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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 369

Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs

Director's Records, circa 1965-1976

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution. Office of Public Affairs
Title: Director's Records
Dates: circa 1965-1976
Quantity: 10.5 cu. ft. (10 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection: Record Unit 369
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records consist of alphabetic subject files of the Directors, documenting their relations with Smithsonian Institution administrators and museums, and their direction of publications relating to public affairs activities. Major events of the period included the openings of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Collection of Fine Arts, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Air and Space Museum, as well as the establishment of the annual Festival of American Folklife and the 1976 Bicentennial of the American Revolution.

Historical Note

The Office of Public Affairs had its origins in the Editorial and Publications Division of the Institution, which had long been disbursing news about events and exhibitions. In 1965 a separate Office of Information, reporting to the Secretary, was created, in part to deal with festivities and events surrounding the Smithson Bicentennial. B. Richard Berg was appointed director and George J. Berklacy, press officer. The new office issued press releases, answered public inquiries, maintained a system of recorded telephone announcements, arranged for the production of films, and dealt, in general, with the media.

The Office of Public Affairs, reporting to the Assistant Secretary for Public Service, was established in 1968. It was charged with publicizing the programs of the Smithsonian through a broad range of methods of communication, from radio to films to special events. Initially the office provided services including tours, visitor booths, publications, recorded messages, news releases, information leaflets, and the answering of public inquiries.

Frederic M. Philips served as director, 1968-1972. He was succeeded by Carl W. Larsen, who held the position 1972- .

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Descriptive Entry

These records consist of alphabetic subject files of the directors, documenting their relations with Smithsonian administrators and museums, and their direction of publications relating to public affairs activities. Major events of the period included the openings of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Collection of Fine Arts, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Air and Space Museum, as well as the establishment of the annual Folklife Festival and the 1976 American Bicentennial.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 369, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Public Affairs, Director's Records

