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Accession 94-088

National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits

Exhibition Records, circa 1962-1993

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits
Title: Exhibition Records
Dates: circa 1962-1993
Quantity: 4.5 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection: Accession 94-088
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession contains records documenting the planning, construction, and maintenance of permanent and temporary exhibitions at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Materials include scripts, plans, drawings, memoranda, reports, photographs, and related materials documenting Hall 7, "Peoples of Asia and Africa," and Hall 8, "Peoples of the Pacific;" files maintained by Office of Exhibits Chief Eugene F. Behlen, and Exhibit Programmers Carl A. Alexander and David Christie that document exhibition scheduling, planning, construction, and maintenance, as well as office administration; scripts; calendars; labels; schedules; and other related materials. Some materials are in electronic format.

Descriptive Entry

This accession contains records documenting the planning, construction, and maintenance of permanent and temporary exhibitions at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Materials include scripts, plans, drawings, memoranda, reports, photographs, and related materials documenting Hall 7, "Peoples of Asia and Africa," and Hall 8, "Peoples of the Pacific;" files maintained by Office of Exhibits Chief Eugene F. Behlen, and Exhibit Programmers Carl A. Alexander and David Christie that document exhibition scheduling, planning, construction, and maintenance, as well as office administration; scripts; calendars; labels; schedules; and other related materials. Some materials are in electronic format.

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Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 94-088, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Exhibition Records

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Container List

Box 1

Peoples of Asia and Africa, c. 1964-1965 (Unit number = Exhibit Case number)

Hall 7 - Unit Scripts (2 folders)

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Hall 7 - Unit List (key) and scripts

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Hall 7 - Scripts (3 folders)

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Hall 7 - Units 48, 45, 49, 1, 4, 55

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Hall 7 - Exhibit Cases: Care, Damage, Lighting

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Hall 7 - Souvenir Brochure [Designer (L. Lomax); Curator (Knez - Gibson)]

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #32: Herrero and Himbo

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #33: Hottentot Life

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #34: Bushmen

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #35: African Arts - Old and New

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #36

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #37: Kilimanjaro

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #38: Rwanda and Burundi

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #39: Cattle Herders of the Upper Nile

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #40: Somali

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #41: Amhara Culture

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #42: The World of Spirits

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Hall 7 - Case #43: Dan Figure and Ashanti Gold Weights

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #44: Rock Art of North Africa

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #45: Old Kingdoms of West Africa

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #46: Markets and Money

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #47: Work in West Africa

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Hall 7 - Case #48: West African Textiles

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #49: Home Industries in West Africa

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Hall 7 - Unit #50: Yoruba Textiles and Clothing

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #50: Yoruba Textiles and Clothing

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #51: Morocco

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #52: A Shinto Shrine

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #53: Evolution of Farming in Japan

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #54: Textiles of the Ryukyu Islands

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #55: Buddhist Art in Korea

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #56: A Korean Room

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #57: Ivory Craftsmanship in East Asia

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #58: Chinese Kitchen Utensils

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #59: A Shrine to Confucius

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #60: The Languages of Asia

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Cases #61 and #62: Folk Crafts of Japan

Box 1 of 5

Hall 7 - Case #63: Large Map

Box 1 of 5

Box 2

Hall 7 - Cultures of Africa and Asia: Drawings, Units 1-3 (and Pedestal for Bust of H. Ward, Title Panels for Halls 7 and 8, Hall 6 Temporary Unit and Introductory Panel for opening of Hall 7, Floor Plan, and Kummerly & Frey Map of Asia)

Box 2 of 5

Hall 7 - Cultures of Africa and Asia: Drawings, Units 4, 4A, 5-10, 10A

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Hall 7 - Cultures of Africa and Asia: Drawings, Units 11, 11A, 12, 13

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Hall 7 - Cultures of Africa and Asia: Drawings, Units 15-22

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Hall 7 - Cultures of Africa and Asia: Drawings, Units 23, 23A-F, 24, 24A, 25 (note: Unit 25 is blank wall sprayed black)

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Hall 7 - Cultures of Africa and Asia: Drawings, Units 26-27, 29, 30-34, 34A, 34B, 34 (temporary), 35-36

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Hall 7 - Cultures of Africa and Asia: Drawings, Units 37-43

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Hall 7 - Cultures of Africa and Asia: Drawings, Units 44-52 (note: Case 50 draped for opening 8/25/1967 - no drawing)

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Hall 7 - Cultures of Africa and Asia: Drawings, Units 53-63 (56 and 60 no drawing issued)

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Hall 7 - Memoranda and Draft Scripts with Annotations (3 folders)

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Hall 7 - Unit 10B - Iron Artifacts

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Hall 7 - Unit 50 - Egyptian Life Group. Includes photographs.

