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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 19-080

National Museum of American History. Division of Cultural History

Exhibition Records, 1979-2006

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of American History. Division of Cultural History
Title: Exhibition Records
Dates: 1979-2006
Quantity: 0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Collection: Accession 19-080
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

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.

Descriptive Entry

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.

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Use Restriction

Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2022; Transferring office; 10/9/2012 memorandum, Johnstone to Rogers; Contact reference staff for details.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-080, National Museum of American History. Division of Cultural History, Exhibition Records

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Container List

Box 1

Violin Treasures

Exhibition records and images, 1979-1981

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American Violin Makers Before 1930: The Inspiration of Stradivari - June 1-August 23, 1987

Exhibition records and images, 1987

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First American Violin Congress, June 9-13, 1987

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From Court to Concert Hall: Shaping the Sounds of Violins and Pianos - Commerce Building, 1989

Exhibition records, floor plans, and other related materials, 1989

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Blue Guitars - November 12, 1997-October 4, 1998

Exhibition records, 1997 (2 folders)

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The Decorated Strads - Exhibition: October 29-November 5, 2001; Youth programs: November 9, 2001; and Concerts: November 10-11, 2001

Exhibition, concert, and youth programs - Santa Fe Pro Musica in association with the Smithsonian Institution, 2001 (includes electronic records)

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Amanti Quartet loan - Domaine Forget Music and Dance Academy

Loan records, 2003

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Instruments from the Dr. Herbert R. and Evelyn Axelrod Collection in the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, 2004

Exhibition records, 2004

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Stradivarius exhibition - Chrysler Museum of Art, 2005

Exhibition records, 2005

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Music and Art of the 17th and 18th Centuries: A Quartet of Ornamented String Instruments by Antonio Stradivari - Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois - October 20-December 3, 2006

Exhibition records and images, 2006 (includes electronic records)

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From Jefferson to Jazz - Library of Congress, 2006

Correspondence - American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, 2006

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Clipping - Good Vibrations: An Introduction to String Instruments - Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, 1992

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