Correspondence, 2000-2020

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This accession consists of the email account of David K. Allison, Senior Scholar, Office of the Director. Allison received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Science from Princeton University. He began his career at the National Museum of American History in 1987 and his research interests include the history of information technology and military history. From 2009-2016 Allison was Associate Director for the Office of Curatorial Affairs where he oversaw a staff of 118 employees and coordinating the museum's collecting, research, and exhibition development; and from 1995-2009, Allison was Chair of the Division of Information Technology and Communications. Among the exhibitions that Alison was curator for include: "Information Age: People, Information and Technology," "Digilab," "September 11: Bearing Witness to History," "The Price of Freedom: Americans at War," and "American Enterprise." Allion's email account consists of approximately 216,471 messages and covers the time period of January 2000 to January 2020. The correspondence documents Allison's work on research, exhibitions, collections acquisitions, public programs, and other related areas. Materials are in electronic format.


  • Allison, David K. 1950-
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Information Technology and Communications
  • Princeton University
  • St. John's College (Annapolis, Md.)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Office of Curatorial Affairs
  • Information Age: People, Information and Technology (Exhibition) (1990-2006: Washington, D.C.)
  • Digilab (Exhibition) (1999-2005: Washington, D.C.)
  • September 11: Bearing Witness to History (Exhibition) (2002-2003: Washington, D.C.)
  • The Price of Freedom: Americans at War (Exhibition) (2004- : Washington, D.C.)
  • American Enterprise (Exhibition) (2015- : Washington, D.C.)


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  • 2000
  • 2000-2020

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  • Acquisitions
  • Computers
  • Curatorship
  • Education
  • Historians
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • History
  • Information technology
  • Military
  • Military history
  • Museum curators
  • Museums--Employees
  • Museum exhibits
  • Museums--Curatorship
  • Museums--Educational aspects
  • Museums--Acquisitions
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Information technology--History
  • Research
  • Computers--History
  • Museums--Administration


  • Electronic mail
  • Collection descriptions
  • Electronic records

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SIA Acc. 21-046

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