Agency history, 1987-1996

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  • McMahon, Helen C
  • Blalock, Pamela L
  • National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Department of Museum Operations


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.
  • E-Mail from Pamela Blalock to Michael Willens, 02/01/00
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives, 1996
  • The Office of Cooperative Programs was created in 1987 to develop lectures, films, and seminars for the public and lectures for the staff. The Office had previously been a part of the Department of Museum Operations. Helen C. McMahon was selected as its first manager and served 1987-1996. She had previously served as Chief of Special Projects and Publications, Chief of Aerospace Education and Publications, and Director of Educational Planning. Pamela Blalock was the Program Coordinator 1993-1996. In 1996, the department was abolished, and its functions were largely dispersed to other offices, including the Aeronautics Division, Space History Division, and Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.
  • For a history of the larger 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


  • 1987
  • 1987-1996


  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Aeronautics
  • Exploration
  • Museums
  • Aeronautical museums


Outer space


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00130

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