Guide to the Exploratorium Records, 1957-[ongoing]

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Guide to the Exploratorium Records, 1957-[ongoing]

Collection number: BANC MSS 87/148 c

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
Juliet Demeter and Ania Laszcz
Date Completed:
April 2002
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 2001 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Exploratorium Records,
Date (inclusive): 1957-[ongoing]
Collection Number: BANC MSS 87/148 c
Creator: Exploratorium (Organization)
Extent: Number of containers: 45 cartons, 2 boxes, 11 oversize folders, 4 tubes Linear feet: 63
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Abstract: Provides a fairly complete history of this innovative museum from its founding in 1969 through the present. The records reflect the central role founder Dr. Frank Oppenheimer played in developing the Exploratorium and sustaining it until his death in 1985. The collection includes Oppenheimer's correspondence and writings related to the museum, board of director minutes, exhibit development materials, publicity, grant proposals, reports and chronological files, records of subsequent directors, notably Goery Delacote, as well as departmental records documenting the evolution of the museum.
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research, with the following exception:
  • Minutes of the Board of Directors: 20 years from date of meeting.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Exploratorium records, BANC MSS 87/148 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Related Collections

Title: Frank Oppenheimer Papers,
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 98/136 c

Material Cataloged Separately

  • Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.
  • Videotapes/sound recordings have been transferred to the Microforms Collection of The Bancroft Library.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Exploratorium Records were given to The Bancroft Library by Dr. Robert L. White, Director of the Exploratorium on July 8, 1987. Additions were made on November 19, 1999 and in March and April 2000.

Funding

Funding partially provided by a grant from the American Institute of Physics.

Organizational History

The Exploratorium was founded in San Francisco, California in 1969 by physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer. Dissatisfied with traditional teaching methods, Dr. Oppenheimer had long been searching for ways to make science education accessible to the general population. After spending a year in Europe on a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1965, he began formulating a plan to establish a multidisciplinary museum in the U.S. that would integrate the arts and sciences in a hands-on learning environment through the use of interactive exhibits and educational programs.
In 1968, Dr. Oppenheimer proposed opening the new museum in the historic Palace of Fine Arts, a recently renovated building that had been designed by Bernard Maybeck for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. Oppenheimer presented his plan to the Palace of Fine Arts League and to the City of San Francisco, who agreed to lease the building for $1 per year.
With the help of a $50,000 grant from the San Francisco Foundation and the support of many community leaders, educators, and scientists, the Exploratorium opened its doors to the public in September 1969. By the end of its first year of operation, the museum's staff had constructed over 100 exhibits. By 1972, 20,000 people per month were visiting the Exploratorium.
While serving as the museum's first director, Dr. Oppenheimer played an active role in the daily operation of the museum. He continued to design and build exhibits, solicit funds and conduct tours for visiting dignitaries as well as local school children until his death in 1985.
After a succession of short-term directors, Goéry Delacôte, a leading French physicist and educator, was named Executive Director of the Exploratorium in 1991. Under his leadership the museum has established three centers for promoting science education: the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Center for Public Exhibition, and the Center for Media and Communication.
The Exploratorium currently houses over 650 interactive exhibits and artworks, a library/ resource center, nine classrooms, a multimedia studio, a theater, and a life science laboratory. The museum offers performances, artist residency programs, and teacher and resident scholar programs. Reproductions of Exploratorium exhibits are sold and rented to science museums all over the world.

