Subject Files, 2000-2008

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This accession consists of approximately 9,000 email messages of Sheila P. Burke, Under Secretary for American Museums and National Programs, 2000-2004, and Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, 2004-2007. The earlier records document the overall administration of museums and programs devoted to American history, America's social and cultural heritage, and national outreach at the Smithsonian Institution and the later records document the overall administration of operations across the Smithsonian Institution. Topics documented in this accession include personnel, budget, business ventures, the Board of Regents, major contracts, special events, relations with the United States Congress, distinguished visitors, facilities, external affairs, internal communications, development, museum objects, membership programs, and Smithsonian Institution-wide governance and policy. This accession includes only those messages residing in Burke's "Inbox," including email received and sent email that she forwarded to herself or on which she copied herself. This accession does not include email filed into other folders. Burke's email account was not immediately closed upon her departure. All materials are in electronic format.


  • Burke, Sheila P
  • Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents
  • United States Congress
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of the Under Secretary for American Museums and National Programs


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Repository Loc.

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  • 2000
  • 2000-2008

Restrictions & Rights

Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2024. Records may contain personally identifiable information (PII) that is permanently restricted; Transferring office; 3/27/2007 memorandum, Peters to Winget; Contact reference staff for details


  • Email
  • Museums
  • History
  • Museum buildings
  • Museum finance
  • Public relations
  • Communication in personnel management
  • Personnel management
  • Membership
  • Society
  • Fund raising
  • Contracts
  • Special events
  • Museum directors
  • Museum visitors
  • Museums--Administration
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Museums--Membership
  • Museums--Public relations
  • Electronic mail messages
  • Social life and customs


United States


  • Electronic mail
  • Collection descriptions
  • Electronic records

Local number

SIA Acc. 10-036

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