NASM Files,
circa 1972-1989

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 338
Creators:
National Air and Space Museum. Office of the Director
Dates:
circa 1972-1989
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
27.5 cu. ft. (27 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records provide documentation of the development of NASM as it built on the huge success of its 1976 opening. The emphasis of the museum's administration turned to revitalization of research efforts, professionalization of the staff, initiation of new projects and new exhibitions, an expanded program of publications, and plans to build both a new restaurant and an extension of the museum at Dulles International Airport.
The records primarily document the tenure of Walter J. Boyne as Acting Director and Director of NASM, 1982-1986, with small amounts of material of Michael Collins, Noel W. Hinners, James C. Tyler, Donald S. Lopez, and Martin Harwit. Also included are some records created by Boyne as Executive Officer, 1978-1979, Assistant Director for Resource Management and Operations, 1980, and Assistant Director, 1981.

Historical Note
Historical Note
Michael Collins was the Director, National Air and Space Museum (NASM), 1971-1978. Melvin B. Zisfein held the position of Acting Director until 1979 when Noel W. Hinners assumed the directorship, serving until 1982. Walter J. Boyne was named Acting Director in 1982 and Director in 1983. Upon Boyne's resignation in 1986, James C. Tyler became Acting Director. Martin Harwit served as Director, 1987-1995.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 338, National Air and Space Museum. Office of the Director, NASM Files

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Boyne, Walter J., 1929- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Collins, Michael, 1930- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hinners, Noel W. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Harwit, Martin, 1931- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tyler, James C., 1935- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lopez, Donald S., 1923-2008 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dulles International Airport Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.). Dulles Extension Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautical museums Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Astronautical museums Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museums -- Administration Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum directors Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Washington, D.C.
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