Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 503
Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Exhibits Central
Dates:
1954-1979
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
25.58 cu. ft. (25 record storage boxes) (1 tall document box) (2 oversize folders)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records were primarily created by the Office of Exhibits, 1954-1969; the Office of Exhibits Programs, 1969-1973; and the Office of Exhibits Central, 1973-1979. They document a period of intense exhibition activity at the Smithsonian Institution and its bureaus. Especially well represented are permanent and special exhibitions at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), the National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT), the National Air and Space Museum (before 1966, the National Air Museum), and the Arts and Industries Building.
This accession includes correspondence, memoranda, exhibit scripts, budgets, specifications for exhibit halls, plans, press releases, annual reports, installation schedules, progress reports, photographs and negatives, publications, and posters. Of special interest are records concerning the United States National Museum's Exhibits Modernization Program during the 1950s and 1960s; the creation and early history of the Insect Zoo at NMNH, circa 1971-1973; the proposed rain forest exhibition at NMNH, circa 1970-1973; the special Smithsonian exhibition, Drugs, 1972; the planning and installation of the initial exhibitions at NMHT, circa 1957-1968; the Laser-10 exhibition at NMHT, 1969-1970; and the installation of the By-Word program at NMNH, circa 1967-1971.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 503, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Exhibits Central, Records

Keywords
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Smithsonian Institution. Office of Exhibits Programs Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of History and Technology Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Air Museum (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States National Museum. Exhibits Modernization Program Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
O. Orkin Insect Zoo Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). By-Word Program Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Drugs: A Special Exhibition (1972: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Laser 10 (Exhibition) (1970: Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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