SIA Acc. 21-011, National Museum of American History (U.S.), Website Records, 2008-2020

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This accession consists of various websites and sections of websites maintained by the National Museum of American History. The primary National Museum of American History (NMAH) website was crawled on October 31, 2019. The website includes information about the museum and its exhibitions, collections, special events, and staff as well as online exhibitions and educational resources. Detailed collections information is not included in this accession. An embedded blog, "O Say Can You See?," was crawled separately on the same date. The blog launched in July 2008. The "American Enterprise" exhibition overview page on the NMAH website, crawled on February 14, 2020, includes information about the exhibition. The Archives Center section of the NMAH website, crawled on February 14, 2020, includes information about the Archives Center and its collections and exhibitions. This accession does not include detailed information about individual collections. The "History Wired: A Few of Our Favorite Things" overview page on the NMAH website, crawled on February 14, 2020, provides information about an experimental website of that name which was retired in 2016 due to browser compatibility issues. The website had been a virtual tour of selected collection objects, many of which were not on public display. The Smithsonian Jazz section of the NMAH website, crawled on February 21, 2020, contains information about jazz-related collections, research, educational programs, and events at NMAH and across the Smithsonian Institution as well as information about the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and Jazz Appreciation Month. The Adobe Flash-based "Preparing for the Oath: U. S. History and Civics for Citizenship" section of the NMAH website was both crawled and manually captured on August 26, 2020. Due to issues with Flash, neither capture is complete and server files were also received. The web section serves as an online study guide for the civics portion of the United States Naturalization Test. Shortly after these captures, the web section was redesigned to no longer use Flash which would not be supported by Adobe after December 2020. The "Smithsonian's History Explorer" website, crawled on February 21, 2020, was developed by NMAH in partnership with the Verizon Foundation to offer free, innovative online resources for teaching and learning American history. These resources focus on learning history by "reading" objects for the stories they hold about the nation and its many peoples. Learning activities feature artifacts selected from the museum's collections and draw on the expertise of the museum's curatorial staff. Due to technical issues, some multimedia may not function properly. The "'What It Means to Be American': A National Conversation Hosted by the Smithsonian and Zócalo Public Square" blog, crawled on February 21, 2020, is a national, multiplatform, multimedia conversation hosted by NMAH and Zócalo Public Square that brings together leading thinkers, public figures, and Americans from all walks of life to explore big, visceral questions about how the nation's past can help everyone understand its present and imagine its future. The blog, launched in 2014, includes long-form articles on a variety of topics as well as images and short-form posts submitted by the public in response to specific questions. Materials are in electronic format.


  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Archives Center
  • Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Smithsonian Jazz
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Verizon Foundation
  • Zócalo Public Square
  • The 1896 Washington Salon and Art Photographic Exhibition (Online exhibition)
  • Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life (Online exhibition)
  • Advertising War: Selling Americans on World War I (Online exhibition)
  • America on the Move (Online exhibition)
  • American Democracy: A Leap of Faith (Online exhibition)
  • American Enterprise (Online exhibition)
  • The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden (Online exhibition)
  • The American Scene (Online exhibition)
  • American Stories (Online exhibition)
  • Art in Industry (Online exhibition)
  • Artifact Walls - Science under Glass (Online exhibition)
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops, 1820-Present (Online exhibition)
  • Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964 (Online exhibition)
  • Civil War Field Printing (Online exhibition)
  • Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: Jazz Composers (Online exhibition)
  • The First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald at 100 (Online exhibition)
  • EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America (Online exhibition)
  • Family of Voices (Online exhibition)
  • The Feather Trade and the American Conservation Movement (Online exhibition)
  • Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000 (Online exhibition)
  • A Gateway to the 19th Century: The William Steinway Diary, 1861-1896 (Online exhibition)
  • Giving in America (Online exhibition)
  • HIV and AIDS Thirty Years Ago (Online exhibition)
  • Holidays on Display (Online exhibition)
  • Innovation in Defense: Artificial Intelligence and the Challenge of Cybersecurity (Online exhibition)
  • Jefferson's Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth (Online exhibition)
  • A Letter from George Washington, November 30, 1785 (Online exhibition)
  • Little Golden Books (Online exhibition)
  • Making a Modern Museum: Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the National Museum of American History (Online exhibition)
  • Many Voices, One Nation (Online exhibition)
  • Mending Broken Hearts: Innovation Inside the Body (Online exhibition)
  • Modern Medicine and the Great War (Online exhibition)
  • The Norie Marine Atlas and the Guano Trade (Online exhibition)
  • Not Lost in Translation: The Life of Clotilde Arias (Online exhibition)
  • On the Water: Stories from Maritime America (Online exhibition)
  • On Time (Online exhibition)
  • Preparing for the Oath: U. S. History and Civics for Citizenship (Online exhibition)
  • The Price of Freedom: Americans at War (Online exhibition)
  • Puppetry in America (Online exhibition)
  • Religion in Early America (Online exhibition)
  • Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II (Online exhibition)
  • Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education (Online exhibition)
  • The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag That Inspired the National Anthem (Online exhibition)
  • Taking America to Lunch (Online exhibition)
  • Uniformed Women in the Great War (Online exhibition)
  • A Vision of Puerto Rico: The Teodoro Vidal Collection (Online exhibition)
  • Within These Walls . . . (Online exhibition)
  • Bon Appétit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian (Online exhibition)
  • Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings (Online exhibition)
  • ¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz (Online exhibition)


  • 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.



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  • 2008
  • 2008-2020


  • Public relations
  • Jazz
  • Blogs
  • Education
  • Museum archives
  • Historical museums
  • Museums
  • Web sites
  • History
  • Special events
  • Jazz appreciation month
  • Museums--Public relations
  • Museums--Educational aspects
  • Museum exhibits
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Jazz Appreciation Month


United States


  • Electronic records
  • Collection descriptions
  • Web sites

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SIA Acc. 21-011

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