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Container List

Box 1

Advertising, 1969-1973

Box 1 of 12

ABC, 1972-1974

Box 1 of 12

Archives - Tapes, 1972-1974

Box 1 of 12

Arkansas Proposal, 1968

Box 1 of 12

Associated Press, 1972-1973

Box 1 of 12

Associates - Resident & Associate, 1973-1974

Box 1 of 12

AT&T, 1973

Box 1 of 12

Awards - Research Awards Program, 1964-1967

Box 1 of 12

Barton-Gillette Co., 1971-1974

Box 1 of 12

British Broadcasting System, 1970-1972

Box 1 of 12

BBC - American Films, 1971-1973

Box 1 of 12

Belmont World Wildlife Fund, 1973-1974

Box 1 of 12

Benton Foundation, 1973-1974

Box 1 of 12

Budget - 1968-1973

Box 1 of 12

Bureau Directors Minutes, 1968-1973

Box 1 of 12

Congressional Correspondence, 1969-1973

Box 1 of 12

Congressional Leaflets - Requests, 1971-1973

Box 1 of 12

Chesapeake Bay Center - Budget Planning Meeting, June 4, 1975

Box 1 of 12

Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 1965-1968

Box 1 of 12

Copernicus, 1973

Box 1 of 12

Ecology - General, 1973-1974

Box 1 of 12

Education - Fellowships, Scholarships, 1973

Box 1 of 12

Environment - General, 1970-1974

Box 1 of 12

Equal Employment Opportunities, 1973

Box 1 of 12

Executive Committee, 1971-1973

Box 1 of 12

Exhibits - Admission Charges, 1968-1969

Box 1 of 12

Exhibits - General, 1970-1973

Box 1 of 12

Box 2

Exhibits - Lilly Coin Collection, 1967-1969

Box 2 of 12

Exhibits - Luce Hall of News Reporting, 1972-1973

Box 2 of 12

Exhibits - John W. Powell Centennial, 1967-1969

Box 2 of 12

Exhibits - Research, Map 1970

Box 2 of 12

Exhibits - Siberia, 1975

Box 2 of 12

Exhibits - Slum Exhibit, 1966-1967

Box 2 of 12

Foundations - General, 1974

Box 2 of 12

General Correspondence, 1969-1975

Box 2 of 12

General - Smithsonian, 1965-1973

Box 2 of 12

Getty, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 12

Group of Ten, 1971-1974

Box 2 of 12

Guidebook, 1968-1973

Box 2 of 12

Henry Papers, 1965-1975

Box 2 of 12

Hillwood - 1969, clippings, etc., 1957-1965

Box 2 of 12

Hotels - General, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 12

International Activities, 1972-1973

Box 2 of 12

Mrs. Johnson's Beautification Program, 1966

Box 2 of 12

President Johnson Letter, June 20, 1967

Box 2 of 12

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1963-1974

Box 2 of 12

Lectures - General, 1968

Box 2 of 12

Library, 1968-1974

Box 2 of 12

McGraw Hill Bookstore, 1972-1973

Box 2 of 12

Maps, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 12

Robert Mason - Miscellaneous, 1971-1973

Box 2 of 12

Metro, 1972-1973

Box 2 of 12

Museums - General, 1972-1973

Box 2 of 12

Air and Space Museum, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 12

American Association of Museums

Box 2 of 12

Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum, 1968-1974

Box 2 of 12

Museum of History and Technology (MHT), 1972-1974

Box 2 of 12

Box 3

Museum of Natural History (MNH), 1972-1975

Box 3 of 12

Museum Shops, 1968-1973

Box 3 of 12

National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board (NAFMAB), 1967-1973

Box 3 of 12

National Association of Science Writers, 1970-1972

Box 3 of 12

NC- 4 Anniversary, 1969

Box 3 of 12

National Collection of Fine Arts (NCFA), 1971-1973

Box 3 of 12

National Endowment for Humanities, 1972

Box 3 of 12

National Gallery, 1972-1973

Box 3 of 12

National Portrait Gallery (NPG), 1968-1972

Box 3 of 12

National Society of Fund Raisers - Washington Hospital Center, 1973

Box 3 of 12

Office Administration - General, 1973-1974

Box 3 of 12

Office Administration - Secretarial Procedures, 1965-1970

Box 3 of 12

Office Space, 1972-1973

Box 3 of 12

Open Universities, 1969-1973

Box 3 of 12

Oral History, 1971-1973

Box 3 of 12

Outreach, 1973

Box 3 of 12

Owl, 1966-1967

Box 3 of 12

Peace Corps, 1971

Box 3 of 12

Performing Arts, 1967-1973

Box 3 of 12

Photographs Genera1, 1969-1973

Box 3 of 12

Population Crisis, 1973

Box 3 of 12

Product Development, 1972-1974

Box 3 of 12

Public Information Working Group, 1968-1970

Box 3 of 12

Public Service - SI (Smithsonian Institution), 1972-1973

Box 3 of 12

Publications - Miscellaneous Clippings, 1972-1975

Box 3 of 12

Publications - General, 1969-1973

Box 3 of 12

Publications - Increase & Diffusion, 1970-1971

Box 3 of 12

Publications - Popular Publications, 1967-1971

Box 3 of 12

Publications Review Board, 1973-1974

Box 3 of 12

Publications - Scientific Publications, 1971

Box 3 of 12

Publications - SI, 1974

Box 3 of 12

Publications - TORCH, 1973

Box 3 of 12

Questionnaires, 1973-1975

Box 3 of 12

Box 4

Radio Smithsonian, 1969-1970

Box 4 of 12

Reading is Fundamental, 1973

Box 4 of 12

Regents Newsletters & Meetings, 1968-1973

Box 4 of 12

Regents, 1966-1968

Box 4 of 12

Renwick, 1973-1974

Box 4 of 12

Requests - General, 1969-1973

Box 4 of 12

Requests - General, 1974-1976

Box 4 of 12

Research Report, 1971-1973

Box 4 of 12

Dr. Ripley, 1968-1973

Box 4 of 12

Safety, 1965-1972

Box 4 of 12

Sales, 1972-1973

Box 4 of 12

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Correspondence, 1968-1974

Box 4 of 12

SAO Multiple Mirror Telescope, 1972-1973

Box 4 of 12

Science Information Exchange, 1971-1972

Box 4 of 12

Secretaries of SI, 1973

Box 4 of 12

Seminars - General, 1972-1975

Box 4 of 12

Short-Lived Phenomena, 1972-1973

Box 4 of 12

Signs, 1968

Box 4 of 12

SI Around the World, 1972-1973

Box 4 of 12

SI Commons Advisory Commission, 1970-1973

Box 4 of 12

SI Council, 1972-1974

Box 4 of 12

SI Press, 1965-1974

Box 4 of 12

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) - Persistent Crafts of Poland, 1973-1974

