Agency history, 1947-1984

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  • Houchins, Lee
  • Jackson, Melvin H
  • Peterson, Mendel
  • Langley, Harold D
  • Howell, Edgar M
  • Lundeberg, Philip K
  • United States National Museum Section of Naval History
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Naval History
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Naval History
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Armed Forces 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.
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives, 1996
  • In 1947 the Section of Naval History was created in the Division of History, United States National Museum. In 1948 it became a Division in the Department of History. In 1957 when the Museum of History and Technology was established, it contained a Department of Armed Forces History, comprising Divisions of Military and Naval History. From 1969 to 1977 Naval History was a division of the Department of National and Military History. In 1978 this Department became the Department of National History. In 1984 the divisions of naval and military history were merged into a Division of Armed Forces History.
  • Curators of the Division of Naval History have included Mendel Peterson, Acting Curator, 1958-1960, and Chairman, 1964-1969; Philip K. Lundeberg, Associate Curator, 1959-1961; Curator, 1962-1984; Melvin H. Jackson, Associate Curator, 1962-1965; Harold D. Langley, Curator, 1969-1984; Edgar M. Howell, Curator, 1969-1973; and Lee Houchins, Research Associate, 1978-1984.
  • 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


  • 1947
  • 1947-1984


  • Naval history
  • Military
  • Military history


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00246

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