Scope and Content

The Exploratorium Records, 1957-[ongoing], provide a fairly complete history of this innovative museum from its founding in 1969 through the present. The records reflect the central role founder Dr. Frank Oppenheimer played in developing the Exploratorium and sustaining it until his death in 1985. The collection includes Oppenheimer's correspondence and writings related to the museum, board of director minutes, exhibit development materials, publicity, grant proposals, reports and chronological files, records of subsequent directors, notably Goéry Delacôte as well as departmental records documenting the evolution of the museum.
Management materials include planning documents from the museum's early years as well as administrative records of the Board of Directors, the Executive Directors and Chief of Staff. Dr. Oppenheimer's papers relate almost exclusively to his career at the Exploratorium. His personal papers and materials connected with his teaching and scientific research can be found in the Frank Oppenheimer Papers (BANC MSS 98/136 c). Director Goéry Delacôte's papers include correspondence and writings reflecting his efforts to expand the role of the museum as an international center for science education.
The Exploratorium's unique exhibits and educational programs are documented in the Public Information Office files. These include news clippings, press releases and publicity dating from 1969-2000. Development office records chronicle fundraising activities at the Exploratorium and include grant proposals to public foundations as well as private corporations.
Since the early 1980's, the Exploratorium has produced reproductions of its exhibits for sale and rental to other science centers and institutions. Exhibit Services files consist of materials related to sales of exhibits along with correspondence and publicity for travelling exhibitions of artwork and collections of exhibits designed by the museum's staff and artists in residence.
Under the directorship of Goéry Delacôte, three centers have been established at the Exploratorium: the Center for Public Exhibition, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for Media and Communications. This reorganization retains core elements of Frank Oppenheimer's Exploratorium, but takes his vision further by expanding the museum's role in research, teacher training and multimedia science education. The records of the Center for Public Exhibition document the history of exhibit development and include promotional materials for performances and special events held at the Exploratorium from 1970-1999. This series also includes files for the museum's Artist in Residence Program.
Educational programs, including the Teacher Institute and the School in the Exploratorium, as well as the Field Trip and Explainer programs, are all included in the Center for Teaching and Learning files. These records include a collection of thank you letters written by school children to Dr. Oppenheimer and other staff members. Also included are a series of exhibit guides and workbooks called Pathways, created for the Field Trip program.
The Center for Media and Communications focuses on the museum's integration of multimedia technology in science education. This series includes the records of the Exploratorium Library, Media Department and Publications Department.
Other materials related to Dr. Oppenheimer, including personal and professional papers, can be found in the Frank Oppenheimer Papers, BANC MSS 98/136 c.

Container List

 

Series 1: Management, 1957-2000

Cartons 1-3, Boxes 1-2

Subseries 1.1: Board of Directors, 1968-1999, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged hierarchically then chronologically. Includes board meeting minutes from 1969-1998, correspondence, committee meeting minutes and strategic planning documents.
carton 1, folder 1-14

Meeting minutes 1969-1981

box 1, folder 1-9

Meeting minutes 1982-1992

box 2, folder 1-9

Meeting minutes 1993-1998

carton 2, folder 1

Correspondence 1968-1997

carton 2, folder 2

Status Reports 1969-1970

carton 2, folder 3

Lists of board members 1969, n.d.

carton 2, folder 4

Resolutions in support of the Exploratorium 1969

carton 2, folder 5-6

Fundraising correspondence 1969-1970

carton 2, folder 7

By-laws of the Exploratorium 1986

carton 2, folder 8

Corporate donors 1995-1998

carton 2, folder 9

Board of Directors Handbook 1997

carton 2, folder 10-11

Marketing Committee 1996-1997

carton 2, folder 12

Ad Hoc Succession Planning Committee 1996

carton 2, folder 13

Program Committee 1997

carton 2, folder 14

Committee on Directors 1996-1997

carton 2, folder 15-16

Development Committee 1997-1998

carton 2, folder 17

Executive Committee 1997-1998

carton 2, folder 18-21

Strategic Planning Committee 1994-1998

carton 3, folder 1-6

Strategic planning working documents 1994

carton 3, folder 7

Strategic Plan - drafts 1995

carton 3, folder 8

Strategic Plan 1996

carton 3, folder 9

Five Year Strategic Plan - drafts 1998

carton 3, folder 10

Expansion Renovation Campaign 1996

carton 3, folder 11

Annual Fund Campaign 1997

carton 3, folder 12

Fiscal year 1998 budget 1996-1998

carton 3, folder 13

Fiscal year 1999 budget 1998-1999

Cartons 4-9, Oversize folder 1, Tube 1

Subseries 1.2: Executive Director, 1957-1999, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged hierarchically then chronologically. Consists of papers of Exploratorium founder Frank Oppenheimer as well as those of current director Goéry Delacôte. Oppenheimer's papers are further sub-divided into correspondence, writings, professional affiliations, awards and fellowships, biographical materials, interviews and subject files. These materials detail Oppenheimer's efforts to develop the Exploratorium in the late 1960's and his involvement over the next quarter century in all phases of the museum's operation. Delacôte's papers are sub-divided into correspondence, board of directors, administrative files, writings, professional affiliations and biographical materials. Contains some materials in French.
 

