Curatorial Records, 1952-1989

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Consists of records documenting curatorial and professional activities in regard to relations with Museum administrators, other museums, and associations; research projects; collections management; surveys; and divisional administrative matters. Earlier records date back to when the Division of Engineering and Industry was known as the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, and, prior to 1957, the Division of Engineering. Curators represented in these materials include Robert P. Multhauf, Associate Curator of the Division of Engineering, 1954, and Curator, 1955-1957 Robert M. Vogel, Assistant Curator of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, 1958-1961, Associate Curator, 1962-1966, Curator, 1967-1985, and Curator of Engineering and Industry, 1986-1988; Jeffrey K. Stine, Curator, 1989- ; Edwin A. Battison, Associate Curator of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, 1958-1969, Curator, 1970-1977, and Research Associate of Mechanisms, 1978-1980; Carlene E. Stephens, Museum Technician of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, 1974-1977, Museum Specialist, 1977-1983, Curator of Mechanisms, 1984-1985; and Curator of Engineering and Industry, 1986- ; Otto Mayr, Curator of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, 1970-1977, and Curator of Mechanisms, 1978-1984; Robert C. Post, Museum Specialist, Mechanical and Civil Engineering, 1973-1974; and David F. Noble, Curator of Mechanisms, 1983-1985. Materials include correspondence, reports, proposals, budget summaries, photographs, and supporting documentation.


  • Multhauf, Robert P
  • Vogel, Robert M
  • Battison, Edwin A
  • Stephens, Carlene E. 1949-
  • Mayr, Otto
  • Post, Robert C
  • Noble, David F (David Franklin) 1935-
  • Stine, Jeffrey K
  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering
  • United States National Museum Division of Engineering


Series Level Description


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1952
  • 1952-1989


  • Industries
  • Textile factories
  • Engineering
  • Museums
  • History
  • Documentary films
  • Engineering--History
  • Industries--History
  • Museum curators
  • Museums--Collection management


  • Manuscripts
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Black-and-white transparencies

Local number

SIA RS00537

Physical description

  • 5 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 1.5 cu. ft. unprocesed holdings

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