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Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 18-009

Taylor, Frank A. (Frank Augustus), 1903-2007

Frank A. Taylor Papers, 1835-2003

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Taylor, Frank A. (Frank Augustus), 1903-2007
Title: Frank A. Taylor Papers
Dates: 1835-2003
Quantity: 5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 18-009
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These personal papers contain materials that document the personal life of Frank A. Taylor and his family. The son of Augustus C. Taylor and Josephine Kübel, Taylor was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from McKinley High School. He also spent time working in his father's drug store, Taylor's Pharmacy. The collection contains genealogical research and information on members of the Taylor and Kübel families, including Taylor's grandfather, Edward Kübel, who was a professionally trained instrument maker who immigrated to Washington from Bayreuth, Germany in 1849. There are also materials related to Taylor's service in the military, both while in Europe and the Philippines. In addition there are materials documenting Taylor's work while at the Smithsonian Institution including the building of the National Museum of American History, exhibition development, and projects on which he consulted for the Smithsonian. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, yearbooks, grant proposals, contracts, posters, invitations, passports, immigration papers, scrapbooks, notes, articles, speeches, audiocassettes, images, floor plans, maps, newsletters, guides, clippings, brochures, and ephemera. Some materials are in German.

Descriptive Entry

Frank A. Taylor (1903-2007) was a Curator of Engineering and Industries and an administrator at the Smithsonian. He was born in 1903 in Washington, D.C., where he grew up. Taylor began his career at the Smithsonian in 1922 as a Laboratory Apprentice in the Division of Mechanical Technology of the United States National Museum (USNM). After receiving his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1928 and his J.D. from Georgetown University in 1934, he became a Curator in the Division of Engineering at USNM and advanced to Head Curator of the Department of Engineering and Industries in 1948. During the 1950s, Taylor chaired the Exhibits Modernization Committee of the USNM. In 1955 he was appointed Assistant Director, USNM, with special responsibility for planning the new Museum of History and Technology (MHT), later the National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT) and now the National Museum of American History (NMAH), and in 1958 was appointed the first Director of the new museum. In 1962 Taylor became Director of the USNM with responsibility for both the National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of History and Technology, and in 1968 was appointed Director General of Museums. Taylor retired from the Smithsonian on January 23, 1971.

Active in the international museum community, especially through the American Association of Museums and the International Council of Museums, Taylor worked on national legislation to support museums, notably the National Museum Act. After his retirement, Taylor continued to work at the Smithsonian as a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution Archives and as Consultant to the Secretary until 1983.

Among his other accomplishments were that during the depression, he was assistant director of the Historical American Merchant Marine Survey, Works Progress Administration Federal Project #6, which was administered through the Smithsonian. Then during World War II, Taylor served as a Battery Commander in the 734th AAA Gun Battalion and as an Enemy Property Custodian Officer in the Southern Philippines until being honorably discharged as a Major in the Artillery Reserve.

These personal papers contain materials that document the personal life of Frank A. Taylor and his family. The son of Augustus C. Taylor and Josephine Kubel, Taylor was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from McKinley High School. He also spent time working in his father's drug store, Taylor's Pharmacy. The collection contains genealogical research and information on members of the Taylor and Kubel families, including Taylor's grandfather, Edward Kubel, who was a professionally trained instrument maker who immigrated to Washington from Bayreuth, Germany in 1849. There are also materials related to Taylor's service in the military, both while in Europe and the Philippines.

In addition there are materials documenting Taylor's work while at the Smithsonian Institution including the building of the National Museum of American History, exhibition development, and projects on which he consulted for the Smithsonian.

