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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 17-226

National Museum of American History. Division of Information Technology and Society

Curatorial Records, 1954-2004

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of American History. Division of Information Technology and Society
Title: Curatorial Records
Dates: 1954-2004
Quantity: 4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 17-226
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of the records of Bernard S. Finn, Curator Emeritus of electricity collections, which document his curatorial and professional activities in the Division of Information Technology and Society, and during the years when the division was known as the Division of Electricity and Modern Physics, the Division of Electricity and Nuclear Energy, and the Division of Electricity. Some earlier records predate the creation of the museum. Other staff represented in this accession include curators W. James King and Robert P. Multhauf; museum specialist Elliot N. Sivowitch; historian emeritus Brooke Hindle; and research associates David A. Hounshell and Robert Belfield. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; professional society information in regard to committees, symposiums, and special events; meeting agendas and minutes; lecture papers, articles, and book reviews; publication surveys; press releases; collections management, exhibition, workshop, research grant, and award information; reports; policies and guidelines; agreements; newspaper clippings; photographs; floor plans; and brochures. Some materials are in electronic format.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of the records of Bernard S. Finn, Curator Emeritus of electricity collections, which document his curatorial and professional activities in the Division of Information Technology and Society, and during the years when the division was known as the Division of Electricity and Modern Physics, the Division of Electricity and Nuclear Energy, and the Division of Electricity. Some earlier records predate the creation of the museum. Other staff represented in this accession include curators W. James King and Robert P. Multhauf; museum specialist Elliot N. Sivowitch; historian emeritus Brooke Hindle; and research associates David A. Hounshell and Robert Belfield.

Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; professional society information in regard to committees, symposiums, and special events; meeting agendas and minutes; lecture papers, articles, and book reviews; publication surveys; press releases; collections management, exhibition, workshop, research grant, and award information; reports; policies and guidelines; agreements; newspaper clippings; photographs; floor plans; and brochures. Some materials are in electronic format.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-226, National Museum of American History. Division of Information Technology and Society, Curatorial Records

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Container List

Box 1

David A. Hounshell Survey Project (general), 1972 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 4

David A. Hounshell: "Manuscripts in U.S. Depositories Relating to the History of Electrical Science and Technology," 1973

Box 1 of 4

Education Survey, circa 1968-1971

Box 1 of 4

Education Survey: Answers (2 folders)

Box 1 of 4

Education Survey: Answer Sets by Curator (2 folders)

Box 1 of 4

Bernard S. Finn: "Comments about Research at the National Museum of American History," 1992

Box 1 of 4

Bernard S. Finn: "Technology and Society: Implications for Museums," 1991-1992

Box 1 of 4

Robert A. Chipman, 1962-1966

Box 1 of 4

Historical Seminar on Contemporary American Science and Technology, 1984-1985

Box 1 of 4

Robert B. Belfield Survey Project (general), 1973-1974 (3 folders)

Box 1 of 4

Box 2

Robert B. Belfield Survey Project (general), 1962-1974 (6 folders)

Box 2 of 4

Robert B. Belfield: "Relics of the Electrical Age," 1977

Box 2 of 4

Association of Curators, 1963-1992 (6 folders)

Box 2 of 4

Box 3

Association of Curators, 1993-1994, 1999

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Exhibits Committee, 1965-1970

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Curatorial Notes (general), 1970-1971

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Smithsonian Study Room at the Library of Congress, 1964-1967

Box 3 of 4

Museum of History and Technology Library, 1960-1967

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Smithsonian Congress of Scholars, 2002-2004

Box 3 of 4

Secretary Lawrence M. Small, 2001-2002

Box 3 of 4

The Institute of Radio Engineers, 1954-1960

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American Institute of Electrical Engineers, 1960

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 1963-1995

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IEEE History Committee Meeting, June 1, 1996

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IEEE History Committee Meeting, April 19, 1997

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IEEE History Committee Meeting, May 24, 1998

