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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 19-099

National Museum of American History. Division of Political History

Exhibition Records, 1984-2015

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of American History. Division of Political History
Title: Exhibition Records
Dates: 1984-2015
Quantity: 2.09 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 half document box) (1 16x20 box) (1 oversize folder)
Collection: Accession 19-099
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of the records of William L. Bird, Curator, documenting his exhibition planning, development, and production activities in the Division of Political History. Earlier records date back to when the division was known as the Division of Politics and Reform, the Division of Social History, and when it was part of the Department of Social and Cultural History at the National Museum of American History. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; exhibition proposals; scripts; object lists; press releases; design information; floor plans; photographs, slides, and negatives; a press kit; visitor comments; committee information; a project schedule; meeting agendas and minutes; evaluations; clippings; brochures; drawings; and supporting documentation.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of the records of William L. Bird, Curator, documenting his exhibition planning, development, and production activities in the Division of Political History. Earlier records date back to when the division was known as the Division of Politics and Reform, the Division of Social History, and when it was part of the Department of Social and Cultural History at the National Museum of American History. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; exhibition proposals; scripts; object lists; press releases; design information; floor plans; photographs, slides, and negatives; a press kit; visitor comments; committee information; a project schedule; meeting agendas and minutes; evaluations; clippings; brochures; drawings; and supporting documentation.

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Use Restriction

Restricted for 15 years. until Jan-01-2031; Transferring office; 3/13/2006 memorandum, Johnstone to Bird; Contact reference staff for details.

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This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.

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Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-099, National Museum of American History. Division of Political History, Exhibition Records

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Container List

Box 1

Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes and Curios

Proposal, 2012

Box 1 of 3

Project Schedule, 2013

Box 1 of 3

Object Lists, 2010-2012

Box 1 of 3

Correspondence (general), 2012-2014

Box 1 of 3

Correspondence regarding Exhibition Book, 2012

Box 1 of 3

Script, 2012-2013

Box 1 of 3

Design Development, circa 2013

Box 1 of 3

Installation Images

Box 1 of 3

Presses Releases, 2013-2014

Box 1 of 3

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Proposal, 2012

Box 1 of 3

Correspondence (general), 1999-2001, 2015

Box 1 of 3

Planning Information, 2012-2015

Box 1 of 3

Object Lists, 2004, 2010

Box 1 of 3

Floor Plan, 2009

Box 1 of 3

Design Development, 2015

Box 1 of 3

Script, 2014 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 3

Press Releases

Box 1 of 3

Paint by Number: Accounting for Taste in the 1950s

Proposal, 1999

Box 1 of 3

Exhibition Outline, 1999

Box 1 of 3

Correspondence (general), 1999-2001

Box 1 of 3

Press Releases, 1999-2005

Box 1 of 3

Website Post-a-Reminiscence, 2001-2003

Box 1 of 3

Checklist of Paintings and Drawings, 2001

Box 1 of 3

Museum Banner Drawing, 2001

Box 1 of 3

Script, 2001

Box 1 of 3

Holidays on Display

Correspondence, 2007

Box 1 of 3

Press Releases, 2007-2009

Box 1 of 3

American Television from the Fair to the Family, 1939-1989

Script, circa 1988

Box 1 of 3

Object List, circa 1988

Box 1 of 3

Press Release, 1989

Box 1 of 3

Produce for Victory: Posters on the American Home Front, 1941-1945

Script, 1993

Box 1 of 3

Correspondence (general), 1992-2001

Box 1 of 3

Planning Information, 1991-1997

Box 1 of 3

Object Lists, 1993

Box 1 of 3

Press Kit, circa 1995

Box 1 of 3

Press Releases, 1991-2001

Box 1 of 3

Installation Photographs, 1994

Box 1 of 3

Vote! The Machinery of Democracy

Proposal, 2002

Box 1 of 3

Script, 2002-2003

Box 1 of 3

Object Lists, 2004

Box 1 of 3

Press Releases, 2004

Box 1 of 3

Other

The Doll House Move Project, 2013-2015

Box 1 of 3

Clara Barton's Ambulance Label Revision, 2008

Box 1 of 3

Exhibits Committee, 2014-2015

Box 1 of 3

Flag Hall Planning, 2000

Box 1 of 3

Corporate Partner Program, 1997-2001

Box 1 of 3

Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms Posters

Box 1 of 3

Exhibition Evaluations, 1994-1999

Box 1 of 3

Exhibition Proposals, 1995-2003

Box 1 of 3

Vaughn's Parade Float Display Case, 2003

Box 1 of 3

A Share in America Exhibition, 1984-1985

Box 1 of 3

Box 2

William L. Bird, Jr.: Exhibition Critiques, 1999-2001

Box 2 of 3

World War II U.S. Defense Bonds Billboard, 1995

Box 2 of 3

East Wing Renovation Planning Team, 2014-2015 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 3

The American Presidency Exhibition Scripts, 2000

Box 2 of 3

Box 3

Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes and Curios: Design and Floor Plan, 2013

Box 3 of 3

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith: Design and Floor Plan, 2013

Box 3 of 3

Produce for Victory: Posters on the American Home Front, 1941-1945: Design and Floor Plan, 1994

Box 3 of 3

Holidays on Display: Design Development, circa 2008

Box 3 of 3

The Big Window: Design Development, 2003 [Proposed Exhibition]

Box 3 of 3
Oversize

Folder 1 American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith: The Cloud Plan and Section, 2015

Oversize
Produce for Victory: Posters on the American Home Front, 1941-1945: Design and Floor Plan, 1995
Science in American Life: Design and Floor Plan
Clara Barton's Ambulance Label Revision, 2008