Exhibition Records,
1925-2010

Summary
Collection ID:
Accession 13-217
Creators:
National Museum of American History. Division of Work and Industry
Dates:
1925-2010
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
8 cu. ft. (8 record storage boxes)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
This accession consists of the records of Bernard S. Finn, Curator Emeritus of electricity collections, documenting exhibition planning, development, and production at the National Museum of American History. Earlier records date from when Finn was in the Division of Information Technology and Society; the Division of Electricity and Modern Physics; the National Museum of History and Technology, Division of Electricity and Nuclear Energy; the Museum of History and Technology, Division of Electricity; as well as predate the creation of the museum. Also represented in these records are curators David K. Allison, Arthur P. Molella, and Paul Forman; museum specialists Elliot N. Sivowitch and Ray A. Hutt; Robert D. Friedel, Historian; and Nance L. Briscoe, Collections Manager. Documented are the following exhibitions: Laser 10: The First Ten Years of Laser Technology; The Laser at 25; Fifty Years of Lasers; Information Age: People, Information and Technology; Edison: Lighting a Revolution; Lighting a Revolution; Edison After the Electric Light: The Challenge of Success; Person to Person; 1876 Centennial Exhibition; Edison and the Electrical Age: 100 Years; Underwater Web: Cabling the Seas; FDR: The Intimate Presidency; History as Seen from the National Museum of American History; Science in American Life; Beyond Vision; A Material World; Stalking the Elusive Computer Bug; and Nation of Nations
Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; exhibition proposals; planning and design information; scripts; budget summaries, contractual agreements; meeting agendas and minutes; reports; press releases; educational program information; floor plans; photographs; brochures; visitor surveys; loan information; clippings; drawings; information about the Hall of Electricity; and supporting documentation.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 13-217, National Museum of American History. Division of Work and Industry, Exhibition Records
Use Restriction
Restricted for 15 years. until Jan-01-2026; Transferring office; 6/14/2013 memorandum, Johnstone to Wallace; Contact reference staff for details.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Finn, Bernard S., 1932- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Allison, David Kite Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Molella, Arthur P., 1944- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Forman, Paul Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sivowitch, Elliot N. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hutt, Ray A. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Friedel, Robert D. (Robert Douglas), 1950- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Briscoe, Nance L. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Electricity and Modern Physics Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.). Division of Electricity and Nuclear Energy Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.). Division of Electricity Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Information Technology and Society Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.). Electricity Hall Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Laser 10: The First Ten Years of Laser Technology (Traveling exhibition) (1970) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Laser at 25 (Traveling exhibition) (1985) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fifty Years of Lasers (Traveling exhibition) (2010) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Information Age: People, Information and Technology (Exhibition) (1990: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Edison: Lighting a Revolution (Exhibition) (1980: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lighting a Revolution (Exhibition) (1992: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Edison After the Electric Light: The Challenge of Success (Traveling exhibition) (1986) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Person to Person (Exhibition) (1976: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
1876: A Centennial Exhibition (1976: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Edison and the Electrical Age: 100 Years (Traveling exhibition) (1979-1980) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Underwater Web: Cabling the Seas (Exhibition) (2001: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
FDR: The Intimate Presidency (Exhibition) (1982: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
History as Seen from the National Museum of American History (Exhibition) (1983-1990: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Science in American Life (Exhibition) (1994: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Beyond Vision (Traveling exhibition) (1987) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
A Material World (Exhibition) (1988: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stalking the Elusive Computer Bug (Exhibition) (1997-1998: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nation of Nations (1976 : Smithsonian Institution) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Electricity -- History Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Traveling exhibitions Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum curators Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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