Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Director's Administrative Records, 1960, 1978-2000
This accession consists of records documenting the administration of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH), previously known as the Office of Folklife Programs, 1978-1991, and the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies, 1992-1999, during the tenure of Richard Kurin. Kurin served as the Deputy Director, 1985-1987; Acting Director, 1987-1990; and Director, 1990-2009. Earlier files were created by Ralph Rinzler, Director, 1978-1983, and Peter Seitel, Director, 1983-1987.
Topics documented within this accession include the Center's relations with other Smithsonian Institution units; Kurin's participation in the joint Smithsonian Institution/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) conference held in numerous locations throughout the world; and the production of Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings products and the Festival of American Folklife (later named the Smithsonian Folklife Festival).
Materials include correspondence and memoranda; clippings; brochures; management and activity reports; meeting minutes, notes, and agendas; and other related materials. Some 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.
- Kurin, Richard, 1950-
- Rinzler, Ralph
- Seitel, Peter
- Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies
- Smithsonian Institution. Office of Folklife Programs
- Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings
- Smithsonian Folklife Festival
- Museum directors
- Museums -- Administration
- Museums -- Educational aspects
- Cultural pluralism
- Festival of American Folklife
- Congresses and conventions
- Cultural property
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-303, Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Director's Administrative Records