Frank Oppenheimer, 1957-1985

 

Correspondence

carton 4, folder 1-28

Incoming Letters, A-Z 1967-1984

carton 4, folder 29-40

Outgoing Letters 1967-1985, n.d.

 

Writings

 

Proposals and Reports

carton 5, folder 1

A Proposal for a Palace of Art and Science in the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts 1967

carton 5, folder 2

The Content of the Museum 1968

carton 5, folder 3

History [Behind the Development of the Exploratorium] 1968

carton 5, folder 4

The Initial Program for the Palace of Arts and Science ca. 1968

carton 5, folder 5

Outline of the Initial Activities that will be Involved in the Development of the Museum ca. 1968

carton 5, folder 6

The Relationship between the Exploratorium in the Palace of Arts and Science and Other Museums in the Bay Area ca. 1968

carton 5, folder 7

An Exploratorium of Perception, Science and Technology in the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts 1969

carton 5, folder 8

Some Special Features of the Exploratorium in the Palace of Arts and Science ca. 1969

carton 5, folder 9

Where We Are and Where Do We Go From Here 1976

carton 5, folder 10

Where We Are and Where Do We Go From Here, Part II - drafts 1982

carton 5, folder 11

Note on the Wider Availability of Museums n.d.

carton 5, folder 12

Future Planning n.d.

carton 5, folder 13

Miscellaneous planning documents by Frank Oppenheimer and others 1968-1983

 

Articles

carton 5, folder 14

The Library of Experiments at University of Colorado ca. 1965

carton 5, folder 15

The Role of Science Museums 1966

carton 5, folder 16

A Rationale for a Science Museum 1968

carton 5, folder 17

Schools are not for Sightseeing 1970

carton 5, folder 18

Some Special Features in the Exploratorium of Science, Technology, and Human Perception in the Palace of Arts and Science 1970

carton 5, folder 19

The Palace of Arts and Science: An Exploratorium at San Francisco, California, U.S.A. 1972

carton 5, folder 20

The Exploratorium: A Playful Museum Combines Perception and Art in Science Education 1972

carton 5, folder 21

The Exploratorium: A Participatory Museum by Frank Oppenheimer and Karen C. Cole 1974

carton 5, folder 22

The Exploratorium and Other Ways of Teaching Physics 1975

carton 5, folder 23

The Exploratorium as an Exemplary Institution 1975

carton 5, folder 24

Everyone is You--Or Me 1976

carton 5, folder 25

Growing Up in the Arts 1976

carton 5, folder 26

A Broader View 1977

carton 5, folder 27

The Arts: A Decent Respect for Taste 1977

carton 5, folder 28

Color [1978]

carton 5, folder 29

Aesthetics and the Right Answer 1979

carton 5, folder 30

Art and Science: Meaning, Tools, and Discipline 1979

carton 5, folder 31

The Exploratorium is a Teaching Museum 1979

carton 5, folder 32

Pleasant Play 1979-1980

carton 5, folder 33

Adult Play 1980

carton 5, folder 34

Museums and Toys 1981

carton 5, folder 35

Introduction [1981]

carton 5, folder 36

Preface [1981]

carton 5, folder 37

The Importance of Science Museums 1982

carton 5, folder 38

Jargon: Second Cousin Twice Removed 1982

carton 5, folder 39

The Numbers Game 1982

carton 5, folder 40

Smells: An Introduction 1982

carton 5, folder 41

Teaching and Learning 1982

carton 5, folder 42

Watery Delights 1982

carton 5, folder 43

Wave Equation 1982

carton 5, folder 44

Curiosity 1983

carton 5, folder 45

Exploring 1983

carton 5, folder 46

Maps and Mappings (Nzkh zmw Nzkkrmt*) 1983

carton 5, folder 47

Museums for the Love of Learning 1983

carton 5, folder 48

The Role of Museums: Oppenheimer on Exploration and Discovery 1983

carton 5, folder 49

Diaphanous 1984

carton 5, folder 50

Aesthetic Perceptions n.d.

