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Finding Aids to Records of Professional Societies in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 7295

Museum Education Roundtable

Records, 1970-1982

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Museum Education Roundtable
Title: Records
Dates: 1970-1982
Quantity: 2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 7295
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

Historical Note

Education personnel at the Smithsonian Institution founded the Museum Education Roundtable (MER) in 1970 as a consortium of local museum educators. Today MER is an independent, non-profit, educational corporation which seeks to promote communication between museum personnel and local educators, further the use of museums and cultural institutions as educational resources, and develop educational services in museums and other public institutions. Regular meetings supplemented by workshops are also concerned with the creation of cooperative museum-school projects, and improving communication between educators in museums and schools by keeping members informed of programs available in the area, as well as professional museum education staff development. As a volunteer organization, MER seeks financial support through subscriptions to its quarterly newsletter, "Roundtable Reports," and membership dues. Initial funding came from National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities grants.

An elected board of directors governs MER. Their responsibilities include transforming the organization's goals into programs and obtaining funding. Chairs of the MER board have included: Tom Radford, 1971-1973; Sue Hoth, 1973-1975; Donna Ari, 1975-1977; Barbara Fertig, 1977-1979; Kenneth Yellis, 1979-1981; Susan L. Nichols, 1981-1982; and Schroeder J. Cherry, 1982- . Membership information and surveys, minutes of board meetings, and membership materials are included in these MER records, as are workshop materials and funding proposals.

The Museum Education Roundtable promotes communication between the museum and education communities both nationally and locally through its publications. Through "Roundtable Reports" MER provides its members and other subscribers with information about national trends in museum education, recent developments in the profession, and nationally available resources such as other museum education organizations and their seminars, workshops, and committees. A nearly complete set of "Roundtable Reports," 1973, 1975-1980, is part of this record unit.

Another MER publication, the "Directory of Educational Opportunities in the Washington Area," has had three editions, 1971-1973. Through the Directory readers learn about field trips and educational resources in the District of Columbia area. Other flyers and brochures are also part of the MER archives.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7295, Museum Education Roundtable, Records

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Container List

Box 1

MER Slides and Script, with Loan Forms, 1978

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Slide Show: All About MER

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MER Elections, c. 1980

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MER Elections: Board Members, 1979

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MER Board Meetings, 1979-1980 (4 folders)

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Stapp, Carol, 1977

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Minutes of Board Meetings, c. 1977-1979

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MER Board of Directors, 1970-1973

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MER Board of Directors, 1973-1974

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MER Board Meetings, 1975-1976 (2 folders)

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Meetings of the Board and the Membership Committee, 1971-1977 (2 folders)

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MER Program and Administration, 1970-1975 (3 folders)

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Board Agendas and Minutes, 1974

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Membership Committee: Meetings, Programs, Legal, and Activities, c. 1971-1973

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Membership and Institutions and Notices to Members, 1971-1973

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Grant Requests and Workshops, 1971-1973

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MER Membership, 1970-1973

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Membership Correspondence, 1980-1981

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Renewal Notices, 1976

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Membership Surveys (2 folders)

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Membership Meetings: Poll for Service Evaluation, c. 1975

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Special Project Evaluation, 1972

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Museum Educators Poll: Returns and Blanks

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MER Workshop, 1973

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MER Energy Meeting, 1974

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Slides, c. 1974

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Cassette Tape: "Family Mtg"

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Box 2

Minutes of the Edit Committee, c. 1978-1980

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MER Flyers

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MER Roundtable Reports, 1973-1982, Includes the Following Issues: April 1973; June 1973; July1973; August 1973; September 1973; May 1975; July 1975; October (Fall) 1975; January 1976(Winter); Spring 1976; Summer 1976; Fall 1976; Spring 1977; Fall 1977; Winter 1977; Spring1978; Summer/Fall 1978; Winter 1978; Volume 4, Issues 1-4; Volume 5, Issues 1-4; Volume 6,Issues 1-4

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MER Directory, c. 1973

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Education Plans for A Nation of Nations

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ACT Workshop, c. 1978-1979

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Handbook of Museum-Based Lesson Plans, 1979

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MER Workshop, Self Tours and Guides, 1975

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Southern Illinois University, c. 1970-1972 (includes photographs)

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Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), 1979-1980 (2 folders)

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ARTS D.C., 1980

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Berman, Ronald: MER/National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), c. 1975

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MER Publicity, 1972-1973

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Manuscripts and Layouts for Roundtable Reports, c. 1970s (4 folders)

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ARTS D.C., c. 1978-1981

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MER Fundraising and Grants, 1974

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Grant Proposals

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West, Cathy: A Study of Museum Programs and the Elderly, 1978-1981

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MER Workshop Proposal, 1973

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Lockwood, Susan

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Lansburgh Special Projects, 1978-1979

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MER Project on Curriculum Planning and In Service Funding, c. 1974-1976

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Cafritz Directory, 1973

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Strong Foundation and Directory, 1973

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National Education Association, 1973-1974

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Zoo Listings

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MER Brochures

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