Smithsonian Institution



1000 Jefferson Drive SW., Washington, DC 20560

Phone, 202-633-1000. Internet,

Board of Regents:

The Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr.


The Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney

Members of the Senate Thad Cochran, William Frist, Patrick J. Leahy

Members of the House of Representatives Samuel Johnson, Xavier Becerra, Ralph Regula

Citizen Members Eli Broad, Anne D'Harnoncourt, Manuel L. Ibanez, Shirley Ann Jackson, Robert P. Kogod, Walter Massey, Roger Sant, Alan G. Spoon, Patty Stonesifer


Secretary Lawrence M. Small

Inspector General Debra S. Ritt

Director of External Affairs Virginia Clark

Director, Office of Policy and Carole P. Neves


Executive Assistant to the Secretary James M. Hobbins

Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Sheila Burke


Director, Asian/Pacific-American Franklin Odo


Chief, Renwick Gallery Robyn Kennedy

Director of National Programs Richard Kurin, Acting

Director, Anacostia Museum and Camille Akeju

Center for African American History and Culture

Director, Archives of American Ned Rifkin, Acting


Director, Center for Folklife Richard Kurin

and Cultural Heritage

Director, Cooper-Hewitt National Paul Warwick Thompson

Design Museum

Director, National Air and Space Gen. John R. Dailey, Museum USMC (Ret.)

Director, National Museum of Brent Glass

American History

Director, National Museum of the W. Richard West, Jr.

American Indian

Director, National Museum of Lonnie Bunch

African American History and Culture

Director, National Portrait Marc Pachter


Director, National Postal Museum Allen Kane

Director, Office of Evelyn Lieberman

Communications/Public Affairs

Director, Office of Exhibits Michael Headley


Director, Office of Government Nell Payne


Director, Office of Special Nicole L. Krakora

Events and Protocol

Director, Smithsonian American Elizabeth Broun

Art Museum

Director, Smithsonian Center for Stephanie Norby

Education and Museum Studies

Director, Smithsonian Latino Pilar O'Leary


Director, Smithsonian Anna R. Cohn

Institution Traveling Exhibition Service


Director, Smithsonian Harold Closter


Director, The Smithsonian Barbara Tuceling, Associates Acting

Editor, Joseph Henry Papers Marc Rothenberg

Under Secretary for Science David L. Evans

Management Officer, Museum Elizabeth Dietrich

Support Center

Director, National Museum of Cristian Samper

Natural History

Executive Director, National Sally Shuler

Science Resources Center

Director, National Zoological John Berry


Director, Office of Fellowships Catherine Harris

Director, Smithsonian Charles Alcock

Astrophysical Observatory

Director, Smithsonian Center for Robert Koestler

Materials Research and Education

Director, Smithsonian Anson H. Hines

Environmental Research Center

Director, Smithsonian Marine Valerie Paul


Director, Smithsonian Tropical Ira Rubinoff

Research Institute

Chief Information Officer Dennis Shaw

Chief Financial Officer Alice C. Maroni

Comptroller Andrew Zino

Director, Office of Equal Era Marshall

Employment and Minority Affairs

Director, Office of Human James Douglas


Director, Office of Francine Berkowitz

International Relations

Director, Smithsonian Thomas Soapes, Acting

Institution Archives

Director, Smithsonian Nancy E. Gwinn

Institution Libraries

General Counsel John E. Huerta

Ombudsman Chandra Heilman

Director of Facilities William W. Brubaker

Engineering and Operations

Under Secretary for Art Ned Rifkin

Director, Freer Gallery of Art Julian Raby

and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Director, Hirshhorn Museum and Olga Viso

Sculpture Garden

Director, National Museum of Sharon Patton

African Art

Chief Executive Officer of Gary Beer

Smithsonian Business Ventures

Editor-in-Chief, Smithsonian Carey Winfrey


Publisher, Smithsonian Magazine Amy P. Wilkins

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts \1\

Chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman

President Michael M. Kaiser

National Gallery of Art \1\

President Victoria P. Sant

Director Earl A. Powell III

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Director Lee H. Hamilton

Deputy Director Michael H. Van Dusen

Chairman, Board of Trustees Joseph Gildenhorn

\1\ Administered under a separate Board of Trustees.


