Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 566
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Registrar
Registrarial Records, 1976-1989, with related records from circa 1960
The Office of the Registrar, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), was established in 1976 as a part of the decentralization of the Smithsonian's central Registrar's Office. At that time, NMNH and the National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT) were given control over their own registration activities. Margaret A. Santiago was appointed NMNH Registrar. The Office of the Registrar monitors the movement of collections at NMNH and is responsible for accessions, loans, and the shipment of specimens.
These records primarily document the operations of the Office of the Registrar and, to a lesser extent, the professional activities of Margaret A. Santiago. They include correspondence, memoranda, reports, and budget materials concerning the establishment of the office, registration procedures, collection management policies, workshops and training, office administration, and activities of the Smithsonian's Registrarial Council. Also included are records concerning Margaret A. Santiago's activities as a member of the American Association of Museums and the African American Museums Association, and photographs of the opening ceremonies of the new Office of the Registrar facilities in 1980.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Santiago, Margaret A.
- Smithsonian Institution. Registrarial Council
- American Association of Museums
- African American Museums Association
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 566, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Registrar, Registrarial Records