SIA Acc. 19-148, National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Space History Division, Exhibition Records, 1978, 1986-2004

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This accession consists of records created and maintained by Valerie Neal, Curator, pertaining to the design, development, execution, and installation of the exhibition "Where Next, Columbus?." The exhibition marked the quincentenary of Christopher Columbus's voyage and considers the possibilities for future space exploration. Some records date to when the department was known as the Department of Space History from (1987-1996), the Department of Space Science and Exploration (1980-1986), and the Department of Astronautics (1975-1980). Materials include correspondence, books, notes, proposals, memoranda, floor plans, agendas, drawings, newspaper clippings, negatives, fund raising materials, brochures, reports, scripts, charts, illustrations, photographs, slides, transparencies, and related materials.


  • Electronic List in accession file.
  • Folder List in accession file.
  • 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


  • 1986
  • 1986-2004
  • 1978, 1986-2004


  • Columbus Quincentenary, 1992-1993
  • Education
  • Astronautical museums
  • Aeronautics
  • Exploration
  • Museums
  • Space sciences
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Museums--Educational aspects
  • Aeronautical museums
  • Museum exhibits
  • Museum curators


Outer space


  • Brochures
  • Collection descriptions
  • Clippings
  • Manuscripts
  • Books
  • Floor plans
  • Drawings
  • Illustrations
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Black-and-white transparencies
  • Color transparencies
  • Color photographs
  • Color negatives

Local number

SIA Acc. 19-148

Physical description

4.5 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes) (1 document box)