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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

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Registrar
Title: Registrarial Records
Dates: 1976-1989, with related records from circa 1960
Quantity: 2.5 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection: Record Unit 566
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

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.

Historical Note

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.

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Descriptive Entry

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.

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This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.

Name

Subject

Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 566, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Registrar, Registrarial Records

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Container List

Box 1

Accessions, c. 1973-1983. Mostly concerns issue of United States National Museum (USNM) accession records in SI Archives.

Box 1 of 3

Donor lists, 1980-1983 (4 folders)

Box 1 of 3

Donor lists, 1976-1977, 1979 (3 folders)

Box 1 of 3

Donor List Guide

Box 1 of 3

Policy - Accessioning

Box 1 of 3

American Association of Museums, c. 1978-1983

Box 1 of 3

African American Museums Association, 1980/Northeast Museums Conference, 1981

Box 1 of 3

Archives, SI, 1972-1981

Box 1 of 3

Automation Program, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 3

BMD, 1976-1980

Box 1 of 3

Director's office, 1976-1981

Box 1 of 3

Budget, 1976-1981

Box 1 of 3

Incoming loan agreement

Box 1 of 3

Loan Policies, 1974-1975

Box 1 of 3

NMHT, 1975-1978

Box 1 of 3

OEO, 1978-1983

Box 1 of 3

Insurance, 1976-1981

Box 1 of 3

Orientation/Training, 1980-1981

Box 1 of 3

Registrar, 1970-1981

Box 1 of 3

Office of the Registrar (OR), relocation of, 1976

Box 1 of 3

Registrarial Council, 1975-1980

Box 1 of 3

OR, workshops and special events, 1977-1984

Box 1 of 3

Shipping Office, 1975-1983

Box 1 of 3

Box 2

Women's Council, 1979-1982 (4 folders)

Box 2 of 3

Photographs, 1980 and undated

Box 2 of 3

Procedures, 1960-1981

Box 2 of 3

Outstanding Specimen Transactions

Box 2 of 3

African American Museums Association, 1984-1986

Box 2 of 3

Accessions, 1984-1986

Box 2 of 3

Bateman Exhibit, 1987

Box 2 of 3

American Association of Museums, 1982-1988

Box 2 of 3

Annual Report (SI Year), 1986

Box 2 of 3

Automation, 1986

Box 2 of 3

Budget, 1984-1989

Box 2 of 3

BMD, 1984-1986

Box 2 of 3

Director's Office, 1983-1989

Box 2 of 3

Incoming Loans Agreement, 1987

Box 2 of 3

Insurance, 1981-1986

Box 2 of 3

Loan Policies, 1987

Box 2 of 3

Registrar, NMNH, 1983-1988

Box 2 of 3

Orientation/Training, 1985-1987

Box 2 of 3

Registrarial Council, 1983-1986

Box 2 of 3

Box 3

Registrarial Council, 1983-1986

Box 3 of 3

SI general, 1985-1986

Box 3 of 3

Procedures, 1981

Box 3 of 3

Unusual letters

Box 3 of 3

Revision of OM 808, 1987

Box 3 of 3