Reference Request

* required
Please succinctly provide us with any information pertinent to your inquiry. If you are writing to us about a research request, provide as much detail as possible about the collections in which you are interested (including collection numbers, box numbers, and folder titles).
(if known)

The Smithsonian Institution Archives is using Constant Contact, a third-party contact management software vendor, to manage contacts and send eNewsletters. Please be advised that Constant Contact's Privacy Statement and Terms and Conditions apply to your use of these services. The Smithsonian Institution Archives has access to your name and email address which is subject to our privacy statement.

Record Unit 369,  Smithsonian Institution., Office of Public Affairs,  Director 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 Records
Dates: circa 1965-1976
Quantity: 5.3 linear meters.
Collection: Record Unit 369
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

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, 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- .

Introduction

This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.

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.

Preferred Citation

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

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 - Misc. 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 Misc. 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.D. Interviews 1974-1976

Box 9 of 12

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

Box 9 of 12

Box 10

Ripley, S.D. "The Sacred Grove" 1967

Box 10 of 12

Ripley, S.D. Speeches 1965-1976

Box 10 of 12

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

Box 10 of 12

Ripley, S.D. Statements 1973

Box 10 of 12

Ripley, S.D. Statements 1974-1975

Box 10 of 12

Ripley, S.D. 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 Assoc. 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 Found. 1976

Box 12 of 12

SI Office Memoranda 1976

Box 12 of 12