Exhibition Records, circa 1921-1922, 1947, 1956-1990 and undated

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Consists of records that document the planning, development, and installation of exhibitions within the Department of the History of Science and Technology. Materials include correspondence; memoranda; research files; images of artifacts and graphics that appeared in exhibitions; installation photographs and slides; exhibition blueprints; reports; label text; scripts; diagrams; drawings; floor plans; maps; audiotapes; and clippings. Staff represented in these records include Phillip W. Bishop, Head Curator; Edward C. Kendall, Curator; Charles O. Houston, Associate Curator; Uta C. Merzbach, Associate Curator and Curator, 1964-1988; Carlene E. Stephens, Assistant Curator; Jon B. Eklund, Assistant Curator, 1968-1969, Associate Curator, 1970-1982, and Curator, 1983-1994; David K. Allison, Curator, 1987-1994; and Marie Mattson, Special Assistant to the Smithsonian's Secretary, 1989-1990.


  • Eklund, Jon B
  • Mattson, Marie
  • Allison, David K. 1950-
  • Stephens, Carlene E. 1949-
  • Kendall, Edward C
  • Bishop, Philip W
  • Houston, Charles O (Charles Orville) 1918-2001
  • Merzbach, Uta C. 1933-


Series Level Description


  • To view records that comprise this series, see the detailed list of accessions and/or record units below.
  • For a history of the creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.


  • Unarranged
  • Organized into subseries: 1) Jon B. Eklund's records, unarranged; 2) Marie Mattson's records, unarranged; 3) David K. Allison's records, chronologic/unarranged; 4) Graphic Notebooks; 5) Blueprints

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1921
  • 1921-1990
  • circa 1921-1922, 1947, 1956-1990 and undated

Restrictions & Rights

Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Records may contain personally identifiable information (PII) that is permanently restricted


  • Information science
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Museums
  • History
  • Science--History
  • Technology--History
  • Museum exhibits


  • Audiotapes
  • Floor plans
  • Exhibition catalogs
  • Clippings
  • Brochures
  • Architectural drawings
  • Manuscripts
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Maps
  • Drawings
  • Black-and-white negatives
  • Black-and-white transparencies
  • Color negatives
  • Color photographs
  • Color transparencies

Local number

SIA RS00291

Physical description

30.22 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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