Collection ID:
Record Unit 7432
Museum Computer Network
Physical Description:
11.5 linear meters.
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
This collection contains the administrative files kept primarily by the executive directors. The records concern the daily operations of a nonprofit professional organization including preparation of the journal Spectra, planning for annual conferences and workshops, correspondence, grant proposals, annual reports, member surveys, and publications concerning computerization.

Historical Note
Historical Note
The Museum Computer Network promotes the use of computer technology by museums. It was established in 1967 by a consortium of New York City museums. In its early years it focused on the development of an object-cataloging database system called Griphos. This system was designed to enable creation of a union catalog of museum objects. In 1972 the consortium was incorporated into the nonprofit Museum Computer Network (MCN) headed by David Vance. Until 1978 MCN functioned as a Griphos users group, but by that year Griphos had become obsolete and MCN opened itself up to users of other computer systems. In 1985 Ron Kley became president and acting executive director until 1988 when Deirdre Stam became executive director.

Non-SI Records

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7432, Museum Computer Network, Records

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Vance, David, 1926- Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kley, Ron. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stam, Deirdre Corcoran. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum Computer Network Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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