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Creators:
National Museum of American History. Division of Medicine and Science
Dates:
1962-2011
Size:
15 cu. ft. (15 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 12-384
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of the records of Paul Forman, Curator of modern physics, which document his curatorial and professional activities in the Division of Medicine and Science, and during the years when modern physics was part of the Division of Electricity and Nuclear Energy, the Division of Electricity and Modern Physics, and the Divisio...

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Creators:
National Museum of American History. Office of the Director
Dates:
1958-1997
Size:
28.5 cu. ft. (28 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection ID:
Accession 99-152
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

These records document the administrative activities of the National Museum of American History (NMAH), Office of the Director, concerning NMAH departments, divisions, exhibitions, and special events, primarily during fiscal years 1993-1994, although some records date back to when the museum was named the National Museum of History and Technol...

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Creators:
Abbott, William Louis, 1860-1936
Hough, Walter, 1859-1935
Raven, Henry Cushier, 1889-1944
Kloss, Charles Boden
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Dates:
1888-1919
Size:
13 Linear feet
Collection ID:
NAA.XXXX.0228
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

The papers in the Abbott collection appear to have been brought together in the Smithsonian's Department of Anthropology in order to process ethnological specimens from Malaya and Indonesia and to prepare an exhibit and publications. Included are some of Abbott's original letters, notes, maps, and a considerable number of photographs. Most of these materials concern the Enggano, Jakun, and Dyak. Many other documents in the collection consist of copies of or extracts from Abbott's letters, the originals of which are now in the Smithsonian Institution Archives. There are also letters and other materials of Otis Tufton Mason and Walter Hough accumulated as they worked on the collection, many simple lists of accessions compiled in the Department of Anthropology, and a few manuscripts. In addition, there are printed materials that were apparently used by the department's staff for reference purposes. Some of the photographs made in Borneo in 1914 are by Henry Cushier Raven, a field assistant of Abbott and, later, a collector financed by Abbott. Additional materials of Abbott and Raven are in the Smithsonian Institution Archives, and their material (often duplicate photographs) are included in several collections in the National Anthropological Archives.

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Creators:
Mamer, Stuart M.
Mamer, Louisan E., 1910-2005
Dates:
1927-2002
Size:
10.1 Cubic feet (31 boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0862
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The Mamer collection includes a wide range of materials used to teach concepts and the usage of electricity to predominately rural audiences. Mamer kept many of her materials in labeled notebooks; other papers were filed loosely with no apparent order. The collection materials date pre-dominantly from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s. There are some materials from the late 1930s. There is only one item from 1927 and one from 1999.

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Creators:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Anthropology
Smithsonian Institution. Department of Anthropology
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology
Dates:
1840s-circa 2015
Size:
330.25 Linear feet (519 boxes)
Collection ID:
NAA.XXXX.0311
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

The Department of Anthropology records contain administrative and research materials produced by the department and its members from the time of the Smithsonian Institution's foundation until today.

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Creators:
Porterfield, Jeanne
Chickering, Lisa
Dates:
1954-2015, undated
Size:
38 film reels
7 sound tape reels
5 electronic discs (dvd)
1 videocassettes (u-matic)
5 videocassettes (digital betacam)
67.86 Linear Feet
18 sound discs (vinyl)
4 cassette tapes
Collection ID:
HSFA.2015.16
Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives

The Lisa Chickering and Jeanne Porterfield collection documents their work as travel filmmakers, photographers, and writers from 1954-2015. Their films are an example of the travel lecture film, a genre which combined silent travelogue films with live narration. Chickering and Porterfield presented their films throughout the United States and Canada in the 1960s and 1970s before turning to freelance still photography and travel writing in the early 1980s. The audiovisual and photography collection begins with their first joint travels in the 1950s and covers a range of their professional activities through the early 2000s, mainly encompassing original travel footage, edited travelogues, and travel still photography. Supporting documentation includes film scripts, lecture recordings, personal and professional manuscripts, financial and professional records, and a substantial amount of newspaper and magazine articles which serve as a record of the press generated by and about Chickering and Porterfield.

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Creators:
National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.)
Dates:
1940 - Ongoing
Size:
825 digital files
Collection ID:
NMAAHC.SC.0001
Repository:
National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Great Migration is a unique, ongoing digitization service program that partners the National Museum of African American History and Culture with individuals across the United States to preserve their important analog audiovisual media. While major motion picture film and television historically lacked diverse representation, black history was instinctively being preserved in everyday home movies. Today, these personal narratives serve as an invaluable tool for understanding and re-framing black moving image history, and provide a much needed visualization of African American history and culture.

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Under Secretary
Dates:
1958-1973
Size:
51.69 cu. ft. (102 document boxes) (1 16" x 20" box)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 137
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

These records are mainly subject files kept by Bradley and Brooks in their capacities as Assistant Secretary and Under Secretary and concern the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, renovation of the Smithsonian Institution Building, the National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board (NAFMAB), legislation affecting the Smithsonian, N...

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Division of Performing Arts
Dates:
1966-1979
Size:
35 cu. ft. (35 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession T90055
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records documenting the activities of the Division of Performing Arts (DPA). Materials document a variety of public performances, concerts, touring shows, and festivals. Particularly well documented are activities surrounding the annual Festival of American Folklife. Records include correspondence, memoranda, bu...

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Creators:
Bird, William L.
Dates:
1877 - 2010
Size:
6.5 Cubic feet (19 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1288
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection consists of archival materials assembled by National Museum of American History Curator William Lawrence Bird. The materials were used as background research for the publication of his book Holidays on Display (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2007), and as exhibit objects for the exhibit by the same name that opened shortly after the museum's architectural renovation (November 2009-September 2010). The materials include advertising and trade literature, especially for department stores and with emphasis on the display of toys; catalogs; photographs and slides; postcards; parade programs; design drawings; correspondence; stock certificates, and miscellaneous items relating to department stores and their displays, parades and the amusement industry.

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