Agency history, 1976-

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  • Aakre, Nancy
  • O'Connell, Patty
  • Gilchrist, Brenda


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.
  • Smithsonian Directory 1975-1999
  • Annals of the Smitshonian Institution 1989-1997
  • The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum published various titles before coming under Smithsonian control. These publications were generally used to document aspects of the collection and exhibitions the Museum prepared, just as they are at present. Apparently the first editor to be appointed after the Museum's attachment to the Smithsonian was Brenda Gilchrist, who served from 1976 to 1980. After a vacancy in 1981 Nancy Aakre served as editor, 1982-1995, followed by another vacancy, and the appointment of Patty O'Connell, 1999- .
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

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  • 1976
  • 1976-


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