Box 4 of 12

SITES, 1966-1972

Box 4 of 12

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), 1968-1972

Box 4 of 12

Sound and Light Program, 1966-1971

Box 4 of 12

Space, Office, 1969-1972

Box 4 of 12

Speakers Bureau Correspondence, 1967-1973

Box 4 of 12

Box 5

Symposium, 1970

Box 5 of 12

Tecumseh, 1967-1973

Box 5 of 12

Telecommunications, 1972-1974

Box 5 of 12

Telecommunications - Mason, 1972-1974

Box 5 of 12

Television - Charles Scribners Sons, 1974

Box 5 of 12

Thefts, 1966-1968

Box 5 of 12

Tourmobile, 1969

Box 5 of 12

Unusual Letters, 1965-1973

Box 5 of 12

Visiting Hours, 1964-1970

Box 5 of 12

Visitor Count, 1965-1973

Box 5 of 12

Visitor Survey, 1968-1973

Box 5 of 12

William Warner Memos, 1968-1972

Box 5 of 12

White House Fellows, 1972

Box 5 of 12

White House Press Releases & Briefings, 1965-1966

Box 5 of 12

Women's Auction, 1973

Box 5 of 12

Women's Committee, 1972-1973

Box 5 of 12

Woodrow Wilson Center, 1966-1975

Box 5 of 12

Zenith Radio Corp, 1973

Box 5 of 12

Zoo, 1970-1973

Box 5 of 12

Zoo - Pandas, 1970-1973

Box 5 of 12

Special Events

Box 5 of 12

Box 6

Special Events

Box 6 of 12

Abbot, Dr. Charles G., 1973-1974

Box 6 of 12

Absurd Correspondence, 1974-1976

Box 6 of 12

Anderson, Jack, 1974-1976

Box 6 of 12

Associates (Residential & National), 1974-1975

Box 6 of 12

Associations & Organizations (Miscellaneous), 1973-1975

Box 6 of 12

Bicentennial - American Revolution, 1966-1974

Box 6 of 12

Bicentennial - Awards Program, 1975

Box 6 of 12

Bicentennial - Awards Wells Fargo, 1973-1975

Box 6 of 12

Bicentennial - National Science Foundation (NSF) Film, 1972-1974

Box 6 of 12

Bicentennial - General, 1972-1975

Box 6 of 12

Bicentennial - Smithsonian, 1973-1975

Box 6 of 12

Box 7

[No longer exists]

Box 7 of 12

Box 8

Birds, Pacific, 1968-1970

Box 8 of 12

Boorstin (Miscellaneous), 1969-1975

Box 8 of 12

Bureau Directors' Meetings, 1974-1975

Box 8 of 12

Carousel, Dentzel, 1973-1974

Box 8 of 12

Carousel, Wells, 1966-1973

Box 8 of 12

Chesapeake Bay Center for Environmental Studies, 1973-1975

Box 8 of 12

Citron, Robert (See Also Short-lived Phenomena), 1972-1975

Box 8 of 12

Computer Sciences, 1975

Box 8 of 12

Congressional Record, 1975

Box 8 of 12

Cooper-Hewitt, 1968-1975

Box 8 of 12

Cooper-Union Museum, 1965-1968

Box 8 of 12

Courtesies, General, 1975

Box 8 of 12

Criticism-Comments, 1970-1976

Box 8 of 12

Defensible Space, 1973

Box 8 of 12

Development, 1972-1975

Box 8 of 12

Directories, 1974-1976

Box 8 of 12

Donations, 1974-1975

Box 8 of 12

Educational Services, 1974-1975

Box 8 of 12

Employee Suggestions, 1973-1974

Box 8 of 12

Encyclopedia Britannica, 1969-1976

Box 8 of 12

Euell, Julian T., 1973-1975

Box 8 of 12

Executive Committee, 1974-1975

Box 8 of 12

Executive Committee (Agenda Working Group), 1973

Box 8 of 12

Exhibits General, 1974-1975

Box 8 of 12

Expo '74, 1973-1974

Box 8 of 12

Films, General, 1973-1976

Box 8 of 12

Films, BBC, "Ascent of Man," 1972-1975

Box 8 of 12

Film Theatre, Free, 1974-1976

Box 8 of 12

Fort Pierce Bureau, 1973-1974

Box 8 of 12

General Correspondence, 1972-1976

Box 8 of 12

Greetings from OPA (Office of Public Affairs)

