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Agency history, 1880-1993

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Registrar  Search this
Subject:
Bryant, Herbert S  Search this
Leech, Daniel  Search this
Brown, Stephen C  Search this
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Haynes, William P  Search this
Lytle, Richard H  Search this
Leslie, Philip  Search this
Case, Mary E  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Malaro, Marie C  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Fellowships  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Correspondence Clerk  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Registrarial Council  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office Memorandum 808, Collections Management (1980)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian Directive 600, Collections Management  Search this
United States National Museum Office of the Registrar  Search this
United States National Museum Division of Correspondence and Documents  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Correspondence and Documents  Search this
United States National Museum Office of Correspondence and Records  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Collections Policy and Management Study Committee  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Museum Support Center  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of General Counsel  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Smithsonian Institution Archives National Collections Program  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1880
1880-1993
Topic:
Museum registration methods  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Museum storage facilities  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00379
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_235437

Retirement of Helena Weiss

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Berkowitz, Francine C  Search this
Bradley, James C. 1910-1984  Search this
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Undersecretary  Search this
Office of the Registrar  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Event
Date:
December 30, 1971
Topic:
Women  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Retirement  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Standard number:
92-3570
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8386

Portrait of a young Helena Weiss

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Office of the Registrar  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: [Example: 9.8w x 6.9h]; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1920s or 1930s
Topic:
Museum registrars  Search this
Women  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2013-02865
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_14858

Helena Weiss, George B. Griffenhagen and Bane

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Griffenhagen, George B  Search this
United States National Museum Division of Medicine and Public Health 1939-1957  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 5w x 4h; Type of Image: Group; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
August 24, 1956
Topic:
Museum curators  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Women--Employees  Search this
Women  Search this
Accessions  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2009-4253
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_12213

Birthday card for Helena M. Weiss

Author:
United States National Museum Dept. of Geology  Search this
Subject:
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Clarke, John Frederick Gates  Search this
Dunkle, David Hosbrook  Search this
Bassler, Ray S. (Ray Smith), b. 1878  Search this
Chapin, Edward Albert  Search this
United States National Museum Dept. of Geology  Search this
Office of the Registrar  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 2; Color: Color Size: 8.7w x 12.2h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1930s or 1940s
Topic:
Museum registrars  Search this
Women  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Stenographers  Search this
Drawing  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2013-02862 and SIA 2013-02863
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_14860
Online Media:

Helena Weiss Is Appointed Registrar

Subject:
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Office of the Registrar  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Correspondence and Documents, Division of  Search this
Date:
1956
Topic:
Women--History  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Women  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11611

Certificate Given to Helena Weiss by Secretary S. Dillon Ripley

Author:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Subject:
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Office of the Registrar  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
James Smithson Bicentennial Celebration 1965  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 9.5w x 12.7; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
October 11, 1965
Topic:
Museum registrars  Search this
Women  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2013-02864
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_14859

Agency history, 1880-1956

Creator:
United States National Museum Division of Correspondence and Documents  Search this
Subject:
Geare, Randolph Iltyd 1854-  Search this
Bryant, Herbert S  Search this
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1880
1880-1956
Topic:
Museums--Administration  Search this
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00069
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217923

Agency history, 1880-1967

Creator:
United States National Museum Office of the Registrar  Search this
Subject:
Brown, Stephen C  Search this
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Bryant, Herbert S  Search this
United States National Museum Division of Correspondence and Documents  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Special Museum Programs  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1880
1880-1967
Topic:
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00067
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217983

Retirement Party for Helena M. Weiss

Creator:
Farrar, Richard  Search this
Subject:
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Bradley, James C. 1910-1984  Search this
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973  Search this
Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) 1872-1973  Search this
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Photographic Services Division  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1971
December 29, 1971
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-009 [71-3364]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_385427

Presentation of Roentgen X-Ray Tube to United States National Museum

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Griffenhagen, George B  Search this
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
United States National Museum Division of Medicine and Public Health  Search this
Washington National Airport  Search this
General Electric Company  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 4 x 5;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1956
August 24, 1956
Topic:
Special events  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000095 [SIA_000095_B57_F04_008]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions. Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Undetermined
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_402875
Online Media:

Accession Records, 1834-1958 (accretions to 1976)

Creator:
United States National Museum Office of the Registrar  Search this
Subject:
Brown, Stephen C  Search this
Bryant, Herbert S  Search this
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Haynes, William P  Search this
Lytle, Richard H  Search this
United States National Museum Office of the Registrar  Search this
National Institute  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Chief Clerk  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Assistant Secretary  Search this
United States National Museum Division of Correspondence and Documents  Search this
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
United States National Museum Property Clerk  Search this
United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842)  Search this
Physical description:
626.03 cu. ft. (1209 document boxes) (1 12x17 box) (1055 microfilm reels)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1834
1834-1976
1834-1958 accretions to 1976
Topic:
Museums--Administration  Search this
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000305
Restrictions & Rights:
(1) Record unit microfilmed; (2) inquiries related to specimens should be directed to the appropriate curator
See more items in:
Accession Records 1834-1958, with accretions to 1976 [United States National Museum Office of the Registrar]
Expedition History 1911 [Biological Survey of the Canadian Rockies (1911)]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_216874

