SIA Acc. 19-201, National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.). Office of the Director, Administrative Records, 2000, 2003, 2008-2016


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This accession consists of the records documenting the activities and management of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) during the tenure of founding Director, Lonnie G. Bunch, 2005-2019. Topics covered include the design, development, and administration of the museum; acquisitions; programs; and exhibitions. Some records date from before the creation of the museum in 2003. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, floor plans, notes, meeting minutes, scripts, outlines, agendas, object lists, brochures, news clippings, budget reports, illustrations, and other related materials.


National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.). Office of the Director


  • Bunch, Lonnie G
  • Slavery and Freedom (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)
  • Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876-1968 (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)
  • A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)
  • Power of Place (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington D.C.)
  • Making A Way Out of No Way (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington D.C.)
  • Double Victory: The African American Military Experience (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)
  • Sports: Leveling the Playing Field (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)
  • Musical Crossroads (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)
  • Cultural Expressions (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)
  • Taking the Stage (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)
  • Visual Art and the American Experience (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)
  • A Century in the Making: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Exhibition) (2016- : Washington, D.C.)
  • Everyday Beauty: Selections from the Photography and Film Collection (Exhibition) (2017-2018: Washington, D.C.)


  • 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.


By exhibition and unarranged

Repository Loc.

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


  • 2008
  • 2008-2016
  • 2000, 2003, 2008-2016

Restrictions & Rights

Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2032; Transferring office; 12/17/2015 memorandum, Milhoan to Thomas; Contact reference staff for details


  • Museum buildings
  • Acquisitions
  • Education
  • Historical museums
  • Museums
  • Society
  • History
  • African Americans--History
  • African Americans--Social life and customs
  • Museum directors
  • Museum exhibits
  • Museums--Educational aspects
  • Museums--Acquisitions
  • Museums--Administration


  • Brochures
  • Collection descriptions
  • Clippings
  • Manuscripts
  • Floor plans
  • Illustrations

Local number

SIA Acc. 19-201

Physical description

6.5 cu. ft. (6 record storage boxes) (1 document box)