Correspondence and Memoranda, 1964-1979

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Consists of general correspondence with donors, researchers, and non-Smithsonian museum administrators concerning the acquisition of objects, exhibitions, museum programs, and research topics; letters and memoranda within the Department and between the various departments of the Museum concerning collections and exhibitions, Smithsonian publications, archaeological projects, seminars and lectures, and programs; and correspondence with non-Smithsonian museum curators, historical societies, university faculty, prospective donors, and the general public. Heads of the Department during this time period included 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.


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


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1964
  • 1964-1979


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



Local number

SIA RS00450

Physical description

2.5 cu. ft. processed holdings

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