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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 04-079

National Museum of American History. Department of Collections Management Services

Exhibition Records, 1971-1998

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of American History. Department of Collections Management Services
Title: Exhibition Records
Dates: 1971-1998
Quantity: 11 cu. ft. (11 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 04-079
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of records that document the planning, maintenance, and deinstallation of "1876: A Centennial Exhibition" at the Arts and Industries Building. Materials include the correspondence and memoranda of Robert M. Vogel, Head Curator of the exhibition; William F. Miner, Project Manager, c. 1974-1978; Jon D. Freshour, Collections Manager, c. 1975-1979; Francis D. Roche, Collections Manager, c. 1979-1984; Melodie S. Kosmacki, Collections Manager, c. 1984-1991; and Margaret Grandine, Collections Manager, c. 1995- . Records also consist of exhibition planning and object information; photographs, contact sheets, slides, and negatives of objects, exhibition, and deinstallation process; visitor comments; contracts; exhibition maintenance information; deinstallation plans; budget summaries; information pertaining to conservation of objects, environmental management, and label installation project; brochures; and news releases.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of records that document the planning, maintenance, and deinstallation of 1876: A Centennial Exhibition at the Arts and Industries Building. Materials include the correspondence and memoranda of Robert M. Vogel, Head Curator of the exhibition; William F. Miner, Project Manager, c. 1974-1978; Jon D. Freshour, Collections Manager, c. 1975-1979; Francis D. Roche, Collections Manager, c. 1979-1984; Melodie S. Kosmacki, Collections Manager, c. 1984-1991; and Margaret Grandine, Collections Manager, c. 1995- . Records also consist of exhibition planning and object information; photographs, contact sheets, slides, and negatives of objects, exhibition, and deinstallation process; visitor comments; contracts; exhibition maintenance information; deinstallation plans; budget summaries; information pertaining to conservation of objects, environmental management, and label installation project; brochures; and news releases.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 04-079, National Museum of American History. Department of Collections Management Services, Exhibition Records

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Container List

Box 1

Allen County Museum, 1975-1976

Box 1 of 11

Bevin Brothers Exhibition Case, 1974

Box 1 of 11

Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 1976

Box 1 of 11

Detroit Historical Society, 1976

Box 1 of 11

Fieldcrest, 1975

Box 1 of 11

Flynn and Emrich Company, 1974

Box 1 of 11

Fraley, Frederick, 1976

Box 1 of 11

Garbow, Geraldine H., 1976

Box 1 of 11

Glissman, Edna, 1976

Box 1 of 11

Grand Rapids Public Museum, 1976

Box 1 of 11

Henry Ford Museum, 1975

Box 1 of 11

Hinderer, Carl F., 1976

Box 1 of 11

Holman Bible Case, 1975

Box 1 of 11

Kingman Museum of Natural History, 1976

Box 1 of 11

Knowlton, Frank, 1975

Box 1 of 11

Michigan State University, 1976

Box 1 of 11

Martin, C.F., 1976

Box 1 of 11

National Collection of Fine Arts, 1975

Box 1 of 11

Norfolk Museums Service, 1976

Box 1 of 11

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1975

Box 1 of 11

Ross, Ben, 1975

Box 1 of 11

Seibert, James, 1976

Box 1 of 11

Vail, Edgar, 1976

Box 1 of 11

Division of Community Life: Accessions, 1978

Box 1 of 11

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Historical Collections, 1977

Box 1 of 11

Colgate-Palmolive Company, 1978-1979

Box 1 of 11

Arts & Industries Building: Rotunda Lighting, 1975-1980

Box 1 of 11

Statue of Liberty, 1974

Box 1 of 11

Christmas Program, 1976

Box 1 of 11

Restoration Projects, 1973-1976

Box 1 of 11

Temporary Removal of Objects, 1981

Box 1 of 11

Shipments: New York City and Buffalo, 1977-1978

Box 1 of 11

Letters to Sources, 1974

Box 1 of 11

Possible Programs, 1976

Box 1 of 11

Object Research, 1975

Box 1 of 11

Exhibition Planning, 1971-1974

Box 1 of 11

Correspondence re: Cases and Platforms, 1975-1976

Box 1 of 11

Exhibition Horticultural Work, 1975-1976

Box 1 of 11

Smislova and Associates, 1975

Box 1 of 11

Transfers to Production Lab, 1976

Box 1 of 11

Procedures and Guidelines, 1981

Box 1 of 11

Protection and Security, 1975

Box 1 of 11

Exhibition Signs, 1979-1981

Box 1 of 11

Orchestrion Recording Project, 1976-1978

Box 1 of 11

Philadelphia Centennial Exposition [three folders]

