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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 95-019

National Museum of Natural History. Assistant Director for Exhibits

Records, circa 1984-1993

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of Natural History. Assistant Director for Exhibits
Title: Records
Dates: circa 1984-1993
Quantity: 9 cu. ft. (9 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 95-019
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

Lawrence O'Reilly was appointed Associate Director for Exhibits in 1984 and was placed in charge of the planning and production of exhibitions at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). The position of Associate Director for Exhibits was abolished in 1994. This accession consists of records documenting the planning for and production of exhibitions at NMNH and includes correspondence, memoranda, blueprints, drawings, plans, publications, reports, and photographs. Included is extensive documentation of the planning of the Human Origins Hall, the Native American Hall, the Geology, Gems, and Minerals Hall; the exhibitions "Crossroads of Continents" and "Seeds of Change;" and the planning for temporary exhibitions in the Evans Gallery. Materials also include budget and other administrative records and files concerning O'Reilly's professional activities and official travel.

Descriptive Entry

Lawrence O'Reilly was appointed Associate Director for Exhibits in 1984 and was placed in charge of the planning and production of exhibitions at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). The position of Associate Director for Exhibits was abolished in 1994. This accession consists of records documenting the planning for and production of exhibitions at NMNH and includes correspondence, memoranda, blueprints, drawings, plans, publications, reports, and photographs. Included is extensive documentation of the planning of the Human Origins Hall, the Native American Hall, and the Geology, Gems, and Minerals Hall; the exhibitions Crossroads of Continents and Seeds of Change; and the planning for temporary exhibitions in the Evans Gallery. Materials also include budget and other administrative records and files concerning O'Reilly's professional activities and official travel.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-019, National Museum of Natural History. Assistant Director for Exhibits, Records

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Container List

Box 1

Challenger Center Conference Call, February 1993

Box 1 of 9

Challenger Center, 1992-1993

Box 1 of 9

Challenger Center: Partners Up for 21st Century, February 3, 1992

Box 1 of 9

Challenger Center - Advisory Committee Meeting, July 1992

Box 1 of 9

Challenger Center, including Strategic Plan, 1988-1989

Box 1 of 9

Challenger Center Application and Update, 1989

Box 1 of 9

Challenger Space Center, 1988

Box 1 of 9

American Association of Museums (AAM) - Denver, May 1991 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 9

AAM Conference - Baltimore, 1992 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 9

Visitor Counts, 1984-1991

Box 1 of 9

B-26 Bomber - Historical Society

Box 1 of 9

Challenger Center, 1991

Box 1 of 9

Peru Trip, 1990

Box 1 of 9

Potential Board of Advisors - NMNH

Box 1 of 9

AAM - Pittsburgh, 1988

Box 1 of 9

IBM Study, 1988

Box 1 of 9

George Washington University Workshop - Exhibition Design

Box 1 of 9

Challenger Center, 1989-1991

Box 1 of 9

Los Angeles Trip, 1989

Box 1 of 9

AAM - New Orleans, 1989

Box 1 of 9

Director Candidates, 1988

Box 1 of 9

Lorraine Schmidt - Paleo Advisors

Box 1 of 9

Centralized Telecommunications Committee

Box 1 of 9

TV Show/Media General

Box 1 of 9

Box 2

Prep Lab Opening, 1987

Box 2 of 9

Gary Larson Opening, 1987

Box 2 of 9

Dinosaur Shows, 1987

Box 2 of 9

Dinosaur Fundraising

Box 2 of 9

Dinosaur Stuff

Box 2 of 9

Aviso, 1988

Box 2 of 9

Implementation Advisory Committee

Box 2 of 9

Dr. Hoffmann's State of Museum Summary and Exhibition Plans

Box 2 of 9

Hoffmann's "Directions and Goals"

Box 2 of 9

Don Ortner's Draft Statement on Exhibit Philosophy and Goals

Box 2 of 9

Ortner's Draft Philosophy, etc.

