Agency history, 1907-

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  • Beggs, Thomas M
  • Broun, Elizabeth
  • Eldredge, Charles C
  • Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933
  • Scott, David W. 1916-
  • Taylor, Joshua C (Joshua Charles) 1917-1981
  • Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954
  • Lowe, Harry 1922-
  • Davis, Robert Tyler
  • National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)


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 Institution Archives 1996
  • National Museum of American Art, "NMAA Info, Staff and Departments," [] , 2/22/00
  • The Director is responsible for the direction of all of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's programs and operations and represents its interests within the Smithsonian community and in the wider world of art--other galleries in the United States and abroad, art scholars, art patrons, and the interested public.
  • William Henry Holmes was the first Director, 1907-1932, and was succeeded by Ruel P. Tolman, Acting Director, 1932-1945, and Director, 1946-1948. Tolman was followed by Thomas M. Beggs, 1948-1964; David W. Scott, 1965-1969; Robert Tyler Davis (Interim), 1969; Joshua Charles Taylor, 1970-1981; Harry Lowe (Acting), 1981-1982; Charles C. Eldredge, 1982-1988; and Elizabeth Broun, 1989- .
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

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  • 1907
  • 1907-


  • Art museums
  • Museums
  • Museums--Administration
  • Museum directors


Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00155

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