carton 5, folder 51

Boiling and Bubble Chambers n.d.

carton 5, folder 52

A Broad View of the Science for the Citizen Program n.d.

carton 5, folder 53

A Dynamic Process n.d.

carton 5, folder 54

The Importance of the Role of Science Pedagogy in the Developing Nations n.d.

carton 5, folder 55

Let the Teachers Teach and the Learners Learn n.d.

carton 5, folder 56

Interconnecting Shadows n.d.

carton 5, folder 57

Museums: A Versatile Resource for Learning and Pleasure n.d.

carton 5, folder 58

On Understanding n.d.

carton 5, folder 59

What is Meaning n.d.

 

Lectures and Speeches

carton 5, folder 60

Teaching and Learning 1957

carton 5, folder 61

The Unique Educational Role of Museums - drafts 1969

Oversize folder 1 A

Poster: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Colloquium of the M.I.T. Research Center, "An Exploratorium of Science and Art" 1970

carton 5, folder 62

The Exploratorium - drafts 1972

carton 5, folder 63

The Millikan Award Lecture, Part I: Teaching and Learning - draft 1973

carton 5, folder 64

The Millikan Award Lecture, Part II: The Study of Perception as a Part of Teaching Physics - drafts 1973

carton 5, folder 65

Untitled: Arts, Education and Americans panel 1977

carton 5, folder 66

Keynote Address: National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts 1977

carton 5, folder 67

Science and Anti-Science - drafts and notes 1977

carton 5, folder 68

A Tribute to Esther Pike Fuller 1977

carton 5, folder 69

Commendation to Victor Cohn 1978

carton 5, folder 70

Persuasion: Talk honoring Muriel Rukeyser 1978

carton 5, folder 71

Untitled: Arts, Education and Americans panel 1978

carton 5, folder 72

Aesthetics and the Right Answer - drafts 1978

carton 5, folder 73

Exhibit Conception and Design 1980

carton 5, folder 74

Learning with an Opportunity for Choice 1980

carton 5, folder 75

Talk given at the March 6, 1980 Meeting of the Advisory Committee, Office of Science and Society, National Science Foundation 1980

carton 5, folder 76

Awards Dinner honoring Dr. Henry S. Kaplan 1981

carton 5, folder 77

Untitled (paper prepared for the AAAS Meeting) 1981

carton 5, folder 78-79

American Association of Museums Distinguished Service Award speech - drafts 1982

carton 5, folder 80

Awards Dinner honoring Dr. Lewis Thomas 1982

carton 5, folder 81

Untitled speech: California Humanities Association - draft and notes 1982

carton 5, folder 82

Fifteenth Anniversary Awards Dinner - drafts 1984

carton 5, folder 83-84

The Sentimental Fruits of Science: Oersted Medal acceptance speech 1984

carton 5, folder 85

Eulogy for Louis Goldblatt ca. 1984

 

Testimonies

carton 5, folder 86

U.S. Congress Committee on Education and Labor Select Subcommittee on Education: "Comments on the Unique Role of Museums and the Need for Federal On-Going Support for their Operation and Expansion" 1974

carton 5, folder 87

Testimony with regard to House Joint Resolution 639 calling for a White House Conference on the Humanities 1978

carton 5, folder 88

Testimony: Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education: Reauthorization of NEA, NEH, and IMS 1980

carton 5, folder 89

Statement to the Commission on Excellence in Education 1982

carton 5, folder 90

Statement to the National Commission on Excellence in Education Testimony at Hearing on Science, Mathematics, and Technology 1982

 

Other Writings

carton 5, folder 91

Museums and Teaching (Letter to Lou Branscomb) 1981

carton 5, folder 92

Abstracts for speeches and papers 1974-1984, n.d.

carton 5, folder 93

Miscellaneous writings 1973-1984, n.d.

carton 5, folder 94-95

Notes for talks 1974-1984, n.d.

carton 5, folder 96

Notes n.d.

