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Record Unit 535,  Smithsonian Institution, Press,  Records, 1941-1975

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution, Press
Title: Records
Dates: 1941-1975
Quantity: 3.4 linear meters.
Collection: Record Unit 535
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These rather fragmentary records primarily document the work of the Editorial and Publications Division, precursor of the modern Smithsonian Press. A small amount of material dates from the tenure of Webster P. True as Chief of the Division and consists of correspondence concerning manuscripts considered for publication. Also included are several mockups for plates in the proposed 1941 Smithsonian Field Work and Exploration series.

A second, larger section of this record unit contains a portion of the correspondence and memoranda of Paul Oehser as Chief. The records include a small alphabetic correspondence file as well as folders relating to various proposed publications. Included are some records of the 1960 and 1962 Smithsonian annual reports, consisting of the scientific articles for the volume, Oehser's correspondence with the authors, and some graphs and photographs. In addition, there is a small amount of material concerning volumes 1 and 2 of The Papers of Joseph Henry, a proposed manuscript on the planning of the Smithson Bicentennial, and several folders concerning World Power from Solar Radiation, one of the final manuscripts of the fifth Secretary of the Institution, Charles G. Abbot.

Researchers should also consult record unit 83 for records of the Editorial and Publications Division.

Historical Note

Webster Prentiss True, who had previously served the Institution as Editor, 1919-1939, was given the title of Chief of the Editorial Division in 1940. A separate Publications Division was responsible for the actual reproduction of manuscripts. On True's retirement, Paul H. Oehser, who had been Editor for the United States National Museum since 1931, was appointed Chief and served from 1951 to 1953. In 1954 the two divisions were combined as the Editorial and Publications Division, with Oehser as Chief. He held this post through 1965. In 1966 the Division was renamed the Smithsonian Institution Press, with Anders Richter as Director. Richter held the position through 1970, when Gordon Hubel became Director, serving 1970- .

Descriptive Entry

These rather fragmentary records primarily document the work of the Editorial and Publications Division, precursor of the modern Smithsonian Press. A small amount of material dates from the tenure of Webster P. True as Chief of the Division and consists of correspondence concerning manuscripts considered for publication.

A second section of this record unit contains a portion of the correspondence and memoranda of Paul Oehser as Chief. The records include a small alphabetic correspondence file as well as folders relating to various proposed publications. In addition, there is a small amount of material concerning volumes 1 and 2 of The Papers of Joseph Henry, a proposed manuscript on the planning of the Smithson Bicentennial, and several folders concerning World Power from Solar Radiation, one of the final manuscripts of the fifth Secretary of the Institution, Charles G. Abbot.

Researchers should also consult Record Unit 83 for records of the Editorial and Publications Division.

Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 535, Smithsonian Institution, Press, Records

Container List

Box 1

Correspondence, 1959-1960

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Correspondence, 1954-1964

Box 1 of 2

Correspondence, 1941-1960

Box 1 of 2

Solecki, Ralph S., 1961. Includes field photographs and image of William Foshag.

Box 1 of 2

Rah, Hilda, 1959

Box 1 of 2

Densmore, Frances, 1941. Includes photographs.

Box 1 of 2

Goddard, Robert H., 1958-1960

Box 1 of 2

Walcott Fund Papers, 1950-1952

Box 1 of 2

Parsons, Margaret C., 1959-1960

Box 1 of 2

Correspondence, 1942-1956

Box 1 of 2

Correspondence, 1963-1965. Includes photographs.

Box 1 of 2

Correspondence, 1941-1959. Primarily concerns rejected manuscripts; includes photographs.

Box 1 of 2

Moynihan, Martin, 1965-1966

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Hayes, Illustrations not Used. Includes photographs of Fred L. Whipple.

Box 1 of 2

Hambleton, James I., 1961. Includes photographs.

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Hilger, M. Inez, 1954-1958

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Abbot, Charles G., World Power from Solar Radiation, 1967-1971 (8 folders)

Box 1 of 2

Smithson Bicentennial Manuscript and Related Material, 1965-1966

Box 1 of 2

Box 2

Status Reports, 1959-1967

Box 2 of 2

A, Correspondence, 1965

Box 2 of 2

B-Bl, Correspondence, 1965-1967

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Bl, Correspondence, 1965

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C, Correspondence, 1965-1966

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D, Correspondence, 1965-1966

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E, Correspondence, 1965

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F, Correspondence, 1965-1966

Box 2 of 2

G, Correspondence, 1965-1967

Box 2 of 2

H, Correspondence, 1965

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I-J, Correspondence, 1965

Box 2 of 2

K, Correspondence, 1961-1965

Box 2 of 2

L, Correspondence, 1962-1965

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M, Correspondence, 1965-1966

Box 2 of 2

N-O-P, Correspondence, 1965

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R, Correspondence, 19653

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S, Correspondence, 1963-1965

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T, Correpspondence, 1965

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Joseph Henry Papers, Volumes I and II, 1975 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 2