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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 265

Anacostia Neighborhood Museum. Office of the Director

Records, 1966-1975

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Anacostia Neighborhood Museum. Office of the Director
Title: Records
Dates: 1966-1975
Quantity: 4.5 cu. ft. (9 document boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 265
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records consist of materials documenting the following exhibitions: "Blacks in the Westward Movement;" "Buy Now Pay Later" (consumer problems exhibition); "Country Store;" "Drug;" "Sage of Anacostia;" and "The Rat: Man's Invited Affliction." In addition, there is John Kinard's correspondence; memoranda from William Warner, Assistant Secretary for Public Services; budgetary and travel materials; drafts, articles, and printed matter pertaining to ANM history and anniversary celebrations; files on community organization meetings at ANM; and photographs of D.C. Mayor Walter Washington celebrating D.C. community leader Stanley J. Anderson Day at ANM. Related records can be found in Record Units 99 and 145.

Historical Note

The beginning of the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum (ANM) can be traced to the 1966 Aspen, Colorado meeting of the American Association of Museums. At that time S. Dillon Ripley suggested to the members that museum directors try to take their museums to the people of low income areas by renting store front buildings and creating relevant exhibits to arouse curiosity and stimulate motivation for further learning.

Upon his return, Ripley outlined his idea for a satellite museum. Charles Blitzer, then Director of the Smithsonian's Office of Education, chaired the committee to start the project. With the aid of his assistant Carolyn Bronheim, Benjamin Lawless, Assistant Chief of Exhibits, and Frank A. Taylor, Director General of Museums, the requirements for the satellite museum were defined.

After many meetings with community self-help groups, an advisory council was formed. This council was to function as liaison between the Smithsonian Institution and the community. On April 23, 1967, the newly formed council announced Anacostia in southeast Washington, D.C. as the community for the Smithsonian's first satellite museum. The abandoned Carver Theater was selected as the site.

In June 1967, the museum was formally named Anacostia Neighborhood Museum (ANM). John Kinard was chosen as the director and assumed his duties on July 1, 1967. ANM was officially opened September 15, 1967.

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Descriptive Entry

These records consist of materials documenting the following exhibitions: "Blacks in the Westward Movement;" "Buy Now Pay Later" (consumer problems exhibition); "Country Store;" "Drug;" "Sage of Anacostia;" and "The Rat: Man's Invited Affliction." In addition, there is John Kinard's correspondence; memoranda from William Warner, Assistant Secretary for Public Services; budgetary and travel materials; drafts, articles, and printed matter pertaining to ANM history and anniversary celebrations; files on community organization meetings at ANM; and photographs of D.C. Mayor Walter Washington celebrating D.C. community leader Stanley J. Anderson Day at ANM. Related records can be found in Record Units 99 and 145.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 265, Anacostia Neighborhood Museum. Office of the Director, Records

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Container List

Box 1

A - Miscellaneous

Box 1 of 9

Anacostia Community School Project (ACPC) (2 folders)

Box 1 of 9

Advertisements (ANM) Benefit Programs

Box 1 of 9

Advisory Council, Program Committee, Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, 1967-1973 - Contains some early council meeting minutes

Box 1 of 9

Afro American Script by Carroll Greene

Box 1 of 9

Anderson, Stanley J. - Concerns Anderson Day in Anacostia, November 11, 1973 - Contains press releases, newspaper clippings, telegrams and brief biography

Box 1 of 9

Anderson, Stanley J. - Contains recognition ceremony pictures with D.C. Mayor Walter E. Washington, 1969

Box 1 of 9

American Association of Museums

Box 1 of 9

American Association of Museums and International Council of Museums (ICOM), 1968-1970

Box 1 of 9

American Negro Proposal Exhibit, 1970

Box 1 of 9

American Negro History (Exhibit Plan for 1969)

Box 1 of 9

Box 2

Anacostia Economic Development Corporation, 1972-1974

Box 2 of 9

Anacostia Economic Development Corporation, 1971-1972

Box 2 of 9

ANM Archives, 1967-1974 - Includes information pertaining to opening of ANM, information prior to opening of ANM, flyers, invitations, publicity material, philosophy of ANM and pamphlets (8 folders)

Box 2 of 9

ANM Board Staff Dinner

Box 2 of 9

ANM Stationary

Box 2 of 9

Artist in Residence

Box 2 of 9

Bicentennial Commission, D.C.

