SIA Acc. 20-133, National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Work and Industry, Exhibition Records, 1915-1981, 2002-2003, 2007-2008

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Summary

This accession consists of records that document planning, development and production activities for the exhibitions "The Coke Push: A Centennial Portfolio of Industrial Art," "Abandoned Mine Scenes," "Lead and Zinc Mine Scenes of the Past," "Labor Day," "The United States Census, 1790-1960," "The Changing American Farm, 1831-1981," "The Clockwork Universe: German Clocks and Automata, 1550-1650," as well as the halls of Heavy Machinery, Civil Engineering, Petroleum, Nuclear Energy, Power Machinery, Iron and Steel, Coal, Mining, Internal Combustion, Light Machinery, and Agriculture 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. 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 Extractive Industries, the Division of Manufacturing, the Division of Agriculture and Mining, the Division of Manufactures and Heavy Industries, and the Division of Mineral Technology. In addition are records documenting exhibition activities in the related sections of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Industries, plus some records from the Division of Transportation in regard to the Railroad Hall. Staff represented in these records include curators John T. Schlebecker, Robert M. Vogel, and John H. White; Philip W. Bishop, Curator, and Chairman of the Department of Arts and Manufacturers; associate curator John Nathan Hoffman; assistant curator G. Terry Sharrer; industrial specialist Lowell L. Henkel; and aid Aida M. Doyle, Section of Organic Chemistry. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; proposals; budget summaries; press releases; scripts; object lists; brochures; floor plans; committee information; exhibition catalogs; opening invitations; speech papers; photographs and negatives; design layouts; production schedules; a contract; and drawings.

Subject

  • Bishop, Philip W
  • Schlebecker, John T
  • Vogel, Robert M
  • White, John H. 1933-
  • Hoffman, John Nathan
  • Sharrer, G. Terry
  • Henkel, Lowell L
  • Doyle, Aida M
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Department of Arts and Manufactures
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of the History of Technology
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Extractive Industries
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Manufacturing
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Agriculture and Mining
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Manufactures and Heavy Industries
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Transportation
  • United States National Museum Division of Mineral Technology
  • United States National Museum Section of Organic Chemistry
  • United States National Museum Section of Chemical Industries
  • 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 Heavy Machinery
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Civil Engineering
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Petroleum
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Nuclear Energy
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Power Machinery
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Iron and Steel
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Coal
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Mining
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Internal Combustion
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Agriculture
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Light Machinery
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Railroad Hall
  • The Coke Push: A Centennial Portfolio of Industrial Art (Exhibition) (1968: Washington, D.C.)
  • Abandoned Mine Scenes (Exhibition) (1969: Washington, D.C.)
  • Lead and Zinc Mine Scenes of the Past (Exhibition) (1974: Washington, D.C.)
  • Labor Day (Exhibition) (1973: Washington, D.C.)
  • The United States Census, 1790-1960 (Exhibition) (1960: Washington, D.C.)
  • The Changing American Farm, 1831-1981 (Exhibition) (1981-1982: Washington, D.C.)
  • The Clockwork Universe: German Clocks and Automata, 1550-1650 (Exhibition) (1980-1981: 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

  • 1915
  • 1915-2008
  • 1915-1981, 2002-2003, 2007-2008

Restrictions & Rights

Restricted for 15 years; until Jan-01-2024. Copyrighted material in Box 1 (Photograph of Buytl Rubber Manufacture Exhibition, Museum of History and Technology) and Box 2 (Hall of Coal: Scripts, circa 1960); see finding aid. Transferring office; 2/1/2011 memorandum, Johnstone to Jones; Contact reference staff for details

Topic

  • Chemical engineering
  • Committees
  • Museums
  • Iron
  • History
  • Petroleum industry
  • Steel
  • Textiles
  • Mining
  • Clocks and watches
  • Nuclear energy
  • Education
  • Coal
  • Agriculture
  • Rubber
  • Contracts
  • Museums--Educational aspects
  • Museum curators
  • Museum exhibits
  • Mining engineering
  • Speeches, addresses, etc
  • Agriculture--History
  • Petroleum
  • Textile fabrics

Form/Genre

  • Manuscripts
  • Collection descriptions
  • Brochures
  • Exhibition catalogs
  • Floor plans
  • Drawings
  • Color photographs
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Black-and-white negatives

Local number

SIA Acc. 20-133

Physical description

2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)

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