Collection Inventory Initiated

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The Office of the Registrar initiates a new Congressionally mandated Smithsonian collection inventory program using an automated data processing system. This is the first thorough tabulation of the Institution's collections since the Smithsonian was founded in 1846. Under the program, the responsibility for coordinating inventories on an Institution-wide basis is assigned to the Smithsonian Registrar.


  • Office of the Registrar
  • Smithsonian Institution Collection Inventory


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1978, p. 198.
  • Linda St. Thomas, "First Phase of Inventory Complete," The Torch, 83-7 (July 1983): 1, 3

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


October 1978


  • Automation
  • New Programs
  • Museums
  • Management
  • Reorganizations
  • National Collections
  • Museum techniques

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