Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 374
Creators:
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director
Dates:
1971-1990
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
79.5 cu. ft. (78 record storage boxes) (3 document boxes)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records primarily document the administration of the NMNH during the tenures of Kier, Fiske, and Hoffman. A small amount of files were created by Talbot, and Acting Directors James F. Mello, 1979, and James C. Tyler, 1985 and 1988. The records document the research, exhibition, and educational missions of the NMNH. They also document relations between the NMNH and Smithsonian bureaus and offices, educational organizations, and the museum community. Of special interest are files documenting the planning, construction, and opening of the Museum Support Center; the opening and exhibition program of the Thomas M. Evans Special Exhibition Gallery; and the development of NMNH programs including the Molecular Systematics Laboratory and the Biological Diversity Program. Also included are fiscal and budgetary records, and files documenting special events at the NMNH.

Historical Note
Historical Note
Porter M. Kier served as Director of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) from 1973 to 1979. Richard S. Fiske was appointed to the position in January 1980 and served until July 1985. Robert S. Hoffman was named Director in October 1985 and remained in the position until January 1988. Frank H. Talbot was appointed Director in June 1988.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 374, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Records

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Kier, Porter M. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fiske, Richard S. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hoffmann, Robert S. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Talbot, Frank Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mello, James F., 1936- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tyler, James C., 1935- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution. Museum Support Center Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Molecular Systematics Laboratory Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Biological Diversity Program Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Thomas M. Evans Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Black-and-white photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Washington, D.C.
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