950

Author:
United States Research and Development Board Committee on Ordnance Panel on Ordnance Materials  Search this
Physical description:
77 leaves, 34 leaves of plates : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1950
Topic:
Materials--Deterioration  Search this
Materials handling  Search this
Shipment of goods  Search this
Preservation of materials  Search this
Call number:
TA407 .U58 1950
TA407.U58 1950
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_205030

Charles Tumosa and Marion Mecklenburg

Author:
Dougherty, Harold E  Search this
Subject:
Tumosa, Charles  Search this
Mecklenburg, Marion  Search this
Museum Conservation Institute  Search this
Conservation Analytical Laboratory (CAL)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
1991
Topic:
Art objects  Search this
Art-transport  Search this
National Collections  Search this
Computer Imaging  Search this
Preservation of materials  Search this
Art-Packing  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Conservators  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2011-1102
Restrictions & Rights:
no restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_7061

Preserving our heritage : a review of the conservation needs and resources in the Philadelphia metropolitan area

Title:
Conservation of art and historic artifacts in the Philadelphia area
Review of the conservation needs and resources in the Philadelphia metropolitan area
Author:
William Penn Foundation  Search this
Physical description:
39 p. : col. charts ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Date:
1988
Topic:
Archives  Search this
Museums  Search this
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Preservation of materials  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Collection and preservation  Search this
Call number:
CD3478.P5 P93 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_459336

Collections, monuments and architecture at risk : a forum for Southern California decision makers : edited proceedings from a Regional Forum on the Conservation of Cultural Property / edited by Claire Segal

Author:
Regional Forum on the Conservation of Cultural Property (2nd : 1989 : Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Segal, Claire  Search this
National Committee to Save America's Cultural Collections  Search this
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
44 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1989
[1989]
Topic:
Cultural property--Protection  Search this
Preservation of materials  Search this
Call number:
CC135 .R33 1989
CC135.R33 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_408063

Preservation research and development : Round Table proceedings, September 28-29, 1992 / edited by Carrie Beyer

Author:
Library of Congress Round Table on Preservation Research and Development (1992 : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Beyer, Carrie  Search this
Physical description:
146 p. : ill., graphs ; 28 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1993
Topic:
Research libraries  Search this
Books--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Library materials--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Preservation of materials  Search this
Call number:
Z673 .L69 1993
Z673.L69 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_450332

Smithsonian Speech Synthesis History Project

Collector:
Maxey, H. David  Search this
Creator:
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History  Search this
Inventor:
American Telephone and Telegraph Company  Search this
Bell Telephone Laboratories  Search this
International Business Machines Corporation  Search this
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Search this
Klatt, Dennis  Search this
Kurzweil, Ray  Search this
Extent:
8 Cubic feet (32 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Diskettes
Dictograph
Date:
1939-1999
Summary:
The Smithsonian Speech Synthesis History Project, conducted by H. David Maxey from 1986 through 2002, created a collection of archival materials documenting the history and development of speech synthesis technology. Maxey collaborated with Dr. Bernard Finn, Elliot Sivowitch and Harold Wallace of the National Museum of American History's Division of Information, Technology, and Society.
Smithsonian Speech Synthesis History Project Original Website:
Smithsonian Speech Synthesis History Project website

This website was created by Dave Maxey in 2002 to document the history of the project and to provide extensive information about the collection materials.
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents a project done by H. David Maxey in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. The collection consists of administrative files containing correspondence, project reports, and other infomation about the Smithsonian Speech Synthesis History Project. The project files, arranged geographically and alphabetically contains information about specific speech synthesis projects and inventions. The reprints series consists of reprints of articles which Maxey collected and organized separately. This series is organized both numerically and alphabetically. The audiovisual materials contain the recordings of talks, meetings, and samples of speech synthesis described in the projects outlined in the project files.
Arrangement:
The original SSSHP numbers assigned by Dave Maxey are included in portions of the Container List. They are the basis for the organization of Maxey's original index to and description of the collection. Maxey assigned the numbers sequentially in the order he received each numbered item.

