Departmental Records, 1891-1957

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Consists of correspondence, memoranda, and administrative files concerning departmental accessions, administrative policy and budgetary matters, exhibitions, and requests for photographs for publication; summaries of work; and subject files consisting of correspondence and memoranda covering areas and individuals in the engineering and technological sciences. Curators represented in these materials include Carl Weaver Mitman, Head Curator, 1939-1948; Frank A. Taylor, Head Curator, 1948-1957 and Curator of the Division of Engineering, 1932-1955; Robert P. Multhauf, Head Curator, 1955-1957; Frederick L. Lewton and William N. Watkins, Curators of the Division of Crafts and Industries, 1938-1946 and 1947-1957, respectively; Charles Whitebread and George S. Thomas, Associate Curators of the Division of Medicine and Public Health, 1938-1948 and 1948-1952, respectively; and George B. Giffenhagen, Associate Curator and Curator of the Division of Medicine and Public Health, 1952-1957; and Ruel P. Tolman and Jacob Kainen, Curators of the Division of Graphic Arts, 1938-1946 and 1946-1957, respectively.


  • Mitman, Carl Weaver 1889-
  • Kainen, Jacob
  • Multhauf, Robert P
  • Taylor, Frank A (Frank Augustus) 1903-2007
  • Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954
  • Giffenhagen, George B
  • Lewton, Frederick L (Frederick Lewis) 1874-1959
  • Thomas, George S
  • Watkins, William N
  • Whitebread, Charles


Series Level Description


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Alphabetic and chronologic

Repository Loc.

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


  • 1891
  • 1891-1957


  • Industries
  • Engineering
  • Art and industry
  • Science and industry
  • Museums
  • History
  • Engineering--History
  • Industries--History
  • Museums--Collection management



Local number

SIA RS00379

Physical description

7.25 cu. ft. processed holdings

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