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African American Contributions to the Smithsonian Oral History Interviews

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Transcripts
Compact discs
Electronic images
Digital images
Electronic records
Sound recordings
Date:
2015-2016
Introduction:
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.

To celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in September of 2016, the Institutional History program of Smithsonian Institution Archives conducted a series of oral history interviews with African Americans who made significant contributions to the Smithsonian over their careers.
Descriptive Entry:
These interviews discuss their contributions to the Smithsonian as African American volunteers, employees, and regents, their relationships to the rest of the Smithsonian, notable programs they developed, significant challenges, reminiscences of colleagues, and interaction with the public and staff.

The Smithsonian African American Contributions Oral History Interviews collection is comprised of 6 interview sessions, totaling approximately 7 hours of recordings and c. 340 pages of transcripts. The interviews were conducted in 2015-2017 by intern Olivia Sayah and historian Pamela M. Henson.

Jeannine Smith Clark (1928-2018) was born on October 5, 1928 in Washington, D.C. She received her BA and MA in African Studies from Howard University. She began her work with the Smithsonian in 1968 as a volunteer docent. She chaired the volunteer program of the Smithsonian Women's Committee in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1983 she was appointed to the Board of Regents, where she became the first chairwomen of the Cultural Education Committee in 1986. She was now a Emeritus Regent.

Shireen Dodson (1951- ) was born July 2, 1951 in New Jersey and moved to Washington, D.C. in the 1970s. She received her BS from Morgan State University and her juris doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. At the Smithsonian, she worked as the Assistant Director of the Accounting and Financial Services Office, SI Comptroller and with the African American Museum Project from 1980 to 2000. She is now at the United Nations.

Michael R. Barnes (1956- ) was born March 4th, 1956 in Washington, D.C. He began his career in 1977 at the Smithsonian in the Duplicating Branch of the Office of Printing and Printing Services. He has been working as a photographer for the Smithsonian since 2000. He is best known for his photography of the building of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as of the Million Man March and the presidential inaugurations of George W. Bush and Barak Obama.

Shirley Ann Jackson (1946- ) grew up in Washington, D.C., before attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology for her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in theoretical physics and particle physics. After a career at Bell Labs, Rutgers University and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, she was named president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999. She served on the Smithsonian Board of Regents from 2005 to 2017.
Historical Note:
The Smithsonian African American Contributions interviewees include Jeannine Smith Clark, Shireen Dodson, Michael R. Barnes, and Shirley Ann Jackson.
Rights:
Restricted. Contact SIHistory@si.edu to request permission.
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Museums -- Employees  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Women  Search this
African Americans -- History  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Obama, Barack  Search this
Oral history  Search this
Presidents -- United States -- Inauguration  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Transcripts
Compact discs
Electronic images
Digital images
Electronic records
Sound recordings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9636, African American Contributions to the Smithsonian Oral History Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9636
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African American Contributions to the Smithsonian Oral History Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9636

Volunteer program administration : a handbook for museums and other cultural institutions / Joan Kuyper ; with Ellen Hirzy and Kathleen Huftalen

Author:
Kuyper, Joan  Search this
Hirzy, Ellen Cochran  Search this
Huftalen, Kathleen R  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 137 p. ; 28 cm
Type:
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Place:
United States
Date:
1993
C1993
Topic:
Volunteer workers in museums--Management--Handbooks, manuals, etc  Search this
Museums--Management  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_455137

Committee Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Brochures
Date:
1975-1978, 1982-1998
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the activities and meetings of the Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board (SEVAB). SEVAB was established to manage and fund the volunteer docent programs at the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of History and Technology (later the National Museum of American History), and the National Museum of Natural History. Other Smithsonian Institution museums were invited to participate later, but the three museums remained the core of the Board. Materials include meeting materials, by-laws, notes, financial reports, brochures for education programs, volunteer rosters, and related materials. Also included is "A Brief History of SEVAB," compiled in 1978, which also serves as an early history of docent programs, beginning in 1954, at the Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Museum docents  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Museum finance  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Brochures
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
Identifier:
Accession 10-240
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Committee Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa10-240

Memoranda

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
FY 1999-FY 2010
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of memoranda distributed by the Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center to its volunteers and docents regarding policies, procedures, events, and other pertinent information and updates.
Topic:
Visitors' centers  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Museum docents  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 13-202, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Memoranda
Identifier:
Accession 13-202
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Memoranda
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa13-202

