SIA Acc. 19-093, National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Culture and the Arts, Curatorial Records, 1999-2013

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This accession consists of the records of Gary Sturm, Curator Emeritus at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), and document his curatorial activities, the division's collections, presentations, professional interests, and publications while at NMAH and after he retired in 2009. Sturm started at the museum in 1975 as a clerk typist in the then National Museum of History and Technology, Division of Musical Instruments and moved from there to be a technical assistant, a museum technician, a museum specialist, a collections manager in what became the Division of Musical History, then Assistant Chair, and then on to become Assistant Chair for Special Projects in the Division of Cultural History, and lastly retiring as Chair of the Division of Music, Sports and Entertainment. He also served as the Executive Director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society. His primary interests lay in bowed stringed instruments, in particular violins. Materials include correspondence, collection records, budget records, grant proposals, publication records, presentations, images, and other related records. Materials are in electronic format.


  • Sturm, Gary
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Cultural History
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Music, Sports, and Entertainment
  • National Museum of History and Technology Division of Musical Instruments
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Musical History
  • Smithsonian Chamber Music Society


For a description of the record series of which these materials form a part, refer to the "Forms part of" above.



Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1999
  • 1999-2013

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Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2029; Transferring office; 5/9/2007 memorandum, Johnstone to Hoover; Contact reference staff for details


  • Musical instruments
  • Museum finance
  • Bowed stringed instruments
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Museums
  • Violins
  • Museum curators
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Museum publications
  • Violin


  • Electronic records
  • Collection descriptions
  • Digital images

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SIA Acc. 19-093

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