Departmental Records, 1954-1979

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Consists of records documenting the departmental activities and administration of the Department of Cultural History during the tenures of Anthony N.B. Garvan, Head Curator 1957-1960; Richard Hubbard Howland, Head Curator and Chairman, 1961-1968; C. Malcolm Watkins, Acting Chair and Chair, 1968-1973; Rodris C. Roth, Acting Chair, 1973-1974; Richard E. Ahlborn, 1975-1977; Anne Castrodale Golovin, Acting Chair, 1978; and Claudia Brush Kidwell, 1979-1980. Records predating 1969 were created by the Department of Civil History. Materials include memoranda and correspondence concerning exhibitions, general museum and departmental policies, the acquisition of objects, and personnel matters; publications; reports; and meeting minutes.


  • Kidwell, Claudia Brush
  • Golovin, Anne Castrodale
  • Garvan, Anthony N. B
  • Watkins, C. Malcolm
  • Roth, Rodris
  • Ahlborn, Richard E
  • Howland, Richard Hubbard
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Department of Civil History


Series Level Description


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1954
  • 1954-1979


  • Musical instruments
  • Civilization
  • Decoration and ornament
  • Costume
  • History
  • Furnishings
  • Civilization--History
  • Costume--History
  • Decorative arts
  • Furniture



Local number

SIA RS00449

Physical description

4.5 cu. ft. processed holdings

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