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Topic:
Smithsonian Magazine
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Extent:
18 cu. ft. (18 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1972-1989
Descriptive Entry:
These records document many aspects of the development and operation of VIARC, especially the administration of the Center's two volunteer corps. The bulk of the material consists of the administrative files of Mary Grace Potter from 1972 to 1987, including general correspondence, memoranda, and budget reports. Of particular note are early planning materials for the Smithsonian Information Center, which opened in the Castle in November 1989. In addition, the records contain the files of the Seven Day Information Service and the Staff, Volunteer, and Intern Services units from 1980 to 1989. These materials include memoranda, correspondence, reports, and surveys generated and received by the units.
Historical Note:
In October 1971 Mary Grace Potter became the first Director of the Smithsonian Associates' Reception Center, which was established to accommodate members of the National Associate constituency that was created with the publication of Smithsonian magazine. Initial duties of the Center included reception and orientation services for National Associate members visiting the Smithsonian Institution, response to telephone and mail inquiries from members, membership sales, and management of the reduced rate membership and gift fulfillment program for employees and volunteers.

It soon became apparent that the organization provided services that would be valuable to the public as well as to National Associates, and by June 1975 it was renamed the Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center (VIARC). The Center operated originally under the auspices of the National Program of the Smithsonian Associates, but by 1977 it had emerged as a separate entity reporting directly to the Assistant Secretary for Public Service. By 1989 the functions of VIARC were divided among five separate units: the Information Resources Division; Public Inquiry Mail and Telephone Information Services unit; the Seven Day Information Service unit; the Staff, Volunteer, and Intern Services unit; and Support Services.
Topic:
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museum visitors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 600
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0600

Box 9

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1003

RS, folders 13-28

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1010

VIARC Information Volunteer Training, Fall 1979

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records
Records / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1021

VIARC Information Volunteer Training, Spring 1979

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records
Records / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1032

VIARC Information Volunteer Training, Fall 1980

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records
Records / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1043

VIARC Information Volunteer Training, Spring 1980

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records
Records / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1055

VIARC Information Volunteers, Foreign Language Capabilities

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records
Records / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1066

Memos from Central

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records
Records / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1077

OA, folders 1-10

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1088

OEO, folder 1

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records
Records / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1099

Box 10

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1111

OFS, folders 1-8

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Container:
Box 10 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records
Records / Box 10
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1118

OMD National Associate Program

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Container:
Box 10 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records
Records / Box 10
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1129

OMD, folders 1-6, 8

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Container:
Box 10 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records
Records / Box 10
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1140

OMD RAP

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Container:
Box 10 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records / Box 10
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1151

OGC, folder 1

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Container:
Box 10 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records
Records / Box 10
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1163

OMP, folders 1-4

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Container:
Box 10 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records
Records / Box 10
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1174

OPS, folders 1, 3-11

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Container:
Box 10 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
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Records
Records / Box 10
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1185

OS, folders 1-8

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Container:
Box 10 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 600, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Records
See more items in:
Records
Records / Box 10
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0600-refidd1e1196

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