Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Smithsonian Institution. Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Arts and Humanities
Records, circa 1990-1995
Claudine K. Brown came to the Smithsonian in January 1990 as Project Director of the African-American Institutional Study. In the one-year appointment, she led a 22-member advisory board in the investigation of issues relating to the establishment of an African American presence on the Mall, and reported to the Office of the Assistant Director for Museums. Later she was named Director of the National African American Museum Project, a project which evolved from the advisory board's investigation.
After Elaine Heumann Gurian left the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Museums in August 1990, Brown was named her acting successor. Between July and September 1991, she was formally appointed to her position, which was renamed Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Arts and Humanities, in FY 1992. In April 1995, Brown resigned from her positions as Director of the National African American Museum Project, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Arts and Humanities, and left the Smithsonian.
The bulk of these records document the administration and activities of Brown's office from 1991 to 1995. Subject files were created for administrative manners; Smithsonian staff, bureaus and offices with which Brown was in contact; and for outside organizations, issues, and events. Also included is a correspondence file which covers the years 1990 to 1995.
Of particular interest are records relating to the Duke Ellington Museum Studies Program, a collaborative project between the Smithsonian Institution, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA), which provided hands-on experiences in many aspects of the museum profession, including museum registration, conservation, exhibition and interpretation. Documents include project summaries and evaluations; information about scholarships and grants; as well as general information on the Duke Ellington School, the Illinois Math and Science Academy, and the Smithsonian's involvement with the project.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Brown, Claudine K.
- Gurian, Elaine Heumann, 1937-
- Smithsonian Institution. African American Institutional Study
- Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Arts and Humanities. National African American Museum Project
- Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (Aurora, Ill.)
- Duke Ellington School of the Arts
- Museums -- Educational aspects
- Museums -- Public relations
- Museums -- Administration
- African American museums
- African Americans -- Museums -- Washington (D.C.) -- Planning
- Advisory boards
- Museum exhibits
- Museum conservation methods
- Museums -- Collection management
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-171, Smithsonian Institution, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Arts and Humanities, Records