Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
National Museum of American History. Division of Cultural History
Exhibition Records, 1979-2006
This accession consists of exhibition records created and maintained by Gary Sturm, Assistant Chair, Division of Cultural History, that document his work on the planning and execution of exhibitions at the National Museum of American History and other institutions. Sturm studied mathematics at Beloit College and pursued European Studies at the University of Copenhagen before joining the Smithsonian in 1975. In 1981 Sturm helped the Smithsonian acquire its first Stradivarius, the 1701 Servais cello. As the Assistant Chair, Sturm was responsible for the preservation and study of some 5000 musical instruments. Sturm also served as Executive Director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society. Included are records from when the division was known as the Division of Musical Instruments and subsequently the Division of Musical History, and Office of Cultural History. Also some materials date to when the museum was known as the National Museum of History and Technology. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, programs, brochures, loan records, images, sounds recordings, and clippings. Some materials are in electronic format.
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2022; Transferring office; 10/9/2012 memorandum, Johnstone to Rogers; 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.
- Sturm, Gary
- National Museum of American History (U.S.). Office of Cultural History
- National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical Instruments
- National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical History
- Beloit College
- Kobenhavns universitet
- Smithsonian Chamber Music Society
- National Museum of History and Technology. Division of Musical Instruments
- American Violin Makers Before 1930: The Inspiration of Stradivari (Exhibition) (1987: Washington, D.C.)
- Blue Guitars (Exhibition) (1997-1998: Washington, D.C.)
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
- Electronic records
- Compact discs
- Digital images
- Black-and-white photographs
- Black-and-white negatives
- Color transparencies
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-080, National Museum of American History. Division of Cultural History, Exhibition Records