Materials include correspondence, memoranda, yearbooks, grant proposals, contracts, posters, invitations, passports, immigration papers, scrapbooks, notes, articles, speeches, audiocassettes, images, floor plans, maps, newsletters, guides, clippings, brochures, and ephemera. Some materials are in German.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-009, Frank A. Taylor Papers

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Container List

Box 1

National Museum of American History/National Museum of History and Technology/Museum of History and Technology/United States National Museum/Smithsonian Institution

Correspondence - S. Dillon Ripley, 1965, 1979

Box 1 of 5

Correspondence - Robert P. Multhauf, 1991

Box 1 of 5

Correspondence - Barney Finn, 1992

Box 1 of 5

Correspondence - Cliff Petersen Collection - Patent models, 1981

Box 1 of 5

Correspondence - Indira Gandhi, circa 1981

Box 1 of 5

Correspondence - General, 1958-1997

Box 1 of 5

Photograph - West Germany Exchange Program, 1954

Box 1 of 5

Photographs - Dedication of the Museum of History and Technology, January 22, 1964

Box 1 of 5

Photographs, 1962-1974 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 5

Exhibit - Historic series of injectors, 1860-1929; 1929

Box 1 of 5

Papers and speeches, 1930-1977 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 5

The World is Yours - Programs, 1937

Box 1 of 5

History of Engineering, 1939, 1950

Box 1 of 5

National Zoological Park, 1953, 1976

Box 1 of 5

Check list and Outline of Requirements for the Design of the Museum of History and Technology, 1956

Box 1 of 5

Awards, 1962-1981

Box 1 of 5

Arts and Industries Building, 1965-1966

Box 1 of 5

Statement on assistance to museums and the National Museum Act of 1966

Box 1 of 5

NMAH - Building dimensions, 1966

Box 1 of 5

Nomination - Presidential Award for Distinguished Civilian Service, 1966

Box 1 of 5

White House - President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1967

Box 1 of 5

The American Parade of Politics, 1788-1960, by Keith Melder, Assistant Curator, Division of Political History, 1967

Box 1 of 5

Research in Exhibits - Prepared for the Southeastern Museums Conference on Museum Communication and Evaluation, 1968

Box 1 of 5

Report on Iran Bastan, The National Archeological Museum - Tehran, Iran - Frank A. Taylor, Director, USNM - Consultant - UNESCO contract CLT-8527, 1968

Box 1 of 5

Career information and resumes, 1968-1985, 1997

Box 1 of 5

Japan trip, 1969

Box 1 of 5

Contract work for the Smithsonian, 1971-1975

Box 1 of 5

Concept for Building on Mall Site, bounded by Jefferson Drive, Maryland Avenue, 3rd and 4th Streets, SW, 1971-1973

Box 1 of 5

Major exhibitions program, FY 1972

Box 1 of 5

Memorandum Report - National Museum of Natural History, Research Center, October 1, 1971 to May 30, 1972

Box 1 of 5

Compte-Rendu de la Reunion de Comite no. 1, Prague, October 2-6, 1972 (includes photographs)

Box 1 of 5

Memorandum Report, Part II - Symposium: "Systematic Biology - The Development of a National Program on Resources and Resource Management," Discussion papers, April 1972

Box 1 of 5

International Council of Museums (ICOM) - Working Party Appointed Study, 1972

Box 1 of 5

Museum of the City of Washington (MCW) [also known as the City Museum Project (CMP)], 1976-1993 (folders 1-2 of 4)

Box 1 of 5

Box 2

Museum of the City of Washington (MCW) [also known as the City Museum Project (CMP)], 1976-1993 (folders 3-4 of 4)

Box 2 of 5

MCW/CMP - Two Centuries of Change: The Idea of Downtown Washington - Exhibition - National Portrait Gallery, 1979-1980

Box 2 of 5

Exhibit planning, 1979-1992

Box 2 of 5

National Museum of American Art - Cityscape: A Journal of Urban Life - Special Section from the Young Writers Project, October 1981

Box 2 of 5

American Institute of Architects - Letter to the editor regarding NMAH building, 1981

Box 2 of 5

60th work anniversary celebration at the Smithsonian, 1982 (includes photographs)

Box 2 of 5

Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) - Oral history transcripts review, 1982

Box 2 of 5

Memory Book for Frank A. Taylor, 1983

Box 2 of 5

Lathe, 1984, 1995-1996

Box 2 of 5

Contact sheets and images - Frank A. Taylor Gallery dedication at NMAH, April 12, 1989 (negative nos. 89-6830 to 89-6833)

