Agency history, 1972-1986

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  • Richards, William N. Jr
  • Perrot, Paul N
  • Smithsonian Institution Administration


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 Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs directed the operations of the Conservation Analytical Laboratory, Office of Exhibits Central, Office of the Registrar, the Smithsonian Institution Archives, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and the Institution's functions under the National Museum Act of 1966 until its repeal in 1983. In addition, the office served as liaison with various regional, national, and international museum organizations.
  • In 1972 Paul N. Perrot became Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs, assuming the duties formerly discharged by the Director General of Museums. In 1983 William N. Richards, Jr., Acting Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs, succeeded Perrot. In 1986 the office was merged into a new office, the Assistant Secretary for Museums.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

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  • 1986
  • 1972-1986


  • Museums
  • Museums--Administration


Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00311

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