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Creators:
Gibson, Gordon D. (Gordon Davis), 1915-2007
Dates:
1936-2007
Size:
95 Linear feet (154 document boxes, 1 manuscript folder, 63 card file boxes, 1 oversize box, plus 64 microfilm reels, 137 sound recordings, 3 map folders, and 3 sets of rolled maps )
Collection ID:
NAA.1984-13
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

This collection is comprised of the professional papers of Gordon D. Gibson. The collection contains his correspondence, field notes, research files, museum records, writings, photographs, sound recordings, and maps.The bulk of the collection consists of Gibson's southwestern Africa research. This includes his field notes, film scripts, photographs, sound recordings, and grant proposals he wrote in support of his fieldwork in Botswana, Namibia, and Angola. In addition, the collection contains his research notes, maps, drafts, publications, and papers presented at conferences. While most of his research focused on the Herero and Himba, the collection also contains his research on the Ovambo and Okavango and other southwestern African groups. In the collection is a great deal of photocopies and microfilms of literature on southwestern African ethnic groups, many of which are in Portuguese and German and which he had translated for his files. He was also interested in African material culture, especially Central African headgear. His research on African caps is well-represented in the collection, and includes photos of caps at various museums, source materials, research notes, and textile samples of knots and loop work. Gibson's files as the curator of African ethnology at the National Museum of Natural History also make up a significant portion of the collection. Among these records are his files for the museum's Hall of African Cultures and other African exhibits; his files on the museum's African collections, early donors and collectors of the collections; his personnel files; documents relating to his committee work; department and museum memos; meeting minutes; and his records as head of the Old World Division and acting chair of the department. The collection also documents the efforts to establish the Smithsonian's National Anthropological Film Center, now the Human Studies Film Archives, as well as his work on the planning committee to establish the Museum of Man at the Smithsonian. Memos and minutes relating to the Smithsonian's Center for the Study of Man are also present in the collection. In addition to Gibson's field photos, the collection also contains African photos taken by others. Among these are Herbert Friedmann's photos of Kenya; Hausmann's Libya photos; photos by Ralph Kepler Lewis during the Morden Africa Expedition in Kenya; and photos by Lawrence Marshall, Volkmar Wentzel, Alfred Martin Duggan Cronin, and Father Carlos Estermann. There are also photos of the exhibit cases from the Hall of African Cultures; photos of Smithsonian and non-Smithsonian African artifacts; and copies of photographs he obtained from different archives, including the National Anthropological Archives. Other materials in the collection include his files as film reviews editor for the American Anthropologist during the 1960s and 70s and his activities in different organizations.

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary
Dates:
1990
Size:
35 cu. ft. (35 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 93-066
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of administrative records and index from the Office of the Secretary, Robert McCormick Adams, for fiscal year 1990. Listings in bold and capital letters indicate both the topic of folder contents and major subheadings from the Secretary's Office file plan.

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary
Dates:
1985-1988
Size:
42.24 cu. ft. (40 record storage boxes) (1 document box) (3 tall document boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 89-079
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of correspondence, photographs, memoranda, and other material documenting the activities of the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Robert McCormick Adams, primarily for FY 1986. Listings in bold and capital letters indicate both the topic of folder contents and major subheadings from the Secretary's Office file ...

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Libraries. Office of the Director
Dates:
circa 1904-1978
Size:
42 cu. ft. (42 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession T90122
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records that document the activities of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Records include American Library Association materials, correspondence, a vertical file, and acquisitions and exchanges from the early 20th Century.

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary
Dates:
2002
Size:
10 cu. ft. (10 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 09-087
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records that document the administrative activities of Lawrence M. Small during his third year as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. The records document issues with regard to the Institution's museums, exhibitions, research, fundraising, programs, and special events. Materials include correspondence, memorand...

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Contracts Office
Dates:
1953-1990
Size:
59.43 cu. ft. (59 record storage boxes) (1 12x17 box)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 470
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

The records contain proposals and drafts of contracts and grants, correspondence concerning their acceptance and implementation, budget information, reports about grant-sponsored activities, and information concerning the administration of the Office and the authority of the Contracting Officer. Entries include the following information if ava...

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Creators:
National Zoological Park. Office of the Director
Dates:
1972, 1979-2015
Size:
19 cu. ft. (19 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 18-142
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records documenting the administration of the National Zoological Park. The bulk of these materials were created and maintained by Lucy H. Spelman, Director, 2000-2004; Morrell John Berry, Director, 2005-2009; and Dennis W. Kelly, Director, 2010-2017, with a smaller amount of material created by acting, deputy, ...

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. International Exchange Service
Dates:
1868-1988
Size:
33.18 cu. ft. (29 record storage boxes) (1 document box) (5 12x17 boxes) (2 16x20 boxes) (1 oversize folder)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 509
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

These records consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, budgets, ledgers, day books, and other administrative materials concerning the operations of the Smithsonian International Exchange Service (SIES). Also included is a card index of employees who served between the 1880s and the 1940s. SIES maintained two or more sets of corresponde...

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary
Dates:
FY 1985
Size:
41 cu. ft. (41 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 88-086
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of the administrative records of the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Robert McCormick Adams, FY 1985. Listings in bold and capital letters indicate both the topic of folder contents and major subheadings from the Secretary's Office file plan.

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Creators:
Washburn, Wilcomb E.
Dates:
1956-1997
Size:
23.19 cu. ft. (22 record storage boxes) (1 document box) (1 16x20 box)
Collection ID:
Accession 97-093
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of materials that document aspects of the personal life and career of Wilcomb E. Washburn (WEW) and were removed from his home after his death. The largest single group of papers deals with Washburn's membership in various organizations and societies. There is also substantial information on a projected biography o...

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