Agency history, 1973-

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  • Rodgers, Mark W
  • Gaynor, Margaret C
  • Berry, Morrell John
  • Hardy, Donald R
  • Payne, Nell
  • United States President
  • United States Office of Management and Budget
  • United States Congress
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of the Coordinator of Public Information


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 Annals, 1992-1997
  • Smithsonian Directory, 1970-1991
  • SI E-mail announcement from Under Secretary for American Museums and National Programs, July 19, 2000
  • The Torch, August 1989
  • The Smithsonian Institution seems to have created its first position devoted to relations with Congress in 1973, a Special Assistant to the Secretary for Congressional Relations. In 1977 the function was attached to the Office of the Coordinator of Public Information. The Office of Government Relations was created in 1985. The incumbent is responsible for overseeing and developing the Smithsonian's relationships with Congress, the White House, the Office of Management and Budget, and with government officials at the state and local level.
  • Margaret C. Gaynor served as Special Assistant and Director of Government Relations, 1973-1992. She was succeeded by Mark W. Rodgers, 1992-1994; M. John Berry, 1995-1997; Donald R. Hardy, 1997-1999; and Nell Payne, 2000- .
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

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  • 1973
  • 1973-


  • Public relations
  • Museums
  • Museums--Public relations


Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00306

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