Agency history, 1971-

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  • Pierce, Beverly Lang
  • Sefekar, Joseph
  • Kirkpatrick, Nancy 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.
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Institution Archives, 1996
  • A Department of Administration was created in 1971 to oversee the daily operations of the Hirshhorn Museum. It was also responsible for coordinating the various stages of exhibition preparation to ensure completion of each exhibition.
  • Joseph Sefekar was the first Administrator and served until 1978. The Office was renamed the Department of Administration and Museum Support Services in 1979, and Nancy F. Kirkpatrick became its Director. The position was variously titled Executive Director and Assistant Director between 1979 and 1992. Beverly Lang Pierce became Administrator and later Assistant Director for Administration, serving 1992- . Around 1995 the office was renamed the Department of Administration.
  • 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


  • 1992
  • 1971-


  • Art
  • Art museums
  • Art, Modern


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00168

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