Agency history, 1969-1977

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  • Kidwell, Claudia Brush
  • Roth, Rodris


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 Instiutiton, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1977
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives, 1996
  • The Division of Costume and Furnishings was created in 1969 from the Division of Political History, Section of American Costume. The Division's research primarily focused on the history of clothing and household objects in America with emphasis on the industrial period and on how changing economic, social, and technological factors affected the furnishings, clothing and appearance of Americans. In 1978 the Division was divided into new Divisions of Costume and of Domestic Life.
  • Staff of the Division included Rodris C. Roth, Associate Curator, 1969-1977, and Claudia Brush Kidwell, Assistant Curator, 1969-1974, and Associate Curator, 1975-1977.
  • 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


  • 1969
  • 1969-1977


  • Costume
  • History
  • Furnishings
  • Costume--History
  • House furnishings


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00239

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