Agency history, 1994-

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  • Kidwell, Claudia Brush
  • Bird, William L
  • Smith, Barbara Clark
  • Melder, Keith E
  • Mayo, Edith
  • Taylor, Lonn 1940-
  • Golovin, Anne Castrodale
  • Roth, Rodris
  • Myers, Susan H
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Armed Forces History
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Ceramics and Glass
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Costume
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Domestic Life
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Political History


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.
  • E-mail to James Steed from Ramunas Kondratas, Chair, Department of History, National Museum of American History, 1/21/00
  • Division of Social History, Smithsonian National Museum of American History,, August 14, 2000
  • Smithsonian Directory, 2000
  • The Division of Social History was created in 1994 during a general reorganization of the National Museum of American History when it became one of five divisions under the Department of History. Staff attached to the new Division were drawn from the former divisions of Armed Forces History, Ceramics and Glass, Costume, Domestic Life, and Political History.
  • The Division seeks to interpret public and private life in the American past. In doing so it studies areas of work, politics, reform movements, home life, gender identity, manufacturing, consumption, invention, and leisure.
  • Staff of the Division have included Susan H. Myers, Curator and Chair, 1994- ; William L. Bird, Curator, 1994- ; Barbara Clark Smith, Curator, 1994- ; Anne Castrodale Golovin, Curator, 1994- (Emeritus, 1997- ); Claudia Brush Kidwell, Curator, 1994- ; Edith Mayo, Curator, 1994- (Emeritus, 1997- ); Keith E. Melder, Curator, 1994-1996; Rodris C. Roth, Curator, 1994-1999 ; and Lonn Taylor, Historian, 1994- .
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

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  • 1994
  • 1994-


Social history


Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00241

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