SIA Acc. 19-152, National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Culture and the Arts, Curatorial Records, 1933-2016

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This accession consists of records documenting the curatorial and professional activities of photographic history collection staff in the Division of Culture and the Arts at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), with earlier records dating back to when the staff was in the Division of Information Technology and Society, 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 as 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. Of special note are records pertaining to the collecting of World War II-era photographs taken by American soldiers and their families. Staff represented in these records include curators Alexander J. Wedderman, Jacob Kainen, Fuller O. Griffith, Arthur J. Olmsted, Eugene Ostroff, Michelle Anne Delaney, Mary K. Grassick, and Shannon Thomas Perich; assistant curator David Haberstich; museum specialist Debbie Griggs Carter; photo specialist Peter Liebhold; museum technician Horace D. Randolph; and research assistant Tony Brooks. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; annual reports; articles; gift agreements; information in regard to collections management, professional societies, conventions, special programs, and committees; photographs and negatives; a lecture paper; biographical information; clippings; and brochures. 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


  • 1933
  • 1933-2016

Restrictions & Rights

Restricted for 15 years; until Jan-01-2032. Records may contain personally identifiable information (PII) that is permanently restricted. Transferring office; 5/9/2007 memorandum, Johnstone to Hoover; Contact reference staff for details


  • Photography
  • Professional associations
  • Public relations
  • Congresses and conventions
  • Committees
  • Museums
  • Gifts
  • History
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Photography--History
  • Speeches, addresses, etc
  • Museums--Public relations
  • Museum curators


  • Manuscripts
  • Collection descriptions
  • Brochures
  • Clippings
  • Compact discs
  • Digital versatile discs
  • Electronic records
  • Color photographs
  • Color negatives
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Black-and-white negatives

Local number

SIA Acc. 19-152

Physical description

3.5 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 document box)