Correspondence,
1956-2004

Summary
Collection ID:
Accession 11-003
Creators:
National Museum of Natural History, Dept. of Mineral Sciences
Dates:
1956-2004
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
29 cu. ft. (29 record storage boxes)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
This accession consists of the professional correspondence of Tom Simkin, Curator of Petrology and Volcanology, 1972-2003, and Senior Geologist and Volcanologist, 2003-2009. Simkin also served as Geologist, Smithsonian Oceanographic Sorting Center, 1967-1972. Major topics covered in this accession include the creation and revision of "This Dynamic Planet - World Map of Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Plate Tectonics;" manuscripts, articles, and other publications; research projects, especially in the Galapagos Islands and on the Island of Skye; and revisions to exhibitions, including the Physical Geology Hall, the Hall of Mineralogy and Meteorites, the Glacial Geology Hall, "Volcano Watch: Maurice and Katia Krafft and the Smithsonian," "Our Changing Land," and those reviewed by the Exhibits Committee.
A large portion of the records also document the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Isles, an international not-for-profit organization that provides scientific research and technical information and assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos Islands. The Smithsonian Institution is an institutional member and Simkin served as Secretary of the Americas. In addition to his own correspondence, Simkin was often copied on the correspondence of other officers as well Smithsonian Institution staff, including Secretary Sidney Dillon Ripley, one of three founding council members, and Marsha E. Sitnik, Program Manager, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Science, who also served as Executive Secretary of the Foundation.
Some records were created while Simkin was assigned to the Division of Petrology and Volcanology within the Dept. of Mineral Sciences. Other records were created prior to Simkin's career at the Smithsonian Institution.
Materials include correspondence, memoranda, notes, reports, meeting materials, exhibition scripts, clippings, manuscripts, brochures, maps, research images, object images, bibliographies, postcards, newsletters, ephemera, and related materials.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-003, National Museum of Natural History, Dept. of Mineral Sciences, Correspondence
Use Restriction
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2020; Transferring office; Contact reference staff for details.

Keywords
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Ripley, Sidney Dillon, 1913-2001 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Simkin, Tom. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sitnik, Marsha E. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Division of Petrology and Volcanology. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Exhibits Committee. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Glacial Geology Hall. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Hall of Mineralogy and Meteorites. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Physical Geology Hall. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Science. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Oceanographic Sorting Center. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Isles Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Our Changing Land (Exhibition) (1975-1976: Washington, D.C.) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Volcano Watch: Maurice and Katia Krafft and the Smithsonian (Exhibition) (1997: Washington, D.C.) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
This Dynamic Planet - World Map of Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Plate Tectonics (Map) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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