1000 Jefferson Drive SW., Washington, DC 20560
Phone, 202-357-2700. Internet, www.smithsonian.org.
Board of Regents:
The Chief Justice of the United States William H. Rehnquist
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, Robert Matsui, Ralph Regula
Citizen Members Barber B. Conable, Jr., Anne d'Harnoncourt, Hanna Holborn Gray, Manuel L. Ibanez, Walter Massey, Roger Sant, Alan G. Spoon, Patty Stonesifer, Wesley S. Williams, Jr.
The Secretary Lawrence M. Small
The Inspector General Thomas D. Blair
Director of Development (vacancy)
Director, Office of Policy and Carole P. Neves
Executive Assistant to the Secretary James M. Hobbins
and Director, Smithsonian Institution Building and Arts and Industries Building
Under Secretary for American Museums Sheila Burke
and National Programs
Director, Asian/Pacific-American Franklin Odo
Curator in Charge, Renwick Kenneth R. Trapp
Director of National Programs Herma Hightower
Director of Operations (vacancy)
Director, Anacostia Museum and Steven Newsome
Center for African American History and Culture
Director, Archives of American Richard Wattenmaker
Director, Arts and Industries James M. Hobbins
Director, Center for Folklife Richard Kurin
and Cultural Heritage
Director, Cooper-Hewitt National Paul Warwick Thompson
Director, National Air and Space Gen. John R. Dailey
Director, National Museum of Brent Glass
Director, National Museum of the W. Richard West, Jr.
Director, National Portrait Marc Pachter
Director, National Postal Museum Allen Kane
Director, Office of Evelyn Lieberman
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
Director, Smithsonian Center for Stephanie Norby
Education and Museum Studies
Director, Smithsonian Center for (vacancy)
Director, Smithsonian Anna R. Cohn
Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
Director, Smithsonian Michael Carrigan
Director, The Smithsonian Mara Mayor
Editor, Joseph Henry Papers Marc Rothenberg
Under Secretary for Science David L. Evans
Director, Museum Support Center (vacancy)
Director, National Museum of Christian Samper
Director, National Science (vacancy)
Director, National Zoological Lucy Spelman
Director, Office of Fellowships Roberta Rubinoff
Director, Smithsonian Irwin I. Shapiro
Director, Smithsonian Center for Lambertus Van Zelst
Materials Research and Education
Director, Smithsonian Ross Simons
Environmental Research Center
Director, Smithsonian Don Fehr
Director, Smithsonian Marine Valerie Paul
Director, Smithsonian Tropical Ira Rubinoff
Under Secretary for Finance and (vacancy)
Chief Technology Officer Dennis Shaw
Chief Financial Officer Alice C. Maroni
Comptroller Catheryn Hummel
Director, Office of Equal Era Marshall
Employment and Minority Affairs
Director, Office of Human Carolyn Jones
Director, Office of Francine Berkowitz
Director, Smithsonian Ethel W. Hedlin
Director, Smithsonian Nancy E. Gwinn
General Counsel John E. Huerta
Ombudsman Chandra Heilman
Director of Facilities William W. Brubaker
Director, International Art Museums Thomas Lentz
Director, Freer Gallery of Art Julian Raby
and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Director, Hirshhorn Museum and Ned Rifkin
Director, National Museum of Sharon Patton
Chief Executive Officer of Gary Beer
Smithsonian Business Ventures
Editor, Smithsonian Magazine Carey Winfrey
Publisher, Smithsonian Magazine Amy P. Wilkins
Senior Business Officer Roland Banscher, Acting
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts\1\
Chairman James A. Johnson
President Michael M. Kaiser
National Gallery of Art\1\
President Robert H. Smith
Director Earl A. Powell III
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars\1\
Director Lee H. Hamilton
Deputy Director Michael H. Van Dusen
Chairman, Board of Trustees Joseph A. Cari, Jr.
\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 16 museums and galleries, the National Zoo, and research facilities in several States and the Republic of Panama. It holds more than 143 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 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 143 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 Museumand Center for African American History and Culture 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, 202-357-2700. Internet, www.si.edu/
Archivesof AmericanArt 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 13 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, http://archivesofamericanart.si.edu/askus.htm.
Cooper-Hewitt National DesignMuseum 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. An admission fee of $8 is charged.
For further information, contact Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, 2 East Ninety-First Street, New York, NY 10128. Phone, 212-849-8400. Internet, www.si.edu/ndm.
Freer Gallery ofArt 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, 202-357-2700. Internet, www.asia.si.edu.
Hirshhorn MuseumandSculpture Garden From cubism to minimalism, the Museum houses major collections of modern and contemporary art. The nucleus of the collection is the...