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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 15-273

Museum Conservation Institute

Director's Records, 1959-2014

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Museum Conservation Institute
Title: Director's Records
Dates: 1959-2014
Quantity: 2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 15-273
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of records that document the history and work of the Museum Conservation Institute (MCI). MCI serves as the center for specialized technical collection research and conservation for all Smithsonian museums and collections. Through knowledge of materials and through the use of state-of-the-art instrumentation and scientific techniques MCI staff provides technical research studies and interpretation of artistic, anthropological, biological, and historical objects. Some materials in this accession date from when MCI was known as the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education (SCMRE) and the Conservation Analytical Laboratory (CAL). Directors documented in this accession include Charles Olin, 1966-1967; Robert M. Organ, 1968-1983; Alan Postlethwaite, Acting Director, 1983-1984; Lambertus Van Zelst, 1985-2003; and Robert J. Koestler, 2004- . Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, grant proposals, meeting agendas and minutes, organizational charts, strategic plans, presentations, staff lists, clippings, and images.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of records that document the history and work of the Museum Conservation Institute (MCI). MCI serves as the center for specialized technical collection research and conservation for all Smithsonian museums and collections. Through knowledge of materials and through the use of state-of-the-art instrumentation and scientific techniques MCI staff provides technical research studies and interpretation of artistic, anthropological, biological, and historical objects. Some materials in this accession date from when MCI was known as the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education (SCMRE) and the Conservation Analytical Laboratory (CAL). Directors documented in this accession include Charles Olin, 1966-1967; Robert M. Organ, 1968-1983; Alan Postlethwaite, Acting Director, 1983-1984; Lambertus Van Zelst, 1985-2003; and Robert J. Koestler, 2004- . Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, grant proposals, meeting agendas and minutes, organizational charts, strategic plans, presentations, staff lists, clippings, and images.

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Use Restriction

Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2030; Transferring office; 10/01/2003 memoranda, Wright to N'Gadi; Contact reference staff for details.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-273, Museum Conservation Institute, Director's Records

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Container List

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Correspondence - Alan W. Postlethwaite, 1985-1993

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Correspondence - Lambertus Van Zelst, 1987-1995 (2 folders)

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Correspondence - Lambertus van Zelst and Helmut Schweppe, 1984-1993 (2 folders)

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Correspondence - Lambertus van Zelst and Amy G. Poster, 1987

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Correspondence - Lambertus van Zelst and Zora Sweet Pinney, 1991-1992

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Correspondence - Department of Antiquities, Jordan, 1986, 1993

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Correspondence - General, 1966-1967, 1971, 1987-2003

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Analytical Laboratory at the Museum of History and Technology (MHT), 1959-1960

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Analytical and Preservation Laboratories Committee - Questionnaire, 1959-1964 (2 folders)

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MHT Analytical Laboratory, 1961-1962

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Committee on Conservation Research Laboratory, 1963-1965

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CAL activities, 1969-1970

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Conservation in the Smithsonian, Robert M. Organ, June 1971

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Senate Hearings - Robert M. Organ, July 18-19, 1973

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Climate Team report, 1984

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Read file, 1985

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Box 2

Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1985-1994

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Jordan-Ain-Ghazal figures - Treatment, 1986

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Furniture Conservation Training Program, 1986

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Grant proposals, 1986-1992 (2 folders)

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CAL/SCMRE Course listings, 1987-2004

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Report - Conservation and Preservation of Joya de Ceren, 1992

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CAL - Internal Planning Group, 1994

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CAL - Information, 1995

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Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between MCI and the Centre for the Study of Materials for Restoration - CESMAR7, 2000

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Management notes, October 2004

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Management notes, November 2004

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Management notes, December 2004 to February 2006

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Management notes, September 2004

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Archaeological Conservation Program - Final Report, Harriet F. Beaubien, 2004

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Smithsonian Conservation Discussion List, 2004

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Staff meetings, 2004-2014

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Meeting summary - National Museum of the American Indian, Jessie Johnson - Use of XRF, April 5, 2005

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SCMRE Regents Report Contribution, October 2005 to March 2006

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SCMRE reorganization plan, 2005

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Robert J. Koestler, Director, MCI - Meetings with David Evans, Under Secretary for Science, 2005-2007

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Smithsonian Directors Meetings, 2005-2007

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Topics in Museum Conservation - Lecture series announcements, 2005-2009

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MCI Visiting Committee report, 2006

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Mission statement elements, 2006

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Strategic Plan, 2006-2016, December 2006

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Project Summaries, 2006

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Project summaries, 2007

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Project summaries, 2008

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Staff list, 2008, 2011

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Presentations, 2009-2014

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Organizational chart

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