Accession Records, 1834-1958, with accretions to 1976

Creator:
United States National Museum Office of the Registrar  Search this
Subject:
Brown, Stephen C  Search this
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Bryant, Herbert S  Search this
Physical description:
594.43 cu. ft. processed holdings
68 microfilm reels processed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1834
1834-1976
1834-1958, with accretions to 1976
Topic:
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00316
See more items in:
Accession Records 1834-1958, with accretions to 1976 [United States National Museum Office of the Registrar]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217984

Administrative Records, 1948-1971

Creator:
United States National Museum Office of the Registrar  Search this
Subject:
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Special Museum Programs  Search this
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. processed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1948
1948-1971
Topic:
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00318
See more items in:
Administrative Records 1948-1971 [United States National Museum Office of the Registrar]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217986

Telegrams, 1958-1963

Creator:
United States National Museum Office of the Registrar  Search this
Subject:
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Physical description:
.5 cu. ft. processed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1958
1958-1963
Topic:
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00319
See more items in:
Telegrams 1958-1963 [United States National Museum Office of the Registrar]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217987

Shipment Records, 1850-1969

Creator:
United States National Museum Office of the Registrar  Search this
Subject:
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Brown, Stephen C  Search this
Bryant, Herbert S  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Special Museum Programs  Search this
Physical description:
53 cu. ft. processed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1850
1850-1969
Topic:
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00324
See more items in:
Shipment Records 1850-1969 [United States National Museum Office of the Registrar]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217989

Helena M. Weiss Oral History Interviews

Creator::
Weiss, Helena M., 1909-2004, interviewee  Search this
Extent:
8 audiotapes (Reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Date:
1987
Introduction:
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 student on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Weiss was interviewed for the Oral History Collection because of her long and distinguished career as the Smithsonian museum registrar and an administrator, and because of her many memories of life and colleagues in the United States National Museum.
Descriptive Entry:
The Weiss interviews were conducted by Pamela M. Henson, Historian for Smithsonian Institution Archives, and discuss her work at the Veterans Administration and career at the Smithsonian, including her work as a stenographer for the Office of Correspondence and Documents and secretary for the Department of Geology, tenure as Registrar for the USNM, and role as one of the first women managers at the Smithsonian. Also included are reminiscences of many colleagues, notably Ray S. Bassler, Herbert S. Bryant, Louise M. Pearson, and Alexander Wetmore, and stories about her responsibilities for important artifacts and specimens.

This collection is comprised of eight interview sessions, totaling approximately 8.0 hours of recordings and 291 pages of transcript.
Historical Note:
Helena M. Weiss (1909-2004), was born on February 6, 1909, in Shipman, Illinois. She earned her clerical degree from Wheeler Business College in Birmingham, Alabama, before moving to Washington, D.C., in 1930, where she began her career as a stenographer for the Veterans Administration. In 1931, she was appointed Junior Clerk-Stenographer in the Office of Correspondence and Documents (renamed the Office of Correspondence and Records in 1947) of the United States National Museum (USNM) and in 1935 transferred to the Department of Geology. She returned to the Office of Correspondence and Records in 1948 as an Administrative Assistant and later that year advanced to Chief, after the retirement of Herbert S. Bryant. In 1956, her title was changed to Registrar and she remained in that position until her retirement in 1971.

As one of the first women managers at the Smithsonian, Weiss was responsible for the central filing system of the USNM, public inquiry mail, mail service, accession reports, loans and exchanges, shipping, foreign travel, customs regulations, insurance, and workman's compensation. She was involved in the acquisition of such famous museum artifacts and specimens as the Wright Brothers' plane, Kitty Hawk, the Hope Diamond, and the Fenykovi elephant. She was also a recipient of the Secretary's Exceptional Gold Service Award.
Topic:
Hope diamond  Search this
Fenykovi elephant  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Geology  Search this
Women -- History  Search this
Wright Flyer (Airplane)  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Oral history  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9587, Helena M. Weiss Oral History Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9587
See more items in:
Helena M. Weiss Oral History Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9587

Interviews

Collection Creator::
Weiss, Helena M., 1909-2004, interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9587, Helena M. Weiss Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Helena M. Weiss Oral History Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9587-refidd1e253

Interview 1: January 21, 1987

Collection Creator::
Weiss, Helena M., 1909-2004, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9587, Helena M. Weiss Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Helena M. Weiss Oral History Interviews
Helena M. Weiss Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9587-refidd1e260

Covers her youth, early career at Veterans Administration, including: family history and youth; Butter Business College in Pennsylvania; Wheeler Business College; early years living in Washington, D.C.; work as stenographer at the Veterans Administrati...

Collection Creator::
Weiss, Helena M., 1909-2004, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9587, Helena M. Weiss Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Helena M. Weiss Oral History Interviews
Helena M. Weiss Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9587-refidd1e275

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