Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Website Records, 1995-2015
This accession consists of "Ocean Planet," one of the Smithsonian Institution's first websites, as it existed on April 23, 2015. A preview of the website was first made available on April 20, 1995, as part of the press preview of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) website of the same name, but did not officially launch until May 7 as part of the first Smithsonian Institution homepage. The website was intended to be an online exhibition of the traveling exhibition which debuted at NMNH from 1995-1996 and then toured with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) through 1999. At some point, most likely at the end of the tour, the homepage was updated to note that it was an "archival version" of the SITES exhibition.
The website was developed by Gene C. Feldman, an oceanographer at the Goddard Space Flight Center, in consultation with Judith Gradwohl, Director of the NMNH Environmental Awareness Program and curator of the exhibition. It was (and has continued to be) hosted on a National Aeronautics and Space Administration server. It included an online version of the exhibition content, a final report on the NMNH exhibition, educational resources, fact sheets, and an extensive list of credits. Much of the content has likely never been revised.
Due to technical issues and the age of the website, some content is missing and some features do not function properly. Materials are in electronic format.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Feldman, Gene C.
- Gradwohl, Judith
- National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
- Smithsonian Institution. Traveling Exhibition Service
- Goddard Space Flight Center
- National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Environmental Awareness Program
- United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Ocean Planet (Exhibition) (1995-1996: Washington, D.C.)
- Ocean Planet (Traveling exhibition) (1995-1999)
- Ocean Planet (Website)
- Web sites
- Museums -- Public relations
- Traveling exhibitions
- Natural history museums
- Museums -- Educational aspects
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-248, Smithsonian Institution, Website Records