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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 277

National Museum of History and Technology. Office of the Deputy Director

Subject Files, 1958-1978

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of History and Technology. Office of the Deputy Director
Title: Subject Files
Dates: 1958-1978
Quantity: 11 cu. ft. (22 document boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 277
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records, generated by John C. Ewers, Assistant Director, 1959-1964, and Silvio A. Bedini, Assistant Director, 1965-1972, and Deputy Director, 1972-1978, document the role of these positions within NMHT administrative hierarchy. A small portion of the records also covers Ewers's position as NMHT Director from 1965 to 1966. Included in these records are files pertaining to the Conservation Analytical Laboratory, the early planning stages of NMHT's involvement in the Bicentennial of the American Revolution (BAR) celebration, and a proposed joint program on the BAR between the National Science Foundation and NMHT. Also included are records concerned with the Museum's more routine activities such as NMHT and traveling exhibits, departmental meetings, building management, and budgetary matters. Records include correspondence with other Smithsonian museums, memoranda between museum administrators and curators, reports, requests for use of NMHT facilities, floor plans, minutes of committee meetings, conference proceedings, and legislative history of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Descriptive Entry

These records, generated by John C. Ewers, Assistant Director, 1959-1964, and Silvio A. Bedini, Assistant Director, 1965-1972, and Deputy Director, 1972-1978, document the role of these positions within the National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT) administrative hierarchy. A small portion of the records also covers Ewers' position as NMHT Director from 1964 to 1965. Included in these records are files pertaining to the Conservation Analytical Laboratory, the early planning stages of NMHT's involvement in the Bicentennial of the American Revolution (BAR) celebration, and a proposed joint program on the BAR between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NMHT. Also included are records concerned with the Museum's more routine activities such as NMHT and traveling exhibits, departmental meetings, building management, and budgetary matters. Records include correspondence with other Smithsonian museums, memoranda between museum administrators and curators, reports, requests for use of NMHT facilities, floor plans, minutes of committee meetings, conference proceedings, and legislative history of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Records are arranged according to special topics or activities.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 277, National Museum of History and Technology. Office of the Deputy Director, Subject Files

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Container List

Box 1

GENERAL FILES

Folder 1 Architectural Records Project, 1968-1969

Box 1 of 22

Folder 2 Chairmen's Meetings and Departmental Luncheon, 1970-1977

Box 1 of 22

Folder 3 Curator's Talks, 1972-1974

Box 1 of 22

Folders 4-5 General Correspondence, 1959-1965, 1973-1977

Box 1 of 22

Folder 6 General Correspondence (Public Inquiries, 1968-1972)

Box 1 of 22

Folder 7 Mechanical and Civil Engineering Geodesic Dome, 1972

Box 1 of 22

Folder 8 MHT Planning Advisory Council, 1968-1969

Box 1 of 22

Box 2

Folder 1 NMHT Budget, FY 1971 and FY 1975, 1971, 1973-1975

Box 2 of 22

Folder 2 Office of Director and Office of Assistant Director - List of Publications, 1964-1978

Box 2 of 22

Folder 3 Policy (Exhibit Openings and Special Events), 1966-1973

Box 2 of 22

Folder 4 Summary of Staff Activities, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 22

Box 3

Folder 1 33X Funds (Building and Construction), 1966-1970

Box 3 of 22

Folders 2-4 Visitors and Tours, 1965-1976

Box 3 of 22

Folder 5 (Warshaw) Collection of Business Americana, 1975-1977

Box 3 of 22

BICENTENNIAL OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (BAR)

Folder 6 American Revolution (AR) - Colonial Williamsburg, 1966-1971

Box 3 of 22

Folder 7 AR - Exhibit Proposals, 1967-1974

Box 3 of 22

Folder 8 American Revolution (General), 1964-1967

Box 3 of 22

Box 4

Folder 1 American Revolution (General), 1967-1978

Box 4 of 22

Folder 2 AR - History Corridors, 1970-1971

Box 4 of 22

Folder 3 American Revolution Seminars, 1966-1970

Box 4 of 22

Folder 4 BAR Funds, 1969-1972

Box 4 of 22

Folder 5 Chronological File - Proposal, Letters, and Memos, 1973-1974

Box 4 of 22

Folder 6 Eugene Ferguson, 1973-1974

Box 4 of 22

Folder 7 KCET ("Science, Invention and the American: 1776-1976"), 1973

Box 4 of 22

Folder 8 Miscellaneous Projects - Bicentennial, 1968-1975

Box 4 of 22

Folder 9 National Science Foundation, 1968-1972

Box 4 of 22

Box 5

Folder 1 NSF - Personnel/Budget, 1973-1976

Box 5 of 22

Folder 2 National Science Foundation, SI-NSF Project/ WOLPER/BBC MATTERS, 1973-1975