Box 2 of 9

Mike Robinson Zoo Biopark Concept

Box 2 of 9

Zoo One Magazine Public Programs/Membership

Box 2 of 9

Evans Committee Meeting, 1986-1988

Box 2 of 9

Task Force - Personnel and Composition

Box 2 of 9

Museum-Wide Task Forces - Exhibit Office Input/Responses

Box 2 of 9

McKinsey Response to "Directions"

Box 2 of 9

Task Forces

Box 2 of 9

Implementation Advisory Committee

Box 2 of 9

Other Task Force Reports

Box 2 of 9

Task Forces - Final Reports

Box 2 of 9

Information Planning Task Force

Box 2 of 9

Jicarilla Apache Indians

Box 2 of 9

Smithson Society Proposals

Box 2 of 9

NMNH Director Search

Box 2 of 9

Budget Requests, FY 1989

Box 2 of 9

Congressional Hearings, 1987

Box 2 of 9

Congressional Correspondence, 1987

Box 2 of 9

75%/25% Report

Box 2 of 9

Hoffmann Meeting, 1987

Box 2 of 9

FY 1989 Budget Request

Box 2 of 9

FY 1987 Revised Budget

Box 2 of 9

FY 1988 Budget Request

Box 2 of 9

Repair and Reconstruction Funds, FY 1989-1992

Box 2 of 9

FY 1989 Requested Increases

Box 2 of 9

FY 1988 Budget

Box 2 of 9

Revised FY 1988 Budget

Box 2 of 9

Aviso

Box 2 of 9

Gautier - Computer Committee

Box 2 of 9

Ward Foundation

Box 2 of 9

Manager's Retreat, 1987 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 9

Background Information

Box 2 of 9

McKinsey Steering Committee, 1987

Box 2 of 9

Insect Zoo Proposal and Budget (2 folders)

Box 2 of 9

Box 3

Insect Zoo Proposal

Box 3 of 9

Los Angeles Trip, 1989

Box 3 of 9

Lothar Witteborg

Box 3 of 9

Exploratorium - Bob White

Box 3 of 9

Background Papers

Box 3 of 9

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Box 3 of 9

FY 1990 Priority Call

Box 3 of 9

FY 1987 Budget

Box 3 of 9

Bob Kosturak

Box 3 of 9

Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Smithsonian Proposal

Box 3 of 9

Fossil Wood Donor

Box 3 of 9

FY 1990 Recommendations - Tom Freudenheim

Box 3 of 9

House Hearing Questions, 1988

Box 3 of 9

Carpeting Priorities

Box 3 of 9

Hall Carpeting Plans, 1988

Box 3 of 9

New Policy - Interoffice Work Requests

Box 3 of 9

1988 Repair and Reconstruction Fund

Box 3 of 9

Marine Hall Mural

Box 3 of 9

Freudenheim Meeting, 1988

Box 3 of 9

Hall 25 - American Indian Remains

Box 3 of 9

New Interoffice Work Request Policy

Box 3 of 9

FY 1987/1988 Budget Requests

Box 3 of 9

Paleo Hall 5 Script

Box 3 of 9

Revised 1987 Budget

Box 3 of 9

FY 1986 Budget Call

Box 3 of 9

Microworld

Box 3 of 9

Ivan Karp 3-Day Workshop

Box 3 of 9

FY 1989 Budget Draft

Box 3 of 9

Exhibits Committee Meeting, 1987

Box 3 of 9

Smithsonian Press - Treasure Hunt Book

Box 3 of 9

Seeds of Change - Theme Statement and Floor Plans

Box 3 of 9

Chairmen's Meeting, 1990

Box 3 of 9

FY 1988 Personnel Status Report

Box 3 of 9

FY 1988 North Foyer Plant Exhibit

Box 3 of 9

New Botanical Displays Proposal

Box 3 of 9

North Foyer Plant Displays

Box 3 of 9

"Hotrods" Issue - Earth Sciences Hall

Box 3 of 9

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) - Doug Evelyn Memo

Box 3 of 9

Elaine Gurian - "Simulation Game"

