Agency history, 2019-

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  • Stofan, Ellen Renee 1961-
  • Brissenden, R. J. V
  • Smithsonian Institution Administration
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Agency History


  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • Smithsonian Annual Report, 2019-2020
  • Smithsonian Institution, About, Administration,, 2020
  • Smithsonian Institution, Email announcement, "Message from the Secretary: Personnel Changes", January 13, 2021
  • Smithsonian Institution, Email announcement, "Message from the Secretary: Ellen Stofan is new Under Secretary for Science", March 2, 2021
  • The Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Research was created in 2019. The Under Secretary leads the Smithsonian Institution's collective scientific efforts and commitment to research. The Under Secretary oversees the science museums, science research centers, and the Smithsonian Libraires and Archives. This includes the National Museum of Natural History, the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, the Museum Conservation Institute, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
  • R. J. V. Brissenden, Deputy Director of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, was appointed Actiing Under Secretary for Science and Research in 2019. Ellen Stofan, Director of the National Air and Space Museum, was appointed Under Secretary in March 2021.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

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  • 2019
  • 2019-


  • Natural history museums
  • Observatories
  • Zoos
  • Science
  • Museums
  • Science museums
  • Museums--Administration
  • Research


Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00452

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