Box 1 of 11

Fine Arts and Sculpture, 1974-1975

Box 1 of 11

Agriculture Objects, 1975

Box 1 of 11

Ames Shovel Company (includes photographs), 1976

Box 1 of 11

USS Antietam Model Restoration, 1974

Box 1 of 11

Cast Iron Store Fronts

Box 1 of 11

Butterick Case, 1975-1976

Box 1 of 11

Camel Sculptures, 1975

Box 1 of 11

Steam Boilers

Box 1 of 11

Ceramics and Glass, 1974-1976

Box 1 of 11

Clocks, 1976

Box 1 of 11

Education Docent Program, 1976

Box 1 of 11

Dried Flowers Display

Box 1 of 11

Swedish Contribution to Exhibition, 1975

Box 1 of 11

Box 2

Electrical Units, 1977

Box 2 of 11

Fire-Fighting Objects, 1975-1976

Box 2 of 11

Furniture, 1974-1975 [two folders]

Box 2 of 11

Glassware, 1974-1976

Box 2 of 11

Graphic Arts, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 11

Grindstone Column

Box 2 of 11

Hand Tools

Box 2 of 11

Holman Bible Exhibit, 1975

Box 2 of 11

American Indian Photographs

Box 2 of 11

Lighthouse Lens, 1975

Box 2 of 11

Manufacturing, 1972-1975

Box 2 of 11

Maritime Objects, 1974

Box 2 of 11

Medical Sciences, 1974-1976

Box 2 of 11

Miriam Webster

Box 2 of 11

Musical Instruments, 1975

Box 2 of 11

Division of Naval History, 1975

Box 2 of 11

Patent Office

Box 2 of 11

Paintings, 1975

Box 2 of 11

Photography, 1974-1976 [two folders]

Box 2 of 11

Potter Press, 1976

Box 2 of 11

Scientific Apparatus (photographs)

Box 2 of 11

Sewing Machines, 1974

Box 2 of 11

Silver, 1978

Box 2 of 11

Small Engines, 1977

Box 2 of 11

Smithsonian, 1975

Box 2 of 11

Snediker & Carr Pavilion, 1976

Box 2 of 11

Sporting Arms, 1975

Box 2 of 11

States Exhibits, 1975-1976

Box 2 of 11

Textiles, 1974

Box 2 of 11

Transportation, 1974-1976

Box 2 of 11

War Department, 1975

Box 2 of 11

Wooton Desk

Box 2 of 11

Women's Pavilion, 1978 [two folders]

Box 2 of 11

Cynthia Cole, 1975

Box 2 of 11

Photographs: South Hall Objects, c. 1982

Box 2 of 11

Box 3

Photographs: South Hall Objects, c. 1982 [two folders]

Box 3 of 11

Photographs: East Hall Objects, c. 1982 [three folders]

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown - Staff, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown - Lighthouse, 1990 [two folders]

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown - USS Antietam Model, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/Natural History - Indian Artifacts, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/Natural History - Fishes, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/Natural History - Minerals, 1990 [two folders]

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/Natural History - Birds, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/Natural History - Mammals, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/American History - Armed Forces Artillery Shells, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/American History - Armed Forces Uniforms, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/American History - Armed Forces Artillery, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/American History - Armed Forces Flags, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/American History - Ship Models, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/American History - Physical Science, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/American History - Engineering, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown - Mercury Removal, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown - Rodman Gun, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown - Totem Poles, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown - Patent Models, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/Patent Models - Graphic Arts, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/Patent Models - Transportation, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/Patent Models - Extractive Industries, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/Patent Models - Domestic Life, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/Patent Models - Textiles, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/Patent Models - Medical Science, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/Patent Models - Engineering, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Slides: South Hall Takedown/Patent Models - Electricity, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Photographs: South Hall Takedown - USS Antietam Model, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Photographs: South Hall Takedown, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Photographs: South Hall Takedown - Mercury Removal, 1990

Box 3 of 11

Box 4

Contact Sheets and Negatives: Exhibition Objects [eighteen folders]

Box 4 of 11

Arts & Industries Building: Long Range Exhibition Planning, 1976

Box 4 of 11

Arts & Industries Building: Accidents Involving Roof, 1979

Box 4 of 11

Arts & Industries Building: Roof Leaks, 1977-1984

Box 4 of 11

Arts & Industries Building: Roof Repair, 1977-1979 [three folders]

Box 4 of 11

Arts & Industries Building: Specimen Removal during Roof Repair, 1976-1978

Box 4 of 11

Facilities Planning and Engineering Services: Correspondence, 1975-1976

Box 4 of 11

Exhibition Planning, 1975-1977 [two folders]

