Agency history, 1986-

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  • Henson, Pamela M
  • Smithsonian Videohistory Collection
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.)
  • 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.
  • Smithsonian Year, 1986
  • Email from Pam Henson to Rachel Teuer, 3/18/2004
  • In 1986, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awarded the Smithsonian Institution a grant to videotape interviews about "Science in National Life," specifically focusing on the history of science and technology. With these funds, the Institution created the Smithsonian Videohistory Program (SVP). By 1992, eighteen members of the research staff from the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and the Smithsonian Institution Archives had originated twenty-two projects, resulting in over 250 hours of tape, in diverse areas such as computers, robotics, space history, tropical biology, medical technology, and watch manufacturing. These projects make up, in part, the Smithsonian Videohistory Collection. The Alfred P. Sloan funding ended in 1992, but the Program continues to operate under the direction of Pamela M. Henson of the Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives.
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1986
  • 1986-


  • Video recordings
  • Science
  • History
  • Science--History


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00395

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