The collection is arranged into four series.

Series 1, Administrative Files,1986-2002

Series 2, Project Files, 1939-1999

Series 3, Reprints, 1939-1999

Series 4: Audiovisual Materials,1939-1999

Subseries 1, ΒΌ" Open Reel Audiotape

Subseries 2, Audiocassettes

Subseries 3, Miscellaneous

Subseries 4, Reference and Protection Audiotapes and CDs
Biographical / Historical:
The Smithsonian Speech Synthesis History Project, conducted by H. David Maxey from 1986 through 2002, created a collection of archival materials including sound recordings documenting the history and development of speech synthesis technology. Maxey collaborated with Dr. Bernard Finn of the National Museum of American History's Division of Information, Technology, and Society. Elliot Sivowitch and Harold Wallace of the same division served as Smithsonian liaisons with the project.

"Speech synthesis technology" refers to the results of a long, evolutionary process in which researchers learned to create artificial sounds that people would interpret as speech. As early as the eighteenth century scientists were inventing mechanical machines to create sounds similar to human speech. Later electronics led to additional developments, The Voder was one of the earliest examples which was demonstrated to wide acclaim at the 1939 New York World's Fair. However, it was the widespread use of computers that led to the greatest progress in the field of speech synthesis.

Speech synthesis is the process by which a computer speaks. By contrast, speech recognition is when a computer can interpret spoken language. The application of both of these capabilities has been important for creating assistive computer technology for the visually impaired (speech recognition) and for individuals unable to speak (speech synthesis).

Among the leading researchers and organizations involved with the development of speech synthesis technologies are the Anerican Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T), Bell Telephone Laboratories, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dennis H. Klatt, and Ray Kurzweil.

Today speech synthesis is a common feature of daily life from the cultured voice on the GPS saying exactly which road to take to making a train reservation on the telephone. However, many speech synthesis developers continue to explore and design methods to make the speech sound less mechanical, with the ultimate challenge being natural sounding speech that shows emotion.

Dave Maxey's dedication to the project, with support from members of the staff of the National Museum of American History, has ensured the preservation of materials documenting the early history of electronic and computer engineered synthetic speech.
Related Materials:
Artifacts related to this collection are in the Division of Work & Industry, Electricity Collections.
Provenance:
The collection was created for the Smithsonian Institution from 1986-2002 by Dave Maxey in collaboration with Dr. Bernard Finn of the National Museum of American History's Division of Information, Technology, and Society, assisted by Elliot Sivowitch and Harold Wallace of the same division.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Only reference copies of audiovisual materials may be used.
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:
Computer sound processing  Search this
Voder  Search this
Speech synthesis  Search this
Speech  Search this
Computers  Search this
Assistive computer technology  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Diskettes
Dictograph
Citation:
Smithsonian Speech Synthesis History Project Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0417
See more items in:
Smithsonian Speech Synthesis History Project
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep86cff14d8-dea1-4a3c-b7f2-37a5e66d11b9
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0417

Records, 1989-1997

Creator:
Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections  Search this
Physical description:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1989
1989-1997
Topic:
Natural history--Catalogs and collections  Search this
Preservation of materials  Search this
Professional associations  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 97-124
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2013; Transferring office; Contact reference staff for details
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_252012

Records, 1992-1993

Creator:
Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections  Search this
Subject:
Williams, Stephen L. 1948-  Search this
Physical description:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1992
1992-1993
Topic:
Preservation of materials  Search this
Professional associations  Search this
Natural history--Catalogs and collections  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 96-116
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2009; Transferring office; Contact reference staff for details
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_252144

Director's Records, 1959-2014

Creator:
Museum Conservation Institute  Search this
Subject:
Organ, R. M  Search this
Van Zelst, Lambertus  Search this
Koestler, Robert J (Robert John) 1950-  Search this
Postlethwaite, Alan W. 1924-2014  Search this
Olin, Charles  Search this
Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Conservation Analytical Laboratory  Search this
Physical description:
6 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1959
1959-2014
Topic:
Materials--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Preservation of materials  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS01139
See more items in:
Director's Records 1959-2014 [Museum Conservation Institute]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_246013

