Agency history, 1982-

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  • Soapes, Thomas F
  • Graskowiak, Marilyn F


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.
  • Smithsonian Institution, "National Air and Space Museum Archives Division,", 03/01/00
  • E-mail from Dr. Thomas Soapes to Mike Willens, 03/01/00
  • The National Air and Space Museum Archives supports the mission of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) by acquiring and preserving for public and curatorial use documentary materials of air and space flight. These documentary materials, which span the history of flight from ancient times to the present day include a wide range of visual and textual materials, many emphasizing the technical aspects of air and spacecraft and their propulsion systems.
  • The collections were under the control of the branch library until 1982 when the museum created the Records Management Division which managed the files and provided public reference. In 1987, the division was renamed Information Management Division. In 1988, Archives and Information Management were divided but were recombined as the Archives Division in 1989 under the Assistant Director for Collections. In 1996, the Archives Division was placed under the Associate Director for Collections and Research.
  • Chairs of the Archives Division have included Thomas F. Soapes, 1990-2005; and Marilyn F. Graskowiak, 2005- .
  • 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


  • 1982
  • 1982-


  • Museum archives
  • Aeronautics
  • Museums
  • Archives
  • Aeronautical museums


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00166

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