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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 17-062

National Museum of American History. Division of Culture and the Arts

Exhibition Records, 1988-2006, 2013

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of American History. Division of Culture and the Arts
Title: Exhibition Records
Dates: 1988-2006, 2013
Quantity: 1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Collection: Accession 17-062
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of the records of Dwight Blocker Bowers, Curator, documenting his exhibition planning, development and production activities in the Division of Culture and the Arts, including records that date from when he was public programs specialist, 1995-1997, and historian of theater and film, 1997-2012, in the Division of Cultural History; director of the Division of Museum Programs, 1989-1995; and research specialist in the Department of Public Programs at the National Museum of American History. The records document the following exhibitions, some of which are proposals: "Red, Hot, and Blue: A Salute to American Musicals"; "Voices of the American Musical"; "Leaps and No Bounds"; "There's No Business Like Show Business: Irving Berlin's Centennial"; "America Plays: Sport, Entertainment, and Music"; "It's Saturday Night!"; "America's Voices, America's Stories"; "Muppets and Mechanisms: Jim Henson's Legacy"; "Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song"; "Puppetry in America"; and "Skitch Henderson: A Man and His Music." Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; proposals; budget summaries; meeting agendas and minutes; scripts; floor plans and design drawings; brochures; photographs and slides; corporate sponsorship information; exhibition schedules; reports; object lists; and supporting documentation.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of the records of Dwight Blocker Bowers, Curator, documenting his exhibition planning, development and production activities in the Division of Culture and the Arts, including records that date from when he was public programs specialist, 1995-1997, and historian of theater and film, 1997-2012, in the Division of Cultural History; director of the Division of Museum Programs, 1989-1995; and research specialist in the Department of Public Programs at the National Museum of American History. The records document the following exhibitions, some of which are proposals: "Red, Hot, and Blue: A Salute to American Musicals"; "Voices of the American Musical"; "Leaps and No Bounds"; "There's No Business Like Show Business: Irving Berlin's Centennial"; "America Plays: Sport, Entertainment, and Music"; "It's Saturday Night!"; "America's Voices, America's Stories"; "Muppets and Mechanisms: Jim Henson's Legacy"; "Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song"; "Puppetry in America"; and "Skitch Henderson: A Man and His Music."

Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; proposals; budget summaries; meeting agendas and minutes; scripts; floor plans and design drawings; brochures; photographs and slides; corporate sponsorship information; exhibition schedules; reports; object lists; and supporting documentation.

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Use Restriction

Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2029; Transferring office; 11/4/2016 memorandum, Johnstone to Bowers; Contact reference staff for details.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-062, National Museum of American History. Division of Culture and the Arts, Exhibition Records

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Container List

Box 1

Red, Hot, and Blue: A Salute to American Musicals

Traveling Exhibition Script, 1996-1997

Box 1 of 1

National Portrait Gallery Collaboration Exhibition Script, 1996-1997

Box 1 of 1

Blackhawk Museum, 2001-2002

Box 1 of 1

Theatre Royal Drury Lane (London, England) Exhibition Script, 1995

Box 1 of 1

Exhibition Installation Slides, 1996

Box 1 of 1

Brochures, 1996-1997

Box 1 of 1

Voices of the American Musical

Script, 1994

Box 1 of 1

Leaps and No Bounds (Never Opened)

Correspondence, 1995-1999

Box 1 of 1

Exhibition Prospectus, 1998

Box 1 of 1

Management Committee Meeting: Exhibition Outline, 1998

Box 1 of 1

IMG Corporate Sponsorship, 2000

Box 1 of 1

Script, 1999

Box 1 of 1

Floor Plans, 1999

Box 1 of 1

Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 1997-1999

Box 1 of 1

Jim Henson Proposal, 2005

Box 1 of 1

Artifacts List, 2000

Box 1 of 1

Exhibition Labels, 2000

Box 1 of 1

The Jim Henson Company, 1998

Box 1 of 1

There's No Business Like Show Business: Irving Berlin's Centennial

Script, 1988

Box 1 of 1

Exhibition Installation Photographs, 1989

Box 1 of 1

Photograph: Musical Performance, 1988

Box 1 of 1

America Plays: Sport, Entertainment, and Music (Never Opened)

Popular Culture Timeline

Box 1 of 1

Exhibition Proposal, 2000-2003 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 1

Sample Floor Plan, 2003

Box 1 of 1

Popular Culture Conference, 2000

Box 1 of 1

General Information

Box 1 of 1

Correspondence, 2000-2002

Box 1 of 1

It's Saturday Night! (Never Opened)

Budget Summaries, 2003

Box 1 of 1

Development Schedule, 2003

Box 1 of 1

Feasibility Report, 2003

Box 1 of 1

Exhibition Proposal, 2004

Box 1 of 1

Object Lists

Box 1 of 1

Floor Plan

Box 1 of 1

Edward Pierce, 2004

Box 1 of 1

Verizon Sponsorship, 2003

Box 1 of 1

America's Voices, America's Stories (Never Opened)

Project Outline, 2004

Box 1 of 1

Floor Plans, 2004

Box 1 of 1

Preliminary Bibliography

Box 1 of 1

Correspondence, 2003-2004

Box 1 of 1

Muppets and Mechanisms: Jim Henson's Legacy

Exhibition Proposal, 2005

Box 1 of 1

Script, 2006

Box 1 of 1

Design Development

Box 1 of 1

General Information, 2006

Box 1 of 1

Floor Plan, 2006

Box 1 of 1

Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

Objects List, 1998

Box 1 of 1

Puppetry in America

Script, 2013

Box 1 of 1

Design Development

Box 1 of 1

Skitch Henderson: A Man and His Music

Script, 2005

Box 1 of 1