Box 5 of 22

Folder 3 Progress Report of the NMHT-NSF Bicentennial Project on American Science and Technology Grant No. GM-38587, 1974

Box 5 of 22

Folder 4 SI-NSF - Original Contract and related matters, 1972-1977

Box 5 of 22

Folder 5 SI-NSF Project - Slide Project (Hounshell), 1973-1975. [Slides have been removed and put in Record Unit 285.]

Box 5 of 22

Folder 6 SI-NSF Project - Slide Project (Hounshell) - Classroom Films, 1974

Box 5 of 22

Folder 7 SI-NSF Project - Slide Project (Hounshell) - Industrial Archaeology Films, 1974

Box 5 of 22

Box 6

BICENTENNIAL OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION - EARLY PLANNING

Folder 1 Bicentennial Pavilions: Departmental Memoranda, 1970-1971

Box 6 of 22

Folder 2 Exhibits, 1968

Box 6 of 22

Folder 3 General File on American Revolution Bicentennial, 1964-1968

Box 6 of 22

Folder 4 General Memoranda, 1968

Box 6 of 22

Folder 5 Guidelines for Planning the American Revolution Bicentennial, 1968

Box 6 of 22

Folder 6 Items Purchased, 1968

Box 6 of 22

Folder 7 Melder's (Keith) Proposal, 1968

Box 6 of 22

Folder 8 Objects in Collections, 1968

Box 6 of 22

Folder 9 Photographs, 1969-1970. Includes photographs of Principio Iron Works in Maryland

Box 6 of 22

Folder 10 Preliminary Draft and Staff Comments, 1968

Box 6 of 22

Folder 11 Purchase of Required Objects, 1968

Box 6 of 22

Folder 12 Research and Publications, 1968

Box 6 of 22

Folder 13 Sale of Replicas, 1969

Box 6 of 22

Folder 14 Symposia and Public Functions, 1968

Box 6 of 22

MHT BUILDING

Folder 15 Lobby and Information Desks - Display Cases for Publications, 1975

Box 6 of 22

Folder 16 MHT Building, 1974-1978

Box 6 of 22

MHT OFFICES

Folder 17 MHT Floor Plans, 1964-1978

Box 6 of 22

Folder 18 MHT Office Space, 1972-1976

Box 6 of 22

Box 7

SMITHSONIAN FACILITIES

Folder 1 MHT Cafeteria and Staff Dining Room (Hot Shoppes), 1965-1975

Box 7 of 22

Folder 2 Reception Suite (Policy, Fact Sheet, etc.), 1970-1974

Box 7 of 22

Folder 3 SI Facilities, Organizations excluded from Fees, 1966-1968

Box 7 of 22

Folder 4 Special Exhibit Schedules (Prepared by Office of Exhibits), 1968-1972

Box 7 of 22

Folder 5 Use of Facilities (Policy), 1965-1974

Box 7 of 22

Folder 6 Use of MHT Auditorium and Other Facilities, 1964-1975

Box 7 of 22

Folders 7-8 Use of MHT Auditorium and Other Facilities (Disapprovals), 1966-1972

Box 7 of 22

Box 8

Folder 1 Use of MHT Auditorium and Other Facilities (Disapprovals), 1973-1972

Box 8 of 22

MHT DECORATIONS

Folder 2 Infinity, 1970-1978

Box 8 of 22

Folder 3 NMHT Decorations (Armillary spheres, etc.), 1977

Box 8 of 22

MHT EXHIBITS

Folder 4 Audit of Exhibits, 1974-1975

Box 8 of 22

Folder 5 Exhibits General: "By Word Proposal for NMHT Exhibit," 1968-1974

Box 8 of 22

Folder 6 Exhibits Miscellaneous (Personnel, Maintenance, Reporting Procedures, etc.), 1964-1976

