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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 473

National Museum of American History. Division of Political History

Records, circa 1960-1982

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of American History. Division of Political History
Title: Records
Dates: circa 1960-1982
Quantity: 18 cu. ft. (18 record storage boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 473
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records consist of correspondence and memoranda pertaining to acquisitions, collections management, restoration of specimens, and exhibition proposals and installation. Also included are public inquiries concerning exhibits, political campaign items, presidential information, American politicians, and inaugural gowns of the First Ladies; records documenting the Division of Political History's preparation of the States section for 1876:A Centennial Exhibition at the Arts and Industries Building; exhibition photographs, scripts, and concepts for the Hall of American Costume, the First Ladies Hall, and the Hall of Historic Americans; documentation referring to plans for the Bicentennial of the American Revolution exhibit, We the People; subject files about the United States Presidents; and research notes of Herbert R. Collins for his publications Presidents on Wheels, Threads of History, and Wills of the United States Presidents.

Descriptive Entry

These records consist of curatorial correspondence and memoranda pertaining to acquisitions, collections management, restoration of specimens, and exhibition proposals and installation. Also included are public inquiries concerning exhibits, political campaign items, presidential information, American politicians, and inaugural gowns of the First Ladies; records documenting the Division of Political History's preparation of the States section for 1876: A Centennial Exhibition at the Arts and Industries Building; exhibition photographs, scripts, and concepts for the Hall of American Costume, the First Ladies Hall, and the Hall of Historic Americans; documentation referring to plans for the Bicentennial of the American Revolution exhibit, We the People; subject files about the United States Presidents; and research notes of Herbert R. Collins for his publications Presidents on Wheels, Threads of History, and Wills of the United States Presidents.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 473, National Museum of American History. Division of Political History, Records

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Container List

Box 1

Reading Files, January 1973-June 1975

Box 1 of 18

Box 2

Reading Files, July 1975-November 1976, correspondence log

Box 2 of 18

Box 3

Reading Files, September 1977-July 1979

Box 3 of 18

Box 4

Public Inquiry Correspondence, 1973, 1974 (A-T)

Box 4 of 18

Box 5

Public Inquiry Correspondence, 1974 (U-Z), 1975, 1976 (A-E)

Box 5 of 18

Box 6

Public Inquiry Correspondence, 1977

Box 6 of 18

Box 7

Public Inquiry Correspondence, 1976 (F-Z)

Box 7 of 18

Box 8

Public Inquiry Correspondence, 1978

Box 8 of 18

Box 9

Political History Files: Exhibits correspondence and scripts, specialized studies concerning presidential clothing, White House pets, Red Cross ambulance, Copper Family portraits, time capsules, American Bicentennial, television debates, the "teddy bear", United States Capitol and Capitol furnishings, Jackson frog, historical pens, hound dog, pastimes of the Presidents and presidential campaigns.

Box 9 of 18

Box 10

Political History Files: Copies of patents of political campaign objects, American eagle, Statue of Liberty, 'Uncle Sam', Iranian hostages, Liberty Bell, torch lights used at political campaign parades, ballot boxes, and Independence Day.

Box 10 of 18

Box 11

Presidents and Presidential Candidates, 1789-1865. Includes correspondence, published articles, and other material pertaining to past U.S. Presidents.

Box 11 of 18

Box 12

Presidents and Presidential Candidates, 1865-1964. Includes correspondence, published articles, and other material pertaining to past U.S. Presidents.

Box 12 of 18

Box 13

Presidents and Presidential Candidates: Various correspondence and published articles, 1968-1972; political campaign audiovisual; political campaign slogans; photographs, cartoons, artwork, and reports concerning political campaigns; Women's history; political campaign music, techniques, and party history.

Box 13 of 18

Box 14

Herbert R. Collin's research file for Presidents on Wheels (1968)

Box 14 of 18

Box 15

Includes Herbert R. Collin's working files for the State's sections of the 1876 Centennial exhibition at the Arts and Industries Building

Box 15 of 18

Box 16

Additional 1876 Centennial exhibition files

Box 16 of 18

Box 17

Publications and articles written by Herbert R. Collins

Box 17 of 18

Box 18

Threads of History Research Notes and Correspondence

Photographs

Box 18 of 18

Abstract

Box 18 of 18

Research Material

Box 18 of 18

Notes

Box 18 of 18

Lists and Descriptions

Box 18 of 18

Division of Textiles

Box 18 of 18

Published Studies & Catalogues

Box 18 of 18

Bandannas

Box 18 of 18

Correspondence (2 folders)

Box 18 of 18

Ed Sullivan's Book Reviewed by Herb Collins

Box 18 of 18

Policy and Administration

Box 18 of 18

Permissions

Box 18 of 18

Borowski, Mary

Box 18 of 18

Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Box 18 of 18

Seidman

Box 18 of 18

Mastai, Boleslaw

Box 18 of 18

Negatives and Prints

Box 18 of 18

Publication Response

Box 18 of 18

Reviews

Box 18 of 18

Welch, Frankie

Box 18 of 18