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

Accession 18-201

Crouch, Tom D.

Tom D. Crouch Papers, 1942-1946, 1962-2016

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Crouch, Tom D.
Title: Tom D. Crouch Papers
Dates: 1942-1946, 1962-2016
Quantity: 3.03 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 oversize folder)
Collection: Accession 18-201
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of the personal papers of Tom D. Crouch, a senior curator of aeronautics at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM). Crouch joined the curatorial staff at NASM in 1974 to assist with preparing exhibitions for the opening of the museum in 1976. In 1985, he transferred to the National Museum of American History (NMAH) where he was a curator and supervisor in the Division of Engineering and Industry, before eventually being appointed Chairman of the Department of Social and Cultural History in 1987. Crouch returned to NASM in 1990 when he was named Chairman of the NASM Department of Aeronautics, a position he held until 1999 when he became Senior Curator. Crouch served on the First Flight Centennial Commission Advisory Board and was active in planning activities for the centennial of the first flight by brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright. He also was involved in the planning, development and production activities for the exhibitions "A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution" and "Men and Women: A History of Costume, Gender, and Power" at NMAH, as well as for the NASM exhibitions "The Flying Roosevelts," "NASA/ART: Fifty Years of Exploration," "R. G. Smith: The Old Master of the Sky," "Fly Marines! The Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation: 1912-2012," and "The Enola Gay," including the resolution of issues surrounding the display of the bomber at the museum. Some materials date to when the department came to be known as the Aeronautics Division and then the Aeronautics Department. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; lecture papers; publications; information in regard to advisory boards, conferences, seminars, committees, and special events; meeting agendas; proposals; reports; contracts and agreements; exhibition scripts, floor plans, design information, and visitor comment forms; oral history interview transcripts; press releases, articles, newspaper clippings, and newspapers; photographs, slides, and negatives; appointment books documenting matters in regard to the "Enola Gay" exhibition controversy; copies of legislation related to aviation; newsletters; collections management information; awards; and brochures.

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This accession consists of the personal papers of Tom D. Crouch, a senior curator of aeronautics at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM). Crouch joined the curatorial staff at NASM in 1974 to assist with preparing exhibitions for the opening of the museum in 1976. In 1985, he transferred to the National Museum of American History (NMAH) where he was a curator and supervisor in the Division of Engineering and Industry, before eventually being appointed Chairman of the Department of Social and Cultural History in 1987. Crouch returned to NASM in 1990 when he was named Chairman of the NASM Department of Aeronautics, a position he held until 1999 when he became Senior Curator. Crouch served on the First Flight Centennial Commission Advisory Board and was active in planning activities for the centennial of the first flight by brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright. He also was involved in the planning, development and production activities for the exhibitions A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution and Men and Women: A History of Costume, Gender, and Power at NMAH, as well as for the NASM exhibitions The Flying Roosevelts, NASA/ART: Fifty Years of Exploration, R. G. Smith: The Old Master of the Sky, Fly Marines! The Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation: 1912-2012, and The Enola Gay, including the resolution of issues surrounding the display of the bomber at the museum. Some materials date to when the department came to be known as the Aeronautics Division and then the Aeronautics Department.

Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; lecture papers; publications; information in regard to advisory boards, conferences, seminars, committees, and special events; meeting agendas; proposals; reports; contracts and agreements; exhibition scripts, floor plans, design information, and visitor comment forms; oral history interview transcripts; press releases, articles, newspaper clippings, and newspapers; photographs, slides, and negatives; appointment books documenting matters in regard to the Enola Gay exhibition controversy; copies of legislation related to aviation; newsletters; collections management information; awards; and brochures.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-201, Tom D. Crouch Papers

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Container List

Box 1

Correspondence (general), 1976-2006 (3 folders)

Box 1 of 3

United States-Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Bilateral Information Talks, 1988 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 3

Enola Gay Exhibition (general)

Box 1 of 3

Enola Gay Exhibition: Correspondence, 1985-1998 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 3

Enola Gay Exhibition: Crouch Response to Controversy, 1995

Box 1 of 3

Enola Gay Exhibition: Photographs, 1996

Box 1 of 3

Enola Gay Exhibition: Papers, Articles, and Press Releases, 1993-1998 (7 folders)

Box 1 of 3

Enola Gay Exhibition: Enola Gay and Atomic Bomb Articles, circa 1962-1985

Box 1 of 3

Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan

Box 1 of 3

Historians' Committee for Open Debate on Hiroshima, 1995

Box 1 of 3

Box 2

Treaty of Paris, 1986-1988

Box 2 of 3

United States Military History Institute Documents, 1942-1946 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 3

