Divisional Records, 1890-1986

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  • Consists of records documenting exhibition planning, acquisitions, curatorial research, collections management, and the general administration of the division during the tenures of surgeons James M. Flint, 1881-1884, 1887-1891, and 1895-1900; Henry G. Beyer, 1884-1887; John C. Boyd, 1891-1892; William S. Dixon, 1892-1893; C. H. White, 1893; C. U. Gravatt, 1893-1894; R. A. Marmion, 1894; and Daniel McMurtrie, 1894-1895; and curatorial staff, including Flint, Honorary Curator, 1900-1912; Walter Hough, Division of Ethnology, 1912-1917; Frederick L. Lewton, Division of Textiles, 1917; Joseph Donner, Assistant Curator, 1917; Charles Whitebread, Assistant Curator, 1918-1938, and Associate Curator, 1939-1948; George S. Thomas, Associate Curator, 1948-1952; George B. Griffenhagen, Associate Curator, 1952-1956, Curator, 1956-1959; John B. Blake, Associate Curator, 1957-1959, Curator, 1959-1961; Sami Khalaf Hamarneh, Associate Curator, 1960-1962, Curator, 1963-1972, Historian, 1972-1977, Curator Emeritus, 1982-1985; Audrey B. Davis, Assistant Curator, 1968-1969, Associate Curator, 1970-1977, and Curator, 1978-1994; Barbara Melosh, Curator, 1983-1991; and Ramunas Kondratis, Assistant Curator, 1977-1983, Curator,1984- .
  • Materials include memoranda, correspondence, notes, announcements, meeting minutes, and other administrative records.


  • Hamarneh, Sami Khalaf 1925-
  • Flint, James M (James Milton) 1838-1919
  • Melosh, Barbara
  • Davis, Audrey B
  • Blake, John B
  • Donner, Joseph
  • Griffenhagen, George B
  • Lewton, Frederick L (Frederick Lewis) 1874-1959
  • Thomas, George S
  • Whitebread, Charles
  • Hough, Walter 1859-1935
  • McMurtrie, Daniel
  • Gravatt, C. U
  • Beyer, Henry G
  • Boyd, John C
  • Dixon, William S
  • White, C. H
  • Marmion, R. A
  • Kondratas, Ramunas


Series Level Description


  • To view records that comprise this series, see the detailed list of accessions and/or record units below.
  • For a history of the creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1890
  • 1890-1986


Medical museums



Local number

SIA RS00420

Physical description

4.75 cu. ft. processed holdings

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