The Smithsonian Institution Archives 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 interviews conducted
by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.
David Challinor was interviewed for the Oral History Collection to document his career as a Smithsonian science administrator especially as Assistant Secretary for Science
where he coordinated Smithsonian scientific research priorities.
Challinor was interviewed sixteen times in 1998 and 1999 by Smithsonian Institution Archives Historian Pamela M. Henson. The interviews cover his childhood, education,
research career, and administrative career at the Peabody Museum at Yale University and the Smithsonian Institution. The collection consists of 24.0 hours of audiotape recording
and circa 720 pages of transcript.
David Challinor (1920-2008), a science administrator, received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1943 and his masters and Ph.D. in forest ecology from Yale University
in 1959 and 1966. He served as deputy director of the Peabody Museum at Yale from 1960 to 1966, while S. Dillon Ripley served as director there. He followed Ripley, eighth
Smithsonian Secretary, to the Smithsonian, serving as special assistant for tropical biology from 1966 to 1967, deputy director from 1967 to 1969 and then director from 1969
to 1971 of the Office of International Activities, as Assistant Secretary for Science from 1971 to 1987, and in 1988 began his service as special advisor to the Secretary.
He was then named senior scientist at the National Zoological Park. At the Smithsonian, he oversaw all of the science bureau activities, including the National Museum of Natural
History (NMNH), National Zoological Park (NZP) and its Conservation and Research Center, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and
Education, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), as well as special projects in conservation and museum administration.
Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) / Smithsonian Institution Press (SI Press) / National Science Resources Center (NSRC) / Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education (SCMRE) / Office of Fellowships and Grants (OFG), 10/2000 Revised
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-092, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Human Resources, Employee Surveys
Conservation Analytical Laboratory (CAL) and the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education (SCMRE): Fellowships and Internships, 2003-2005
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Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2028. These records contain sensitive information and will be redacted by SIA before use by researchers. Transferring office; 9/5/2013 memorandum, Johnstone to Murphy; Contact reference staff for details.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-044, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Fellowships and Internships, Director's Records
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This accession consists of records documenting exhibitions and other projects produced by the Office of Exhibits Central for other museums and units. Included in this
accession are exhibitions and projects produced for the Smithsonian Institution, Keeper of the Castle; the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; the Smithsonian Institution,
Office of Design and Construction; the Smithsonian Institution, International Center, including the exhibitions Pre-Hispanic Foods of Mexico and Elmina Castle Across
the Centuries; the Smithsonian Institution Archives; the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education, including the exhibition Santos: Substance and Soul;
the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center; the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, including the exhibition, Vanishing Amphibians; the Smithsonian Institution Women's
Council; Smithsonian Associates, including the traveling exhibition Artrain: Art in Celebration!; the Smithsonian Institution, Office of Telecommunications; the Smithsonian
Institution, Office of the Under Secretary; the National Postal Museum, including the exhibitions Artistic License: The Duck Stamp Story and Roots of Rhythm: African
American Musicians on Postage Stamp Art; the National Zoological Park; the Center for African American History and Culture; the Smithsonian Institution Visitor Information
and Associates' Reception Center; Reading is Fundamental, inc.; the United States Department of State; and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, including
the exhibitions Burgess Shale: Evolution's Big Bang and Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future. Materials include scripts, label text, correspondence,
memoranda, notes, concept outlines, budgets, design files, pamphlets, architectural drawings, floor plans, concept drawings, images, brochures, clippings, and related materials.
Some materials are in electronic format.
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.
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2030; Transferring office; 10/01/2003 memoranda, Wright to N'Gadi; Contact reference staff for details.
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This accession consists of records documenting the involvement of Lambertus Van Zelst, Director, Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education (SCMRE), in
the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM). Van Zelst served as a Council Member from 1988-1999. Materials
include correspondence, reports, statutes, regulations, rules of procedure, and publications.