Dibner Library Exhibition Script

Box 2 of 3

Wright State University National Aerospace Conference, 1996-1998 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 3

Smithsonian History of Aviation Project, 1983-1985

Box 2 of 3

First Flight Centennial Federal Advisory Board, 2000

Box 2 of 3

Yale-Smithsonian Seminar on Material Culture, 1995

Box 2 of 3

The Flying Roosevelts Exhibition, 1981

Box 2 of 3

"The Eagle Aloft: Two Centuries of Ballooning in America" Book Outline, 1980

Box 2 of 3

NASA/ART: Fifty Years of Exploration Exhibition, 2007

Box 2 of 3

Tom D. Crouch: Lectures, 1993-2011

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Tom D. Crouch: "Some Thoughts on Public History and Social Responsibility," 1989

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Tom D. Crouch: Curriculum Vitae

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Balloon History for The Mini Page, 2007

Box 2 of 3

Wright Brothers Documentary Films, 1992-2003

Box 2 of 3

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, 1992

Box 2 of 3

Miami University Graduate Research Forum, 2011

Box 2 of 3

The Wright Brothers in Dayton Program, 2004

Box 2 of 3

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, 2008

Box 2 of 3

Aviation and the Human Experience, 2003

Box 2 of 3

Ball State University: Electronic Field Trip Program, 2003, 2008

Box 2 of 3

National Air and Space Museum (NASM) Collections Management, 1997-1998

Box 2 of 3

Gender Perspectives: The Impact of Women on Museums Seminar, 1989

Box 2 of 3

Evaluation Study Report: Visitor's Views of the Eighteenth Century, 1983

Box 2 of 3

Dedication of the Langley Aerodrome (University of Pittsburgh), 1980

Box 2 of 3

Tom D. Crouch: Press Releases, 1988-2001

Box 2 of 3

Charles Billman Interview, 2002

Box 2 of 3

Tom L. Freudenhiem, 1986, 1989

Box 2 of 3

R. G. Smith: The Old Master of the Sky Exhibition: Script, 2000

Box 2 of 3

Smithsonian Voices of Discovery in Los Angeles, 1996

Box 2 of 3

University of Wyoming Collection Survey, 1992

Box 2 of 3

Book Reviews, 1984

Box 2 of 3

Centennial of Flight Commission and the Advisory Board, 1998-2003 (5 folders)

Box 2 of 3

The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library, 1995

Box 2 of 3

Smithsonian Music in America Meeting, 1987

Box 2 of 3

Dayton Centennial and Flyover Sculpture Dedication, 1996

Box 2 of 3

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, 2004

Box 2 of 3

Photographs of Tom D. Crouch, circa 1974-2004

Box 2 of 3

Investigation of Visitor Responses to Four Exhibitions at NASM, 2016

Box 2 of 3

NASM Thematic Unit Concept Script: Satellites, 1974

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Wright Brothers Stamp, 2001

Box 2 of 3

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Preservation Act, 1991-2003

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Frederick Durant Oral History Interview, 2002

Box 2 of 3

From Kites to the Wrights Project, 1999

Box 2 of 3

Early Flight (general)

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Michal McMahon: "The Romance of Technological Progress: A Critical Review of the National Air and Space Museum," 1981

Box 2 of 3

Box 3

Men and Women: A History of Costume, Gender, and Power Exhibition, 1988-1989

Box 3 of 3

Chairman, Department of Social and Cultural History, National Museum of American History, 1988-1989

Box 3 of 3

Chairman, Department of Aeronautics, NASM, 1990-1994

Box 3 of 3

A More Perfect Union Exhibition, 1987 (2 folders)

Box 3 of 3

A More Perfect Union Exhibition: Correspondence, 1986-2001 (4 folders)

Box 3 of 3

A More Perfect Union Exhibition: Press Releases, 1987-1998 (3 folders)

Box 3 of 3

Appointment Books, 1991-1998 (8 folders)

Box 3 of 3
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Terry Takacs' Original Drawings for the Satellites and Sounding Rockets Gallery, NASM, 1976

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Fly Marines! The Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation Exhibition: Floor Plan, 2011

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Photograph: Apollo Eleven Thirtieth Anniversary, Astronaut Reunion, NASM, 1999

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Smithsonian Institution "Castle" Building Drawing Prints

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Monticello Drawing Print

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