Lonnie G. Bunch in Japan for the exhibition: "Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition of American History and Culture," 1994. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005346.

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In 2016, Lonnie G. Bunch III donated his personal papers to the Smithsonian Institution Archives. The collection covers a wide variety of topics and spans the breadth of Bunch's long career with the Smithsonian.

Portrait of Lonnie G. Bunch, undated. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institut

In 2016, the Archives received the donation of the Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, 1952-2010. Consisting of approximately twenty-six cubic feet of material, the Bunch Papers cover a wide breadth of the life and career of our 14th Secretary. Secretary Bunch's personal papers complement and enhance the records we already have in our collections that were created by Bunch when he was at the National Air and Space Museum (1978-1979) and the National Museum of American History (1989-2000).

Movie Review - "9 to 5," 1980 - Lonnie G. Bunch. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005363.

Invitation to reception to welcome Lonnie G. Bunch as the new president of the Chicago Historical Society, 2001. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image nos. SIA2020-005359 to SIA2020-005361.

Symposium program - "1968 and Beyond: A Symposium on the Impact of the Black Power Movement on America," March 30-31, 2009 - National Museum of African American History and Culture. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005362.

The collection includes both personal materials and professional records from the various institutions where he worked, as well as his teaching positions at American University and University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Course syllabus - The Afro-American in American History - American University, Lonnie G. Bunch, 1977. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005337.

Course syllabus - The Afro-American in American History - American University, Lonnie G. Bunch, 1977. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005338.

The personal materials include family correspondence, family history records, and photographs. In relation to his teaching positions, there are course syllabi, reading lists, notes, examinations, notebooks, course proposals, lectures, bibliographies, and class evaluations. From his work at the National Air and Space Museum, the California Afro-American Museum, the National Museum of American History, the Chicago Historical Society, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, there is correspondence, memoranda, and grant proposals. Exhibition records include materials such as brochures, invitations, catalogs, clippings, press releases, press kits, photographs, oral history recordings on audiocassettes, oral history transcripts, scripts, object lists, educational materials, floor plans, architectural drawings, research and meeting notes, evaluations, and ephemera. Also in the collection are conference presentations, professional association records, journal articles, book and exhibition reviews, and other related materials.

Press Release - Lonnie G. Bunch - California Afro-American Museum, 1983, page 1. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005342.

Press Release - Lonnie G. Bunch - California Afro-American Museum, 1983, page 2. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005343.

Exhibition - "The Black Olympians, 1904-1984," California Afro-American Museum, 1984. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005345.

Exhibition Catalog - "The Black Olympians, 1904-1984," California Afro-American Museum, 1984. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005344.

Significant exhibitions documented from the California Afro-American Museum include: Allensworth: An Enduring Dream, The Black Olympians: 1904-1984, and Black Angelenos: The Afro-American in Los Angeles, 1850-1950. Notable exhibitions documented from the National Museum of America History include: The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden, Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition of American History and Culture, and Communities in a Changing Nation: The Promise of 19th-Century America.

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Exhibition Catalog - "Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition of American History and Culture" for the American Festival Japan in 1994. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005358.

Lonnie G. Bunch in Japan for the exhibition: "Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition of American History and Culture," 1994. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005346.

Lonnie G. Bunch in Japan for the exhibition: "Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition of American History and Culture," 1994. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005348.

Lonnie G. Bunch, Harold Closter, and National Museum of American History staff in Japan for the exhibition: "Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition of American History and Culture," 1994. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005349.

Lonnie G. Bunch in Japan for the exhibition: "Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition of American History and Culture," 1994. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005350.

Lonnie G. Bunch in Japan for the exhibition: "Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition of American History and Culture," 1994. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005351.

Lonnie G. Bunch, Harold Closter, and National Museum of American History staff in Japan for the exhibition: "Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition of American History and Culture," 1994. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005353.

Lonnie G. Bunch, Harold Closter, and National Museum of American History staff in Japan for the exhibition: "Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition of American History and Culture," 1994. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005352.

Lonnie G. Bunch in Japan for the exhibition: "Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition of American History and Culture," 1994. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005355.

Lonnie G. Bunch, Harold Closter, and National Museum of American History staff in Japan for the exhibition: "Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition of American History and Culture," 1994. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005356.

Lonnie G. Bunch in Japan for the exhibition: "Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition of American History and Culture," 1994. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005357.

Lonnie G. Bunch in Japan for the exhibition: "Smithsonian's America: An Exhibition of American History and Culture," 1994. Accession 19-200: Lonnie G. Bunch Papers, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Image no. SIA2020-005354.

We are thrilled to have the papers of Lonnie G. Bunch III as part of our collections and look forward to seeing where he leads the Smithsonian going into the future.

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