Box 2 of 5

Naming of exhibition hall in Frank A. Taylor's honor, 1989

Box 2 of 5

25th anniversary of the opening of the NMAH, 1989

Box 2 of 5

American Precision Museum, 1989-1993

Box 2 of 5

Anacostia Museum, 1992-1994

Box 2 of 5

Loan of collections, 1996

Box 2 of 5

John C. Ewers - Memorial service - NMAH, June 13, 1997 (includes audiocassette)

Box 2 of 5

Programming and Architectural History Project, Hal Aber, 1998

Box 2 of 5

Writing - "Something about early condition at SI"

Box 2 of 5

Writing - Anecdotes

Box 2 of 5

Exhibits renovation recommendations for first year

Box 2 of 5

NMHT - Chronology

Box 2 of 5

General, 1967 and undated

Box 2 of 5

Picture postcards

Box 2 of 5

Clipping - Smithsonian Gallery of Art - Eero Saarinen design

Box 2 of 5

Clippings, 1959-1969 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 5

School

Tech Life - Year Book - McKinley Manual Training School, 1917

Box 2 of 5

The Maroon and Gray - A Review of the School Year - McKinley Manual Training School, 1919-1920 (includes photograph)

Box 2 of 5

The Techite - Annual Year Book - McKinley Manual Training School, 1921

Box 2 of 5

The Adjutant - 35th Annual Drill, Washington High School Cadets - Official Program, June 5-6, 1922

Box 2 of 5

The Techite - Annual Year Book - McKinley Manual Training School, 1922

Box 2 of 5

The Techite - Annual Year Book - McKinley Manual Training School, 1923

Box 2 of 5

Paper - "The Rule Against Perpetuities in the District of Columbia," by Frank A. Taylor, January 15, 1934

Box 2 of 5

Techites of the Twenties - Biographical Sketches, Volume 1, 1967

Box 2 of 5

Techites of the Twenties - Biographical Sketches, Revised, Volume 1, 1968

Box 2 of 5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Class of 1928 - 55th Reunion, June 1983

Box 2 of 5

Box 3

Family History

Correspondence - Silvio A. Bedini, 1995-1999

Box 3 of 5

Article - "Edward Kubel (1820-1896) Washington, D.C. Instrument Maker, With Notes on His Descendants Having Careers in Science and Technology," by Silvio A. Bedini, 1998

Box 3 of 5

Responses to Silvio A. Bedini's article on Edward Kubel, 2000

Box 3 of 5

Correspondence - John Farnsworth, 1998

Box 3 of 5

Correspondence - Barbara and John Harrigan, 2001

Box 3 of 5

Correspondence and poetry - Edith Hines, 1986

Box 3 of 5

Correspondence - Joan Taylor, 1985

Box 3 of 5

Correspondence - Family, General, 2003

Box 3 of 5

Correspondence - General, undated

Box 3 of 5

Genealogy - Carrier family, 1964-1992 (includes photographs)

Box 3 of 5

Genealogy - Elliott family, 1904, 1925-1996

Box 3 of 5

Genealogy - Augustus C. Taylor, 1923-1951, 1983 (includes photographs) (2 folders)

Box 3 of 5

Genealogy - Augustus Kubel Taylor, 1901 (includes photograph)

Box 3 of 5

Genealogy - Edward Taylor and family, 1972-1982 (includes photographs)

Box 3 of 5

Genealogy - Elizabeth Josephine Taylor (Libby), 1907-1998 (includes photographs) (2 folders)

Box 3 of 5

Genealogy - Henry ("Jim") Willis Taylor, 1932-1933 (includes photographs)

Box 3 of 5

Genealogy - Josephine Marie Taylor, 1892-1960 (includes photographs) (2 folders)

Box 3 of 5

Genealogy - Taylor Drug stores, 1906, 1978 (includes photographs)

Box 3 of 5

Genealogy - Taylor Family Papers, 1950-1953

Box 3 of 5

Genealogy - Taylor Bible

Box 3 of 5

Genealogy - Taylor miscellaneous, 1934-1972

Box 3 of 5

Genealogy - Manuscript - Taylor Family History (includes photographs)

Box 3 of 5

Genealogy - "50 Years of Married Life" - Augustus C. Taylor and Josephine Marie Taylor