Box 2 of 9

Butler, Michael - ANM consultant on exhibits

Box 2 of 9

C, 1969-1974

Box 2 of 9

Box 3

Campaign: Anacostia Neighborhood Museum and Irving-Sweeney-Miller Foundation matching funds, 1968

Box 3 of 9

Carnegie Proposal, Anacostia Studies

Box 3 of 9

Clay modeling class

Box 3 of 9

ANM Performing Arts Group, The Columbians

Box 3 of 9

Commission on Negro History and Culture, also Maryland Commission on Negro History and Bill #12962 sponsored by Congressman Scheuer

Box 3 of 9

Consortium of Universities Monitoring Commission

Box 3 of 9

Corcoran Art Gallery Board of Governors

Box 3 of 9

Correspondence, general, A-F, prior to 1972

Box 3 of 9

Council of Churches of Greater Washington

Box 3 of 9

D.C. Public Schools

Box 3 of 9

Douglass Home Committee, "Cedar Hill"

Box 3 of 9

Ecology

Box 3 of 9

Emblem Design Contest

Box 3 of 9

Emblem Design Contest Donors

Box 3 of 9

Environmental Interpretation Institute, John Kinard, panel member

Box 3 of 9

Box 4

Evolution of a Community II Script

Box 4 of 9

Evolution of a Community I Script

Box 4 of 9

Evolution of a Community, Part II - Correspondence and programs, contains fifth anniversary celebration memoranda

Box 4 of 9

Exhibit: Afro American History, Sage of Anacostia, 1969

Box 4 of 9

Exhibit: Anacostia

Box 4 of 9

Exhibit: Barnett-Aden Art, 1973-1974

Box 4 of 9

Exhibit: Black Man in the Westward Movement (4 folders)

Box 4 of 9

Exhibit: Black Patriot

Box 4 of 9

Box 5

Exhibit: Buy Now Pay Later (consumer problems exhibit)

Box 5 of 9

Exhibit: Country Store

Box 5 of 9

Exhibit: Drug

Box 5 of 9

Exhibit: Douglass Years

Box 5 of 9

Exhibits Lists

Box 5 of 9

Exhibits, memos, etc. to and from Smithsonian Institution (SI), 1966

Box 5 of 9

Exhibits - Memos and schedules from ANM staff and advisory council about exhibits, also copies of correspondence, 1968-1974

Box 5 of 9

Exhibit: Festival of the Arts, 1968

Box 5 of 9

Festival of the Arts, 1969

Box 5 of 9

Festival of the Arts, 1970-1972

Box 5 of 9

Exhibit: Jamaica

Box 5 of 9

Exhibit: Jazz

Box 5 of 9

Exhibit: Lorton, October 1970

Box 5 of 9

Exhibit: Making of a museum first anniversary exhibit - Contains one invitation to ANM activities

Box 5 of 9

Exhibit: Makonde Art, 1968

Box 5 of 9

Exhibit: Photo

Box 5 of 9

Exhibit: Rat, rentals and inquiries

Box 5 of 9

Exhibit: Science (Man's Greatest Adventure)

Box 5 of 9

Exhibit: SI Traveling

Box 5 of 9

Exhibit: ABM Mobile (Summer in the Parks, 1969)

Box 5 of 9

Exhibits: Rating form and suggestion box

Box 5 of 9

"F" miscellaneous

Box 5 of 9

Fifth Anniversary, 1972

Box 5 of 9

Frederick Douglass Bill, sponsored by Senator Holt, S835-HR5968

Box 5 of 9

Fundraising campaign, November 1969-1970

Box 5 of 9

Box 6

George Washington University, United Planning Organization, Congress Heights Project

Box 6 of 9

Gospel Truth, 1971

Box 6 of 9

Gospel Truth Publicity

Box 6 of 9

Harper's Ferry (John Kinard, speaker at training center)

Box 6 of 9

Housing and Urban Development exhibits funds

Box 6 of 9

International Council of Museums (ICOM), 1972

Box 6 of 9

ICOM 1971 Survey (articles, etc.)

