Agency history, 1965-

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  • Lytle, Richard H
  • Suszynski, Nicholas J. Jr
  • Kovy, Stanley A
  • Marcalus, Vincent J
  • Denny, Arthur Lee
  • Conklin, James B. Jr
  • Van Dyke, George
  • Shaw, Dennis R
  • Speyer, Ann T
  • Burba, Deron
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Information Resource Management
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Computer Services
  • Smithsonian Institution Information Systems Division
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of the Chief Technology Officer
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Information Technology
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of the Registrar


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.
  • Homepage, Office of Information Technology, 01/23/2002
  • Smithsonian Annals, 1968-1997
  • Smithsonian Directory, 1999
  • Smithsonian Annal, 1968, p. 55
  • History of Smtihsonian Computing Project, Smithsonian Institution Archives,, accessed January 19, 2022
  • Ann T. Speyer Named Chief Information Officer, Chronology of Smithsonian History, Smithsonian Institution Archives,, accessed January 19, 2022
  • The Automatic Data Processing Program began at the Smithsonian Institution in 1965 and was known as such until 1965, when the Information Systems Division was established in 1968 with the opening of the Smithsonian Information Systems Division Computer Center in the Arts & Industries Building. In 1975 the Division was renamed the Office of Computer Services. In 1982, the Office of Information Resource Management was created, which incorporated the Office of Computer Services and the Office of the Registrar. The Office again changed its name to the Office of Information Technology in 1994 and in 2000 the office changed its name to the Office of the Chief Information Officer. The Office supports the Smithsonian through information systems engineering; managing museum information networks; providing information technology and network security; and delivering information technology services.
  • The Director, Automatic Data Processing Program and then the Information Systems Division was Nicholas J. Suszynski, Jr., 1968-1970. Stanley A. Kovy was the next Director, 1970-1975, and Director, Office of Computer Services, 1975-1982. Richard H. Lytle became the Director, Office of Information Resource Management in 1982 and held that position until 1988. From 1988 to 1995, Vincent J. Marcalus was Director, Office of Information Resource Management. Arthur Lee Denny became the Senior Information Officer in 1995 and served until 1997 when James B. Conklin, Jr., replaced Denny as Acting Senior Information Officer. In 1999 George Van Dyke was appointed Chief of Information Technology. In 2000 Dennis R. Shaw became the Chief Information Officer, serving until 2006 when Ann T. Speyer became the Acting Chief Information Officer and then Chief Informtion Officer in 2007. Speyer left the Smithsonian in 2011 and was succeeded by Deron Burba, Chief Information Officer, 2011- .
  • The Office of Information Technology provides central computing and communications networking; related training and consulting services; and information technologies applications. It supports museusms, research centers, and offices in areas of information technology strategic planning and policies.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

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  • 1965
  • 1965-


  • Automatic data processing
  • Information resources management
  • Museum information networks
  • Museums
  • Management
  • Information technology
  • Security measures
  • Museums--Administration
  • Museums--Automatic data processing
  • Information technology--Management
  • Information technology--Security measures


Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00354

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