 

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

carton 6, folder 1

Correspondence 1974-1976

carton 6, folder 2

Committee on Public Understanding of Science 1973-1974

carton 6, folder 3

Advisory Committee, 146th National Meeting 1979

carton 6, folder 4

Annual Meeting 1980

carton 6, folder 5

American Association of Museums (AAM) 1981-1982

 

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

carton 6, folder 6

Correspondence 1972-1975

carton 6, folder 7-9

Annual Meetings 1972-1984

 

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

carton 6, folder 10-12

Correspondence 1982-1984

 

Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)

carton 6, folder 13-22

Correspondence 1971-1984

carton 6, folder 23-24

Workshops 1974-1979

carton 6, folder 25

Conferences 1976, 1978

carton 6, folder 26

Joint Annual Meeting of ASTC and the International Committee of Museums of Science and Technology (CIMUSET) 1980

carton 6, folder 27

Conference at the Exploratorium 1981

carton 6, folder 28

Executive Committee Meeting 1981

carton 6, folder 29

Symposium on Science Teacher Education at Museums 1984-1985

carton 6, folder 30

Annual reports 1973-1977

carton 6, folder 31

Survey 1975

carton 6, folder 32

Miscellaneous ASTC 1979-1984, n.d.

carton 6, folder 33

California Arts Council Meeting 1979

carton 6, folder 34

California Humanities Association 1982

carton 6, folder 35

California State Department of Education Curriculum Advisory Committee 1984

carton 6, folder 36

China Science and Technology Museum - photos of Oppenheimer visit 1987

carton 6, folder 37

Commune di Bologna Conference 1983

carton 6, folder 38

Council on Museums and Education in the Visual Arts 1972-1978

carton 6, folder 39

Corporation for Public Broadcasting / Annenberg School of Communications Project 1983

carton 6, folder 40

International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology Leonardo Project 1982-1984

carton 6, folder 41

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Community Science Seminar 1974

carton 6, folder 42

National Endowment for the Humanities Youth Projects 1980

 

National Science Foundation

carton 6, folder 43

Correspondence 1977-1981, n.d.

carton 6, folder 44

Bicentennial Science Planning Conference 1973

carton 6, folder 45

Science Literacy Panel 1978

carton 6, folder 46

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) 1984

carton 6, folder 47

San Francisco State University Science-Humanities Convergence Program (NEXA) 1976-1979

carton 6, folder 48

San Francisco Foundation 1984-1985

carton 6, folder 49

San Francisco University High School 1982-1983

 

Smithsonian Institution

carton 7, folder 1

Conference on the Role of Museums in Pre-college Scientific Education 1970

carton 7, folder 2-3

Smithsonian Council 1983-1985

carton 7, folder 4

Kellogg Project 1984

carton 7, folder 5-6

Invitations Accepted 1980-1984

carton 7, folder 7-9

Invitations Declined 1976-1984

 

Awards and Fellowships

carton 7, folder 10

Guggenheim Fellowship 1965

carton 7, folder 11

American Association of Physics Teachers, Robert A. Millikan Award 1973

carton 7, folder 12

Distinguished American Scientist Award 1975

carton 7, folder 13

Guggenheim Fellowship 1975

carton 7, folder 14

Robert C. Kirkwood Award 1976

carton 7, folder 15

California Institute of Technology Distinguished Alumni Award 1979

carton 7, folder 16

American Association of Museums Award for Distinguished Service to Museums 1982

carton 7, folder 17

The Shoong Foundation Hall of Fame for Outstanding Achievement in Science 1982

carton 7, folder 18

American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow of the Association 1983

carton 7, folder 19

American Association of Physics Teachers Oersted Medal 1984

carton 7, folder 20

The Arts Commission of San Francisco Special Posthumous Award of Honor 1985

 

Biographical Materials

carton 7, folder 21

Curricula Vitae 1968-1977, n.d.

carton 7, folder 22

Biographies 1968-1973, n.d.

carton 7, folder 23

Clippings 1974-1985

carton 7, folder 24

Obituaries 1985

carton 7, folder 25-26

Condolence letters 1985

carton 7, folder 27

Photos n.d.

carton 7, folder 28

Business card n.d.