Box 4 of 11

Arts & Industries Building: Air Compressor Installation, 1974-1975

Box 4 of 11

Paul N. Perrot: Correspondence, 1973-1976

Box 4 of 11

Exhibition Operating Schedule, 1976-1978

Box 4 of 11

Pittcon Industries, Inc., 1975

Box 4 of 11

National Museum of History and Technology: Space Issue, 1974-1977

Box 4 of 11

Arts & Industries Building: Inspection Reports, 1972-1975

Box 4 of 11

Completed Contracts, 1974-1975

Box 4 of 11

Davis Organ: Move Contract, 1989

Box 4 of 11

Working Contracts, 1975-1976 [two folders]

Box 4 of 11

Office of Horticulture, 1979-1980

Box 4 of 11

National Museum of History and Technology: Division Returns, 1977

Box 4 of 11

Specimen Returns to Owners, 1978

Box 4 of 11

Jon D. Freshour, Collections Manager: Correspondence, 1975-1979 [two folders]

Box 4 of 11

Box 5

Francis D. Roche, Collections Manager: Correspondence, 1979-1981

Box 5 of 11

Installation Planning, 1974-1977 [four folders]

Box 5 of 11

Armed Freedom Move, 1979

Box 5 of 11

Correspondence (general), 1989-1991

Box 5 of 11

Silver Hill Space, 1990

Box 5 of 11

Conservation (general), 1990-1993

Box 5 of 11

Conservation: Cleaning Program, 1992-1993

Box 5 of 11

Exhibition Maintenance, 1984-1991

Box 5 of 11

Environmental Management, 1990-1996

Box 5 of 11

Project Archives, 1991

Box 5 of 11

Visitor Comments, 1990-1992 [two folders]

Box 5 of 11

Visitor Comments, 1993 [two folders]

Box 5 of 11

Visitor Comments, 1994-1995 [two folders]

Box 5 of 11

Visitor Comments, 1996-1997

Box 5 of 11

Exhibition Brochure, 1991

Box 5 of 11

Exhibition Checklist, 1997

Box 5 of 11

Exhibition Walk-through Instructions

Box 5 of 11

Incoming Correspondence re: Exhibition, 1990-1993

Box 5 of 11

Condition Reports, 1990-1991

Box 5 of 11

Exhibit Hall Map

Box 5 of 11

Insurance Registers, 1993-1997

Box 5 of 11

Damage Reports, 1997

Box 5 of 11

Prop List, 1994

Box 5 of 11

Box 6

Loan Listings, 1991-1992 [two folders]

Box 6 of 11

Loan Return Project, 1994-1996 [two folders]

Box 6 of 11

Loan Resolution Summary, 1995-1996

Box 6 of 11

Loan Correspondence, 1981, 1991

Box 6 of 11

Exhibition Interpretation Group, 1993

Box 6 of 11

Arts & Industries Building: Painting Project, 1992

Box 6 of 11

Special Exhibition Fund, 1992-1993

Box 6 of 11

Completed Projects, 1992-1993

Box 6 of 11

Exhibition Security, 1990-1997

Box 6 of 11

1876 Collections Emergency Plan, 1986-1992

Box 6 of 11

Exhibition Research, c. 1991-1995

Box 6 of 11

Handouts

Box 6 of 11

Arts & Industries Building: Repair and Restoration, 1991-1992

Box 6 of 11

Arts & Industries Building: National Museum of American History (NMAH) Space Requirements, 1991-1994

Box 6 of 11

Arts & Industries Building: North Hall Dismantling Project, 1995-1996

Box 6 of 11

Label Installation Project, 1996 [three folders]

Box 6 of 11

Box 7

Exhibition Painting Project, 1996-1997

Box 7 of 11

Distribution Transactions, 1996

Box 7 of 11

Plan for Dismantling Exhibition, 1996-1997 [four folders]

Box 7 of 11

Exhibition Restructuring Project: Budget, 1996-1997

Box 7 of 11

Slides: Siam Objects/Natural History, 1995

Box 7 of 11

Slides: Turkey and Japan Objects/Natural History, 1995

Box 7 of 11

Slides: China Objects/Natural History, 1995

Box 7 of 11

Slides: Arkansas Objects and Canoe Models/Natural History, 1995

Box 7 of 11

Slides: Collins Axes, 1994

Box 7 of 11

Slides: Ward's Natural Science and Barry Objects, 1994

Box 7 of 11

Slides: Shenandoah National Park Objects, 1994

Box 7 of 11

Slides: West Virginia, Iowa, and Tobacco Bell Objects, 1994

Box 7 of 11

Slides: McDonald Sculpture and Michigan Tech Objects, 1994-1995

Box 7 of 11

Slides: Gibson Flatware, Lubus, and Old Colony Historical Society Objects, 1994

Box 7 of 11

Slides: Fletcher Library, Anne Arundel, and Mississippi Museum Objects, 1994

Box 7 of 11

Slides: Michigan Historical Museum, McKinna Vase, Sugar Bell, and Pennsylvania History and Museum Commission, 1994

