Exhibition Records,
circa 1981-1982

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 376
Creators:
National Museum of American History. Division of Electricity and Modern Physics
Dates:
circa 1981-1982
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
Materials include correspondence and memoranda between Molella and historical societies, museums, and NMAH departments and divisions pertaining to the development of the exhibition. Also included are exhibition scripts documenting the early political years of Roosevelt and his presidency, especially emphasizing his skillful use of radio and the fireside chats during the 1930s and 1940s; exhibition blueprints and floor plans; research notes, particularly about the history of radio technology; exhibit proposals; minutes of meetings; photocopies of articles on Roosevelt radio programs and New Deal-era murals; symposium literature; photographs; and newspaper clippings concerning exhibition reviews.

Historical Note
Historical Note
On January 30, 1982, the National Museum of American History (NMAH) mounted FDR: The Intimate Presidency, a major exhibition recounting Roosevelt's relationship with the American people through mass media, particularly radio broadcasting. The exhibition was created to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of Roosevelt's birth. Arthur P. Molella, Curator of the Division of Electricity and Modern Physics, oversaw organization of the exhibition and was involved with research, catalog publication, and symposia. When the exhibition closed on August 1, 1982, it toured under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 376, National Museum of American History. Division of Electricity and Modern Physics, Exhibition Records

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Molella, Arthur P., 1944- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
FDR: The Intimate Presidency (Exhibition) (1982: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum exhibits Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Anniversaries Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
New Deal, 1933-1939 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Electricity -- History Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Physics -- History Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manuscripts Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Floor plans Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Black-and-white photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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