Box 8 of 22

Folder 7 Light Damage, 1965-1971

Box 8 of 22

Folder 8 Personnel, 1965-1966, 1972-1975

Box 8 of 22

Box 9

MHT EXHIBIT HALL REVIEWS

Folder 1 Exhibit Hall Reviews, 1966-1976

Box 9 of 22

EXHIBIT PREPARATION

Folder 2 Ad Hoc Committee on Titles, 1964-1972

Box 9 of 22

Folder 3 Advisory Committee on State Department Exchange Programs, 1965

Box 9 of 22

Folder 4 Condemnation Committee, 1959-1973

Box 9 of 22

Folder 5 Exhibits - Editor, 1966-1968, 1974

Box 9 of 22

Folder 6 Labels, Policies and Preparation of, 1958-1972

Box 9 of 22

Folder 7 Public Service Committee, 1972-1973

Box 9 of 22

EXHIBITS AND OBJECTS - GENERAL

Folder 8 Drafts of Proposed Form for Special Exhibits, 1965-1966

Box 9 of 22

Folder 9 Guidelines for Exhibits, 1966-1967

Box 9 of 22

Folder 10 Handling Museum Objects, 1965

Box 9 of 22

Box 10

SPECIAL EXHIBITS

Folder 1 George W. McDaniel ("House, artifacts and carpets of Black Families in Southern Maryland"), 1977-1978

Box 10 of 22

Folders 2-4 Projects in Progress or Completed by George Watson, 1966-1975

Box 10 of 22

Folder 5 Schedules and Contract Procedures for George Watson, 1965-1972

Box 10 of 22

Box 11

ARTICLES ABOUT SMITHSONIAN

Folder 1 Outside Publications on the Smithsonian Institution, 1965-1966

Box 11 of 22

SI PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS

Folder 2 Annual Report, 1964-1974

Box 11 of 22

Folder 3 Copyrights, 1964-1967

Box 11 of 22

Folder 4 Editorial Sub-Committee, Bedini, Chairman, 1973-1974

Box 11 of 22

Folder 5 J. C. Ewers Manuscripts, 1960-1961

Box 11 of 22

Folder 6 Press Plans, FY 1976-1978, 1974-1976

Box 11 of 22

Folder 7 Manuscripts for SI Press, FY 1978, 1977-1978

Box 11 of 22

Box 12

Folder 1 Tobia Frankel Publications, 1974-1980

Box 12 of 22

Folder 2 Guide Books, Popular Publications, 1964-1976

Box 12 of 22

Folder 3 Journal of History, 1964-1978

Box 12 of 22

Folder 4 Life Magazine Article, 1965

Box 12 of 22

Folder 5 Manuscripts for Submission to SI Press, FY 1975, 1974-1975

Box 12 of 22

Box 13

Folder 1 Manuscripts for Submission to SI Press, FY 1976, 1974-1976

Box 13 of 22

Folder 2 Manuscripts for Submission to SI Press, FY 1977, 1975-1977

Box 13 of 22

Folders 3-5 Manuscripts Reviewed for SI Press, 1967-1972

Box 13 of 22

Box 14

Folder 1 Manuscripts Reviewed for SI Press, 1973-1974

Box 14 of 22

Folder 2 Master Publication List (NMHT Staff), 1971-1977

Box 14 of 22

Folders 3-4 MHT Manuscripts and Projects, 1963-1977

Box 14 of 22

Folder 5 Philately Dedicatory Lecture Series for Publication by SI Press, 1974-1977

Box 14 of 22

Folder 6 "Pictorial Treasury of the SI" - Widder, 1966-1967

Box 14 of 22

Folder 7 Mr. Pineau, 1965-1967

Box 14 of 22

Folder 8 Press Releases, 1965

Box 14 of 22

Folder 9 Publication Distribution, 1965-1977

Box 14 of 22

Box 15

Folder 1 Publication Forms, SI 36 and Estimate of Cost, 1974-1975

Box 15 of 22

Folder 2 Publications Committee, 1965-1974

Box 15 of 22

Folder 3 Reorganization of MHT Series - Policy, 1963-1974

Box 15 of 22

Folder 4 Scriptographic Booklets, 1965

Box 15 of 22

Folder 5 Smithsonian Institution Library's (SIL's) (Public Information Leaflets), 1967-1969

Box 15 of 22

Folder 6 SI Magazine, 1972-1978

Box 15 of 22

Folder 7 SI Press General, 1965-1978

Box 15 of 22

Folder 8 SI Publishing Task Force, 1977-1978

Box 15 of 22

Box 16

Folder 1 Status Reports of MHT Manuscripts, 1964-1976

Box 16 of 22

Folder 2 Study of SI Press by PRB, 1974-1975

Box 16 of 22

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION TRAVELING EXHIBITION SERVICE