Box 8 of 12

Box 9

Hillwood, 1974-1976

Box 9 of 12

Hodgkins Medal, 1968-1970

Box 9 of 12

Mall (Last Site on the Mall), 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Metro, 1973-1975

Box 9 of 12

Museums, General, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Museum, Air and Space, 1973-1975

Box 9 of 12

Museum, Anacostia, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Museum, Hirshhorn, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Museum of History and Technology, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Museum of Natural History, 1974

Box 9 of 12

Museum Shops, 1974-1976

Box 9 of 12

National Academy of Science, 1971-1975

Box 9 of 12

National Gallery of Art, 1974-1976

Box 9 of 12

National Park Service, 1975

Box 9 of 12

National Science Foundation, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Office Administration - Secretarial Procedure, 1975

Box 9 of 12

Office Space, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Office of Public Affairs, 1975

Box 9 of 12

Pacific Bird Banding Background, 1975

Box 9 of 12

Parking on the Mall, 1972-1975

Box 9 of 12

Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corp., 1973

Box 9 of 12

Performing Arts Division (General), 1974

Box 9 of 12

Performing Arts Division - Folklife Festival, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Personnel Matters (Miscellaneous), 1975

Box 9 of 12

Public Inquiries, 1968-1970

Box 9 of 12

Public Service (SI), 1974-1976

Box 9 of 12

Publications - Associates Guide, 1974

Box 9 of 12

Publications - Calendar, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Publications - General, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Publications - Guidebooks, 1972-1975

Box 9 of 12

Publications - Increase and Diffusion, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Publications - Leaflets, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Publications - Magazines and Miscellaneous Articles, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Publications - Publication Requests, 1973-1975

Box 9 of 12

Publications - Review Board, 1975

Box 9 of 12

Publications - Review Board Book Club, 1974

Box 9 of 12

Publications - "The Sacred Fire," 1975

Box 9 of 12

Publications - SDR's (S. Dillon Ripley) Annual Report, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Publications - SI General, 1974-1976

Box 9 of 12

Publications - Smithsonian Magazine, 1974-1976

Box 9 of 12

Publications - Smithsonian Magazine Subscriptions, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Publications - Statement by the Secretary, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Publications - Torch, 1974-1976

Box 9 of 12

Publications - Visitors Information, 1974-1976

Box 9 of 12

Reading is Fundamental, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Research Reports, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 12

Ripley, S. Dillon, General, 1974-1976

Box 9 of 12

Ripley, S. Dillon - Interviews, 1974-1976

Box 9 of 12

Ripley, S. Dillon - Miscellaneous, letters prepared for signature of SDR, 1973-1976