Box 3 of 5

Genealogy - Westfield, Massachusetts, 1969 (includes photographs)

Box 3 of 5

Box 4

Genealogy research, 1998

Box 4 of 5

Dougherty, Dorothea A. - Obituary, 1946

Box 4 of 5

Dougherty, Edward Francis and Clara Anna Kubel (Aunt Lollie), 1903, 1909, 1946 (includes photographs)

Box 4 of 5

Dougherty, Edward K. and Helen Murray Barrett - Marriage announcement, 1946

Box 4 of 5

Hartbrecht, Josephine Elizabeth (June 1, 1835-January 14, 1899) (includes photograph)

Box 4 of 5

Kramer, Andrew, 1959 (includes photograph)

Box 4 of 5

Kubel, Edward (July 11, 1820-June 21, 1896), 1971, 1979 (includes photographs)

Box 4 of 5

Kubel, Edward Frederick (1854- )

Box 4 of 5

Kubel, Herbert G., 1918 (includes photographs)

Box 4 of 5

Kubel, Stephen (April 2, 1858-1936)

Box 4 of 5

Kubel - Bible, 1993-1994 (includes photographs)

Box 4 of 5

Kubel - Descendants, 1995

Box 4 of 5

Kubel, Emil Adrian (April 15, 1869-January 19, 1864)

Box 4 of 5

Kubel Family Papers, 1854, 1881-1896

Box 4 of 5

Kubel Family - Silvio Bedini, 1995

Box 4 of 5

Kubel Family - Clippings, 1896, 1934-1935

Box 4 of 5

Gertrude McCaig family history from Colonel Smith, 1980

Box 4 of 5

Taylor Family - Edward Carrier, Helen, Jack, and Ann, circa 1950s-1970s (includes photographs) (2 folders)

Box 4 of 5

Descendants - Third and Fourth Generations

Box 4 of 5

Family timelines

Box 4 of 5

Photograph - Henry G. Ainsworth

Box 4 of 5

Photograph - Mrs. I. Carsus

Box 4 of 5

Photograph - Ruth Washburn Collins, 1946

Box 4 of 5

Photograph - Nathan Elliott

Box 4 of 5

Photograph - Uncle Adrien Endres

Box 4 of 5

Photograph - Aunt Margaret Endres

Box 4 of 5

Photograph - Robert M. Grindell, 1937

Box 4 of 5

Photograph - Margaret and Robert Grindell

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - Harrigan family, 1971, 1992

Box 4 of 5

Photograph - George Johnson

Box 4 of 5

Photograph - Josephine Johnson and Ethel

Box 4 of 5

Photograph - Charles E. Kress

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - Clara A. Kubel

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - Eduard Kubel

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - Edward Frederick Kubel

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - Emil Kubel

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - Ernst Kubel

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - Herbert Graham Kubel, 1903 and undated

Box 4 of 5

Photograph - Lollie Kubel

Box 4 of 5

Photograph - Margaret Helen Kubel

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - Marie Louise Kubel, 1900 and undated

Box 4 of 5

Photograph - Mother Kubel

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - Stephen J. Kubel

Box 4 of 5

Photograph - Eduard Kuer

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - John Stuart McCaig and family

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - Eileen Rafferty, 2003

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - Reverend Peter Schleuter

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - Ann Taylor

Box 4 of 5

Photograph - Augustus I. Taylor

Box 4 of 5

Photograph - Edward Carrier Taylor, 1897

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - Frank A. Taylor, 1944 and undated

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - Frank A. Taylor - 80th birthday

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - Frank A. Taylor - Birthday parties, 2002 and undated (2 folders)

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - Frank A. Taylor, passport

Box 4 of 5

Capitol Hill History Project - Oral history interview with Frank A. Taylor - Transcripts, with corrections by Nancy Metzger, 2000

Box 4 of 5

Photographs - Joan Taylor, circa 1940s-1950s

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Box 5

Photographs - Virginia McCaig Taylor

Box 5 of 5

Photograph - Ethel?

