Subject Files, 1948-2019

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These records are the administrative files of the Office of the Director, NMNH, during the tenures of Remington Kellogg, USNM Director, 1948-1962, Museum of Natural History Acting Director, 1957-1958; Albert C. Smith, 1958-1962; T. D. (Thomas Dale) Stewart, 1962-1966; Richard S. Cowan, 1966-1973; Porter M. Kier, 1973-1979; James F. Mello, Acting Director, 1979; Richard S. Fiske, 1980-1985; James C. Tyler, Acting Director, 1985, 1988; Robert S. Hoffmann, 1985-1988; Frank Talbot, 1988-1994; Donald J. Ortner, Acting Director, 1994-1996; David L. Pawson, Acting Director, 1996; Robert W. Fri, 1996-2001; J. Dennis O'Connor, Acting Director, 2001-2002; Cristián Samper, 2002-2007; Paul G. Risser, Acting Director, 2007-2008; Cristián Samper, 2008-2012; and Kirk R. Johnson, 2012- . These records document the research, exhibition, and educational missions of the NMNH. They also document relations between the NMNH and Smithsonian bureaus and offices, educational organizations, and the museum community. Those records created prior to 1959 are the records of the Director of the United States National Museum, although they are records relating primarily to that segment of the USNM which became the Museum of Natural History in 1957. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, meeting minutes, notes, clippings, pamphlets, books, photographs, maps, architectural drawings, floor plans, brochures, newsletters, negatives, slides, audiocassettes, and artifacts. Some materials are in electronic format.


  • Kellogg, Remington 1892-1969
  • Smith, Albert C (Albert Charles) 1906-1999
  • Stewart, T. D (Thomas Dale) 1901-1997
  • Cowan, Richard S. 1921-1997
  • Kier, Porter M
  • Mello, James F. 1936-
  • Fiske, Richard S
  • Tyler, James C. 1935-
  • Hoffmann, Robert S
  • Talbot, Frank
  • Samper, Cristián
  • Ortner, Donald J
  • Pawson, David L (David Leo) 1938-
  • Fri, Robert W
  • O'Connor, J. Dennis
  • Risser, Paul G
  • Johnson, Kirk R
  • United States National Museum


Series Level Description


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Addl. KW Subjects

  • (SIA RS00004)
  • (SIA RS00071)


Alphabetic, chronologic, numeric, and unarranged

Repository Loc.

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


  • 1948
  • 1948-2019

Restrictions & Rights

Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details


Natural history museums


  • Manuscripts
  • Clippings
  • Digital versatile discs
  • Electronic records
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Books
  • Pamphlets
  • Maps
  • Architectural drawings
  • Color photographs
  • Compact discs
  • Brochures
  • Floor plans
  • Newsletters
  • Black-and-white negatives
  • Artifacts
  • Color transparencies
  • Audiotapes

Local number

SIA RS00001

Physical description

  • 146 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 36.75 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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