Director's Records, 2000-2015

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This accession consists of the email account of Nell Payne, director of the Office of Government Relations (OGR). Payne oversees OGR administrative matters and the Smithsonian's relationship with the United States Congress, the Executive Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and with government officials at the state and local level, in order to increase and solidify support for the programs and goals of the Institution. The account includes approximately 358,023 messages and covers the time periods from July 2000 to October 2004, March 2005, June 2005 to October 2004, January 2015, and April 2015 to July 2015. The correspondence pertains to congressional hearings; appropriations; briefings; meetings and agendas; agreements; joint resolutions; reports; personnel management; strategic planning; budget; policies, guidelines, and bylaws; proposals; statistics; Smithsonian Board of Regents; fundraising; donations; conferences, lectures, special events; museum tours; training; press releases; schedules; committees; and publications. Materials are in electronic format.


  • Payne, Nell
  • United States Congress
  • United States Office of Management and Budget
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents
  • United States Executive Office of the President


For a description of the record series of which these materials form a part, refer to the "Forms part of" above.



Repository Loc.

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


  • 2000
  • 2000-2015

Restrictions & Rights

Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2031. Records may contain personally identifiable information (PII) that is permanently restricted; Transferring office; 9/23/2021 memorandum, Johnstone to File; Contact reference staff for details


  • Press releases
  • Local government
  • Congresses and conventions
  • Meetings
  • Committees
  • Strategic planning
  • Museums
  • State governments
  • Legislative hearings
  • Training
  • Museum finance
  • Budget process
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Personnel management
  • Gifts
  • Fund raising
  • Special events
  • Contracts
  • Appropriations and expenditures
  • Museums--Administration
  • Museum publications


United States


  • Electronic mail
  • Collection descriptions
  • Electronic records

Local number

SIA Acc. 21-104

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