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Memoranda have been with us for decades. While their purpose remains the same, their form and appearance have changed over the years. This presentation gives you a brief overview of how memoranda......

Memoranda have been with us for decades. While their purpose remains the same, their form and appearance have changed over the years. This presentation gives you a brief overview of how memoranda found in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution Archives evolved over time. For a more dynamic presentation see the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er6QGM95Nf4a

You can find out more about the history of the Smithsonian on our website: http://siarchives.si.edu/history.

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  • 1. Evolution of the Memo 1849-2011
  • 2. Memoranda have been with us fordecades. While their purpose remains form the same, their and appearance have changed over the years.They evolved from being handwritten tobeing digital.
  • 3. February 1849 Coast Survey Memorandum to the Senate and House of Representatives of the United StatesRecord Unit 7053, Box 5, Folder: Coast Survey Correspondence, February 1849
  • 4. 1852Memorandum of Reptiles etc. collected during Capt.R. B. Marcy’s expedition to the head of Red Riverin 1852 Record Unit 305, Box 1, Folder: 048-Capt. R. B. Marcy
  • 5. 1888 Memorandum to William Jones Rhess from O. T. MasonAccession T90082, Box 1, Folder: Incoming Correspondence: 60519, 60572 and 60760
  • 6. December 6, 1889 Memorandum from J. E. Watkins to GoodeRecord Unit 297, Box 1, Folder: George Brown Goode, 1886-1891
  • 7. July 24, 1891Memorandum to Curators from George Brown GoodeRecord Unit 297, Box 1, Folder: George Brown Goode, 1886-1891
  • 8. July 6, 1894 Memorandum to CuratorsRecord Unit 105, Box 29, Folder: SI and USNM Directives and Orders
  • 9. April 25, 1895 Memoranda from William Crawford Winlock, 1895Record Unit 297, Box 1, Folder: William Crawford Winlock, 1895-1896
  • 10. June 18, 1902Memorandum from Frank Baker to Secretary Langley Record Unit 31, Box 9, Folder 14: Baker, Frank, June 1902
  • 11. March 22, 1904Memorandum from Secretary Langley re. The NationalGallery of ArtAccession T90112, Box 1, Folder: Secretary Langley’s Letter ofDecember 8, 1904 re. NGA
  • 12. September 29, 1910Memorandum to Richard Rathbun from Frederick W. TrueRecord Unit 208, Box 48, Folder 3: William De C. Ravenel, 1907-1915,1917-1924, 1926-1927
  • 13. June 14, 1910Memorandum from William de C. Ravenel to Dr. Frederick W. True Record Unit 208, Box 48, Folder 3: William De C. Ravenel, 1907-1915, 1917-1924, 1926-1927
  • 14. October 3, 1917 Memorandum to Richard Rathbun re. World War I efforts at the SmithsonianRecord Unit 45, Box 67, Folder 10: Office of the Secretary: WorldWar I Relief Activities, 1917-1920
  • 15. December 23, 1918Memorandum to Secretary Walcott re. his son Stuart’s grave site Record Unit 7004, Box 7, Folder 7: F-K, 1917-1925 and undated
  • 16. May 3, 1919Memorandum to Secretary Walcott re. his sonStuart’s military service during World War IRecord Unit 7004, Box 8, Folder 1: T-Z, 1917-1925 and undated
  • 17. March 19, 1923Memorandum to Leonard Stejneger - Report of Trip to WalnutPoint, Virginia for purpose of securing whale skeleton Record Unit 208, Box 48, Folder 3: William De C. Ravenel, 1907-1915, 1917-1924, 1926-1927
  • 18. February 14, 1929Memorandum re. the purchase of a new site for the Artsand Industries Building Record Unit 2, Box 3A, Folder 2: Minutes of the Executive and Permanent Committees of the Board of Regents, 1918-1933
  • 19. May 23, 1934Memorandum for Dr. A. S. HitchcockRecord Unit 192, Box 456, Folder 3: 129701-129725
  • 20. August 24, 1942Memorandum from Secretary Abbott to Staff re. Smithsoniancontributions to the war effort during World War II Record Unit 46, Box 154, Folder 6: Smithsonian War Effort – Correspondence, 1941-1945
  • 21. February 16, 1948Office Memorandum No. 34 to the Heads of Bureaus,Offices, and Divisions re. the importance of memoranda Record Unit 7005, Box 18, Folder: Office Memoranda, SI, 1946
  • 22. April 7, 1950Memorandum to John E. Graf re. the modernization ofexhibitions Record Unit 190, Box 89, Folder: Exhibits Modernization, 1950
  • 23. December 2, 1958Memorandum to Frank A. Taylor re. the creationof a conservation lab Record Unit 190, Box 27, Folder 5: Conservation Analytical Laboratory – General, 1955-1965
  • 24. April 3, 1964Memorandum to Secretary Ripley regarding thearchitecture of the National Air and Space MuseumRecord Unit 99, Box 59, Folder: National Air and Space Museum
  • 25. May 22, 1969Memorandum from V. Clain-Stefanelli to Robert P.Multhauf Record Unit 276, Box 75, Folder 2: Numismatics, 1966-1969
  • 26. May 23, 1969Memorandum from Secretary Ripley to Mr. Callhan and NateReingold re. catalog of all things related to the Secretaryand the Board of Regents Record Unit 98, Box 4, Folder: Computer Services, Office of
  • 27. May 14, 1971Memorandum to John Jameson re. the publication of aguide to the Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 99, Box 502, Folder: Smithsonian Archives
  • 28. July 7, 1980Memorandum from Joshua C. Taylor to Phillip S. Hughesre. changing the name of the National Collection ofFine Arts to the National Museum of American Art Record Unit 477, Box 5, Folder: NCFA Name Change
  • 29. April 25, 1980Memorandum from Roger Kennedy to Charles Blitzer re.changing the name of the Museum of History andTechnology to the National Museum of American History Record Unit 477, Box 5, Folder: MHT Name Change
  • 30. March 23, 1981Memorandum to Dr. Harold D. Langley regarding replicasof a ring being sold in the storeAccession 94-112, Box 7, Folder: Correspondence, 1968-1970, 1985-1987
  • 31. February 26, 1986 Memorandum from John W. White to Douglas E. Evelyn re. patent modelsAccession 98-041, Box 5, Folder: USPMF: General correspondence, 1985
  • 32. March 27, 1986Memorandum from Richard E. Ahlborn re. the acquisition ofJapanese-American material culture for the NationalMuseum of American History Accession 94-012, Box 4, Folder: Correspondence and memoranda, 1983, 1985-1987
  • 33. October 11, 1991Memorandum to Secretary Adams re. the Enola Gayexhibition Accession 96-140, Box 1, Folder 7
  • 34. November 6, 1996Memorandum from David Shayt re. the lighting protection ofthe Smithsonian Anniversary Bell Accession 97-069, Box 1, Folder: Smithsonian Anniversary Bell
  • 35. April 26, 1994Memorandum from Tom Crouch to Martin Harwit re.Enola Gay exhibition Accession 94-140, Box 3, Folder 17: Correspondence, 1994
  • 36. January 30, 2001 Memorandum from Olga Viso to Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden staffAccession 03-083, Box 1, Folder: Wolfgang Laib: Correspondence (internal)
  • 37. September 28, 2011 Memorandum from A. Sprightley Ryan re. the use of social media at the SmithsonianOffice of the Inspector General, website [http://si.edu/OIG/InBrief_A-11-01]
  • 38. PresentationMitch Toda, Assistant ArchivistWebsiarchives.si.edu