Permanent Administrative Files
Records prior to 1907 consist mostly of incoming correspondence (outgoing correspondence can be found in record unit 112). After 1907 the records contain both incoming and outgoing correspondence. Much of the material consists of routine public inquiries. In addition, these records document museum accessions and Smithsonian expeditions and field trips. Other topics include …
Otis Tufton Mason papers
Otis T. Mason served as the first full-time Curator of Ethnology at the United States National Museum (USNM) from 1884 to 1902, as the Acting Head Curator of the Department of Anthropology of the USNM from 1902 to 1905, and as the Head Curator of the Department of Anthropology of the USNM from 1905 until his death in 1908. The majority of the material in this collection pertains to the organization and cataloguing of the ethnology collections of the USNM conducted by Mason in the late 1870s and early 1880s.
These records chiefly document the operations of the Division of Transportation from its creation in 1957, and the operations of the Section of Land Transportation, 1946-1957. Lesser amounts of records relate to the administration of the land transportation collections prior to 1946 and to the marine transportation collections before 1957. Included are correspondence and …
This accession consists of records that primarily document administrative activities of the National Museum of American History (NMAH), Office of the Director, concerning NMAH departments, divisions, and exhibitions. Some of the records date prior to 1980, when NMAH was known as the National Museum of History and Technology. Materials include records …
Dorothy Shaver Papers
32 Cassette tapes
1 Electronic discs (CD)
6 Cubic feet (22 boxes)
This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Dorothy Shaver, one of the best-known female executives in the 1950s; Shaver became the first female president of Lord & Taylor in 1945.
Maid of Cotton Records
National Cotton Council
The Maid of Cotton (MOC) beauty pageant was sponsored by the National Cotton Council, Memphis Cotton Carnival, and the Cotton Exchanges of Memphis, New York, and New Orleans from 1939-1993. The contest was held annually in Memphis, Tennessee until the National Cotton Council and Cotton Council International moved to Dallas, Texas. Beginning with the 1985 pageant (held December 1984) the competition was held in Dallas. The pageant was discontinued in 1993 due to lack of funds, a sponsor, and changes in marketing strategies. The records include files on contestants, photographs, and scrapbooks.
This accession consists of records which document the administrative affairs of the National Museum of American History (NMAH), Office of the Director. Materials include the outgoing and incoming correspondence and memoranda of Roger G. Kennedy, Director, and Douglas E. Evelyn, Deputy Director; records pertaining to budget agendas, collections management, curatorial …
Alexander Wetmore Papers
The papers of Alexander Wetmore were received in the Smithsonian Archives in several different accessions between 1978 and 1987. The Archives would like to thank Mrs. Beatrice T. Wetmore for her help in transferring her husband's papers to the Archives. We also appreciate the assistance of the staff of the Division of …
This accession consists of records which document administrative activities concerning departments and divisions in the National Museum of American History (NMAH), primarily during fiscal year 1992. Materials include the incoming and outgoing correspondence and memoranda of Roger G. Kennedy, Director, 1980-1992; information on budget planning, grants, publications, annual reports, and meetings with …
Katherine Joseph Papers
1 Cubic foot (4 boxes)
Papers document Katherine Joseph's career as staff photographer for the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. The papers contain negatives and prints taken in Mexico, and some photographs of a White House event in 1938, featuring Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt; and images of American workers on the home front during World War II.