Box 6 of 9

International Council of Museums 1971 Program - Contains correspondence, printed material and information on Grenoble meeting

Box 6 of 9

International Council of Museums - Contains pamphlets on Danish museums

Box 6 of 9

Intramural Transfer of Specimens - Objects borrowed from SI, F214

Box 6 of 9

Kennedy Doodler, 1968

Box 6 of 9

Kerosene Lamps and Lanterns - Candles

Box 6 of 9

Lamont Street

Box 6 of 9

Linda Polin Memorial

Box 6 of 9

Box 7

Little People

Box 7 of 9

Local: Anacostia Drug Committee

Box 7 of 9

Lorton: Inner Voices

Box 7 of 9

Mail Log, 1972

Box 7 of 9

Mail Record, January through June 1973

Box 7 of 9

Media

Box 7 of 9

Memoranda from John Kinard to staff, 1969-1973

Box 7 of 9

Message Maker

Box 7 of 9

Mexico American Association of Museums, 1972 - Address by John Kinard

Box 7 of 9

Model Inner City Community Organization, 1968

Box 7 of 9

Muse-Bedford-Stuyvisant Neighborhood Museum, 1968-1969

Box 7 of 9

Museum, Children's D.C., 1970

Box 7 of 9

Museum Correspondence, 1972-1974

Box 7 of 9

Museum Involvement in the Neighborhood

Box 7 of 9

N - Negro College List

Box 7 of 9

Box 8

National Capitol Park Service Summer in the Parks, 1968

Box 8 of 9

National Council on the Arts

Box 8 of 9

Negro History - Harmon Collection

Box 8 of 9

Negro Life and History Association for the Study of - Contains information of conference, 1969, Birmingham

Box 8 of 9

Neighborhood Museum Seminar, New York City, 1969

Box 8 of 9

Neighborhood Youth Corp and Work Scholarship Information, 1970

Box 8 of 9

North East Museum Conference

Box 8 of 9

O, 1968-1972

Box 8 of 9

Operation Crossroads Africa, 1972-1975

Box 8 of 9

Operation Crossroads Africa, 1969-1970

Box 8 of 9

Opus2 (an art gallery for exposure of local talent), 1974

Box 8 of 9

Opportunities Industrial Center, 1971-1972

Box 8 of 9

P, 1968

Box 8 of 9

Performing Arts, Division of (Publicity)

Box 8 of 9

Photograph Lists (for replies to requests)

Box 8 of 9

Press releases

Box 8 of 9

Project Innovation, Williamsville, New York, Black History Museum

Box 8 of 9

R and S Miscellaneous

Box 8 of 9

Renovation, 1970

Box 8 of 9

Box 9

Requests for Information, 1967-1971

Box 9 of 9

Science Mans Greatest Adventure Script

Box 9 of 9

Sentry Post Bicentennial

Box 9 of 9

Sixth Anniversary

Box 9 of 9

Smith Delores, committee member

Box 9 of 9

Special Friend (receipts)

Box 9 of 9

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Box 9 of 9

Summer Programs, Anacostia Neighborhood Museum

Box 9 of 9

Summer Programs, Interneighborhood child activities program

Box 9 of 9

Trail Blazers

Box 9 of 9

Towards Freedom exhibits literature

Box 9 of 9

United Church Board

Box 9 of 9

V, W, X, Y, Z miscellaneous

Box 9 of 9

Video Tape Equipment, 1972-1976

Box 9 of 9

Visitors, 1973-1974

Box 9 of 9

Visitors, prior to 1973

Box 9 of 9

Washington Artists, 1968

Box 9 of 9

WETA Broadcast, 1973

Box 9 of 9

William Warner memos to and from, 1968-1971

Box 9 of 9

Williamsburg Seminars, 1971

Box 9 of 9