Box 9 of 12

Box 10

Ripley, S. Dillon - "The Sacred Grove," 1967

Box 10 of 12

Ripley, S. Dillon - Speeches, 1965-1976

Box 10 of 12

Ripley, S. Dillon - Speeches (Miscellaneous), 1963-1969

Box 10 of 12

Ripley, S. Dillon - Statements, 1973

Box 10 of 12

Ripley, S. Dillon - Statements, 1974-1975

Box 10 of 12

Ripley, S. Dillon - Tenth Anniversary, 1974

Box 10 of 12

Ripley TV David Frost Show, 1970-1971

Box 10 of 12

Rome Center, 1967

Box 10 of 12

Secretaries' Files, 1973

Box 10 of 12

SAO Correspondence General, 1974-1975

Box 10 of 12

Sea Link, 1970-1976

Box 10 of 12

Senate of Scientists, 1972-1974

Box 10 of 12

Short-Lived Phenomena, 1973-1976

Box 10 of 12

SI Century Capsule Reports, 1976

Box 10 of 12

Silver Hill, 1972

Box 10 of 12

SI Press, 1974-1976

Box 10 of 12

SI Service, 1973-1976

Box 10 of 12

SITES, 1974-1976

Box 10 of 12

Smithsonian General, 1971-1976

Box 10 of 12

Smithsonian Historical Background, 1946-1975

Box 10 of 12

Smithsonian Institution Foreign Currency Program, 1974-1975

Box 10 of 12

Smithsonian Sampler, 1974

Box 10 of 12

Smithsonian West, 1975-1976

Box 10 of 12

STRI ( Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute), 1974-1976

Box 10 of 12

Smithsonian South Yard Development, 1975-1976

Box 10 of 12

Telecommunications- Proposal, 1976

Box 10 of 12

Television-American Image Film Agreement, 1975

Box 10 of 12

Television General, 1974-1976

Box 10 of 12

Television SI General, 1974-1976

Box 10 of 12

Television Wolper SI Series General, 1973-1975

Box 10 of 12

Television Wolper SI Series Flight, 1973-1974

Box 10 of 12

Television Wolper SI Series Hope Diamond, 1974-1975

Box 10 of 12

Television Wolper SI Series Monsters, 1974-1976

Box 10 of 12

Box 11

Television Wolper SI Series Monsters, 1974-1976 (cont'd)

Box 11 of 12

Thompson, Ed, 1974-1976

Box 11 of 12

Travel, 1974-1976

Box 11 of 12

Travel, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Travel, 1966-1973

Box 11 of 12

Travel, 1970

Box 11 of 12

Visitor Count Statistics (SI), 1974-1975

Box 11 of 12

Volunteers, 1969-1972

Box 11 of 12

Volunteers, 1974-1976

Box 11 of 12

Washington Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1974

Box 11 of 12

White House Correspondence, 1972-1976

Box 11 of 12

Wolf Trap Foundation, 1973-1974

Box 11 of 12

Women's Committee, 1974-1976

Box 11 of 12

Women's Council (SI), 1975

Box 11 of 12

Woodrow Wilson Center, 1974-1976

Box 11 of 12

Xerox Corp., 1976

Box 11 of 12

Zoo General, 1974-1976

Box 11 of 12

Zoo - Pandas, 1974-1975

Box 11 of 12

Associates, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Bicentennial Awards, 1976 (2)

Box 11 of 12

Bicentennial Information, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Boorstin (Miscellaneous), 1976

Box 11 of 12

Bureau Directors Meeting, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Chicago Quincentennial, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Congressional Records, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Development, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Donations, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Duplicating Services, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Educational Services, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Euell, Julian T., 1976

Box 11 of 12

Executive Committee, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Exhibits General, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Folklife Festival, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Foreign Correspondents Visit, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Joseph Henry Papers

Box 11 of 12

Hirshhorn Museum, 1976

Box 11 of 12

History and Technology, 1976

Box 11 of 12

International Activities, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Emperor of Japan Visit

Box 11 of 12

C. W. Larsen General, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Lectures, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Museums General, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Museum of Natural History, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Museums American Assocociation of Museums, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Anacostia Museum, 1976

Box 11 of 12

National Association of Science Writers, 1976

Box 11 of 12

National Press Club, 1976

Box 11 of 12

National Air and Space Museum (NASM) Opening, 1976

Box 11 of 12

Box 12

Office Administration Sec. Proc., 1976

Box 12 of 12

OPA, 1976

Box 12 of 12

Office Space, 1976

Box 12 of 12

Personal Matters, 1976

Box 12 of 12

Public Affairs Workshop, 1976

Box 12 of 12

Publication Calendar, 1976

Box 12 of 12

Publications General, 1976

Box 12 of 12

Publication "Increase & Diffusion," 1976

Box 12 of 12

Publication Leaflets, 1976

Box 12 of 12

Publications Magazines, Miscellaneous, Articles, 1976

Box 12 of 12

Publication Review Board, 1976

Box 12 of 12

Publication - SDR's Annual Report, 1976

Box 12 of 12

Publication Statement by the Secretary, 1976

Box 12 of 12

Publications, Requests (Miscellaneous), 1976

Box 12 of 12

Seminars General, 1976

Box 12 of 12

Silver Hill, 1976

Box 12 of 12

S.I. Press

Box 12 of 12

Smithson, James, 1976

Box 12 of 12

Truman, Harry S. Scholarship Fund, 1976

Box 12 of 12

SI Office Memoranda, 1976

Box 12 of 12