Departmental Records, 1968-1991

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  • Consists of records documenting administrative and program-oriented activities of the Office of Public Services during the tenures of Josiah O. Hatch, Director and Assistant Director, 1980-1984; Lonn Taylor, Deputy Assistant Director and Assistant Director, 1984- ; Harold A. Closter, Production Director, Program Manager, and Duputy Assistant Director, 1983- ; Bernice Johnson Reagon, Director of the Program in Black American History, 1983-1987; James Merle Weaver, Director of Performance Programs, 1983-1986; Shirley E. Cherkasky, Coordinator of Museum Programs, 1983- ; Elizabeth M. Sharpe, Education Specialist and Deputy Assistant Director for Public Programs, 1985- ; and Manuel J. Melendez, Performing Arts Production Specialist, 1984-1991. Some records predating 1983 were created the Division of Performing Arts.
  • Materials include staff correspondence and memoranda pertaining to fund raising, social history lectures and seminars, budget, educational outreach proposals, and grant information; meeting minutes; research material; exhibition scripts, blueprints, and photographs; tour outlines; publication drafts, research files, contracts, negatives, and correspondence; videotapes and audiotapes of lectures and performances; and brochures, articles, and newspaper clippings on Museum special events.


  • Hatch, Josiah O
  • Taylor, Lonn 1940-
  • Closter, Harold A
  • Weaver, James Merle
  • Cherkasky, Shirley E
  • Sharpe, Elizabeth M
  • Melendez, Manuel J
  • Reagon, Bernice Johnson 1942-
  • Smithsonian Institution Division of Performing Arts


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.



Repository Loc.

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


  • 1968
  • 1968-1991


  • Seminars
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Congresses and conventions
  • Education
  • Exhibitions
  • Museums
  • Entertainers
  • Museums--Educational aspects
  • Performing arts


  • Black-and-white negatives
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Manuscripts
  • Videotapes
  • Audiotapes
  • Clippings

Local number

SIA RS00542

Physical description

32.5 cu. ft. processed holdings

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