Box 5 of 5

Photographs - 1940s

Box 5 of 5

Photographs - 1950s

Box 5 of 5

Photographs - 1980s

Box 5 of 5

Photographs - 1990s

Box 5 of 5

Photographs - 2000s

Box 5 of 5

Photographs - Hawaii, 2001

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Family photograph

Box 5 of 5

Photograph - California Oak tree, Sulphur Mountain, Ventura County, California

Box 5 of 5

Photograph - Rock Island Route or Rocky Mountain Limited, June 4, 1902

Box 5 of 5

Photographs - Unidentified

Box 5 of 5

Writing - "Our First Automobile"

Box 5 of 5

Writing - "Children of the American Revolution (CAR)"

Box 5 of 5

Writing - "Growing up on Capitol Hill" - Frank A. Taylor, 1980

Box 5 of 5

Souvenir case - Eduard Kubel, 1843

Box 5 of 5

German story book, 1883

Box 5 of 5

Historical Society of Washington (HSW) - German American Collection, 1993

Box 5 of 5

Pharmacy law in Washington, D.C., circa 1900

Box 5 of 5

Clippings - John K. Farnsworth, 1946

Box 5 of 5

Military Records

Correspondence, 1936-1948

Box 5 of 5

Army Officers notebook, 1941-1944

Box 5 of 5

Military Record and Report of Separation, Certificate of Service - February 20, 1943 to April 6, 1946

Box 5 of 5

Photograph - Defense Command Officers School, Class no. 5, Ft. Eustis, Virginia, March 10, 1943

Box 5 of 5

Notebook, circa 1943

Box 5 of 5

Photograph - Lake Arrowhead trip, July 1944

Box 5 of 5

Pacific Ocean Handbook, by Eliot G. Mears, 1944

Box 5 of 5

Maps, circa 1944

Box 5 of 5

Thanksgiving in the Philippines, Army Forces Western Pacific, 1945

Box 5 of 5

Records jacket - Service records, 1946-1953

Box 5 of 5

Antiaircraft Artillery and Guided Missile Newsletter, 1949-1951

Box 5 of 5

Army Reserve, 1949-1952

Box 5 of 5

Honorable Discharge, April 1, 1953

Box 5 of 5

Retirement, 1963-1964

Box 5 of 5

Military service of Frank A. Taylor, by Philip K. Lundeberg, 1996

Box 5 of 5

Esso War Map III featuring the Pacific Theater

Box 5 of 5

Ephemera, 1941-1944

Box 5 of 5

Clippings, 1946

Box 5 of 5

General

"Our Washington as the Artist Sees it" - Series no. 1 - 20 sketches by J. Himmelheber, 1931

Box 5 of 5

"A Short History of the Museum" - Alan Ullberg, Patricia Ullberg, Ann Hofstra Grogg, and Robert Lind, 2000

Box 5 of 5

"The Beginnings of a Modern Museum: National Museum of American History" - Cynthia R. Field, Sabina Wiedenhoeft, and Robert J. Orr

Box 5 of 5

Article - "Menageries on the Mall (Beasts, Birds, Bees and Bugs)," by Silvio A. Bedini

Box 5 of 5

Frank Taylor - Margaret West, April 8, 2003 (audiocassette)

Box 5 of 5

Music - "Advice to Chloe"

Box 5 of 5

Music - "Chloe" - Set by Dr. Greene

Box 5 of 5

Clippings - Development of downtown Washington, D.C., 1979-1980

Box 5 of 5

Clippings - Rhodes Tavern, 1979-1980

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Folder 1 Genealogy - Family tree, 1859

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Certificate of Marriage - Augustus C. Taylor and Josephine M. Kubel, October 23, 1895

Folder 2 Poster - Twenty Years on the Mall: History as Seen from the National Museum of American History, August 10, 1984

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Folder 3 Exhibition brochure - Two Centuries of Change: The Idea of Downtown Washington, 1979

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Photograph - John, Fred, Herbert, and Patrice Farnsworth
Photographs - John and Herbert Farnsworth
Photograph - Herbert Graham Kubel
Photograph - Augustus C. Taylor
Photograph - Taylor Pharmacy
Clippings - Smithsonian, 1965