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Hall 7 - Photos, African Hall

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Hall 7 - Master Work Orders. Includes Unit History Reports, Specification Sheet for Plaque and Maps, photos and slides.

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Hall 7 - Buddha Statue, Photos

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Hall 7 - Korean House

Box 2 of 5

Hall 7 - Iron Working in Mandara Mountains - Photos, Script, Memos

Box 2 of 5

Hall 7 - Notes, Ethnology

Box 2 of 5

Hall 7 - Contract Bidding Specifications

Box 2 of 5

Hall 7 - Exhibit Production - Time Sheet, Ethnology

Box 2 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #1: Relations of People to Areas of Pacific

Box 2 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #2: Diversity of Pacific Culture

Box 2 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #3: Easter Island Statues

Box 2 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #4: Easter Island

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Hall 8 - Case #5: Kings and Chieftans

Box 2 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #6: Polynesian Warfare

Box 2 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #7: Music of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia

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Hall 8 - Case #8: Woodworking and Art

Box 2 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #9: Tapa

Box 2 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #10: Polynesian Canoes and Gear

Box 2 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #11: Seafaring in Micronesia

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Hall 8 - Case #12: Micronesian Warfare

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Hall 8 - Case #13: Yap Money

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Hall 8 - Case #15: Australian Way of Life

Box 2 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #16: Religion and Symbols of Arnhem Land

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Hall 8 - Case #19: Cambodia - The Khmer Culture

Box 2 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #20: Buddhism in Laos

Box 2 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #21: Sindhi Village, West Pakistan (2 folders)

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Hall 8 - Case #27: Religious Architecture of India and Pakistan

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Hall 8 - Case #29: Textiles of India and Pakistan (see also folder for Hall 8 - Case #27)

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Hall 8 - Case #38: Variety in Melanesia

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Hall 8 - Case #41: Everyday Objects in Micronesia/Daily Life in Micronesia (2 folders)

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Hall 8 - Case #42: Cultures of the Pacific and South Asia

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Hall 8 - Case #43: Latte

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Hall 8 - Case #44: Hawaiian Bowls

Box 2 of 5

Box 3

Halls 7 and 8 - Memoranda, 1958-1965

Box 3 of 5

Halls 7 and 8 - Lists and Photos

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #21: Sindhi Home

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Cases #21-22: Sindhi Culture, West Pakistan

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Hall 8 - Case #22: The South Asian World - India and Pakistan

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Hall 8 - Case #23: Arms and Armor of India and Pakistan

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Hall 8 - Case #25: Folk Jewelry of India and Pakistan

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #26: Basketry of India and Pakistan

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #27: Clothing of Northwestern Africa

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #30: Asian Contributions to Western Civilization

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #31: Thai Craft Work

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #32: Music of Thailand

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #33: Stringed Instruments of India

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #34: Religion

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #35: Society

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #36: Indonesian Tribal Cultures

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #37: An Infugao Life Group

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #39: Art in New Guinea

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #40: Native Life in Fiji

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #45: Culture of Pre-European Hawaii

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #49: Polynesian Fishing Apparatus

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #50: Cultural Differences in Aboriginal Polynesia

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #51: Samoan Culture

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #52: Samoa

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Case #53: Environment and Culture

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - 21-22

Box 3 of 5

Books and Negatives (List)

Box 3 of 5

Entrances to Hall 8

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Miscellaneous

Box 3 of 5

Hall 22 (North American Archaeology) - Exhibit #34: Piney Branch Quarry Group

Box 3 of 5

Hall 22 (North American Archaeology) - Exhibit #38: The Hopewell Peoples of the Midwest

Box 3 of 5

Monsieur Desert (2 photographs)

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Ethnology, Time Sheet

Box 3 of 5

Hall 8 - Ethnology, Materials, Samples, and Correspondence

Box 3 of 5

Publicity - Press Releases and Clippings

Box 3 of 5

East Court Planning - Kathy Kerby, 1991

Box 3 of 5

Fish Models - Loan, 1972-1979

Box 3 of 5

West Court - (Eileen Ritter) New Shop, Interior Courtyard

Box 3 of 5

Interior Courtyard Design - 1984-1985

Box 3 of 5

Current Halls (7 and 8) - Exhibit Design Progress Reports, 1962-1965

Box 3 of 5

Jane Walsh Requests for Arts, 1985

Box 3 of 5

Tours for Museum Programs

Box 3 of 5

Hall 2 - Trilobite Case

Box 3 of 5

Paleo Prep Lab

Box 3 of 5

Long Range Planning for Exhibits at NMNH - Preliminary Report to Secretary on Exhibits (2 folders)

