SIA Acc. 10-033, Smithsonian Institution Office of the Under Secretary for Art, Subject Files, 2001-2009

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This accession consists of approximately 2,500 email messages of Ned Rifkin, Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG), 2002-2004, and Under Secretary for Art, 2004-2008. These records document the administration of HMSG and, later, the overall administration of art museums at the Smithsonian Institution. Topics documented in this accession include donor relations, the HMSG Board of Trustees, renovation of the Patent Office Building, facilities, exhibitions, professional activities, special events, distinguished visitors, personnel, and budget. This accession includes only those messages residing in Rifkin's "Inbox," including email received and sent email that he forwarded or copied to himself. The majority of his early email was sent from Lauri James, Assistant to the Director at HMSG. This accession does not include email filed into other folders. Rifkin's email account was opened prior to his official start date and was not immediately closed upon his departure. All materials are in electronic format.


  • Rifkin, Ned
  • James, Lauri
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Board of Trustees
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Office of the Director
  • Patent Office Building (Washington, D.C.)


For a description of the record series of which these materials form a part, refer to the "Forms part of" above.



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  • 2001
  • 2001-2009

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  • Museum buildings
  • Museum finance
  • Art
  • Email
  • Art museums
  • Architecture
  • Personnel management
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Exhibitions
  • Museums
  • Fund raising
  • Special events
  • Art, Modern
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
  • Museum directors
  • Museum visitors
  • Museums--Administration
  • Electronic mail messages


  • Electronic mail
  • Collection descriptions
  • Electronic records

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SIA Acc. 10-033

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