SIA Acc. 19-221, National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Work and Industry, Exhibition Records, 1950, 1959-1988, 1996, 2004, 2006

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Summary

This accession consists of records that document planning, development and production activities for the exhibitions "A Material World," "Loose the Mighty Power: Impressions of the Steam Engine in America," "Abandoned Mine Scenes," "On Time," "Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There," as well as the halls of Nuclear Energy, Mining, Agriculture, Petroleum, Iron and Steel, Farming Machinery, and Forest Products at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), which, prior to 1980, was known as the National Museum of History and Technology and the Museum of History and Technology, respectively. A few records also predate the creation of NMAH, when the museum was part of the United States National Museum. The original working title for the exhibition "Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There," which opened at the National Air and Space Museum and was produced in partnership with NMAH, was "Finding Time and Place: From Chronometers to GPS." Earlier records date back to when the Division of Work and Industry was known as the Division of the History of Technology, the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Division of Extractive Industries, the Division of Manufacturing, the Division of Agriculture and Mining, the Division of Agriculture and Forest Products, the Division of Industrial Cooperation, and there are some records from the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and the Division of Transportation. Staff represented in these records include curators Robert C. Post, William L. Withuhn, Philip W. Bishop, John T. Schlebecker, Robert M. Vogel, and John H. White; associate curator John Nathan Hoffman; and exhibit coordinator Claudine Klose. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; proposals; budget summaries; design information; production schedules; scripts; press releases; floor plans; drawings; object lists; loan information; catalogs, pamphlets, brochures, and clippings; photographs and negatives; and reports. Some materials are in electronic format.

Creator

National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Work and Industry

Subject

  • Post, Robert C
  • Withuhn, William L
  • Bishop, Philip W
  • Schlebecker, John T
  • White, John H. 1933-
  • Hoffman, John Nathan 1923-
  • Klose, Claudine
  • Vogel, Robert M
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Industrial Cooperation
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of the History of Technology
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Transportation
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Agriculture and Mining
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Manufacturing
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Extractive Industries
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • National Museum of History and Technology
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • United States National Museum
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Nuclear Energy
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Mining
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Agriculture
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Petroleum
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Iron and Steel
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Farming Machinery
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Forest Products
  • National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)
  • A Material World (Exhibition) (1988-2002: Washington, D.C.)
  • Loose the Mighty Power: Impressions of the Steam Engine in America (Exhibition) (1978-1979: Washington, D.C.)
  • Abandoned Mine Scenes (Exhibition) (1969: Washington, D.C.)
  • On Time (Exhibition) (1999-2006: Washington, D.C.)
  • Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There (Exhibition) (2013- : Washington, D.C.)

Notes

  • 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.

Organization

Unarranged

Repository Loc.

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

Date

  • 1950
  • 1950-2006
  • 1950, 1959-1988, 1996, 2004, 2006

Restrictions & Rights

Restricted for 15 years. until Jan-01-2022; Transferring office; 2/1/2011 memorandum, Johnstone to Jones; Contact reference staff for details

Topic

  • Loans
  • Museums
  • Time
  • Iron
  • History
  • Petroleum industry
  • Steel
  • Mining
  • Forest products
  • Nuclear energy
  • Agriculture machinery
  • Education
  • Systems and standards
  • Agriculture
  • Museums--Educational aspects
  • Museum curators
  • Museum exhibits
  • Time--Systems and standards
  • Mining engineering
  • Agriculture--History
  • Petroleum

Form/Genre

  • Manuscripts
  • Collection descriptions
  • Brochures
  • Exhibition catalogs
  • Pamphlets
  • Clippings
  • Compact discs
  • Electronic records
  • Floor plans
  • Drawings
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Black-and-white negatives

Local number

SIA Acc. 19-221

Physical description

1.69 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 16x20 box)