Agency history, 1964-

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  • Kelson, H. Eugene
  • Damaska, Maureen
  • Dowling, Sherwood A
  • Jordan, Harry
  • Riggs, George W
  • Robinson, Louise W
  • Zichterman, Harry W


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
  • Smithsonian Year Supplement, 1986-1992
  • The Administrative Office has existed under several names. It seems to have begun as the Office of Administration, National Collection of Fine Arts, about 1964. It has since been called the Office of Administrative Services and, since 1990, the Administrative Office. It deals with matters of personnel, building management, purchasing, protection services, and safety. Its chief has been variously titled over the years.
  • Staff members have included Harry W. Zichterman (1965-1970) and Louise W. Robinson (1965-1968), Administrative Officers; George W. Riggs, Administrative Officer, 1971-1972; Harry Jordan, Administrative Officer, 1973, and Assistant Director for Administration, 1974-1976; H. Eugene Kelson, Administrator, 1977-1982; Sherwoood A. Dowling, Administrator, 1983-1984, and Administrative Officer, 1985-1986; and Maureen E. Damaska, Administrative Officer, 1987- .
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of above."

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1964
  • 1964-


  • Art museums
  • Museums
  • Museums--Administration


Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00150

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