Associations, Committees and Councils Records, 1943-2015

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Consists of records documenting the Director's participation in various Smithsonian Institution and non-Smithsonian associations, committees and councils during the tenures of Ruel P. Tolman, Acting Director, 1932-1945, and Director, 1946-1948; Thomas M. Beggs, 1948-1964; David W. Scott, 1965-1969; Robert Tyler Davis (interim), 1969; Joshua Charles Taylor, 1970-1981; Harry Lowe (acting), 1981-1982; Charles C. Eldredge, 1982-1988; and Elizabeth Broun, 1989-2016. Some materials date to when the museum was known as the National Museum of American Art and the National Collection of Fine Arts. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, programs, reports, meeting agendas and minutes, notes, brochures, newsletters, and other related materials.


  • Eldredge, Charles C
  • Lowe, Harry 1922-
  • Taylor, Joshua C (Joshua Charles) 1917-1981
  • Davis, Robert Tyler
  • Scott, David W. 1916-
  • Beggs, Thomas M
  • Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954
  • Broun, Elizabeth
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.) Office of the Director
  • National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.) Office of the Director


Series Level Description


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1943
  • 1943-2015

Restrictions & Rights

Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details


  • Art museums
  • Advisory boards
  • Committees
  • Museums
  • Associations, institutions, etc
  • Museums--Administration
  • Art museum directors



Local number

SIA RS00824

Physical description

  • 13.16 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 2 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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