Agency history, 1958-

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  • Beets, Virginia
  • Boyle, William E
  • Dickinson, Dennis S
  • Tillotson, Robert G
  • Greene, Elizabeth E
  • Becker, Ronald E
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Assistant Director for Administration


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
  • Annals of the Smithsonian Institution, 1989-1995
  • The activities of this office date back to 1958, when William E. Boyle was appointed Administrative Assistant in what was then called the Museum of History and Technology (MHT). Boyle became Administrative Officer for the Museum in 1963, retaining that post until 1965. In 1963, Virginia Beets joined Boyle as an Administrative Officer, and succeeded him as head of the office in 1966.
  • Robert G. Tillotson joined the staff in 1967 as Administrative Officer. In December 1969, Tillotson became Assistant Director for Administration, serving until 1979. Ronald E. Becker served as Assistant Director for Administration, 1981-1991, and was succeeded by Elizabeth E. Greene, 1992-1994. In 1995 the position was named the Associate Director for Administrative and Automation Services, held by Dennis S. Dickinson, 1995- .
  • The incumbent is generally responsible for overseeing budget and financial planning, personnel, information resources management, contracting, procurement, and building management for the National Museum of American History.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

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  • 1958
  • 1958-


  • Budget process
  • Historical museums
  • Budget
  • Science museums
  • Museums
  • Museums--Administration


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00251

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