Agency history record, 1973-

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  • Henson, Pamela M
  • Freilicher, Miriam S
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives Oral History Collection
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives


Agency History


  • 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.
  • Email from Pam Henson to Rachel Teuer, 3/18/2004
  • The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Miriam S. Freilicher ran the program its first year, followed by Pamela M. Henson, 1974- .
  • Interviews were recorded on audiotape or videotape, and transcripts are available for most interviews. Interviews in languages other than English have been transcribed into English.
  • To view the record units that comprise this collection, please refer to "Components" below.
  • To view the related Smithsonian Videohistory Program, please refer to "Related to" below.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

Addl. KW Subjects

(SIA AH00395)

Repository Loc.

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


  • 1973
  • 1973-


  • Oral histories
  • Oral history


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00396

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