Box 3 of 9

Insect Zoo - Development Report

Box 3 of 9

Crossroads - "Lost Revenue"

Box 3 of 9

American History/American Chemical Society "Science Museum"

Box 3 of 9

Director's Search, 1988

Box 3 of 9

Seeds of Change Update, 1988

Box 3 of 9

Museum Lab Proposal

Box 3 of 9

Monthly Status Reports, 1988 - Personnel

Box 3 of 9

North Foyer/Buckler

Box 3 of 9

"Generations" Exhibit Components, 1988

Box 3 of 9

Michael Eckersley's Computer Proposal

Box 3 of 9

Insect Zoo Design Concept

Box 3 of 9

Exhibits Committee Meetings

Box 3 of 9

Ward Foundation

Box 3 of 9

In-Office Funding Requests

Box 3 of 9

What is Physical Anthropology?

Box 3 of 9

Melinda Frye

Box 3 of 9

Tiffany Show - New York

Box 3 of 9

Ellie Kish

Box 3 of 9

Eric Siert

Box 3 of 9

Museum Signage Plan

Box 3 of 9

American Chemical Society - Exhibit Plans

Box 3 of 9

1988 Special Exhibition Fund Proposals/Response

Box 3 of 9

FY 1989 Budget Request

Box 3 of 9

Ann Rossilli George Washington University Workshop

Box 3 of 9

Space Needs - Anthropology Exhibit

Box 3 of 9

Paleo Prep Lab - More Funding

Box 3 of 9

Optech

Box 3 of 9

Panel Discussion - Collections/Registrar

Box 3 of 9

Rotunda Refurbishment

Box 3 of 9

Jim Tyler - Program Priorities

Box 3 of 9

Public Program Ideas - Lothar

Box 3 of 9

Discovery Room - Jamaica

Box 3 of 9

Institute of Jamaica

Box 3 of 9

Jamaica Trip

Box 3 of 9

Naturalists' Center

Box 3 of 9

Seeds of Change and Larson Exhibit

Box 3 of 9

Food Services

Box 3 of 9

Box 4

Overall Information

Box 4 of 9

Food Service Evaluations - Dining Comments

Box 4 of 9

Human Origins and Indian Hall Position Descriptions

Box 4 of 9

Man Makes Culture

Box 4 of 9

Human Origins Position Descriptions and Budget

Box 4 of 9

Adams - New American Indian and Human Origins Halls

Box 4 of 9

Adams - Hall Reports

Box 4 of 9

Human Evolution Hall

Box 4 of 9

Human Origins (2 folders)

Box 4 of 9

John Gurche - VHS Tapes

Box 4 of 9

FY 1988 Visitor Statistics

Box 4 of 9

Gems and Minerals "Update"

