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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 02-169

Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center

Construction Records, 1983-1993

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution. Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center
Title: Construction Records
Dates: 1983-1993
Quantity: 2.58 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes) (0.58 non-standard size boxes)
Collection: Accession 02-169
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of records that 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 and included the video "Guide to the Smithsonian." Records relating to the renovation include references to the redesign and 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. Some materials are in electronic format.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of records that 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 (OTC) and included the video "Guide to the Smithsonian." 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. Some materials are in electronic format.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-169, Smithsonian Institution, Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, Construction Records

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Container List

Box 1

Proposal, Planning, Closing of the Smithsonian Institution Building (SIB) "The Castle," 1983-1989

Box 1 of 3

Fund Raising 1985-1993, Office of Membership & Development:

Contributing Membership: Castle Fund, 1986-1988

Box 1 of 3

Cafritz Grant, 1987-1993

Box 1 of 3

Kresge Grant, 1986-1990

Box 1 of 3

Pew Grant, 1985-1990

Box 1 of 3

SI Women's Committee Grants, 1986-1989

Box 1 of 3

Miscellaneous Solicitations, 1985-1991

Box 1 of 3

Donor Plagues

Box 1 of 3

Patrons' Register

Box 1 of 3

Exhibitions / Information Components, SI Office of Exhibits Central:

Interior Signs

Box 1 of 3

Backlit Panels

Box 1 of 3

Models Monumental Core

Box 1 of 3

Research KIOSK

Box 1 of 3

Interactive Components (See also box 3 for laserdiscs and videotapes):

Office of Telecommunications (OTC) - RFP and Winning Proposal for "touch screen" interactives

Box 1 of 3

OTC - Contract with Lunaria 1988: Components (IVD & SLU Programs)

Box 1 of 3

OTC - Component Flow Chart: 3 1/2 minute video segments and Museum highlights

Box 1 of 3

OTC - Translations (for open captioning)

Box 1 of 3

Theater Program 1988/1989: Budget/Timeline

Box 1 of 3

Theater Program 1988/1989: Script

Box 1 of 3

Awards

Box 1 of 3

Electronic Maps

Box 1 of 3

Box 2

SI Office of Design and Construction, 1985-1991:

Commission Reviews

Box 2 of 3

Construction Schedule: Includes SIB window replacement - A separate project

Box 2 of 3

Funds Management

Box 2 of 3

Contractors: Richter, Cornbrook & Gribble

Box 2 of 3

Contractors: Site Plans

Box 2 of 3

Contractors: Information Desk Design

Box 2 of 3

Contractors: Quenroe Design Furniture

Box 2 of 3

Associates Lounge

Box 2 of 3

South Tower Room/Haupt Garden Access

Box 2 of 3

Theater Design/Installation: RFP and D&P Contract

Box 2 of 3

SIC Financial Reports continued

Box 2 of 3

SI Office of Horticulture: Landscaping exterior

Box 2 of 3

Museum Shop Sales Unit

Box 2 of 3

Tactile Capital

Box 2 of 3

Information Center Opening November 1989: Press Clips

Box 2 of 3

Smithsonian Information Center Update 1993

Box 2 of 3

Box 3

Interactive Components:

SI Office of Telecommunications: Laserdiscs (include electronic records)

Box 3 of 3

Theater Program 1988/1989: VHS Videos

Box 3 of 3