Box 3 of 4

IEEE History Committee/Trustees of the IEEE History Center Joint Meeting, September 27, 1998

Box 3 of 4

IEEE History Committee/Trustees of the IEEE History Center Joint Meeting, April 18, 1999

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IEEE History Committee/Trustees of the IEEE History Center Joint Meeting, October 24, 1999

Box 3 of 4

IEEE Power Engineering Project, 2001

Box 3 of 4

IEEE Singapore Presentation

Box 3 of 4

Yokogawa Electric Corporation, 1989-1996

Box 3 of 4

Chiba Museum of Science and Industry, 1991-1997

Box 3 of 4

Japan Research Industries Association (JRIA) International Symposium, 1992-1993

Box 3 of 4

Engineering Academy of Japan (EAJ) International Symposium, 1994

Box 3 of 4

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 1988-1995

Box 3 of 4

Suntory Museum (Osaka, Japan), 1994-1995

Box 3 of 4

Maria Bezzeg, 1994

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Ken Arnold, 1987

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Bernard S. Finn: "Context and Controversy"

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Bernard S. Finn: "Collectors and Museums"

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History of Science Society (HSS) Council, 1963-1983

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International Congress of the History of Science, 1962-1993

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United States-India Exchange of Scientists Program, 1975-1977

Box 3 of 4

Indo-United States Workshop on "Information and Communication," 1990-1991, 1994

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India Museology Course, 1988-1993

Box 3 of 4

National Video Communications Incorporated, 1985-1986

Box 3 of 4

Outside Grants, 1983-1985

Box 3 of 4

Box 4

Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Meeting, 1977, 1981

Box 4 of 4

British Broadcasting Corporation: The Open University, 1995

Box 4 of 4

Bernard S. Finn: Professional Information, 1970-1990

Box 4 of 4

Correspondence (general), 1974-1991

Box 4 of 4

History of Electricity at the Smithsonian, 1984

Box 4 of 4

National Air and Space Museum (NASM) Directorship Advisory Committee, 1986-1987

Box 4 of 4

Roger Kennedy, 1976-1992

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Press Releases, 1978-1980

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History of Industrial Technology in Japan Project, 1992

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Visit to Science Museum (London, England), 1979-1981

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Audiovisual Technology, 1973-1987

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Bernard S. Finn: "Archimedes' Proof of the Law of the Lever," 1960

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Bernard S. Finn: "The Influence of Geometry on Plato and Aristotle"

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Bernard S. Finn: "The Scientific Training of Auguste Comte," 1959

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Bernard S. Finn: "Laboratory Instruction in Chemistry in the Early Days of the Ecole Polytechnique," 1960

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Bernard S. Finn: "Early Developments in Electrical Technical Education," 1961

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Bernard S. Finn: "Ramus and the Growth of Modern Science"

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"What about Increase?" Conference (Dialogue I), 1995

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"What about Diffusion?" Conference (Dialogue II), 1995-1997

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"What about Diffusion?" Conference (Dialogue II): Breakout Sessions, 1997

Box 4 of 4

Smithsonian Congress of Scholars, 1994-2003 (2 folders)

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South Africa, 1985

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Bernard S. Finn: "Museums of Science and Technology: An American Perspective" (Portugal), 1997

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Milan Program and Presentation, 1997

Box 4 of 4

Book Reviews, 1997-1999

Box 4 of 4

Brooke Hindle: American Philosophical Society (APS) Speech, 1984 (includes electronic records)

Box 4 of 4

Brooke Hindle Eulogy, 2001

Box 4 of 4

Lecture Papers (general), circa 1997-1998

Box 4 of 4

University of Maryland-Smithsonian Seminar in Museum Scholarship, 2002

Box 4 of 4

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO): Electrical Power Historical Museum Project, 1984, 1999-2001

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Sponsored History of Science Events, 1968

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Conversations in Public History Lecture Series, 1998 (2 folders)

Box 4 of 4