Agency history, 1970-

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  • Bruns, James H
  • Stann, E. Jeffrey 1944-
  • McCance, Thomas
  • Laybourn, Lawrence
  • Symington, James M
  • Mattson, Marie
  • Clark, Virginia B
  • Kautz, Lynford E
  • Spiller, Robert J
  • Hanle, Robert V
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of External Affairs
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Development
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Membership and Development


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.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution, 1970, 1975, 1976
  • General and agreements file, Smithsonian Institution Archives
  • An Office of Development was created in 1970. In 1975 the office was reorganized as the Office of Membership and Development, before once again becoming the Office of Development in 1999. In 2013 the Office of Development, which had been reporting to the Director of External Affairs, became the Office of Advancement. Lyford E. Kautz served as Director of Development from 1970 to 1975 and was succeeded by Lawrence Laybourne, Director, 1975-1976; James M. Symington, Director, 1976-1987; E. Jeffrey Stann, Acting Director, 1987-1988; Thomas McCance, Director, 1988-1990; Marie Mattson, Director, 1991-1996; Robert V. Hanle, Executive Director for Development, 1997-2002; James H. Bruns, Acting Director, March to May 2002, and Director, May 2002 to March 2003; Virginia B. Clark, Assistant Secretary for Advancement, September 2002 to April 2017; and Robert J. Spiller, Assistant Secretary for Advancement, March 2018- .
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

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  • 1970-


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Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00238

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