Agency history, 1978-1995

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  • Ahlborn, Richard E
  • Scheele, Carl H
  • Crew, Spencer R. 1949-
  • Reagon, Bernice Johnson 1942-
  • Bunch, Lonnie G
  • McGovern, Charles
  • Perez, Marvette
  • Hughes, Ellen Roney


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
  • Smithsonian Year, 1978-1984
  • Annals of the Smithsonian Institution, 1985-1994
  • The Division of Community Life was created by the National Museum of History and Technology in 1978 from the former Division of Ethnic and Western Cultural History. The Division studied the American community, urban life, and popular culture, including education, immigration, and labor movements. In 1995 it was merged into a new Division of Cultural History.
  • Staff included Richard E. Ahlborn, Curator, 1978-1994; Carl H. Scheele, Curator, 1978-1987, Curator Emeritus, 1987-1989; Spencer R. Crew, Curator, 1988-1989; Bernice Johnson Reagon, Curator, 1988-1993; Lonnie G. Bunch, Curator, 1990-1991; Charles McGovern, Curator, 1989-1991; Marvette Perez, Curator, 1991, 1993-1994; and Ellen Roney Hughes, Museum Specialist.
  • 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


  • 1978
  • 1978-1994
  • 1978-1995


  • Social history
  • Community life


United States


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00250

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