Agency history, 1964-

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  • Melson, William G. 1938-
  • Simkin, Tom
  • Fiske, Richard S
  • Luhr, James F
  • Sorensen, Sorena Svea 1956-
  • Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Mineral Sciences
  • Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Petrology


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.
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives
  • Smithsonian Year
  • The Division of Petrology was established in the Department of Mineral Sciences in 1964. In 1973, the name was changed to the Division of Petrology and Volcanology. Curators in the Division have included William G. Melson, Associate Curator, Curator, and Senior Scientist, 1964- ; Tom Simkin, Geologist, Associate Curator, and Curator, 1972- ; Richard S. Fiske, Curator and Geologist, 1975- ; Sorena Svea Sorensen, Associate Curator and Curator, 1984- ; and James F. Luhr, Curator, 1992- .
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

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  • 1964
  • 1964-


  • Petrology
  • Geology
  • Volcanology


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00042

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