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Record Unit 341,  Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Special Assistant to the Secretary for Bicentennial Planning,  Correspondence, 1969-1977

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Special Assistant to the Secretary for Bicentennial Planning
Title: Correspondence
Dates: 1969-1977
Quantity: 1.2 linear meters.
Collection: Record Unit 341
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records consist of correspondence between Slocum and various persons and organizations he dealt with in carrying out his duties. They also document some of his personal interests, notably numismatics and the work of the English Speaking Union.

Historical Note

The Special Assistant to the Secretary for Bicentennial Planning was responsible for developing various aspects of the Smithsonian's planning for the celebration of the Bicentennial of the American Revolution in 1976. For a full account of planning for the Bicentennial events, researchers should also consult the records of the Bicentennial Coordinator responsible for internal Smithsonian planning, record unit 337.

John J. Slocum was attached to the Office of the Secretary, but also reported on occasion to the Director of the National Museum of History and Technology since he was involved in procuring artifacts for use by the Museum in its exhibits. He was particularly involved in negotiations for a Pony Express first-day cover and for a Corliss steam engine, both of which the Museum wanted as features of its Bicentennial exhibitions. Slocum was also responsible for planning and leading a Smithsonian National Associates trip to Turkey during 1971, drawing on his earlier experience of the eastern Mediterranean in the American diplomatic service.

Descriptive Entry

These records consist of correspondence between Slocum and various persons and organizations he dealt with in carrying out his duties. They also document some of his personal interests, notably numismatics and the work of the English Speaking Union.

This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.

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Subject

Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 341, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Special Assistant to the Secretary for Bicentennial Planning, Correspondence

Container List

Box 1

Organizations Iran Anniversary Committee

Box 1 of 4

Organizations Council on Foreign Relations

Box 1 of 4

Org 1 Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design

Box 1 of 4

Miscellaneous

Box 1 of 4

Personnel - Bicentennial Projects 1970-1971

Box 1 of 4

Environmental Simulation: Subject material

Box 1 of 4

Coordinated Science Technology

Box 1 of 4

Miscellaneous

Box 1 of 4

Alaska Totems

Box 1 of 4

Various Organizations 1 of 2

Box 1 of 4

Various Organizations 2 of 2

Box 1 of 4

Foreign Tours

Box 1 of 4

Daily File

Box 1 of 4

History News

Box 1 of 4

Miscellaneous

Box 1 of 4

NMHT (National Museum of History and Technology) Receptions Who and With - How

Box 1 of 4

Hamarneh, Sami

Box 1 of 4

Fund raising

Box 1 of 4

Miscellaneous

Box 1 of 4

Tunica Treasure

Box 1 of 4

Miscellaneous

Box 1 of 4

ICOM (International Council of Museums) Resolution 1971

Box 1 of 4

Orientation

Box 1 of 4

Miscellaneous

Box 1 of 4

Box 2

Correspondence Log

Box 2 of 4

Gulbenkian Chair

Box 2 of 4

Miscellaneous

Box 2 of 4

Fund Raising Projects

Box 2 of 4

Fund Raising - Iwo Jima Monument

Box 2 of 4

Miscellaneous

Box 2 of 4

D.C. Bicentennial

Box 2 of 4

ARBC - Jefferson Exhibit

Box 2 of 4

ARBC Monthly Staff Reports

Box 2 of 4

ARBC - Publicity

Box 2 of 4

American Revolution Bicentennial - States

Box 2 of 4

Benjamin Franklin Exhibit

Box 2 of 4

BMD (Buildings Management Department) - Request for Services

Box 2 of 4

Bicentennial Newsletters

Box 2 of 4

Business Council on the Arts - 1970

Box 2 of 4

Center for American Studies (Michel)

Box 2 of 4

Colossus of Rhodes

Box 2 of 4

Contact Reports - Office of Development

Box 2 of 4

Current Lectures

Box 2 of 4

Division of Medical Sciences

Box 2 of 4

Division of Musical Instruments

Box 2 of 4

High Quality Player - Purchase of Piano - Division of Musical Instruments

Box 2 of 4

Miscellaneous

Box 2 of 4

Franklin Mint

Box 2 of 4

Corliss Engine

Box 2 of 4

Pending

Box 2 of 4

Miscellaneous - Including biography of Slocum

Box 2 of 4

"Lincoln The Man" by A. Saint Gaudens

Box 2 of 4

Lafayette Carriage

Box 2 of 4

Lincoln Statue

Box 2 of 4

Knox-Martin Tractor

Box 2 of 4

English Speaking Union

Box 2 of 4

Fund Raising - Mural Project

Box 2 of 4

Secretary's Correspondence

Box 2 of 4

Miscellaneous

Box 2 of 4

"Keep America Free" and "The Statue" 1/4" audiotape

Box 2 of 4

Other Smithsonian

Box 2 of 4

East Turkey

Box 2 of 4

Turkey - Smithsonian Associates Tour 1971

Box 2 of 4

Miscellaneous

Box 2 of 4

Recommendations

Box 2 of 4

Mc Laughlin Campaign

Box 2 of 4

Photos - Mural Project Mr. Slocum

Box 2 of 4

Miscellaneous

Box 2 of 4

Coins and Medals Report 12/24/1970

Box 2 of 4

Box 3

Contributions in the Sciences

Box 3 of 4

Foreign Study Tour - Turkey

Box 3 of 4

Cyprus and Turkey

Box 3 of 4

English Speaking Union Stationary

Box 3 of 4

Personal - Committee Friends Folger Library

Box 3 of 4

Miscellaneous Correspondence

Box 3 of 4

Smithsonian Tours

Box 3 of 4

Tax Reform Act

Box 3 of 4

Ward Lange - Steuben Society

Box 3 of 4

Press Releases and Public Affairs

Box 3 of 4

"Bicentennial and Foreign Museum Project"

Box 3 of 4

Protocol Visits and Reports

Box 3 of 4

Request for Photographic Services

Box 3 of 4

Royal Library of Belgium

Box 3 of 4

Smithsonian Tour - Russia

Box 3 of 4

Society of Colonial Wars

Box 3 of 4

State Flags

Box 3 of 4

Status Reports John J. Slocum

Box 3 of 4

Tours - general

Box 3 of 4

Tour of King Arthur's England

Box 3 of 4

Travel - John J. Slocum

Box 3 of 4

Tunica Treasure

Box 3 of 4

Washington Bicentennial Preparations (Mark Evans)

Box 3 of 4

Harvard - Visiting Comm. To English Department

Box 3 of 4

Institute of Early American History and Culture - Williamsburg

Box 3 of 4

Medallic Art

Box 3 of 4

National and Military History

Box 3 of 4

National Association of State and Local Historical Societies

Box 3 of 4

Pers. - St. John's College Sante Fe., New Mexico

Box 3 of 4

Pony Express

Box 3 of 4

1973 International Numismatic Congress New York & Washington

Box 3 of 4

Box 4

"National Bicentennial Program," an NBC News Special Program, September 21, 1971, featuring President Nixon. 16mm film with audio track.

Box 4 of 4