Agency history, 1957-

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  • Mello, James F. 1936-
  • Pawson, David L (David Leo) 1938-
  • Ortner, Donald J
  • Tyler, James C. 1935-
  • Fri, Robert W
  • Hoffmann, Robert S
  • Fiske, Richard S
  • Kier, Porter M
  • Cowan, Richard S. 1921-1997
  • Smith, Albert C (Albert Charles) 1906-1999
  • Stewart, T. D (Thomas Dale) 1901-1997
  • Kellogg, Remington 1892-1969
  • Talbot, Frank
  • O'Connor, J. Dennis
  • Samper, Cristián
  • Risser, Paul G


Agency History


  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • Smithsonian Year
  • NMNH Annual Reports
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives 1996
  • Directors of National Museum of Natural History (before 1969, Museum of Natural History) have included Remington Kellogg, Acting Director, 1957-1958; Albert C. Smith, 1958-1962; T.D. Stewart, 1962-1966; Richard S. Cowan, 1966-1973; Porter M. Kier, 1973-1979; James F. Mello, Acting Director, 1979; Richard S. Fiske, 1980-1985; James C. Tyler, Acting Director, 1985, 1988; Robert S. Hoffmann, 1985-1988; Frank Talbot, 1988-1994; Donald J. Ortner, Acting Director, 1994-1996; David L. Pawson, Acting Director, 1996; and Robert W. Fri, 1996-2001; J. Dennis O'Connor, Acting Director, 2001-2002; Cristián Samper, 2002-2007; Paul G. Risser, Acting Director, 2007-2008; Cristián Samper, 2008-2012, and Kirk Johnson, 2012-present.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

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  • 1957
  • 1957-


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SIA AH00203

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