Box 4 of 9

1987 Visitor Statistics

Box 4 of 9

Northwest Coast/Alaska Trip, 1988

Box 4 of 9

Bulgarian Gold

Box 4 of 9

Bulgarian Exhibit

Box 4 of 9

Council of Exhibit Directors

Box 4 of 9

Design Criteria

Box 4 of 9

1993 Interior Appropriations Bill

Box 4 of 9

NMNH Public Programs Plan, 1991-1996

Box 4 of 9

Museum Support Center (MSC) Move

Box 4 of 9

Museum of Natural History Exhibits

Box 4 of 9

Seeds of Change Script Outline

Box 4 of 9

USSR Exhibit Meeting

Box 4 of 9

Crossroads of Continents

Box 4 of 9

Soviet Show Protocol

Box 4 of 9

Box 5

Russian Show Proposals

Box 5 of 9

NMNH Exhibits

Box 5 of 9

Crossroads Soviet Show

Box 5 of 9

Crossroads/Seeds/Dinamation

Box 5 of 9

Design and Production Meetings

Box 5 of 9

Design Assignments

Box 5 of 9

Marine Hall

Box 5 of 9

Baltimore Aquarium/Coral Reef

Box 5 of 9

Ron Iverson - Treasures of the Forbidden City

Box 5 of 9

Indian Display Problems

Box 5 of 9

Geology, Gems and Minerals Cost Estimate

Box 5 of 9

People Magazine

Box 5 of 9

Exhibit Design and Production Firms

Box 5 of 9

Idea Statements, 1992

Box 5 of 9

Dinosaurs

Box 5 of 9

Margaret Mee/Botany

Box 5 of 9

Brazil Temporary Exhibit

Box 5 of 9

Design Firms

Box 5 of 9

Evans Gallery Exhibitions, 1981-1993

Box 5 of 9

Temporary Exhibits

Box 5 of 9

Temporary Exhibit Policy/Schedule

Box 5 of 9

1991 Temporary Exhibits Committee

Box 5 of 9

Evans Gallery - Potential Shows

Box 5 of 9

Dinamation - Big Tyrannosaurus Rex for Rotunda

Box 5 of 9

G. Harvey Exhibition

Box 5 of 9

"O Darkly Bright" - Photos of Labrador

Box 5 of 9

Thailand Exhibit

Box 5 of 9

Temporary Exhibits, 1990-1991

Box 5 of 9

Treasures from the Forbidden City - China

Box 5 of 9

French Museum - Early Man/Ice Age Art

Box 5 of 9

Dinamation Extension

Box 5 of 9

Mongolian State Museum - Visitors

Box 5 of 9

Seeds - Final Outline

Box 5 of 9

Bering Sea - Part of Seeds

Box 5 of 9

Education - Evaluation Workshop

Box 5 of 9

Open Term Contract (OTC) - Contract Scoring Sheets

Box 5 of 9

OTC Contract Phone Calls

Box 5 of 9

OTC - Increase Fee Limit

Box 5 of 9

OTC "Best and Final"

Box 5 of 9

Geology, Gems, and Minerals Design Concept

Box 5 of 9

Budget and Administration

Box 5 of 9

Signage Contract

Box 5 of 9

Rotunda Restoration

Box 5 of 9

Ken Getz - Rotunda Design

Box 5 of 9

Sully/Activity Centers

Box 5 of 9

Rotunda Restoration

Box 5 of 9

Museum of Belize

Box 5 of 9

Ohio Center for Science and Industry

Box 5 of 9

Smithsonian Reorganization

Box 5 of 9

Idea Statements, 1992 (2 folders)

Box 5 of 9

Museum of Discovery - Arizona

Box 5 of 9

National Forum on Ocean Conservation, 1991

Box 5 of 9

Box 6

Open Term Contract

Box 6 of 9

Sully's Five-Year Strategic Plan

Box 6 of 9

"NAME" (National Association for Museum Exhibition) Issue

Box 6 of 9

Living Marine Ecosystems

Box 6 of 9

Preservation of Historical Properties

Box 6 of 9

Geology, Gems and Mineral Hall - Architect's Contract

Box 6 of 9

Gang of 7 - Notes

Box 6 of 9

Metrication

Box 6 of 9

1991-1992 Idea Statements

Box 6 of 9

Insect Zoo

Box 6 of 9

Smithsonian Press - "Timeline"

Box 6 of 9

Marine Hall - Video Script/Study

Box 6 of 9

Marine Hall - Latest Schedule

Box 6 of 9

Exhibits Policy and Budget

Box 6 of 9

Metric Memos

Box 6 of 9

Smithsonian Council Meeting, 1991

Box 6 of 9

Bob Rogers Spirit Lodge

Box 6 of 9

Museum Long-Range Policies, Devolution, etc.