carton 7, folder 29

Neighborhood Arts Program of the City and County of San Francisco Art Commission 1974

carton 7, folder 30

Education Development Center 1977-1978

carton 7, folder 31

Interview by Jon Else for Nova documentary "Palace of Delights" 1981

carton 7, folder 32

The Colonial Williamsburg Interpreter 1982

carton 7, folder 33

Good Morning America 1982

carton 7, folder 34

National Public Radio 1982

carton 7, folder 35

Twelfth International Sculpture Conference 1982-1983

carton 7, folder 36

KQED 1982

carton 7, folder 37

Invisible Aesthetic by Linda Dackman 1983

carton 7, folder 38

La Recherche 1983

carton 7, folder 39

Up Front 1983-1984

carton 7, folder 40

California Confederation of the Arts Newsletter - transcript 1984-1985

Oversize folder 1 A

California Confederation of the Arts Newsletter - publication 1985

carton 7, folder 41

Cal Tech oral history project 1984-1985

carton 7, folder 42

Humanities Video Project 1984-1985

 

Subject Files

carton 7, folder 43

Education and the arts 1974-1976, n.d.

carton 7, folder 44

Education Development Center 1969-1979

carton 7, folder 45

Albert Einstein 1979-1982

carton 7, folder 46

Richard Gregory 1981-1983, n.d.

carton 7, folder 47

Israel Leviant 1980-1984

carton 7, folder 48

Mechanical Universe 1981-1984, n.d.

carton 7, folder 49

Richard Morris 1979, n.d.

carton 7, folder 50

Muriel Rukeyser 1975

carton 7, folder 51

Science and the arts 1971-1982, n.d.

carton 7, folder 52

Science and technology 1967-1983, n.d.

 

Goéry Delacôte, 1991-1999

 

Correspondence

carton 8, folder 1-19

Incoming letters, A-Z 1991-1996

carton 8, folder 20-24

Outgoing letters 1991-1996

carton 8, folder 25

Memos to staff 1993-1996, n.d.

carton 8, folder 26-27

Chief of Staff correspondence 1993-1996

 

Board of Directors

carton 8, folder 28

Correspondence 1994-1997

carton 8, folder 29

Ad Hoc Committee on Succession Planning 1996

carton 8, folder 30

Committee on Directors 1995-1996

 

Administrative Files

carton 8, folder 31

Arts Advisory Committee 1996, n.d.

carton 8, folder 32

Donors 1991,1996

carton 8, folder 33

Exhibit Services 1994-1996

carton 8, folder 34

Exploratorium trademark 1995-1996

carton 8, folder 35

Grants for the Arts 1991-1996

carton 8, folder 36

Institute for Inquiry 1995

carton 8, folder 37

Irvine Foundation 1995

carton 8, folder 38-39

Management Manual 1996

carton 8, folder 40

Mission statements 1994-1995, n.d.

carton 8, folder 41

Organizational charts 1991

Tube 1

Organizational chart 1999

carton 8, folder 42

National Endowment for the Arts 1992-1993

carton 8, folder 43

National Science Foundation 1992-1996, n.d.

carton 8, folder 44

Osher Fellowship Program 1993-1995

carton 8, folder 45

Renovation/ Expansion 1994-1996, n.d.

carton 8, folder 46

The San Francisco Foundation 1995-1996

carton 8, folder 47

Swiss Consulate scientists forum 1996

carton 8, folder 48-49

Trip to France 1996

carton 8, folder 50

Union 1995

carton 8, folder 51

Visit by French Minister of Education 1995-1996

carton 8, folder 52

Women's Health Exhibition 1996

 

Writings

carton 8, folder 53

Vers de Nouveaux Musées des Sciences 1991

carton 8, folder 54

Toward the Year 2001 ca. 1992

carton 8, folder 55

The Role of Outside Support Media, Video and Museums n.d.

