Agency history, 1983-

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  • Robertson, Charles (Charles J.)
  • Lowe, Harry 1922-
  • Allen, Rachel M
  • Voyles, David
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.) Office of the Deputy Director
  • National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.) Office of the Deputy Director


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
  • The Deputy Director works closely with the Director and other administrators to promote efficient and effective use of resources. The position of Deputy Director was first created in 1983, abolished in 1984, and restored in 1986. Harry Lowe, the first Deputy Director, also served in a number of other positions which had similar kinds of responsibilities. Lowe was Deputy Director during 1983. Charles J. Robertson served as Associate Administrator, 1978-1983; Assistant Director, Resources, and Assistant Director, Museum Resources, 1983-1985, during which he seems to have performed some of the same duties he took up when the Deputy Director's position was restored, serving 1986-2001. Rachel M. Allen became the Deputy Director in 2002 and served until retiring in 2018. After Allen's retirement, David Voyles was appointed Deputy Director in 2018- .
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of above."

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  • 1983
  • 1983-


  • Art museums
  • Museums
  • Museums--Administration


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00149

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