Publications

Topic:
The Torch (Serial)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Newsletters
Date:
1978-2009
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of a record set of volunteer issues of and special supplements to The Torch, the monthly employee newsletter published by the Office of Public Affairs. The Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center (VIARC) collected this subset of The Torch in order to pull together all documentation of the various volunteer programs at the Smithsonian Institution. Prior to 1985, the January issue of each year contained several articles related to volunteers and, in most years, a list of all volunteers across the Smithsonian Institution. These articles were alongside articles covering other topics. Beginning in 1985, a special volunteer supplement was placed in the January issue each year. During this later time period, only the supplement, and not the entire newsletter, was maintained by VIARC in most cases. In 2009, the supplement occurred in the April issue, the last print issue of The Torch.
Topic:
Museums -- Employees  Search this
Volunteers  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Newsletters
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-045, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Publications
Identifier:
Accession 10-045
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Publications
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa10-045

Project Files

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Extent:
1.5 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Floor plans
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Electronic records
Date:
2003-2006
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records created and maintained by Katherine Neill Ridgley, Director, 2002-2010, documenting major projects undertaken by the Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center. Projects include mobile device tours for the Smithsonian Institution Building and across the Smithsonian Institution as well as the development of visitor services for the new National Museum of the American Indian building. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, specifications, timelines, tour content, floor plans, audio, brochures, publications, and related materials. Materials also include two videotapes about Smithsonian Institution volunteers produced by external organizations. Some materials are in electronic format.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2022; Transferring office; 5/21/2002 memorandum, Alers to Klein; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Visitors' centers  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Museum visitors  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Smartphones  Search this
Tours  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Floor plans
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-120, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Project Files
Identifier:
Accession 11-120
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Project Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa11-120

Publications

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Floor plans
Maps
Color photographs
Videotapes
Place:
Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1974-2004
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of publications created by the Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center for distribution to volunteers and to the public as well as signage for the Smithsonian Institution on the National Mall and for the information and membership desks in the various museums. Materials include applications, forms, brochures, reply cards, photographs of signage, flyers, badges, holiday cards, bookmarks, floor plans, pamphlets, handbooks, invitations, handouts, maps, press kits, and orientation videos. Some materials are photocopies of the publications.
Topic:
Visitors' centers  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Floor plans
Maps
Color photographs
Videotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-177, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Publications
Identifier:
Accession 07-177
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Publications
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa07-177

Docent Program Records

Creator::
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Department of Education  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Manuscripts
Clippings
Newsletters
Date:
circa 1989-2017
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting docent activities of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (FSG), Department of Education. Topics covered include evaluations, tours, recruitment, training, events, docent feedback, meetings, mentorship, and schedules. Materials include correspondence, news clippings, notes, informational packets, proposals, brochures, reports, newsletters, and related materials. Some materials date to when the department was known as Education and Public Programs, 2007-2014. Prior to 2007, it had also been called the Department of Education in 2014.
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Art, Asian  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Museum docents  Search this
Museum visitors  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Tour guides (Persons)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Manuscripts
Clippings
Newsletters
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-272, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Department of Education , Docent Program Records
Identifier:
Accession 18-272
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Docent Program Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa18-272

Records

Creator::
National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of Research and Professional Training  Search this
Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1970-1978
Descriptive Entry:
These records document the activities of Lois Marie Fink as head of the Office of Research and Professional Training from 1970 to 1978. Included are incoming and outgoing correspondence regarding internships and visiting scholar programs, and reference inquiries; memoranda sent within the Office and to Museum Director Joshua C. Taylor; a large amount of exhibition and publishing materials; correspondence concerning the NCFA exhibition entitled Academy: The Academic Tradition in American Art: Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the National Academy of Design, 1975; expense account records; research program schedules and reports; and volunteer records.
Historical Note:
The National Collection of Fine Arts (NCFA), Office of Research and Professional Training, was created in 1970. It served as a reference resource for internal and external inquiries, and coordinated training and volunteer programs, internships and research fellowships at NCFA. Lois Marie Fink served as the Coordinator of Research, 1970-1973, and in the same capacity as Curator of Research, 1973- .
Restrictions:
Box 1 contains materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Employees -- Training of  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 596, National Collection of Fine Arts. Office of Research and Professional Training, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 596
See more items in:
Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0596

Memoranda

Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
FY 1992-FY 2011
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of memoranda distributed by the Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center to its volunteers and docents regarding policies, procedures, events, and other pertinent information and updates.
Topic:
Visitors' centers  Search this
Museum docents  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 16-127, Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Memoranda
Identifier:
Accession 16-127
See more items in:
Memoranda
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa16-127

Docent Program Records

Creator::
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Department of Education  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Compact discs
Electronic records
Audiotapes
Date:
1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2007-2015
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of recordings of docent training providing information about the museum, exhibitions, objects, and artists. Topics also include symposiums, award presentations, collections, and conservation. Materials include audio recordings. Some materials date to when the department was known as Education and Public Programs, 2007-2014. Prior to 2007, it had also been called the Department of Education. Some materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Art museums  Search this
Art, Asian  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Museum docents  Search this
Museum visitors  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Tour guides (Persons)  Search this
Lectures and lecturing  Search this
Genre/Form:
Compact discs
Electronic records
Audiotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-111, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Department of Education, Docent Program Records
Identifier:
Accession 19-111
See more items in:
Docent Program Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa19-111

