Agency history, 1957-1969

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  • Hoover, Cynthia A (Cynthia Adams)
  • Shortridge, John D
  • Pearce, John N
  • Lindsay, G. Carroll
  • Hathaway, Anthony N
  • Roth, Rodris
  • Brown, Howard Mayer
  • Watkins, C. Malcolm
  • Ahlborn, Richard E
  • United States National Museum Division of Ethnology
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Department of Civil History
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Department of Cultural History
  • National Museum of History and Technology Division of Musical Instruments
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Costume and Furnishings
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Ethnic and Western Cultural History


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.
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives, 1996
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution, 1956-1957
  • Smithsonian Year, 1968, 1969
  • Before 1957 cultural history collections at the Smithsonian were in the care of the Division of Ethnology, Department of Anthropology. With the establishment of the Museum of History and Technology in that year, a Department of Civil History was created; and Cultural History became one of its divisions. In 1969 the Division of Cultural History ceased to exist and was replaced by a department of that same name in the newly titled National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT). The new Department of Cultural History supplanted the former Department of Civil History. The old Division's work was reorganized around new divisions, including Ethnic and Western Cultural History, Costume and Furnishings, and Musical Instruments.
  • C. Malcolm Watkins was appointed first Curator of Cultural History in 1957. Other curators of the cultural history collections included G. Carroll Lindsay, Assistant Curator of Ethnology, 1956-1957, Associate Curator, 1958; Rodris C. Roth, Assistant Curator, 1957-1959, Associate Curator, 1960- 1968; John D. Shortridge, Associate Curator, 1958-1960; John N. Pearce, Assistant Curator, 1960-1963, Associate Curator, 1964; Cynthia A. Hoover, Assistant Curator, 1961-1963, Associate Curator, 1964-1968 ; Anthony N. Hathaway, Junior Curator, 1961, Assistant Curator, 1962-1963; Howard Mayer Brown, Associate Curator, 1965; and Richard E. Ahlborn, Associate Curator, 1966-1968.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

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  • 1957
  • 1957-1968
  • 1957-1969


  • Civilization
  • History
  • Civilization--History


Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00120

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