Agency history, 1974-

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  • Zisfein, Melvin B
  • Crawford, Richard
  • Baby, Francis A
  • Nelms, Frank A
  • Bedno, Edward
  • Makovenyi, Nadya A
  • National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Exhibits Division
  • National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Division of Exhibits and Public Spaces
  • National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Exhibits Department
  • National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Exhibits and Presentation Division


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 1996
  • Smithsonian Institution, "National Air and Space Museum," [], 02/14/02
  • The Exhibits Division was created in 1974. In 1980 the Exhibits and Presentation Divison was formed. From 1985 to 1992 the unit was called the Division of Exhibits and Public Spaces; then the Exhibits Department, 1992-1997; and the Exhibits and Public Services Department, 1998- .
  • Professional staff of the unit have included Francis A. Baby, Chief, 1974-1978. Frank A. Nelms was Acting Chief, 1978, followed by Melvin B. Zisfein in 1979 and Richard D. Crawford, 1980, both as acting. Edward Bedno became Chief in 1981, followed by Crawford, 1982-1983. Later that year Nadya A. Makovenyi became Chief of Exhibits, 1983-1984, then Assistant Director for Exhibits and Public Spaces from 1985 to 1992. She became Associate Director for the new Department of Exhibits, 1992-1993, and of the Department of Exhibits and Public Services, 1994- .

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


  • 1974
  • 1974-


  • Airplanes
  • Aeronautics
  • Exhibitions
  • Exploration
  • Museums
  • Aeronautical museums


Outer space


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00119

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