SIA RU000098, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Administrative Records, c. 1948-1982

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This record unit consists of administrative files of the Smithsonian Archives, primarily during the tenures of Samuel T. Surratt, Archivist, 1965-1968, and Richard H. Lytle, Archivist, 1969-1981. The records concern budgets, exhibitions, committees, equipment, microfilming, records management, professional organizations, workshops, and space needs. Of special interest are materials documenting the establishment of the Joseph Henry Papers Project, the Office of the Registrar microfilming project, the 1971 and 1978 Guide to the holdings of the Smithsonian Archives, and Lytle correspondence with the National Archives concerning Smithsonian records. Also included are Smithsonian Archives annual reports, 1969-1982, and Smithsonian records surveys undertaken by the National Archives, 1951, 1962, 1964, 1966-1968.


  • Lytle, Richard H
  • Suratt, Samuel T
  • Smithsonian Institution Administration
  • Joseph Henry Papers Project
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of the Registrar
  • United States National Archives and Records Administration


  • For an administrative history of the Smithsonian Archives, see record unit 94.
  • Folder list in control file.



Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1948
  • 1948-1982
  • c 1948-1982


Museum archives


  • Mixed archival materials
  • Collection descriptions

Local number

SIA RU000098

Physical description

7.25 cu. ft. (14 document boxes) (1 half document box)

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