Agency history, 1986-

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  • Ravenhill, Philip L
  • Binkley, David Aaron
  • Kreamer, Christine Mullen


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 position announcement, accession 94-027, box 1
  • Smithsonian Year, 1986, 1987
  • Smithsonian Magazine, "'Best of the Decade' With African Art Curator Christine Mullen Kreamer," Megan Gambino, January 12, 2010;; accessed January 5, 2022
  • The Chief Curator's position was established in 1986. The incumbent has general oversight of other curatorial staff, advises the Museum Director on relevant issues, represents the Museum in the larger scholarly community, and pursues personal research. Philip L. Ravenhill served as Chief Curator, 1986-1987, followed by David Aaron Binkley in 1997. After Binkley, Christine Mullen Kreamer was appointed Chief Curator and also took on the role of Deputy Director in 2009.
  • For a history of the larger 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


  • 1986
  • 1986-


  • Art, African
  • Museums
  • Museum curators


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00321

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