Examination of Martha Washington's Dress for Restoration

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Taft, Sara  Search this
Washington, Martha 1731-1802  Search this
National Collections  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Object
Person, candid
Place:
United States
Date:
1971
Topic:
Artifacts  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Conservators  Search this
Costumes  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
First Ladies Gowns  Search this
Historic preservation  Search this
Mannequins (figures)  Search this
Museum mannequins  Search this
Preservation  Search this
Preservation of materials  Search this
Presidents' spouses  Search this
Women  Search this
Women--History  Search this
Standard number:
71-2824 #4
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11436

Exhibit of Preservation of First Ladies Gowns

Subject:
National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
National Collections  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Exhibit
Date:
January 1972
Topic:
Artifacts  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Costumes  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
First Ladies Gowns  Search this
Historic preservation  Search this
Preservation of materials  Search this
Restoration  Search this
Women--History  Search this
Standard number:
Unknown
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11438

An Act Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1978, and for other purposes

Author:
95th Congress, Sess. 1, 1977  Search this
Subject:
National Collections  Search this
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Woodrow Wilson Memorial Act of 1968 (82 Stat. 1356)  Search this
Foreign Currency Program (FCP)  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of pages: 3; Page Numbers: 285, 303-04
Type:
Public Law
Place:
Philae (Egypt)
Date:
1980
07/26/1977
Topic:
Science Information Exchange  Search this
Expenditures, Public  Search this
Archaeology  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Art objects--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Associations, institutions, etc--Membership  Search this
Buildings--Protection  Search this
Buildings--Repair and reconstruction  Search this
Communication in science  Search this
Elevator operators  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Finance  Search this
Grounds maintenance  Search this
Watchmen  Search this
International exchanges  Search this
Motor vehicles  Search this
Museum finance  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Preservation of materials  Search this
Research  Search this
Uniforms  Search this
Publisher:
Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_5060

An Act Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1979, and for other purposes

Author:
95th Congress, Sess. 2, 1978  Search this
Subject:
National Collections  Search this
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Woodrow Wilson Memorial Act of 1968 (82 Stat. 1356)  Search this
Foreign Currency Program (FCP)  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of pages: 4; Page Numbers: 1279, 1297-99
Type:
Public Law
Date:
1980
10/17/1978
Topic:
Science Information Exchange  Search this
Expenditures, Public  Search this
Archaeology  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Art objects--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Associations, institutions, etc--Membership  Search this
Buildings--Protection  Search this
Buildings--Repair and reconstruction  Search this
Communication in science  Search this
Elevator operators  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Finance  Search this
Grounds maintenance  Search this
Watchmen  Search this
International exchanges  Search this
Motor vehicles  Search this
Museum finance  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Preservation of materials  Search this
Research  Search this
Research grants  Search this
Uniforms  Search this
Publisher:
Washington, D.C.: US Government Printing Office
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_5061

An Act Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1980, and for other purposes

Author:
96th Congress, Sess. 1, 1979  Search this
Subject:
National Collections  Search this
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Woodrow Wilson Memorial Act of 1968 (82 Stat. 1356)  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Museum Support Center  Search this
Foreign Currency Program (FCP)  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of pages: 4; Page Numbers: 954, 974-76
Type:
Public Law
Date:
1981
11/27/1979
Topic:
Science Information Exchange  Search this
Expenditures, Public  Search this
Archaeology  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Art objects--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Associations, institutions, etc--Membership  Search this
Buildings--Protection  Search this
Buildings--Repair and reconstruction  Search this
Communication in science  Search this
Elevator operators  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Finance  Search this
Grounds maintenance  Search this
Watchmen  Search this
International exchanges  Search this
Motor vehicles  Search this
Museum finance  Search this
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Preservation of materials  Search this
Research  Search this
Research grants  Search this
Uniforms  Search this
Publisher:
Washington, D.C.: US Government Printing Office
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_5062

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