SIA Acc. 19-202, National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Office of the Director, Subject Files, 1963, 1984-2019


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This accession consists of materials documenting the administration and programs of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) by the Office of the Director, primarily during the tenures of Robert S. Hoffman, 1985-1988; Frank Talbot, 1988-1994; Donald J. Ortner, Acting Director, 1994-1996; David L. Pawson, Acting Director, 1996; Robert W. Fri, 1996-2001; J. Dennis O'Connor, Acting Director, 2001-2002; Cristián Samper, 2002-2007 and 2008-2012; Paul G. Risser, Acting Director, 2007-2008; and Kirk R. Johnson, 2012- . Included are records concerning NMNH departments, divisions, offices, and programs; fundraising efforts; and agreements without outside organizations. Materials include correspondence, memoranda of understanding, reports, newsletters, brochures, clippings, floor plans, maps, photographs, negatives, slides, audiocassettes, a pin, and a flag. Some materials are in electronic format.


National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Office of the Director


  • Hoffman, Robert S
  • Talbot, Frank
  • Ortner, Donald J
  • Pawson, David L (David Leo) 1938-
  • Fri, Robert W
  • O'Connor, J. Dennis
  • Samper, Cristián
  • Johnson, Kirk R


  • 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


  • 1984
  • 1984-2019
  • 1963, 1984-2019

Restrictions & Rights

Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2035; Transferring office; 1/15/2014 memorandum, Yowell to File; Contact reference staff for details


  • Natural history museums
  • Natural history museum directors
  • Museums
  • Fund raising
  • Museums--Administration


  • Manuscripts
  • Collection descriptions
  • Brochures
  • Clippings
  • Newsletters
  • Electronic records
  • Compact discs
  • Digital versatile discs
  • Floor plans
  • Maps
  • Black-and-white negatives
  • Color photographs
  • Color transparencies
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Audiotapes
  • Artifacts

Local number

SIA Acc. 19-202

Physical description

14 cu. ft. (14 record storage boxes)