Agency history, c. 1974-1980

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  • Sharpe, Elizabeth M
  • Harding, Robert S (Robert Steven) 1944-
  • Malone, Alice Reno


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
  • In 1974, a Division of Public Information and Education was created from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT). The following year Alice Reno Malone was appointed Coordinator of Education for the Division and reported to the Deputy Director of NMHT. She was later joined by education specialists Robert S. Harding and Elizabeth M. Sharpe. In 1976 the Division of Public Information and Education was renamed the Division of Education and Visitor Information, with Malone submitting Division reports to the Director of NMHT. The Division was placed under the Office of Public and Academic Programs in 1980. It was abolished when NMHT was reorganized as the National Museum of American History (NMAH) in that year.
  • The Division of Education and Visitor Information was responsible for providing Museum visitors with a variety of programs that interpreted the exhibitions and collections of NMAH. The Division was involved in interpretative lesson tours, outreach activities, films and orientation sessions, demonstrations, lectures, teacher workshops, publications, and discovery corner presentations.
  • 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


  • 1974
  • 1974-1981
  • c 1974-1980


  • Education
  • Historical museums
  • Museums
  • Museums--Educational aspects


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00138

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