Correspondence, 1883-1989

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Consists of correspondence documenting divisional activities during the tenures of S.R. Koehler, Curator, 1886-1900; Paul Brockett, Custodian, 1904-1920; Ruel P. Tolman, museum aide, 1912-1919, Assistant Curator, 1920-1931, Curator, 1932-1946; Ralph Clifton Smith, museum aide, 1921-1926; C. Allen Sherwin, museum aide, 1935-1937; Jacob Kainen, museum aide, 1942-1945, Curator, 1946-1966; Eugene J. Fite, museum aide, 1947-1950, Assistant Curator, 1951; Fuller O. Griffith, III, museum aide, 1955-1957, Assistant Curator, 1958-1960, Associate Curator, 1961-1964; Peter Morse, Associate Curator, 1965-1967; Eugene Ostroff, Associate Curator, 1960-1966, Curator, 1966-1994; Elizabeth M. Harris, Assistant Curator, 1965-1972, Associate Curator, 1972-1980, and Curator,1980-1994; and Helena Wright, Associate Curator and Curator, 1994-1995. Materials predating 1972 were created by the National Museum of History and Technology, Division of Graphic Arts and Photography. Records include correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and slides.


  • Brockett, Paul 1872-1946
  • Harris, Elizabeth M
  • Kainen, Jacob
  • Koehler, S. R (Sylvester Rosa) 1837-1900
  • Morse, Peter
  • Ostroff, Eugene
  • Smith, Ralph Clifton 1898-
  • Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954
  • Sherwin, C. Allen
  • Fite, Eugene J
  • Griffith, Fuller
  • Wright, Helena 1946-
  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of History and Technology Division of Graphic Arts and Photography


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Addl. KW Subjects

(SIA RS00412) Äthiopien


Alphabetic and chronologic

Repository Loc.

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  • 1883
  • 1883-1989

Restrictions & Rights

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


  • Photography
  • Graphic arts


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

Local number

SIA RS00429

Physical description

  • 6 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 2 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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