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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 350

Anacostia Neighborhood Museum. Administrative Officer

Records, 1971-1978

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Anacostia Neighborhood Museum. Administrative Officer
Title: Records
Dates: 1971-1978
Quantity: 1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Collection: Record Unit 350
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records document the administrative and financial activities of the Exhibits Design and Production Laboratory during its planning, construction, and first years of operation. Records contain feasibility studies of the project and correspondence and agreements about the acquisition of land for the facility. Also included are copies of construction contracts, as well as memoranda and correspondence with architects and contractors regarding the planning and progress of the building. The financial requirements of the project are documented by staff memoranda regarding possible sources of support, funding proposals, correspondence with donors, and requisition forms. A fire that damaged the Laboratory in July 1976 is documented by photographs, reports, and memoranda.

Administrative records of the Exhibits Training Program are also included. The records contain briefing sheets, periodic progress reports, and correspondence with Smithsonian administrators and financial sponsors. Also included are grant proposals, curricula outlines, correspondence concerning job placements for graduating students, and statements of expenses.

Historical Note

Audrey Archer joined the museum in 1968 as an Administrative Assistant and became the Administrative Officer in 1975. Although Archer's duties encompassed the entire museum, these records concern only the Exhibits Design and Production Laboratory, which was designed and constructed during her tenure, and which was occupied by the Exhibits Branch of the museum in 1974. For an administrative history of the Exhibits Branch and the Exhibits Training Program see Record Unit 378.

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Descriptive Entry

These records document the administrative and financial activities of the Exhibits Design and Production Laboratory during its planning, construction, and first years of operation. Records contain feasibility studies of the project, and correspondence and agreements about the acquisition of land for the facility. Also included are copies of construction contracts, as well as memoranda and correspondence with architects and contractors regarding the planning and progress of the building. The financial requirements of the project are represented by staff memoranda regarding possible sources of support, funding proposals, correspondence with donors, and requisition forms. A fire that damaged the Laboratory in July 1976 is documented by photographs, reports, and memoranda.

Administrative records of the Exhibits Training Program are also included. The records contain briefing sheets, periodic progress reports, and correspondence with Smithsonian administrators and financial sponsors. Also included are grant proposals, curricula outlines, correspondence concerning job placements for graduating students, and statements of expenses.

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

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Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 350, Anacostia Neighborhood Museum. Administrative Officer, Records

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Container List

Box 1

Minority Students Training (2 folders)

Box 1 of 1

Exhibits Training Program (2 folders)

Box 1 of 1

Correspondence from Ford Foundation

Box 1 of 1

25 - Ford Foundation - Supplies/Services

Box 1 of 1

Reports / Ford Foundation

Box 1 of 1

Exhibits Laboratory - Folder 1

Box 1 of 1

Exhibits Laboratory - Part 2

Box 1 of 1

Exhibits Laboratory - Sanders Correspondence - Folder 3

Box 1 of 1

Exhibits Laboratory - Folder 4

Box 1 of 1

Exhibits Design and Production Laboratory Correspondence

Box 1 of 1

Fire Damage Photos

Box 1 of 1

Exhibit Lab

Box 1 of 1

Exhibits Design and Production Laboratory Proposal (2 folders)

Box 1 of 1

Firestone Lab - FY 1975

Box 1 of 1

31 - Ford Foundation - Supplies/Services

Box 1 of 1

IBM Rental

Box 1 of 1

210 - Travel - Ford Foundation

Box 1 of 1

26 - Ford Foundation - Supplies/Services

Box 1 of 1

Fire Lab

Box 1 of 1

HUD (Housing and Urban Development) - Part 1 - Contract

Box 1 of 1

HUD - Part 2

Box 1 of 1