The Smithsonian Institution is an independent trust instrumentality of the United States which comprises the world's largest museum and research complex. The Smithsonian includes 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoo, and research facilities in several States and the Republic of Panama. It holds more than 136 million artifacts and specimens in its trust for the American people. The Smithsonian is dedicated to public education, national service, and scholarship in the arts, sciences, history, and culture.

The Smithsonian Institution was created by an act of Congress on August

10, 1846 (20 U.S.C. 41 et seq.), to carry out the terms of the will of British scientist James Smithson (1765-1829), who in 1826 had bequeathed his entire estate to the United States ``to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of


knowledge among men.'' On July 1, 1836, Congress accepted the legacy and pledged the faith of the United States to the charitable trust.

In September 1838, Smithson's legacy, which amounted to more than

100,000 gold sovereigns, was delivered to the mint at Philadelphia. Congress vested responsibility for administering the trust in the Secretary of the Smithsonian and the Smithsonian Board of Regents, composed of the Chief Justice, the Vice President, three Members of the Senate, three Members of the House of Representatives, and nine citizen members appointed by joint resolution of Congress. To carry out Smithson's mandate, the Institution executes the following functions:

--conducts scientific and scholarly research;

--publishes the results of studies, explorations, and investigations;

--preserves for study and reference more than 136 million artifacts, works of art, and scientific specimens;

--organizes exhibits representative of the arts, the sciences, and American history and culture;

--shares Smithsonian resources and collections with communities throughout the Nation; and

--engages in educational programming and national and international cooperative research.

Smithsonian activities are supported by its trust endowments and revenues; gifts, grants, and contracts; and funds appropriated to it by Congress. Admission to the museums in Washington, DC, is free.


Anacostia Museum The Museum, located in the historic Fort Stanton neighborhood of southeast Washington, serves as a national resource for exhibitions, historical documentation, and interpretive and educational programs relating to African-American history and culture.

For further information, contact the Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE., Washington, DC 20020. Phone, 202-633-1000. Internet,


Archives of American Art The Archives contains the Nation's largest collection of documentary materials reflecting the history of visual arts in the United States. On the subject of art in America, it is the largest archives in the world, holding more than 16 million documents. The Archives gathers, preserves, and microfilms the papers of artists, craftsmen, collectors, dealers, critics, and art societies. These papers include manuscripts, letters, diaries, notebooks, sketchbooks, business records, clippings, exhibition catalogs, transcripts of tape-recorded interviews, and photographs of artists and their work. The Archives are housed at 750 9th Street NW., in Washington, DC.

For further information, contact the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560. Phone, 202-275-2156. Internet,

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum The Museum is the only museum in the country devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary design. Collections include objects in such areas as applied arts and industrial design, drawings and prints, glass, metalwork, wallcoverings, and textiles. Changing exhibits and public programs seek to educate by exploring the role of design in daily life. The Museum is open daily except Mondays and holidays. The general admission fee is $12, $7 for students and senior citizens with ID, and free for members and children under 12.

For further information, contact Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, 2 East Ninety-First Street, New York, NY 10128. Phone, 212-849-8400. Internet,

Freer Gallery of Art The building, the original collection, and an endowment were the gift of Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919). The Gallery houses one of the world's most renowned collections of Asian art, an important group of ancient Egyptian glass, early Christian manuscripts, and works by 19th and early 20th century American artists. The objects in the Asian collection represent the arts of East Asia, the Near East, and South and Southeast Asia, including

paintings, manuscripts, scrolls, screens, ceramics, metalwork, glass, jade, lacquer, and sculpture. Members of the staff conduct research on objects in the collection and publish results in scholarly journals and books for general and scholarly audiences.

For further information, contact the Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive at Twelfth Street SW., Washington, DC 20560. Phone, 202-633-1000. Internet,

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden From cubism to minimalism, the Museum houses major collections of modern and contemporary art. The nucleus of the collection is the gift and bequest of Joseph H. Hirshhorn

(1899-1981). Supplementing the permanent collection are loan exhibitions. The Museum houses a collection research facility, a specialized art...

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