Exhibition Records, circa 1952-2015

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Consists of records documenting the planning, organization, design, and promotion of exhibits as well as accepted and rejected exhibition proposals and collaborations with other Smithsonian and non-Smithsonian museums and bureaus during the tenures of Peggy Loar, Director, 1981-1987; Eileen Rose, Acting Director, 1987-1988; and Anna R. Cohn, Director, 1988- . Materials include correspondence, reports,checklists, publications, memoranda, and notes; planning documents; exhibition proposals and staff comments; contracts and agreements; meeting agendas; loan information; packing instructions; budget summaries; exhibition design, instrallation, and opening event information; object lists; label copy and scripts; itineraries; press releases and media notes; exhibition books, catalogues, brochures, newsletters, drawings, concepts, and fliers; educational publications; press kits; videotapes; newspapers and clippings; rights and permissions, fundraising, promotional materials, and marketing information; journal articles; visitor comments; committee information; photographs and slides; and other supporting documentation. Some materials are in electronic format.


  • Loar, Peggy A
  • Rose, Eileen
  • Cohn, Anna R. 1950-


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.


Alphabetic, by exhibition, and unarranged

Repository Loc.

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


  • 1952
  • 1952-2015
  • circa 1952-2015

Restrictions & Rights

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


  • Loans
  • Traveling exhibitions
  • Contracts


  • Pamphlets
  • Picture postcards
  • Audiotapes
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Brochures
  • Clippings
  • Color slides
  • Color photographs
  • Color transparencies
  • Floor plans
  • Manuscripts
  • Videotapes
  • Blueprints
  • Floppy disks
  • Black-and-white negatives
  • Color negatives
  • Black-and-white transparencies
  • Electronic records
  • Newspapers
  • Books
  • Compact discs
  • Digital versatile discs
  • Drawings

Local number

SIA RS00438

Physical description

280.90 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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