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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 14-107

National Museum of American History. Division of Science, Medicine and Society

Exhibition Records, 1961-2002

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of American History. Division of Science, Medicine and Society
Title: Exhibition Records
Dates: 1961-2002
Quantity: 2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 14-107
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of the records of Jon B. Eklund, curator of chemistry and computers, which document his exhibition planning, development and production activities in the Division of Science, Medicine and Society and during the years when he was in the Division of Information Technology and Society; the Division of Computers, Information and Society; and the Division of Physical Sciences. Some records date back to when the National Museum of American History was known as the National Museum of History and Technology and the Museum of History and Technology, respectively. Also represented in these records are curators David Kite Allison, Arthur P. Molella, Patricia Peck Gossel, Bernard S. Finn, and Susan Faye Cannon. The records document the following exhibitions: "Information Age: People, Information and Technology," "Science in American Life," "A Material World," "Aspects of Art and Science," "Stalking the Elusive Computer Bug," "A Nation of Nations," "The Foucault Pendulum," and "Engines of Change: The American Industrial Revolution, 1790-1860." Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; exhibition proposals; agreements; budget summaries; scripts; meeting agendas and minutes; loan information; photographs; floor plans and design drawings; brochures; newspaper clippings; object lists; information about the Hall of Chemistry; visitor comment forms; and supporting documentation.

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This accession consists of the records of Jon B. Eklund, curator of chemistry and computers, which document his exhibition planning, development and production activities in the Division of Science, Medicine and Society and during the years when he was in the Division of Information Technology and Society; the Division of Computers, Information and Society; and the Division of Physical Sciences. Some records date back to when the National Museum of American History was known as the National Museum of History and Technology and the Museum of History and Technology, respectively. Also represented in these records are curators David Kite Allison, Arthur P. Molella, Patricia Peck Gossel, Bernard S. Finn, and Susan Faye Cannon. The records document the following exhibitions: Information Age: People, Information and Technology; Science in American Life; A Material World; Aspects of Art and Science; Stalking the Elusive Computer Bug; Nation of Nations; The Foucault Pendulum; and Engines of Change: The American Industrial Revolution, 1790-1860. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; exhibition proposals; agreements; budget summaries; scripts; meeting agendas and minutes; loan information; photographs; floor plans and design drawings; brochures; newspaper clippings; object lists; information about the Hall of Chemistry; visitor comment forms; and supporting documentation.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-107, National Museum of American History. Division of Science, Medicine and Society, Exhibition Records

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Container List

Box 1

Information Age: People, Information and Technology

Exhibition First Floor Plan

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International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation, 1988-1989

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Interactives throughout the Exhibition

Box 1 of 2

Script Support, 1988

Box 1 of 2

Industry on Parade Film, 1988

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Paul Cerruzzi, 1988

Box 1 of 2

Electronic Recording Machine, Accounting (ERMA), 1989

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"Reaching the Rest: Bringing People into the Information Age through the Exhibit Medium," 1987

Box 1 of 2

Operations Overview, 1990

Box 1 of 2

Information Revolution Project, 1985-1986

Box 1 of 2

Advisory Committees, 1985-1986

Box 1 of 2

Exhibition Proposals, 1985

Box 1 of 2

Contexts and Problems

Box 1 of 2

Development of Microcomputers, 1989

Box 1 of 2

Exhibition Critique

Box 1 of 2

Meeting Minutes, 1986

Box 1 of 2

Education Program Suggestions, 1988

Box 1 of 2

Exhibition Tours, 1990-1991

Box 1 of 2

Tasks for Information Age Gallery

Box 1 of 2

Vicky Pinpin: Additional Notes on Network TV, 1988

Box 1 of 2

Timeline of Video and Computer Games and Related Technology

Box 1 of 2

Jon B. Eklund: Correspondence and Memoranda, 1986-1993

Box 1 of 2

Software Section, 1988

Box 1 of 2

Science in American Life

Science in America Proposal, 1976

Box 1 of 2

Better than Nature, The Pill: Script with Documentation (Section 5), 1994

Box 1 of 2

Better than Nature, The Pill: Correspondence and General Information, 1991-1999

Box 1 of 2

Revisions of Exhibition Labels, 1997-1998

Box 1 of 2

Concept Script, 1990

Box 1 of 2

The New Farming (Chapter 5)

