Construction Records, 1983-1993

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Records document the construction of the visitor information center located inside the Smithsonian Institution Building when it was renovated. The visitor center underwent a radical redesign that incorporated interactive components including touch screen maps, laserdisc presentations, new theater programs, electronic maps of the mall and surrounding sites, and a shop. Video and laserdisc programs were produced by the Office of Telecommunications. Records relating to the renovation include references to the redesign and or repair of interior spaces, exterior features, and landscaping. The records were created and maintained by Mary Grace Potter, Director, 1971-2002. Materials include clippings, proposals, financial records, floor plans, architectural drawings, laserdiscs, videotapes, scripts, translations, signage designs, and awards.


  • Potter, Mary Grace
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Telecommunications
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


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Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1983
  • 1983-1993

Restrictions & Rights

Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details


  • Museum attendance
  • Visitors' centers
  • Public relations
  • Architecture
  • Education
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Museums
  • Museums--Educational aspects
  • Museums--Public relations
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction


  • Brochures
  • Clippings
  • Manuscripts
  • Newspapers
  • Drawings
  • Ephemera
  • Floor plans
  • Audiotapes
  • Videodiscs
  • Videotapes

Local number

SIA RS01085

Physical description

2.58 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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