Agency history, 1969-

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  • Byers, Margery
  • Johnston, William R


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.
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  • The first Public Affairs Officer, also called the Art Information Officer, of the Smithsonian American Art Museum was Benjamin Ruhe, who served from 1969 to 1975. Ruhe was officially attached to the central Smithsonian Office of Public Affairs until 1974, when an Office of Public Affairs was established as part of the Museum. In 1975 Margery A. Byers was named Chief of the Office of Public Affairs, 1975-1989, and Public Affairs Officer, 1990. The position remained vacant for one year. In 1992 a new Office of External Affairs was created, assuming responsibilities for both public affairs and special events. W. Robert Johnston has served as the Office's Chief since 1992.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

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  • 1969
  • 1969-


  • Art museums
  • Publicity
  • Special events


Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00265

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