Agency history, 1983-

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  • Fleckner, John A. 1941-
  • Harding, Robert S (Robert Steven) 1944-
  • Crew, Spencer R. 1949-
  • Haberstich, David
  • Richardson, Deborra A
  • Orr, Craig
  • Dreyfus, Carol
  • Odom, Jane H
  • Humphrys, Barbara
  • Graskowiak, Marilyn F
  • Ruffins, Fath Davis


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.
  • Annals of the Smithsonian Institution, 1985-1996
  • Smithsonian Year, 1983-1984
  • The Archives Center was created within the National Museum of American History in 1983 to preserve and make available for research historical document and graphic collections in its possession. It serves as the central facility of the Museum responsible for the processing, storage, and servicing of such collections.
  • John A. Fleckner was appointed Archivist, 1983, Senior Archivist, 1984-1989, and Chief Archivist, 1990- . Other staff have included Robert S. Harding, Archivist, 1984-1989, Deputy Archivist, 1990- ; Carol Dreyfus, Archivist, 1986; Jane H. Odom, Archivist, 1986-1987; Craig Orr, Archivist, 1988- ; Barbara Humphrys, Archivist, 1988-1993; David Haberstich, 1989- ; Marilyn Graskowiak, 1989-1993; Deborra A. Richardson, Archivist, 1993- ; Spencer R. Crew, Historian, 1983-1986; and Fath Davis Ruffins, Historian, 1989- .
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

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  • 1983
  • 1983-


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SIA AH00253

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