American Association of Museums Centennial Oral History Interviews,
2006

Summary
Collection ID:
SIA.FARU9620
Dates:
2006
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
11 compact discs (Reference copies).
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Introduction
Introduction
The Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also reminiscences and interviews recorded by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American Association of Museums (AAM) and the 30th anniversary of the Museum Studies Department, The George Washington University, oral history interviews were videotaped with eleven of the AAM's Centennial Honor Roll honorees as a part of a special Museum Studies graduate seminar taught by Smithsonian Institution Archives historian, Pamela M. Henson. Interviews were recorded in digital video and deposited in the Smithsonian Institution Archives Oral History Collection.

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
The AAM Centennial Honorees that were interviewed were Nina M. Archabal, Director of the Minnesota Historical Society; Rebecca A. Buck, Chief Registrar, The Newark Museum; Lonnie G. Bunch, Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution; Robert R. Macdonald, former Director, Museum of the City of New York; Marie C. Malaro, former Smithsonian Institution General Counsel and former Director, Museum Studies Department, The George Washington University; Kathleen McLean, Principal, Independent Exhibitions; Keith E. Melder, former Curator, National Museum of American History; Harold K. Skramstad, former Director, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village; Kathy Dwyer Southern, Director, National Children's Museum; James M. Vaughn, Vice President, Stewardship of Historic Sites, National Trust for Historic Preservation; and W. Richard West, Director, National Museum of the American Indian. The interviews document their careers and reflections on the museum profession.
Graduate students Melanie M. Blanchard, Lauren A. Boegen, Reagan M. Furrow, Natascha L. Guluk, Heather T. Hawkins, Arthur Kim, Anthony Sankston Wallace, Elizabeth A. Pierson, Erica I. Nuckles, and Kimberly I. Robinson, from the GWU Museum Studies Program and the course instructor, SIA Historian Pamela M. Henson, conducted the interviews.
These interviews discuss their careers as outstanding museum professionals.
The AAM Centennial Interviews consist of 13.0 hours of digital video interviews and 379 pages of transcript. The original digital video files are preserved in security storage with Windows Media Video files available for reference.

Notes
Oral Histories

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9620, American Association of Museums Centennial Oral History Interviews

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
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Archabal, Nina Marchetti, 1940- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Buck, Rebecca A., 1946- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bunch, Lonnie G. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Macdonald, Robert R. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Malaro, Marie C. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
McLean, Kathleen Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Melder, Keith E. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Skramstad, Harold K. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Southern, Kathy Dwyer Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vaughn, James M. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
West, W. Richard Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blanchard, Melanie, interviewer Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Boegen, Lauren A., interviewer Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Furrow, Reagan M., interviewer Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Guluk, Natascha, interviewer Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hawkins, Heather, interviewer Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Henson, Pamela M., interviewer Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kim, Arthur B., interviewer Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nuckles, Erica, interviewer Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pierson, Elizabeth Annie, interviewer Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Robinson, Kimberly, interviewer Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wallace, Anthony S., interviewer Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution. Office of General Counsel Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Independent Exhibitions Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Association of Museums Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Minnesota Historical Society Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum of the City of New York Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
George Washington University. Museum Studies Program Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Children's Museum Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of African American History and Culture Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of History and Technology Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Newark Museum Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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