Departmental Files, 1952-2004

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Consists of records documenting the administration of programs, activities, and projects within the Department during the tenure of David Revere McFadden, Curator, 1978-1993; Deborah Shinn, Curator-in-Charge, 1995-1996, and Assistant Curator, 1997-2002; and Sarah Coffin, Curator, 2004- . Materials include correspondence, memoranda, grant files, notes, object images, meeting materials, email, architectural drawings, clippings, and related materials. Some materials are in electronic format.


  • McFadden, David Revere
  • Shinn, Deborah
  • Coffin, Sarah


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.



Repository Loc.

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


  • 1952
  • 1952-2004

Restrictions & Rights

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


  • Decoration and ornament
  • Art museums
  • Decorative arts


  • Manuscripts
  • Electronic records
  • Floppy disks
  • Compact discs
  • Electronic mail
  • Clippings
  • Color transparencies
  • Architectural drawings

Local number

SIA RS00910

Physical description

  • 6.5 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 5 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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