SIA Acc. 19-149, National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Information Technology and Society, Exhibition Records, 1953-2008

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This accession consists of records documenting staff exhibition planning, development, and production of photographic history collections, as well as works by renown contemporary American photographers, at the National Museum of American History (NMAH) and the Arts and Industries Building. Earlier records date back to when the photographic history staff and collections were in the Division of Photographic History, the Division of Graphic Arts and Photography, and the Section of Photography in the Division of Graphic Arts at NMAH, which, prior to 1980, was known at the National Museum of History and Technology and the Museum of History and Technology, respectively. Some records predate the creation of NMAH when the Section of Photography was in the United States National Museum. Also documented in these records is the traveling exhibition "The Art of Animation," created by Walt Disney and his staff of artists, which traced the history of motion in pictures and was shown at the National Museum of Natural History. Staff represented in these records include curators Alexander J. Wedderburn and Eugene Ostroff; assistant curator David Haberstich; museum technician Elliott Hawkins; and photo specialist Peter Liebhold. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; proposals; scripts; budget summaries; object lists; press releases; brochures; exhibition catalogs; opening invitations; photographs, slides, and negatives; symposium information; floor plans; newspaper clippings; Hall of Photography planning information and installation photographs; audiotapes; and drawings. Some materials are in electronic format.


  • Folder List in accession file.
  • Electronic 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


  • 1953
  • 1953-2008

Restrictions & Rights

Restricted for 15 years. until Jan-01-2024; Transferring office; 6/14/2013 memorandum, Johnstone to Wallace; Contact reference staff for details


  • Photography
  • Photographers
  • Public relations
  • Congresses and conventions
  • Traveling exhibitions
  • Education
  • Museums
  • Camera industry
  • History
  • Animated films
  • Museums--Educational aspects
  • Museums--Public relations
  • Museum curators
  • Museum exhibits
  • Photography--History


  • Manuscripts
  • Collection descriptions
  • Clippings
  • Brochures
  • Exhibition catalogs
  • Floppy disks
  • Electronic records
  • Floor plans
  • Drawings
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Black-and-white transparencies
  • Color transparencies
  • Audiotapes

Local number

SIA Acc. 19-149

Physical description

3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)