Exhibition Records,
1957-1992
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 551
Creators:
National Museum of American History. Department of Exhibits
Dates:
1957-1992
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
35.58 cu. ft. (35 record storage boxes) (1 12x17 box) (1 oversize folder)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records consist of exhibition design, production, and installation information including proposals and narratives, scripts, schedules, graphic designs, construction contracts and specifications, floor plans, blueprints, schematic drawings, and photographs. The records also include Department of Exhibits administrative files such as correspondence, memoranda, monthly progress reports, budget information, space planning, and meeting minutes of the Museum Advisory Committee, 1983.

Historical Note
Historical Note
The Department of Exhibits was created in 1973 to design and produce exhibitions within the National Museum of American History (NMAH), then known as the National Museum of History and Technology. Prior to 1973, the Office of Exhibits Programs was responsible for the design and production of NMAH exhibitions.
The Department of Exhibits is responsible for the design, production, installation, and disassembly of the permanent and temporary exhibitions at the National Museum of American History. The records include the project files and the administrative files of the Department dating from its establishment in 1973. Also included are project files and administrative files of the Office of Exhibits Programs, 1969-1973, and the Office of Exhibits, 1959-1968. Staff represented in the records include John E. Anglim, chief, Office of Exhibits, 1957-1968, chief, Office of Exhibits Programs, 1969-1970, and director, Office of Exhibits Programs, 1971-1972; Benjamin W. Lawless, assistant director of the Museum for design and production, 1974-1976, and assistant director for exhibits, 1977-1981; J. Michael Carrigan, assistant director for exhibitions and public spaces, 1982- ; and Richard J. Nicastro, deputy assistant director for exhibitions and public spaces, 1985- .

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 551, National Museum of American History. Department of Exhibits, Exhibition Records

Keywords
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Anglim, John E. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lawless, Benjamin W. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Carrigan, J. Michael Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nicastro, Richard J. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.). Office of Exhibits Programs Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Telephone (Exhibition) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum exhibits Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Floor plans Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manuscripts Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Exhibition catalogs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Washington, D.C.
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