Folder 3 SITES (Traveling Exhibition Service), 1965-1977

Box 16 of 22

OTHER MUSEUMS

Folder 4 Cooper Union, 1967-1975

Box 16 of 22

Folder 5 Textile Museum, 1966-1969

Box 16 of 22

SMITHSONIAN RELATED BUREAUS

Folder 6 Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, 1966-1978

Box 16 of 22

Box 17

Folder 1 Belmont Conference, February 20-22, 1973

Box 17 of 22

Folder 2 Belmont Conference, April 13-15, 1973

Box 17 of 22

Folder 3 Belmont Conference, February 1974, 1973-1974

Box 17 of 22

Folder 4 Publication Review Board, 1974-1978

Box 17 of 22

Folder 5 Renwick Committee, 1968-1975

Box 17 of 22

Folder 6 Requests for Reprints from SI Press, 1975-1978

Box 17 of 22

Box 18

Folder 1 Smithson Bicentennial, 1965-1967

Box 18 of 22

Folders 2-3 SI Publication Review Board, 1972-1974

Box 18 of 22

Folder 4 Woodrow Wilson Center, 1969-1975

Box 18 of 22

SMITHSONIAN MUSEUMS

Folder 5 Freer Gallery of Art, 1965-1977

Box 18 of 22

Folder 6 Hirshhorn Museum, 1967-1974. Includes Legislative History, Public Law 89-788, Approved November 7, 1966, Establishing The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Box 18 of 22

Folder 7 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1965-1975

Box 18 of 22

Box 19

Folder 1 Museum of Natural History, 1965-1976

Box 19 of 22

Folders 2-3 National Air and Space Museum, 1965-1978

Box 19 of 22

Folder 4 National Collection of Fine Arts (NCFA), 1967-1978

Box 19 of 22

Folder 5 NCFA Budget, 1965

Box 19 of 22

Folder 6 National Gallery of Art, 1966-1978

Box 19 of 22

Folder 7 National Portrait Gallery, 1968-1976

Box 19 of 22

Folder 8 National Zoological Park, 1966-1977

Box 19 of 22

Box 20

Folder 1 Survey of Art in NMHT by Bess Hormats (NCFA), circa 1966

Box 20 of 22

OTHER AGENCIES

Folder 2 American Association of Museums, 1963-1967

Box 20 of 22

Folder 3 Other Agencies, 1965-1967

Box 20 of 22

Folder 4 Other Museums (Information on Publications, etc.), 1966-1967

Box 20 of 22

CONSERVATION ANALYTICAL LABORATORY (CAL)

Folder 5 Budget and Administrative, 1965-1968

Box 20 of 22

Folder 6 CAL Budget, 1966-1967

Box 20 of 22

Folder 7 CAL Committee Report, 1965

Box 20 of 22

Folder 8 CAL Equipment and Purchases, 1965-1967

Box 20 of 22

Folder 9 CAL General, 1964-1965

Box 20 of 22

Box 21

Folders 1-2 CAL General, 1966-1978

Box 21 of 22

Folder 3 CAL Humidity Problems, 1964-1969

Box 21 of 22

Folder 4 CAL - Miscellaneous Publications, 1966-1967

Box 21 of 22

Folder 5 CAL Requisitions for Services, 1964-1975

Box 21 of 22

Folder 6 CAL Research Projects, 1966-1967

Box 21 of 22

Box 22

Folder 1 CAL Training Program, 1965-1967

Box 22 of 22

Folder 2 Flemish Cabinet, 1965-1967

Box 22 of 22

Folder 3 Fumatorium, 1964-1973

Box 22 of 22

Folder 4 Inventory of Needs in Conservation and Analysis, 1965-1969

Box 22 of 22

Folder 5 Robert M. Organ, 1966-1970. Includes some early publications by Organ

Box 22 of 22

Folder 6 Rome Centre, 1966-1967

Box 22 of 22

Folder 7 Restoration and Preservation, 1964-1971

Box 22 of 22

Folder 8 Restoration of DOWNING URN, 1966-1967

Box 22 of 22

Folder 9 SI Council Regarding CAL, 1971, 1966-1971

Box 22 of 22

Folder 10 Travel, 1966-1967

Box 22 of 22