Agency history, 1964-1978

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  • Ritterbush, Philip C
  • Blitzer, Charles
  • Ellsworth, Gretchen Gayle
  • Davidson, Edward S
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Academic Programs
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Education and Training
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Fellowships and Grants
  • 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.
  • E-mail, Francine Berkowitz to James Steed, January 14, 2001
  • Torch, August 1978
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives, 1996
  • Smithsonian Diretory, 1970-1980
  • The Office of Academic Studies was created in 1964 as the Office of Education and Training. In 1968 it was renamed as the Office of Academic Programs and the Office of Academic Studies in 1971. The office made Smithsonian resources available to the scholarly community by providing research opportunities to scholars and graduate students. It was also involved in exhibtions and public education efforts of the Institution. It was merged into a new Office of Fellowships and Grants in 1978.
  • Charles Blitzer was Director of the Office until 1968, when he was succeeded by Philip C. Ritterbush. From 1970 to 1978 the office was jointly managed by Edward S. Davidson, Administrative Officer and Gretchen Gayle Ellsworth, Program Officer. In 1978 Ellsworth became Director. In 1978 the office was merged into a new unit, the Office of Fellowships and Grants.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

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  • 1964
  • 1964-1978



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SIA AH00331

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