Correspondence, 1912-2019

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This series consists of correspondence documenting the activities of the Office of the Director of National Air and Space Museum during the tenures of Philip S. Hopkins, 1958-1964; S. Paul Johnston, 1964-1969; Michael Collins, 1971-1978; Melvin B. Zisfein (Acting), 1978-1979; Noel W. Hinners, 1979-1982; Walter J. Boyne, 1982-1986; Donald S. Lopez (Acting), 1986, 1995, and 1999; James C. Tyler (Acting), 1986-1987; Martin Harwit, 1987-1995; Donald Davenport Engen, 1996-1999; John R. Dailey, 2000-2018; and Ellen Stofan, 2018-2021. Some materials were created within the Office of the Deputy Director. Records dated prior to 1946 were created by the United States National Museum and records created between 1946 and 1966 were created by the National Air Museum. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, agendas, brochures, clippings, background materials, images, invitations, and related materials.


  • Boyne, Walter J. 1929-
  • Collins, Michael 1930-
  • Harwit, Martin 1931-
  • Lopez, Donald S. 1923-2008
  • Tyler, James C. 1935-
  • Zisfein, Melvin B
  • Hinners, Noel W
  • Hopkins, Philip S
  • Johnston, S. Paul (Samuel Paul) 1899-
  • Engen, Donald Davenport 1924-1999
  • Dailey, John R
  • Stofan, Ellen Renee 1961-
  • National Air Museum (U.S.)
  • National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)
  • National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Office of the Deputy Director
  • United States National Museum


Series Level Description


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Addl. KW Subjects

(SIA RS01576) Jones, Maggie, ca. 1900-


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1912
  • 1912-2019

Restrictions & Rights

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


  • Astronautical museums
  • Aeronautics
  • Museums
  • Aeronautical museums
  • Museum directors
  • Museum curators
  • Museums--Administration


  • Manuscripts
  • Color photographs
  • Clippings
  • Brochures

Local number

SIA RS00106

Physical description

  • 27.5 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 8 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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