Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
National Museum of American History. Office of the Director
Subject Files, 1961-1963, 1991, 1996-2015
This accession consists of records created and maintained during the tenures of National Museum of American History (NMAH) directors John Gray, Brent D. Glass, Spencer R. Crew, and acting director Marc Pachter, documenting museum administration, fundraising, renovation projects, exhibition redevelopment, and meetings of the NMAH board. Significant among these records are the annotated Chairman's copy of the Smithsonian Blue Ribbon Commission report on NMAH; extensive documentation in regard to the NMAH Public Space Renewal Project; a comprehensive introduction for the NMAH board in 1999, which provides a broad overview of the museum in that era; and plans for a NMAH collection storage facility. Also consists of a small amount of records documenting the early years of NMAH, when the museum was known at the Museum of History and Technology. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; meeting agendas and minutes; reports; budget summaries; proposals; agreements; NMAH board briefing books; presentation information; evaluations; architectural drawings; brochures; statistical information; floor plans; drawings; and supporting documentation. Some materials are in electronic format.
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2031; Transferring office; 3/20/1985 memorandum, Massa to Sengsourinh; Contact reference staff for details.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Gray, John
- Glass, Brent D.
- Crew, Spencer R., 1949-
- Pachter, Marc
- National Museum of American History (U.S.). Public Space Renewal Project
- National Museum of American History (U.S.). Museum Board
- Smithsonian Institution. Blue Ribbon Commission
- Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
- Museums -- Administration
- Museums -- Collection management
- Buildings -- Repair and reconstruction
- Museum exhibits
- Fund raising
- Museum directors
- Museum curators
- United States -- History
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-078, National Museum of American History. Office of the Director, Subject Files