Box 1 of 2

Jon B. Eklund: Memoranda, 1980-1994

Box 1 of 2

A Material World

Exhibition Labels (general), 1984-1985 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 2

General Themes List and Synthetic Polymer Section Labels, 1984-1985

Box 1 of 2

Natural Polymers Section Theme and Labels, 1984-1985

Box 1 of 2

Concept for a Hall of Materials

Box 1 of 2

Object Lists

Box 1 of 2

Exhibition Walk-Through

Box 1 of 2

Materials Hall Project Budget, 1985-1987

Box 1 of 2

Jon B. Eklund: Correspondence and Memoranda, 1979-1994

Box 1 of 2

Federation of Materials Societies, 1981-1982

Box 1 of 2

DuPont Company: Presentations, 1985-1989

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DuPont Company: General Information, 1984-1985

Box 1 of 2

DuPont Company: Herman Schroeder, 1984

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Exhibition Design and Floor Plans, 1985

Box 1 of 2

Aspects of Art and Science

Exhibition Scripts and General Information (Cases 1-7), 1977-1978 (8 folders)

Box 1 of 2

Box 2

Jon B. Eklund: Correspondence (general), 1977-1979

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Exhibition Booklet and Brochures, 1978

Box 2 of 2

Outgoing Loans to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1978

Box 2 of 2

Installation Photographs, 1978

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Donor List for MIT

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Art and Science/Chemistry Cases, 1977

Box 2 of 2

Other

Exhibition Proposals, 1970-2001

Box 2 of 2

Exhibitions and Programs Committee, 1997

Box 2 of 2

Balm in America Exhibition Web Proposal, 2002

Box 2 of 2

Stalking the Elusive Computer Bug Exhibition, 1997-1998

Box 2 of 2

Foucault Pendulum Exhibit: General Information, 1983-1985

Box 2 of 2

Foucault Pendulum Exhibit: Correspondence and Memoranda, 1964-1998

Box 2 of 2

Foucault Pendulum Exhibit: Visitor Comments, 1988-1991

Box 2 of 2

Foucault Pendulum Exhibit: Tours, 1981

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Foucault Pendulum Exhibit: Script and Labels, c. 1980

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Foucault Pendulum Exhibit: Photographs

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Foucault Pendulum Exhibit: Publications, 1964-1980

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National Building Museum: Building for World War II, 1993-1995

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A Shovel Full of the Right Dirt: New Technologies for Investigating Culture Exhibition (Arts and Industries Building), 1993

Box 2 of 2

Hewlitt-Packard Foundation Project, 1987-1988

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Chinese Medicine Showcase Proposal, 2002

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Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES): Health in the City Exhibition Planning, 2001

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Health in America Exhibition Planning, 1985-1986

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Search for Life: Genetic Technology in the Twentieth Century Exhibition: Conceptual Script, 1986

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Nation of Nations Exhibition: Correspondence, 1973

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History of Science Floor Plan, 1976-1979

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National Museum of History and Technology: Special Exhibitions List, 1971-1979

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Engines of Change: The American Industrial Revolution, 1790-1860 Exhibition, 1986

Box 2 of 2

Museum of History and Technology (MHT): Revision of Bacteriology Laboratory Display, c. 1965

Box 2 of 2

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES): Past Visions of American Futures, 1982

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The Trees of Christmas, 1982-1983

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Hall of Chemistry (Section 1): Chemical Science Script, 1961

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Hall of Chemistry (Section 2): Industrial Chemistry Script, 1962

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Hall of Chemistry: Chemistry Laboratory Script, 1967-1968

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Hall of Chemistry: Century Schoolbook Script, 1968

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