The Elephant and Castle Newsletter

Topic:
The Elephant and Castle (Newsletter)
Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Education  Search this
Extent:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Newsletters
Date:
1976-1982
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of copies of The Elephant and Castle, volumes 1-7, a quarterly newsletter for docents at the National Museum of Natural History.
Topic:
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Natural history museums  Search this
Museum docents  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Genre/Form:
Newsletters
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 04-018, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Education, The Elephant and Castle Newsletter
Identifier:
Accession 04-018
See more items in:
The Elephant and Castle Newsletter
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa04-018

Docent Program Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Education and Outreach  Search this
Extent:
2.5 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Books
Brochures
Date:
1974-2004
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the administration of the National Museum of Natural History's docent program. The docents in this program are responsible for helping visitors enjoy and explore the museum's exhibitions; assisting with school programs; delivering hands-on activities and programs; shaping visitors' experiences as a tour guide; and working within the Office of Education and Outreach. These records were created and maintained by Magdaline J. Schremp, Docent Coordinator, c. 1971-2007. Materials in this accession include policies and procedures; Docent Council meeting materials; docent directories; handbooks; brochures and other recruitment materials; docent comments on visitors; docent input on proposed exhibitions; and related materials.
Topic:
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Museum docents  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Natural history museums  Search this
Museum visitors  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Books
Brochures
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-239, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Education and Outreach, Docent Program Records
Identifier:
Accession 10-239
See more items in:
Docent Program Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa10-239

The Elephant and Castle Newsletter

Topic:
The Elephant and Castle's Trunk Line (Newsletter)
The Elephant and Castle (Newsletter)
Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Education  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Newsletters
Date:
1985-2001
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of Elephant and Castle, a quarterly newsletter for National Museum of Natural History docents. Also included are issues of Elephant and Castle's Trunk Line, a supplement to the newsletter published as needed.
Topic:
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Museum docents  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Natural history museums  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Genre/Form:
Newsletters
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-241, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Education, The Elephant and Castle Newsletter
Identifier:
Accession 10-241
See more items in:
The Elephant and Castle Newsletter
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa10-241

Docent Program Records, 1989-2017

Creator:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Department of Education  Search this
Subject:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Education and Public Programs  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Brochures
Clippings
Newsletters
Compact discs
Audiotapes
Electronic records
Date:
1989
1989-2017
Topic:
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Museum docents  Search this
Museum visitors  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Tour guides (Persons)  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Art, Asian  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS01863
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Docent Program Records 1989-2017 [Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Department of Education]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396449

NASM Historical Files, 2016

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Doole, William  Search this
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Udvar-Hazy Planning  Search this
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) National Air and Space Society  Search this
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Advancement  Search this
Type:
Electronic records
Collection descriptions
Date:
2016
Topic:
Aeronautical museums  Search this
Astronautical museums  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 16-345
See more items in:
NASM Historical Files 1947-2016 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_383238

Biographical Files, c. 1927, 1937-2001 and undated

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution Administration  Search this
Physical description:
5 cu. ft. processed holdings
4 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Brochures
Date:
1927
1927-2001
c 1927, 1937-2001 and undated
Topic:
Museums--Employees  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Museum docents  Search this
Museum directors  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Biography  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS01503
See more items in:
Biographical Files c. 1927, 1937-2001 and undated [Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_287200

The Elephant and Castle Newsletter, 1976-2001

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Office of Education  Search this
Uniform title:
The Elephant and Castle (Newsletter)  Search this
Physical description:
1.25 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Newsletters
Date:
1976
1976-2001
Topic:
Museums--Educational aspects  Search this
Natural history museums  Search this
Museum docents  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS01142
Restrictions & Rights:
Non-circulating record set of publications. Permanently closed
Unrestricted reference set of publications. Open
See more items in:
The Elephant and Castle Newsletter 1976-2001 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Office of Education]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_246157

Meeting our Mission: Phased Education for Museum Docents

Author:
Wolins, Inez S  Search this
Spires, Sherry  Search this
Silverman, Helene  Search this
Subject:
Tampa Museum  Search this
Type:
Citations
Place:
Florida
Date:
1986
Topic:
Museum education  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Training  Search this
Tours  Search this
Data Source:
Museum Studies Bibliography
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_bib_1193

Tax aspects of museum supporting organizations

Author:
Murphy, Suzanne K. Dupre  Search this
Type:
Citations
Date:
1980
Topic:
Museums--law and legislation  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Data Source:
Museum Studies Bibliography
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_bib_1465

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