Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 477
Creators:
Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for History and Art
Dates:
1965-1985
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
24.7 linear meters.
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
These records document an important change in the scope of the Smithsonian's concerns. Four of the bureaus and offices represented in these records existed in some form prior to 1964: the National Museum of American History, the Freer Gallery of Art, the National Museum of American Art, and the National Portrait Gallery. All the others were new enterprises for the Smithsonian and marked a great increase in the Institution's studies and collections in history and, especially, in art. These records follow the creation of major museum programs, including, in the cases of the HMSG, the NMAA, the NPG, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Renwick Gallery, the Anacostia Museum, and the Barney Studio House, the construction, renovation, and equipping of buildings, recruitment of staff, and development of programs.
In addition, the records concern the administration of the bureaus and offices reporting to the Assistant Secretary for History and Art, including relations with the Board of Regents and the Office of the Secretary, prospective donors, budgeting and planning for federal and private financial support, relations with other museums and scholarly institutions, recruitment and other personnel matters, and the details of routine administration.

Historical Note
Historical Note
The position of assistant secretary for History and Art was authorized in 1964. In 1965 Charles Blitzer, formerly director of the Office of Education and Training, was named acting assistant secretary and served until 1968, when he was made assistant secretary, serving until 1983. John Reinhardt was acting assistant secretary, 1983-1984, followed by Dean W. Anderson, 1984-1985. In 1985 the office was abolished as part of an administrative reorganization. For additional information concerning the responsibilities of the office, see record units 104 and 281.
The Assistant Secretary for History and Art was responsible for overseeing the Smithsonian's programs concerned with those disciplines. These included the Anacostia Museum, the Archives of American Art, the Center for Asian Art (comprised of the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery), the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG), the Joseph Henry Papers, the National Museum of African Art, the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of American Art (NMAA, including the Renwick Gallery and Barney Studio House), the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), and the Office of American Studies.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 477, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for History and Art, Records

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Blitzer, Charles Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reinhardt, John E. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Anderson, Dean W. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution -- Administration. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Anacostia Museum Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Archives of American Art Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Center for Asian Art. Freer Gallery of Art. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Freer Gallery of Art. Center for Asian Art. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art. Center for Asian Art. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cooper-Hewitt Museum Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Joseph Henry Papers Project Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of African Art (U.S.) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of American Art (U.S.) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Renwick Gallery Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Barney Studio House (Washington, D.C.) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Center for Asian Art. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Freer Gallery of Art. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art. Freer Gallery of Art. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Center for Asian Art. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of American Art (U.S.). Barney Studio House. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Renwick Gallery Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Franklin D. Roosevelt Centennial. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Buildings. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Buildings. Renwick Gallery. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Buildings. National Portrait Gallery. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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