Box 6 of 9

Dirty Dozen - Project Assignments

Box 6 of 9

Major Exhibit Department Projects, FY 1991

Box 6 of 9

Sullivan - 1991 Exhibits

Box 6 of 9

Dave Christie's Maintenance History, 1984-1990

Box 6 of 9

Permanent Exhibit Maintenance

Box 6 of 9

North Lobby "Splendors"

Box 6 of 9

Marine Hall Supervision Memos

Box 6 of 9

Marine Hall Design Concept

Box 6 of 9

Fossils Fuel Sea Journey

Box 6 of 9

Management Retreat

Box 6 of 9

Public Programming Ideas for Sullivan

Box 6 of 9

Schedule - Permanent Program "Chart"

Box 6 of 9

Exhibits Five-Year Plan, 1992

Box 6 of 9

NAME Membership and Subcommittee

Box 6 of 9

Miscellaneous Planning, Administrative, Personnel

Box 6 of 9

Travel

Box 6 of 9

Kenya Trip

Box 6 of 9

Memos (Sully)

Box 6 of 9

Marine Hall Memo to Frank Talbot

Box 6 of 9

Museum Shops

Box 6 of 9

"Matrix" Organization

Box 6 of 9

Organization Chart

Box 6 of 9

Revised Hiring Priorities

Box 6 of 9

Personnel Status Reports

Box 6 of 9

Staff Organization Chart

Box 6 of 9

Final Personnel Requests

Box 6 of 9

New Staff Hours, Policy

Box 6 of 9

Staff Working Policy

Box 6 of 9

By-Word Revenue Sheet

Box 6 of 9

Acoustiguide Figures

Box 6 of 9

Acoustiguide Video Proposal

Box 6 of 9

Acoustiguide

Box 6 of 9

OM 789 Audit

Box 6 of 9

Museum Shops Report

Box 6 of 9

Hoptman Space Plans

Box 6 of 9

Five-Year Funding Priorities

Box 6 of 9

Walter Adey - Marine Mangrove Exhibit

Box 6 of 9

New Reorganization Plans

Box 6 of 9

Box 7

Dinosaur Fundraising Brochure

Box 7 of 9

Air and Space Publicity

Box 7 of 9

Hydrolab

Box 7 of 9

Automatic Teller Machine

Box 7 of 9

1986 Visitor Statistics

Box 7 of 9

FY 1986 Projects

Box 7 of 9

New Guidebook - Dinosaur Hall

Box 7 of 9

FY 1985 Budget

Box 7 of 9

Deb Bennett Cartoon/Proposal

Box 7 of 9

AT&T Touch Screen

Box 7 of 9

Bateman

Box 7 of 9

Marine Hall Concept Committee

Box 7 of 9

New Zale Diamond

Box 7 of 9

Miscellaneous

Box 7 of 9

Uncle Beasly

Box 7 of 9

Ken Getz - "CATS"

Box 7 of 9

Carolyn Rose - Conservation

Box 7 of 9

The Get Back to Sully File

Box 7 of 9

Quarterly Calendar

Box 7 of 9

Sully - Weekly Meeting

Box 7 of 9

Museum Operations, 1990

Box 7 of 9

IBM Office Systems Study

Box 7 of 9

New Smithsonian Press Photo Book

Box 7 of 9

To Do File

Box 7 of 9

Beliefs Statement

Box 7 of 9

Museum Mission Statement Draft

Box 7 of 9

Task Force on Public Programs

Box 7 of 9

North Foyer and 1990 Management Evaluation and Technical Review (METR)

