Agency history, 1995-

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  • Molella, Arthur P. 1944-
  • Daemmrich, Arthur A
  • Lemelson, Jerome H. 1923-1997
  • Lemelson, Dorothy


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.
  • Lemelson Center,, accessed November 10, 2005
  • Lemelson Center, Who We Are,, accessed January 6, 2022
  • Lemelson Center, Arthur Molella,, accessed January 6, 2022
  • Lemelson Center, Arthur Daemmrich,, accessed January 6, 2022
  • The Lemelson Center, also known as the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, was established as part of the National Museum of American History in 1995. It was founded by engineer, inventor, and philanthropist, Jerome Lemelson and his wife, Dorothy. The Lemelson Center leds the study of invention and innovation at the Smithsonian Institution, empowering the public to solve problems, navigate challenges, and effect real change in their lives and communities. Lemelson Center activities draw on the Smithsonian's vast collections of artifacts and archival materials, advance scholarship on the history of invention, share stories about inventors and their work, and nurture creativity in young people. Arthur P. Molella served as its founding Director, 1995-2015, and Arthur Daemmrich began his tenure as Director in August 2015.
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  • 1995
  • 1995-


  • Technology
  • Inventions
  • Study and teaching
  • Technological innovations
  • History
  • Technology--History
  • Technology--Study and teaching


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00328

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