Development and Operation Records,
circa 1957-1989

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 356
Creators:
National Air and Space Museum. Albert Einstein Planetarium
Dates:
circa 1957-1989
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
14 cu. ft. (14 record storage boxes)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
This record unit consists of administrative records, such as reports, correspondence, and attendance records, in addition to records concerning each show, such as scripts, correspondence, and proposals. The actual audio and video tapes are in Record Unit 520. Material from the 1950s and 1960s concerns a proposed Washington Planetarium.

Historical Note
Historical Note
In 1974 the Presentation and Education Division at the National Air and Space Museum was organized to develop and implement educational programs and operate the theater and planetarium planned for the new museum, then being built. A thirty-foot domed planetarium, called the Experimentarium, went into operation in the Arts and Industries Building to serve as a trial ground for the seventy-foot structure being planned. In 1975 the Federal Republic of Germany gave the United States, as a Bicentennial gift, a Zeiss planetarium projector for the planetarium. The planetarium was dedicated as the Albert Einstein Spacearium and opened in July 1976.
Von Del Chamberlain served as Chief of the Presentation and Education Division, 1974-1978, and Charles G. Barbely was Planetarium Officer, 1976-1978. In 1978, Presentation and Education was divided, with the Planetarium remaining with Presentation under Von Del Chamberlain until 1980. In that year the Planetarium became independent and the position of chief was vacant. In 1981 the Planetarium was placed under the Exhibits and Presentation Division, with Richard D. Crawford as Chief and Thomas H. Callen, II, as Chief of the Planetarium Unit. James H. Sharp served as Chief of the unit, 1983- . Since 1983, the Planetarium has been moved around the administrative hierarchy a number of times, from Space Science and Exploration, to Museum Operations, to Exhibits and Production Operations, and finally to Interpretive Programs, 1989- .

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 356, National Air and Space Museum. Albert Einstein Planetarium, Development and Operation Records

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Barbely, Charles G. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Callen, Thomas H., II Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Crawford, Richard Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chamberlain, Von Del Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sharp, James H. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.). Albert Einstein Spacearium Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.). Presentation and Education Division Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.). Assistant Director for Interpretive Programs Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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