Records,
circa 1955-1977 and undated

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 261
Creators:
National Museum of History and Technology, Division of Domestic Life
Dates:
circa 1955-1977 and undated
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1.6 linear meter.
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records, primarily from the Division of Preindustrial Cultural History and, to an extent, its predecessors, as well as the Department of Cultural History and the Division of Domestic Life, include administrative files consisting of annual reports for some of the above administrative units; a fourth floor plan of NMHT; memoranda concerning policies and activities of the Division of Preindustrial Cultural History and predecessors and the Museum; committee files; inventories of the furnishings of several historic houses in Washington, D. C.; identification reports of objects submitted for historical documentation; and scripts for public relation projects of the Division of Preindustrial Cultural History and the Museum. Also included are reading files and copies of outgoing correspondence to public inquiries concerning objects in the national collections or the examination of objects for historical authentication.

Historical Note
Historical Note
Prior to a reorganization in the United States National Museum in 1957 which established the Museum of History and Technology (MHT), the domestic life collections were the curatorial responsibility of the Division of Ethnology in the Department of Anthropology. With this reorganization, the Department of Civil History was created, and its Division of Cultural History assumed responsibility for these collections. In 1969 MHT was renamed the National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT), and the newly formed Department of Cultural History's Divisions of Costume and Furnishings and Preindustrial Cultural History divided responsibility for the domestic life artifacts. A departmental reorganization occurred in 1977 which removed the domestic life objects from the furnishings section of Costume and Furnishings and from Preindustrial Cultural History and centralized them in the Division of Domestic Life.
From circa 1958 to 1965 and 1967 to 1969 the Growth of the United States (GOUS) was an exhibit that drew objects from various MHT divisions. Administratively during these years, GOUS was a unit and then a division of the Department of Civil History. The staff of GOUS eventually became part of Preindustrial Cultural History.
For almost thirty years, C. Malcolm Watkins was curator of the domestic life collections. In 1948 he was appointed Associate Curator of Ethnology and subsequently held the positions of Curator of Cultural History, 1957-1969; Curator of Preindustrial Cultural History, 1969-1973; and Senior Curator in the Department of Cultural History, 1973- . Other curators have included G. Carroll Lindsay, Assistant Curator of Ethnology, 1956-1957, and Associate Curator of Cultural History, 1958; Rodris C. Roth, Assistant Curator of Ethnology, 1957, Assistant Curator, 1958-1959, and Associate Curator, 1960-1969, of Cultural History, Associate Curator, 1969-1971, and Curator, 1972-1977, of Costume and Furnishings, and Curator of Domestic Life, 1977- ; John N. Pearce, Assistant Curator, 1960-1963, and Associate Curator, 1964, of Cultural History; Peter C. Welsh, Associate Curator, 1961-1962, and Curator, 1963-1968, of Growth of the United States; Anne C. Golovin, Assistant Curator of Growth of the United States, 1963-1968, Associate Curator of Preindustrial Cultural History, 1969-1977, and Associate Curator of Domestic Life, 1977- ; and Richard E. Ahlborn, Associate Curator of Cultural History, 1967-1968.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 261, National Museum of History and Technology, Division of Domestic Life, Records

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Howland, Richard H., 1910- Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ahlborn, Richard E. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Golovin, Anne Castrodale Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Roth, Rodris Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Watkins, C. Malcolm, 1911- Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Glaser, Jane R. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Myers, Susan H. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Growth of the United States (NMHT). Department of Civil History (NMHT) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Division of Costume and Furnishings (NMHT). Division of Cultural History (NMHT) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Division of Cultural History (NMHT). Department of Civil History (NMHT) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Division of Preindustrial Cultural History (NMHT). Growth of the United States (NMHT) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Costume -- History Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Household appliances Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
House furnishings Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Households -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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