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Project Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Extent:
13.58 cu. ft. (13 record storage boxes) (1 tall document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings
Scrapbooks
Pamphlets
Manuscripts
Date:
circa 1960-1975
Descriptive Entry:
These records document the activities of NAFMAB, including collecting and accessioning, planning for a site, exhibits design, and carrying out various projects. Also included is a multi-volume chronology of events, 1946-1973, in addition to copies of files of NMHT curator Mendel L. Peterson, who represented the Smithsonian on a preliminary committee established by President Eisenhower. Files on the Tecumseh include photographs of the diving operations and items retrieved from the ship.
Historical Note:
The National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board (NAFMAB) was created by Act of Congress in 1961 to plan for the establishment of a national museum to honor America's armed forces. The museum, which was to be a Smithsonian Institution bureau, would include a study center named in honor of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. John Nicholas Brown served as Chairman of the Board, 1963-1975. Colonel John H. Magruder III served as the Director of NAFMAB from 1963 until his death in 1972. He struggled unsuccessfully to bring the museum into existence, gathering military weapons and artifacts and lobbying tirelessly to acquire various sites for the project. When the museum plan seemed doomed, he recast it as a Bicentennial Outdoor Park. He also acquired the rights to the Civil War monitor Tecumseh, which had sunk in Mobile Bay during a battle in 1864. Divers were sent to the Bay and a number of artifacts retrieved from the vessel, but the plan to recover the entire wreck failed.

None of Magruder's efforts succeeded, in part because of the American involvement in the Vietnam War and some unfortunate publicity which likened the museum to a Disneyland of war. With Magruder's death, the project was weakened further. In 1973 the Smithsonian decided to salvage at least a part of the 1961 law by bringing the study center into existence. The Eisenhower Institute for Historical Research was established in the National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT). For an administrative history of the Eisenhower Institute, see Record Unit 377.

James C. Hutchins was named Acting Director and then Director of the proposed armed forces museum, 1973-1975; but in effect he presided over its demise. Although the legislation was never formally repealed, Smithsonian management in the 1970s did not favor the museum. The Advisory Board was ordered to divest itself of the material that had been gathered; and in 1975 the Board recommended that all further efforts to build the museum cease. Hutchins was eventually transferred to the staff of the Eisenhower Institute.
Topic:
Military history  Search this
Military museums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings
Scrapbooks
Pamphlets
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 581
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Project Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0581

Revolutionary Soldier's Accoutrements, 1970-1972

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
Project Records / Box 5
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1001

Joe R. Grandee Collection, 1974-1975

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
Project Records / Box 5
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1012

Advisory Board Meeting: Ringing Gong of U.S. Monitor Tecumseh, 1969

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
Project Records / Box 5
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1024

Report of the National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board submitted to the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, January 28, 1965

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
Project Records / Box 5
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1039

Preliminary Study relating to the Establishment of a National Armed Forces Museum, December 17, 1964 (includes photos)

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
Project Records / Box 5
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1050

Regents Meetings Minutes, 1965-1966. Includes excerpts from meeting of SI Board of Regents, 1962-1966

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
Project Records / Box 5
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1061

Untitled

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Summary:
Boards
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1072

Bureau Directors' Meetings, 1967-1969. Includes minutes, memoranda concerning activities of directors of Smithsonian bureaus.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
Project Records / Box 5
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1080

Bureau Directors' Meetings, 1970-1973

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
Project Records / Box 5
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1092

SI Bicentennial Commission and SI BAR Committee, 1965-1973

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
Project Records / Box 5
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1103

INS: Informational Inquiries, Non-Government, 1974

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
Project Records / Box 5
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1114

Box 6

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1127

INS: Informational Inquiries, Non-Government, 1975

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 6 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
Project Records / Box 6
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1134

Lewis Chronology, 1966-1969

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 6 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
Project Records / Box 6
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1145

Publications, NAFMAB, 1969

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 6 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
Project Records / Box 6
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1156

Publications (Lewis), 1966-1973

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 6 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
Project Records / Box 6
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1167

Publications, Staff, 1969-1970

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 6 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
Project Records / Box 6
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1179

Speeches and Reports (outside SI), 1969, 1972

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 6 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
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Project Records
Project Records / Box 6
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1190

Status Reports (in-house), 1966-1974

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 6 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 581, Smithsonian Institution, National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, Project Records
See more items in:
Project Records
Project Records / Box 6
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0581-refidd1e1201

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