Divisional Records,
circa
1974-1981

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 599
Creators:
National Museum of American History, Division of Education and Visitor Information
Dates:
circa
1974-1981
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.4 linear meter.
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records include staff memoranda; correspondence with educators and outside consultants on public programs; annual and monthly reports of the Division; NMHT exhibition proposals; budgetary files; information on docent training programs, NMHT tours, and internships; and educational newsletters.

Historical Note
Historical Note
In 1974, a Division of Public Information and Education was created from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT). The following year Alice Reno Malone was appointed Coordinator of Education for the Division, and reported to the Deputy Director of NMHT. She was later joined by education specialists Robert S. Harding and Elizabeth Sharpe. In 1976 the Division of Public Information and Education was renamed the Division of Education and Visitor Information, with Malone submitting reports of the Division to the Director of NMHT. The Division was placed under the Office of Public and Academic Programs in 1980. It became defunct in fiscal year 1982 when NMHT was renamed the National Museum of American History.
The Division of Education and Visitor Information was responsible for providing Museum visitors with a variety of programs that interpreted the exhibitions and collections of NMHT. The Division was involved in interpretative lesson tours, outreach activities, films and orientation sessions, demonstrations, lectures, teachers workshops, publications, and discovery corner presentations.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 599, National Museum of American History, Division of Education and Visitor Information, Divisional Records

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Harding, Robert S. (Robert Steven), 1944- Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Malone, Alice Reno. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sharpe, Elizabeth M. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museums -- Educational aspects. Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Historical museums. Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Washington, D.C.
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