Agency history, 1980-1994

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Subject

  • Kulik, Gary
  • Crouch, Tom D
  • Crew, Spencer R. 1949-
  • Golovin, Anne Castrodale
  • Harris, Elizabeth M
  • Kidwell, Claudia Brush
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) National Numismatic Collection
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) National Philatelic Collection
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Graphic Arts
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Musical History
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Musical Instruments
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Dept of Social and National History
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Political History
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Ceramics and Glass
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Costume
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Domestic Life
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Community Life
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Textiles

Category

Agency History

Notes

  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • In 1980, the National Museum of History and Technology was renamed the National Museum of American History (NMAH), with attendant reorganization. The Department of Cultural History merged with the Department of National History to form the Department of Social and National History. However, the military history divisions were transferred to the Department of the History of Science and Technology. Thus Social and National History -- known as Social and Cultural History from 1981 -- included Divisions of Ceramics and Glass, Community Life, Costume, Domestic Life, Graphic Arts, Musical Instruments (Musical History from 1987), Political History, and Textiles. Claudia Brush Kidwell, Curator in the Division of Costume, served as Chairman during these years. The Division of Photographic History shifted between the two departments until it was permanently established as a part of Social and Cultural History in 1986. The Divisions of Postal History and of Numismatics were not assigned to either department, but instead became the National Philatelic Collection (in 1990, the National Postal Museum) and the National Numismatic Collection, each reporting to the Director of NMAH.
  • Chairs of the Department of Social and Cultural History after Kidwell included: Anne Castrodale Golovin, Curator of Domestic Life, (Co-chair) 1982; Elizabeth M. Harris, Curator of Graphic Arts, (Co-chair) 1982; Gary Kulik, Assistant Curator of Textiles, 1983-1986; Tom D. Crouch, Curator of Engineering and Industry, 1986-1990; Spencer R. Crew, Curator of Community Life, 1990-1992; and Golovin, Acting Chairman, 1992, and Chairman, 1993-1994.
  • In the administrative reorganization of 1994, both departments were abolished and all divisions were consolidated into a single Department of History.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520

Date

  • 1980
  • 1980-1994

Topic

Social history

Form/Genre

Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00113

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