Box 3 of 5

Contract - Artist/Illustration, 1979

Box 3 of 5

Kitchen Equipment

Box 3 of 5

Hall 10 - Alaskan Brown Bear, Includes Photos Peter Haas

Box 3 of 5

Whale Skull

Box 3 of 5

Budget - FY 1985-1989

Box 3 of 5

Revised Budget, 1989

Box 3 of 5

North American Mammals - Photos of Cases

Box 3 of 5

Hall 13 - Birds of the World - Photos and Slides of Cases

Box 3 of 5

Halls 14 and 15 - World of Mammals, Photos of Cases

Box 3 of 5

Hall 23 - Photo requests

Box 3 of 5

Hall 14 - Photos of Cases

Box 3 of 5

Hall Review, 1986 - Maintenance Report (Halls 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 18, 19, 21-26, Constitution Avenue Foyer, Splendors of Nature, Orientation Signage, Discovery Room)

Box 3 of 5

Hall 23 - Script, File Copy

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Hall 23 - Script, for Committee Review, 1975

Box 3 of 5

Halls 7 and 8 - Memoranda, 1967-1986

Box 3 of 5

Temporary Exhibitions

Box 3 of 5

Accreditation Material

Box 3 of 5

Kung Exhibit Proposal

Box 3 of 5

Exhibition Proposals, c. 1990

Box 3 of 5

Peter Haas

Box 3 of 5

Box 4

David Christie Files

Hall 2 - Draft Scripts with Annotations (2 folders)

Box 4 of 5

Hall 10 - Evolution - Revised Script, July 10, 1984

Box 4 of 5

Hall 10 - Dynamics of Evolution, 1983-1988

Box 4 of 5

Hall 12 - Mammals, 1976-1985

Box 4 of 5

Hall 13 - Birds, 1976-1985

Box 4 of 5

Hall 14 - Mammals, 1976-1987

Box 4 of 5

Hall 15 - Mammals, 1976-1985

Box 4 of 5

Hall 16 - Life in the Sea, 1976-1986

Box 4 of 5

Hall 20 - Earth, Moon, & Meteorites, 1975-1989

Box 4 of 5

Maintenance Review Policy, 1984-1986

Box 4 of 5

Baird Ambulatory Hall, 1976-1988

Box 4 of 5

Hall 2 - Dinosaurs, 1981-1989

Box 4 of 5

Hall 4 - Fossils, 1982-1986

Box 4 of 5

Hall 6 - Ice Age, 1976-1986

Box 4 of 5

Maintenance Review, 1983-1984

Box 4 of 5

Hours Estimate for Maintenance List, FY 1986

Box 4 of 5

Maintenance Review Report, First Half 1986

Box 4 of 5

Maintenance Plan, FY 1986

Box 4 of 5

Naturalist Center, 1985, 1989

Box 4 of 5

Hall 28 - Osteology, 1980-1987

Box 4 of 5

Hall 29 - Insect Zoo, 1982-1987

Box 4 of 5

Maintenance for Past Years, 1980-1982

Box 4 of 5

Maintenance Review, First Half FY 1984

Box 4 of 5

Consolidation of Reviews, 1983

Box 4 of 5

Maintenance Review Sheets, October 1983

Box 4 of 5

Exhibit Hall Layouts

Box 4 of 5

Exhibits Division Resource Outlines, FY 1987

Box 4 of 5

Coral Reef Exhibit - Rock Shore, 1984

Box 4 of 5

Painting and Glass Cleaning Information / Attendance Figures (presented to Larry O'Reilly), March 5, 1984

Box 4 of 5

Petrified Wood and Banded Iron for Mall Exhibit, 1984

Box 4 of 5

Hall 2 - Dinosaurs, "Jaws" Exhibit

Box 4 of 5

Naturalist Center and Learning Center, 1984-1985

Box 4 of 5

Hall Maintenance Outlines and Memos, 1982-1983

Box 4 of 5

Learning Center, 1985-1989

Box 4 of 5

Repairs to Halls 14 and 15, 1984

Box 4 of 5

Insect Zoo Booklet, 1977-1978

Box 4 of 5

Western Civilization Booklet, 1979

Box 4 of 5

Splendors of Nature Booklet, 1978

Box 4 of 5

Hall 29 - Cold Blooded Vertebrates, 1973-1985

Box 4 of 5

Hall 5 - Life in the Ancient Seas, 1990

Box 4 of 5

Halls 9 and 11 - Maintenance Review, American Indians, 1976-1982

Box 4 of 5

Training

Box 4 of 5

Hall 6 - Final Script, September 8, 1976

Box 4 of 5

Memoranda [and Press Releases], c. 1972-1988 (6 folders)

Box 4 of 5

Box 5

Scripts, calendars, labels, etc. (electronic records - 3 folders)

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