Box 7 of 9

Sully Organization Chart, 1991

Box 7 of 9

Exhibits Organization Chart, 1988

Box 7 of 9

Retreat, 1992

Box 7 of 9

Personnel

Box 7 of 9

Administrative Highlights Calendar, 1991

Box 7 of 9

NMNH Fact Sheet

Box 7 of 9

FY 1991 Congressional Appropriations

Box 7 of 9

FY 1991 Budget Submission

Box 7 of 9

FY 1992 Budget Call

Box 7 of 9

Budget and Personnel

Box 7 of 9

1991 Budget

Box 7 of 9

Personnel

Box 7 of 9

SITES Step-Up 90 Panel

Box 7 of 9

Personnel Actions and Problem Employee - Guidelines

Box 7 of 9

FY 1989-1993 Budget

Box 7 of 9

2% Base Reduction, FY 1990-1994

Box 7 of 9

Budget Planning Documents

Box 7 of 9

Office of Plant Services Work Hours, FY 1991

Box 7 of 9

Exhibit Hiring Priorities, FY 1991

Box 7 of 9

Gems and Minerals Exhibit

Box 7 of 9

Dinamation/Education Package

Box 7 of 9

O'Reilly Exhibits/Contract

Box 7 of 9

General Information/Smithsonian

Box 7 of 9

Attendance Income

Box 7 of 9

Indian Hall - Revised Scope of Work Statement

Box 7 of 9

Gem Hall - Management Structure

Box 7 of 9

Mrs. Tieken

Box 7 of 9

Box 8

Lovejoy - Brazil

Box 8 of 9

Fundraising Material

Box 8 of 9

Photos - Science Museum, Virginia

Box 8 of 9

Van Cleef Show

Box 8 of 9

Canada Trip Report

Box 8 of 9

Master Plan for HVAC Renovations

Box 8 of 9

Miscellaneous

Box 8 of 9

Gem Hall

Box 8 of 9

Hope Diamond - New Display

Box 8 of 9

Hope Diamond - Yampol

Box 8 of 9

Hope Diamond - Scope of Work

Box 8 of 9

Geology, Gems and Minerals

Box 8 of 9

Marine Hall Script

Box 8 of 9

Display Ideas for Coral Reef

Box 8 of 9

Challenger Center - Review Panel

Box 8 of 9

Challenger Center

Box 8 of 9

Minerals and Gems Plans/Drawings (on top)

Box 8 of 9

Hall 10 Ideas

Box 8 of 9

Human Origins Exhibit

Box 8 of 9

Gurche - Mural Proposal

Box 8 of 9

Various Exhibits

Box 8 of 9

"Seeds" and Maize Script

Box 8 of 9

Graphic Identity

Box 8 of 9

"Spirit Lodge"

Box 8 of 9

Indian Hall - Congressional Response

Box 8 of 9

Applebaum Contract - Indian Halls

Box 8 of 9

Sue Rowley Contract

Box 8 of 9

Indian Hall Improvements

Box 8 of 9

Indian Hall Project Management

Box 8 of 9

Indian Hall Project Director

Box 8 of 9

Talbot/Charette - Hall 10

Box 8 of 9

Indian Hall "Charette"

Box 8 of 9

30-Year Plan/Congress

Box 8 of 9

Development

Box 8 of 9

Experimental Gallery

Box 8 of 9

Management Retreat, 1990

Box 8 of 9

Box 9

Experimental Gallery

Box 9 of 9

Human Origins and Human Food Production

Box 9 of 9

Peru Trip

Box 9 of 9

Geology, Gems and Mineral - Design Work

Box 9 of 9

Gems and Minerals - Visit Report

Box 9 of 9

Kew Gardens/Curtis Botanical Magazine

Box 9 of 9

Exhibits Committee Membership

Box 9 of 9

Exhibits Committee

Box 9 of 9

Exhibits Committee Meeting, September 28, 1992

Box 9 of 9

Exhibits Committee Meeting, May 26, 1988

Box 9 of 9

Exhibits Committee Meeting, June 26, 1988

Box 9 of 9

Temporary Show - Voting by Exhibits Committee

Box 9 of 9

Exhibits Committee Meeting, January 30, 1989

Box 9 of 9

Evans Gallery

Box 9 of 9

General Schedule/Sequence of Rolls

Box 9 of 9

Fossil Wood - "Votes" for Exhibits Committee

Box 9 of 9

First Egyptians

Box 9 of 9

Colombian Gold

Box 9 of 9

Exhibits Committee

Box 9 of 9

Traveling Exhibit - Dinosaurs

Box 9 of 9

Andrew Jackson Greyson Rotunda Show

Box 9 of 9

Evans Gallery, 1988

Box 9 of 9

Long-Range Computer Needs

Box 9 of 9

Office Systems Study (Computer Survey)

Box 9 of 9

Gems and Mineral Hall Concept Study

Box 9 of 9

Geology, Gems and Minerals

Box 9 of 9

Indian Halls (3 folders)

Box 9 of 9

Human Origins and Other Exhibit Schedules

Box 9 of 9