Agency history, 1973-

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  • Anglim, John E
  • Carrigan, J. Michael
  • Lawless, Benjamin W
  • Nicastro, Richard J
  • Tearman, William T


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
  • Annals of the Smithsonian Institution, 1994-1996
  • An Office of Exhibits was created in the National Museum of American History (NMAH) in 1973 to design and produce exhibitions for the Museum, then known as the National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT). Prior to that time the Institution's Office of Exhibits Programs was responsible for this function. The Office became a Department in 1980 and was renamed the Office of Exhibits, Audiovisual, and Services around 1995.
  • The Office of Exhibits, Audiovisual, and Services is responsible for the design, production, installation, and disassembly of the permanent and temporary exhibitions at NMAH. Staff of the office have included John E. Anglim, Chief, Office of Exhibits, 1957-1968, Chief, Office of Exhibits Programs, 1969-1970, and Director, Office of Exhibits Programs, 1971-1972; Benjamin W. Lawless Assistant Director of the Museum for Design and Production, 1974-1976, and Assistant Director for Exhibits, 1977-1981; J. Michael Carrigan, Assistant Director for Exhibitions and Public Spaces, 1982-1984; Richard J. Nicastro, Deputy Assistant Director for Exhibitions and Public Spaces, 1985-1994; and William T. Tearman, Director, Exhibits, Audiovisual, and Services, 1995- .
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of above."

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  • 1973
  • 1973-




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