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

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:
163.32 cu. ft. (160 record storage boxes) (2 document boxes) (1 12x17 box) (34 oversize folders)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

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, circa 1879-1899, 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
Prefered 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. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Richards, William N., Jr. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Freudenheim, Tom L. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States National Museum. Director General of Museums Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Museums Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution. Museum Support Center Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution. Conservation Analytical Laboratory Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution. Traveling Exhibition Service Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Exhibits Central Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Registrar Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum Act Program Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Thomas M. Evans Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Institute of Museum Services Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Association of Museums Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
International Council of Museums Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dentzel Carousel Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution. Archives Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United Nations. Economic and Social Council Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution -- Administration Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museums -- Administration Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museums -- Public relations Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum storage facilities Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Conservation and restoration Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum exhibits Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Black-and-white photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Newsletters Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manuscripts Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brochures Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Washington, D.C.
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