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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 18-140

National Museum of American History. Division of Work and Industry

Exhibition Records, 1960, 1981, 1998-2012

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of American History. Division of Work and Industry
Title: Exhibition Records
Dates: 1960, 1981, 1998-2012
Quantity: 2.03 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes) (1 oversize folder)
Collection: Accession 18-140
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of records that document planning, development and production activities for the exhibitions "On Time" and "Robots on the Road: Stanley," as well as the Halls of Timekeeping and Light Machinery at the National Museum of American History, and when the museum was known as the Museum of History and Technology. Earlier records date back to when the Division of Work and Industry was known as the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, the Division of Mechanisms, and the Division of the History of Technology. Staff represented in these records include curators Edwin A. Battison and Carlene E. Stephens. The exhibition "On Time" examined the ways Americans measured, used, and thought of time over the last 300 years, beginning with biological rhythms and environmental clues to our current reliance on clocks and watches. "Robots on the Road: Stanley," which was added to the exhibition "Science in American Life" in 2008, featured a robot car named "Stanley" that offered a glimpse into the future of smart cars. Materials include correspondence; agreements; budget summaries; scripts; floor plans and drawings; visitor comments; a press kit; brochures; object lists; photographs; and ephemera. Some materials are in electronic format.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of records that document planning, development and production activities for the exhibitions "On Time" and "Robots on the Road: Stanley," as well as the Halls of Timekeeping and Light Machinery at the National Museum of American History, and when the museum was known as the Museum of History and Technology. Earlier records date back to when the Division of Work and Industry was known as the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, the Division of Mechanisms, and the Division of the History of Technology. Staff represented in these records include curators Edwin A. Battison and Carlene E. Stephens. The exhibition "On Time" examined the ways Americans measured, used, and thought of time over the last 300 years, beginning with biological rhythms and environmental clues to our current reliance on clocks and watches. "Robots on the Road: Stanley," which was added to the exhibition "Science in American Life" in 2008, featured a robot car named "Stanley" that offered a glimpse into the future of smart cars.

Materials include correspondence; agreements; budget summaries; scripts; floor plans and drawings; visitor comments; a press kit; brochures; object lists; photographs; and ephemera. Some materials are in electronic format.

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Use Restriction

Restricted for 15 years. until Jan-01-2028; Transferring office; 2/1/2011 memorandum, Johnstone to Jones; Contact reference staff for details.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-140, National Museum of American History. Division of Work and Industry, Exhibition Records

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Container List

Box 1

On Time

Press Kit, 1998

Box 1 of 2

Brochures, 1999-2000

Box 1 of 2

Computer Interactives, 2001-2002 (electronic records)

Box 1 of 2

Ephemera, 1999

Box 1 of 2

Robots on the Road: Stanley

Final Script, 2008

Box 1 of 2

Planning Information, 2006-2007

Box 1 of 2

Visitor Comments, 2008-2012 (28 folders)

Box 1 of 2

Box 2

Visitor Comments, 2008-2012 (16 folders)

Box 2 of 2

Other

Hall of Timekeeping: Script

Box 2 of 2

Hall of Timekeeping: Objects List, 1998

Box 2 of 2

Hall of Timekeeping: Photographs

Box 2 of 2

Hall of Light Machinery: Script, 1960 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 2

Hall of Light Machinery: Script

Box 2 of 2

Hall of Light Machinery: Objects List, 1998

Box 2 of 2

Hall of Light Machinery: Photographs

Box 2 of 2
Oversize

Hall of Timekeeping: Floor Plans and Drawings, 1981

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