Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 629
Creators:
Smithsonian Institution, Office of Museum Programs
Dates:
1967-1986
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
12.3 linear meters.
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records document OMP's efforts to promote knowledge of museology and its techniques. Many of the records deal with daily operations of the office. Other records are concerned with cooperative work with international and national museum organizations, as well as topics like museum registration, conservation, public relations security, budgeting and administration.

Historical Note
Historical Note
In 1967 an Office of Special Museum Programs was set up under the direction of Frank A. Taylor. Taylor, after a long career in many responsible posts at the Smithsonian, was acting as a consultant to Secretary S. Dillon Ripley in order to consider ways museums could better meet the various needs of their visitors. In 1971 Peter C. Welsh was formally appointed as the first Director of the Office of Museum Programs (OMP). Frederick Schmid succeeded him, serving from December 1971 to 1973. At this time the Office was made responsible for many of the Smithsonian's obligations under the recently passed National Museum Act. The directorship was vacant until the appointment of Jane Glaser, who was Director, 1976-1989.
The objective of OMP is to serve as a resource for the museum community, local, national, and worldwide. The Office sponsors workshops in the United States and abroad designed to train and counsel museum professionals in all aspects of museum work. It also maintains a Museum Reference Center and provides videotape and audiotape programs on topics of interest to museologists.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 629, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Museum Programs, Records

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Glaser, Jane R. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Taylor, Frank A. (Frank Augustus), 1903- Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Glaser, Jane R. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Schmid, Frederick. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Museum Programs Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museums -- Administration. Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Washington, D.C.
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