Agency history, 1969-1973

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Peterson, Mendel


Agency History


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  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives, 1996
  • The study of underwater historic archeology at the Smithsonian was begun in 1952 by Mendel Peterson. The work was first carried out under the auspices of the Divisions of Military and Naval History. A Division of Historic Archeology was officially established in 1969. Studies of shipwrecks in the Florida Straits, the Bahamas, and the West Indies were undertaken. On Peterson's retirement in 1973 the Division was formally abolished.
  • Divisional staff consisted of Mendel Peterson, Associate Curator and Curator of the Divisions of Military and Naval History, 1948-1957; Head Curator of the Department of History, 1951-1957; Head Curator and Chairman of the Department of Armed Forces History, 1957-1969; and Curator of the Division of Historic Archeology, 1969-1973.
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1969
  • 1969-1973


Underwater archeology


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00126

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