Subject Files, 1967-2011

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Consists of records documenting the activities and administration of the Smithsonian American Art Museum during the tenures of Deputy Directors Harry Lowe, 1983; Charles J. Robertson, Associate Administrator, 1978-1983, Assistant Director, Resources, and Assistant Director, Museum Resources, 1983-1985, and Deputy Director, 1986-2001; and Rachel M. Allen, Deputy Director, 2002- . Materials include correspondence and memoranda, information files, architectural drawings and other administrative records detailing the Museum's relations among departments, within the Smithsonian, and with non-Smithsonian organizations. Some records were created by Harry Lowe in his capacity as Curator of Exhibits and Curator, Exhibition and Design, 1965-1972; Assistant Director for Operations, 1973-1974; Assistant Director, 1975-1980; Acting Director, 1981; and Assistant Director, 1982.


  • Robertson, Charles (Charles J.)
  • Lowe, Harry 1922-
  • Allen, Rachel M


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1967
  • 1967-2011

Restrictions & Rights

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


  • Art museums
  • Museums
  • Museums--Administration


  • Manuscripts
  • Architectural drawings

Local number

SIA RS00835

Physical description

  • 19.5 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 23.5 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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