Director's Records, 1996-2017

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This accession consists of the email account of Harold A. Closter, Director. Closter's email account consists of approximately 141,966 messages and covers the time period from March 1996 to June 2017. Closter served as Director from 2004-2017. Before joining Smithsonian Affiliations, Closter was a Senior Management Advisor with the Office of National Programs and previous to that was Assistant Director for Public Service in the Department of Public Programs at the National Museum of American History. As Director of Smithsonian Affiliations, Closter worked to establish long-term collaborative relationships with communities across the country in order to allow the Smithsonian to share its collections, programming, and expertise more widely with local museums and educational organizations. The records document Closter's work with the various Smithsonian Affiliates located across the United States, as well as his work on Affiliations programs and educational resources. In addition the messages cover his work while at the Office of National Programs and at the National Museum of American History. Materials are in electronic format.


  • Closter, Harold A
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Department of Public Programs
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of the Deputy Secretary Office of National Programs


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1996
  • 1996-2017

Restrictions & Rights

Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2033. Records may contain personally identifiable information (PII) that is permanently restricted; Transferring office; 06/09/2021 memorandum, Toda to File; Contact reference staff for details


  • Public relations
  • Education
  • Museum outreach programs
  • Historical museums
  • Museums
  • Museums and community
  • Museums--Educational aspects
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Museums--Public relations
  • Museum exhibits
  • Museums--Administration


  • Electronic records
  • Collection descriptions
  • Electronic mail

Local number

SIA Acc. 21-062

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