Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 252
Creators:
National Museum of History and Technology. Division of Political History
Dates:
circa 1950-1969
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
3 cu. ft. (6 document boxes)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records consist of general correspondence, primarily public inquiries, particularly concerning the First Ladies' Hall and objects associated with presidents and other prominent figures; administrative files pertaining to exhibits and the operation of the Department of Civil History and MHT; annual reports of the Divisions of Civil History and Political History; curators' research reports; and examinations and reports concerning objects submitted to the Division for historical authentication.

Historical Note
Historical Note
Some of the earliest objects in the Smithsonian documenting American political history came to the United States National Museum (USNM) from the United States Patent Office in 1883. These objects consisted of a collection of George Washington relics originally purchased by the United States Congress as well as Washingtoniana exhibited at and transferred from the Patent Office.
These objects were the responsibility of various divisions in the USNM until 1949 when the Division of Civil History, Department of History, assumed curatorial responsibility. When the Museum of History and Technology (MHT) was set up in 1957, the Division of Political History, Department of Civil History, became responsible for the objects. In 1969 MHT was renamed the National Museum of History and Technology, and the Division of Political History became part of the Department of National and Military History.
From 1950 to 1969, curators in the Division of Political History and its predecessor, the Division of Civil History, included Margaret B. Klapthor, assistant curator, 1949-1951, and associate curator, 1952- ; Charles G. Dorman, assistant curator, 1957-1960; Anne W. Murray, assistant curator, 1957-1964, and associate curator, 1965-1967; Herbert R. Collins, assistant curator, 1961- ; Wilcomb E. Washburn, curator, 1965; Keith E. Melder, associate curator, 1965- ; and Claudia B. Kidwell, assistant curator, 1965-1967.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 252, National Museum of History and Technology. Division of Political History, Records

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Clark, A. Howard Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Belote, Theodore T. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Collins, Herbert Ridgeway, 1932- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Kidwell, Claudia Brush Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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