Records,
1972-1986, with related records from 1879-1899 and 1965-1976

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 342
Creators:
Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs
Dates:
1972-1986, with related records from 1879-1899 and 1965-1976
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
67.7 linear meters and oversize.
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Introduction
Introduction
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
This record unit documents the work of the assistant secretary for Museum Programs. The office directed the operations of the Conservation Analytical Laboratory, Office of Exhibits Central, Office of the Registrar, the Smithsonian Institution Archives, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and the Institution's functions under the National Museum Act of 1966 until its repeal in 1983. In addition, the office served as liaison with various regional, national, and international museum organizations.
Records document planning and equipping the Museum Support Center, the major facility constructed in suburban Maryland to care for the national collections, and occupied in 1983; administration of the Arts and Industries Building; exhibitions at the Evans Gallery of the National Museum of Natural History; Institute of Museum Services; and work with the American Association of Museums, International Council of Museums (ICOM), the International Centre for Conservation in Rome, the International Center Committee of the Advisory Committee for Historic Preservation, and the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The records of William N. Richards, Jr., as special assistant to the assistant secretary for Museum Programs, 1972-1983, and as acting assistant secretary for Museum Programs, 1983-1985, are included, as are some records dealing with Paul Perrot's work in the museum field prior to his tenure at the Smithsonian.
This collection also includes vintage photographs of the Arts and Industries Building, circa1879-1899, when galleries were built.

Historical Note
Historical Note
In 1972 Paul N. Perrot became assistant secretary for Museum Programs, assuming the duties formerly discharged by the director general of Museums. For an administrative history of the earlier office, see record unit 190. In 1983 Perrot was succeeded by William N. Richards, Jr., acting assistant secretary for Museum Programs. In 1986 the office was merged into a new office, the assistant secretary for Museums, held by Thomas L. Freudenheim.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 342, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs, Records

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Perrot, Paul N. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Richards, William N., Jr. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution. Traveling Exhibition Service Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Director General of Museums Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution. Museum Support Center. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution. Conservation Analytical Laboratory Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Office of Exhibits Central Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum Act of 1966 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Evans Gallery (NMNH) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Institute of Museum Services Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Association of Museums Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
International Council of Museums Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
International Center Committee. Advisory Committee for Historic Preservation Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
International Centre for Conservation in Rome Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United Nations. Economic and Social Council Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dentzel Carousel Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Thomas M. Evans Special Exhibition Gallery (NMNH) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Office of the Registrar Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution -- Administration. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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Washington, D.C.
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