This thesis explores the changes in the Smithsonian Institution between 1893 and 1993 and how the museum at each time reflects its social environment, through the Smithsonian's self- defined purpose, exhibits, and perceptions of visitors. This was done through archival research, which provided insight into the world of 1893 through museum publications and correspondences, and through interviews with four members of the National Museum of Natural History, which provided a contemporary comparison. The data indicates that the museum is influenced and affected by the social environment in which it is found. A suggestion for future research is a narrower approach, to study more closely and specifically the considerations and influences involved in exhibit renovation.
Sociology and Anthropology
Anderson, Christina, "100 Years at the National Museum: a Cross-Time Comparison of the Smithsonian Institution" (1994). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 5585.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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