Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1979 Festival of American Folklife
The Smithsonian Institution Festival of American Folklife, held annually since 1967 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was renamed the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 1998. The materials collected here document the planning, production, and execution of the annual Festival, produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (1999-present) and its predecessor offices (1967-1999). An overview of the entire Festival records group is available here: Smithsonian Folklife Festival records.
This record unit documents the tenure of Charles Blitzer as assistant secretary for History and Art from 1973 to 1979. There are also records pertaining to the Office of Education and Training, 1965-1968, which Blitzer had directed. The celebration of the bicentennial of the American Revolution was a major Smithsonian project from 1972 to …
Henry Booth Collection
Papers document Henry Booth's invention, use, and marketing of the PhotoMetriC custom tailoring system.
This accession documents in-house projects of the Office of Design and Construction for various Smithsonian buildings. Documentation includes blueprints and architectural drawings, specifications, correspondence with contractors, and work progress reports. Museums and buildings documented in this collection include: Arts and Industries Building, National Museum of Natural History, Anacostia Museum, Cooper-Hewitt …
Warren M. Robbins Papers
These papers document the life and work of Warren M. Robbins, covering a wide swath of his life, from his early career in the Foreign Service to his work in cross cultural communications and African art. A prolific writer, Robbins correspondence with such people as Maya Angelou, Ernie Barnes, Saul …
The Offices of the Director and Deputy Director, National Museum of History and Technology (NMHT) maintained these photographs as a reference file. The majority of the photographs document the history of NMHT and its predecessors; included are views of exhibits, buildings, events, and some specimens. Some materials date to when …
William Healey Dall Papers
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women’s Committee.
Holger Cahill papers
The papers of Holger Cahill (1887-1960) date from 1910 to 1993, with the bulk of the material dating from 1910-1960, and measure 15.8 linear feet. The collection offers researchers fairly comprehensive documentation of Cahill's directorship of the Works Progress/Projects Administration's (WPA) Federal Art Project (FAP) in addition to series documenting his work as a writer and art critic. Material includes correspondence, reports, artist files, scrapbooks, printed material, and photographs.
W. Langdon Kihn papers
The papers of painter and illustrator W. Langdon Kihn measure approximately 8.5 linear feet and date from 1904-1990, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1904-1957. Papers document Kihn's career and travels associated with his interests in documenting the native American tribal nations of the United States and Canada in portraiture and writings. Found here are biographical materials, voluminous correspondence, memoirs and writings, one travel diary, printed material, financial records, three sketchbooks, sketches, and photographs.
History of the Polymerase Chain Reaction Videohistory Collection
The Smithsonian Videohistory Program, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation from 1986 until 1992, used video in historical research. Additional collections have been added since the grant project ended. Videohistory uses the video camera as a historical research tool to record moving visual information. Video works best in historical research when …