The position of the Assistant Secretary for History and Art was planned by Secretary S. Dillon Ripley in 1964, but it was not filled until late 1967 when Charles Blitzer was named Acting Assistant Secretary for History and Art. Blitzer, who had been Director of the Office of Education and Training from 1965, became Assistant Secretary and served 1968- .
The Assistant Secretary for History and Art served as the administrative link between the Secretary and the following Smithsonian bureaus: the Museum of History and Technology, the National Collection of Fine Arts, the National Portrait Gallery, the Freer Gallery of Art, the National Air and Space Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board, the Smithsonian Archives, the Joseph Henry Papers, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Office of Academic Studies, the Office of American Studies, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Archives of American Art.
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