This accession consists of the records of Susan Ostroff, Museum Specialist, documenting her exhibition activities in the Division of Cultural History and, prior to joining that Division, as museum specialist in the Collections Support Office at the National Museum of American History (NMAH). Ostroff participated in exhibition planning teams and at times either served as research assistant or project manager for exhibitions at NMAH. Also represented in these records are Division of Cultural History curators Richard E. Ahlborn and Charles McGovern, who, before that Division was created, were curators in the Division of Community Life. Documented are the following exhibitions, some of which are proposals: "Rock 'n' Soul: Social Crossroads"; "Spirit of America"; "American Voices: Music at the Smithsonian" which was presented by Discover Card and accompanied the traveling "America's Smithsonian" exhibition; "This is your Childhood, Charlie Brown: Children and American Culture, 1948-1968"; "1848: New Border, New Nation"; "American Encounters"; "A Community between Two Worlds: Arab Americans in Greater Detroit"; "The Segesser Hide Paintings"; "The American Experience: Contemporary Immigrant Artists"; and "How We Discover."
Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; exhibition proposals; planning and design information; scripts; budget summaries; meeting agendas and minutes; floor plans; photographs, negatives, and slides; loan information; brochures; press releases; fund raising information; collection policies; audiotapes and videotapes; contractual agreements; interview transcripts; clippings; and reports. Some materials are in electronic format.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 13-007, National Museum of American History, Division of Cultural History, Exhibition Records
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