Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
National Museum of American History. Division of Political History
Exhibition Records, 1985-2012
This accession consists of the records of William L. Bird, Curator, documenting his planning for and creation of the exhibitions Holidays on Display and The Miniature World of Faith Bradford at the National Museum of American History. Holidays on Display, which closed in 2010, examined the art, industry and history of commercial holiday display that enchanted the American public from the 1920s through the 1960s. The Miniature World of Faith Bradford, which opened in 2009, examines the life of Faith Bradford (1880-1970) and the miniature dollhouse furniture she collected and eventually donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1949. Bird authored books for both exhibitions, Holidays on Display (2007) and America's Doll House: The Miniature World of Faith Bradford (2010), which are documented in these records.
Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; exhibition proposal; scripts; floor plans and design drawings; budget summaries; contracts and agreements; loan information; press releases; visitor comments; production photographs, negatives, and slides; exhibition books; object lists; interview transcripts; and meeting agendas. Some materials are in electronic format.
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2028; Transferring office; 3/13/2006 memorandum, Johnstone to Bird; Contact reference staff for details.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Bird, William L.
- Bradford, Faith, 1880-1970
- Holidays on Display (Exhibition) (2009-2010: Washington, D.C.)
- The Miniature World of Faith Bradford (Exhibition) (2009- : Washington, D.C.)
- Holidays on Display (Monograph : 2007)
- America's Doll House: The Miniature World of Faith Bradford (Monograph : 2010)
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
- Compact discs
- Electronic records
- Floor plans
- Color photographs
- Color negatives
- Black-and-white photographs
- Black-and-white negatives
- Color transparencies
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 12-554, National Museum of American History. Division of Political History, Exhibition Records