Exhibition Records, 1958-2010, 2013

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Consists of records documenting the planning, development, and production of exhibitions as well as performance series in the Division of Culture and the Arts. Earlier records dating back to when the Division of Culture and the Arts was known as the Division of Cultural History, the Division of Community Life, and the Division of Musical History. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; proposals; production schedules; scripts; graphics; installation information; publications; contracts and agreements; exhibition catalogue planning and marketing information; articles; meeting agendas and minutes; photographs, slides, and negatives; interview transcripts; collection policies; loan information; reports; press releases; newspaper clippings; opening information; speech papers; pamphlets and announcements; budget summaries; object lists; website development information; floor plans; design drawings; visitor comments; symposium and committee information; questionnaires; grant, fundraising, and corporate sponsorship information; brochures; press kits; and sound recordings. Some materials are in electronic format.


  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Musical History
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Community Life
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Cultural History


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.


Alphabetic and unarranged

Repository Loc.

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


  • 1958
  • 1958-2013
  • 1958-2010, 2013

Restrictions & Rights

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


  • Politics and culture
  • Loans
  • Congresses and conventions
  • Museums
  • Ecology
  • History
  • Musical instruments
  • Social history
  • Civilization
  • Public relations
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Music
  • Museum loans
  • Exhibitions
  • Budget
  • Contracts
  • Music--History
  • Museum exhibits
  • Museum curators
  • Museums--Environmental aspects
  • Museums--Public relations
  • Civilization--History


  • Manuscripts
  • Books
  • Brochures
  • Clippings
  • Pamphlets
  • Drawings
  • Floor plans
  • Posters
  • Black-and-white transparencies
  • Color transparencies
  • Audiotapes
  • Video recordings
  • Compact discs
  • Floppy disks
  • Color photographs
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Transcripts
  • Color negatives
  • Electronic records

Local number

SIA RS00477

Physical description

  • 21 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 14.69 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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