Box 7 of 11

Slides: Clinton Brushes, Oglebay Mansion, and Centennial Wagon, 1991-1994

Box 7 of 11

Slides: Objects Returned to Museums, 1994

Box 7 of 11

Slides: Objects Returned to Scott & Hoffman, 1994

Box 7 of 11

Slides: Damage to Codman & Shurtleff Case, Wood Mortising Machine, and Furniture Platforms, 1991

Box 7 of 11

Slides: Exhibition Signs Destroyed at Suitland Hill

Box 7 of 11

Slides: Exhibition Objects (general), 1995 [two folders]

Box 7 of 11

Slides: 1876 Centennial Exhibition, Summer 1991

Box 7 of 11

Photographs: 1876 Centennial Exhibition, January 1992

Box 7 of 11

Photographs: Exhibition Objects, 1992-1995

Box 7 of 11

Contact Sheets and Negatives: Exhibition Objects

Box 7 of 11

Registrarial Procedures for Exhibition, 1975-1980

Box 7 of 11

Damage Reports, 1980-1990

Box 7 of 11

Conservation Review, 1983

Box 7 of 11

Office and Storage Relocation, 1988-1989

Box 7 of 11

Melodie S. Kosmacki: Collections Manager Projects, 1981-1987

Box 7 of 11

Doulton/Union Porcelain, 1982-1983

Box 7 of 11

Long-range Planning for Exhibition, 1981-1982

Box 7 of 11

Arts & Industries Building: Asbestos Removal Project, 1983-1984

Box 7 of 11

MicroLCIS Location Abbreviations, 1990

Box 7 of 11

Public Inquiries re: Exhibition/Objects, 1980-1989

Box 7 of 11

Orchestrion, 1982-1987

Box 7 of 11

Box 8

Cooper-Hewitt Museum: Patent Models, 1983

Box 8 of 11

University of Minnesota, 1987

Box 8 of 11

Centennial Post, 1978-1982

Box 8 of 11

Budget, 1982-1983

Box 8 of 11

Gift of the State of Indiana, 1988

Box 8 of 11

Exhibition Inventory, 1981-1983

Box 8 of 11

States Exhibit Objects

Box 8 of 11

Security Storage Company, 1978

Box 8 of 11

Collectibles Insurance, 1983-1984

Box 8 of 11

Flags and Banners, 1974

Box 8 of 11

Office Space Renovation Project, 1981

Box 8 of 11

Smithsonian World: Filming of Exhibit, 1985-1988

Box 8 of 11

News Releases re: Exhibition, 1976

Box 8 of 11

Interpretive Program, 1988

Box 8 of 11

Security Issues, 1977-1984 [two folders]

Box 8 of 11

Photographs: Exhibition Floor, 1982

Box 8 of 11

Exhibition Takedown Plan, 1994

Box 8 of 11

East Hall Exhibition Takedown, 1989-1997

Box 8 of 11

Bethlehem Affiliation Project, 1998

Box 8 of 11

Great Victorian Exhibition Proposal, 1990

Box 8 of 11

Correspondence, 1990

Box 8 of 11

Exhibition Space Meeting, 1981

Box 8 of 11

Exhibition Takedown: Budget Issues, 1988-1993

Box 8 of 11

Virginia Lee Pledger: Condition Report, 1990

Box 8 of 11

Exhibition Cases, 1973-1974

Box 8 of 11

Mineral Specimens, 1975

Box 8 of 11

Specimen Master List, 1985 [five folders]

Box 8 of 11

Box 9

Object Index Cards: East Hall

Box 9 of 11

Object Index Cards: West Hall

Box 9 of 11

Object Index Cards: South Hall Returns, 1990 [eight folders]

Box 9 of 11

Object Index Cards: Returns (general), 1994-1997 [three folders]

Box 9 of 11

Box 10

Object Index Cards: Returns (general), 1994-1997 [four folders]

Box 10 of 11

Object Index Cards: Returns (general), c. 1976-1990 [seven folders]

Box 10 of 11

Box 11

Object Index Cards: Returns (general), c. 1976-1990

Box 11 of 11

Object Index Cards: Props/Problems, c. 1989-1990

Box 11 of 11

Object Index Cards: Unnumbered and Rejects [five folders]

Box 11 of 11