 

Professional Affiliations

carton 8, folder 56

Alliance des professeures de Montréal 1996

carton 8, folder 57

American Association of Museums 1992-1995

carton 8, folder 58

American Educational Research Association 1991-1992

 

Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)

carton 8, folder 59-61

Correspondence 1992-1997

carton 8, folder 62

Conference 1996

carton 8, folder 63

Breakthrough: People of Color in American Science 1994-1995

carton 8, folder 64

Carnegie Mellon University: Studio for Creative Inquiry 1996

carton 8, folder 65

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique 1996-1998

carton 9, folder 1

Cité des Sciences de Tunis 1994-1995

carton 9, folder 2

Class of '87 1994-1996

carton 9, folder 3

Comité National d'Evaluation 1998

carton 9, folder 4

Commonwealth Club 1994-1996

carton 9, folder 5

Conservetoire National des Arts et Métiers Comité Scientifique 1994-1999

carton 9, folder 6

French-American Chamber of Commerce 1995-1996

carton 9, folder 7

French Foundation for Medical Research and Education 1994-1998

carton 9, folder 8

Fritz Institute of Global Logistics 1996

carton 9, folder 9

Genentech Foundation for Biomedical Sciences 1995-1996

carton 9, folder 10

Institute for Science Education 1992-1994

carton 9, folder 11

International Academy of Education 1991-1996

carton 9, folder 12

Japan Science Foundation 1996

carton 9, folder 13

Laboratoire Interuniversataire de Receherche sur L'Éducation Scientifique et Technologique 1995

carton 9, folder 14

Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. Goodwill and Trade Mission to Paris 1996

carton 9, folder 15

National Academy of Sciences 1993-1996

carton 9, folder 16

National Committee on Science Education Standards and Assessment 1992-1996

carton 9, folder 17

National Health Sciences Consortium 1995-1996

carton 9, folder 18

National Institute for Science Education 1996

carton 9, folder 19

National Science Foundation 1992-1996

carton 9, folder 20

National Sciences Resource Center 1993-1996

carton 9, folder 21

Palais de la déouverte 1995-1996

carton 9, folder 22

Science Oasis 1991-1993

carton 9, folder 23

TERC Educational Advisory Board 1993

carton 9, folder 24

UCSF Foundation 1996

carton 9, folder 25

Invitations accepted 1995-1997

carton 9, folder 26

Invitations declined 1992-1997

 

Biographical Materials

carton 9, folder 27

Clippings 1991-1996

carton 9, folder 28

Interviews 1994-1996

Cartons 9-10, Oversize folders 2-6, Tubes 2-3

Subseries 1.3: Administration, 1963-2000, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged hierarchically then chronologically. Includes records of the office of Chief of Staff and materials relating to the unionization of the Exploratorium. Architectural planning materials include drawings and blueprints along with publications regarding the history of the Palace of Fine Arts. Also included in this sub-series are records of the Internal Communications Department.
 

Chief of Staff

carton 9, folder 29

Staff lists and job descriptions 1972-1983, n.d.

carton 9, folder 30

Staff meeting minutes 1977, n.d.

carton 9, folder 31

Personnel policies 1983, n.d.

carton 9, folder 32

Long range planning 1981-1991

carton 9, folder 33

Executive Director search 1990

carton 9, folder 34-35

Employee Handbooks 1990, 1993

carton 9, folder 36-38

Management group meeting minutes 1991-1996

carton 9, folder 39

Identity Campaign report 1991

carton 9, folder 40

Japan visit 1990-1992

carton 9, folder 41

Supervisor's Handbook 1994

carton 9, folder 42

Robert Semper, NSTA Award 1994

carton 9, folder 43

President Clinton visit 1995

carton 9, folder 44

Advisory Committee 1995-1996

 

Unionization

carton 9, folder 45

Correspondence 1991-1993

 

Organizing meetings

carton 9, folder 46

Questions for Exploratorium management 1991

carton 9, folder 47

Questions for union representatives 1991

carton 9, folder 48

Elections 1991-1992

carton 9, folder 49

Service Employees International Union memos 1991-1995

carton 9, folder 50

Posters and handouts ca. 1991

carton 9, folder 51

Organizing Committee 1991-1992, n.d.

carton 9, folder 52

Bargaining Unit 1991-1995

carton 9, folder 53

Negotiating Team 1991-1993

carton 9, folder 54

Publicity 1991-1992

carton 9, folder 55

"The Unionization of the Exploratorium" by Joseph G. Ansel, Jr. from Institutional Trauma 1995

carton 10, folder 1-77

Contract negotiations 1992-1995

carton 10, folder 78

Tentative agreements 1992-1993

carton 10, folder 79

Agreement, March 1, 1993-May 31, 1994 1993

carton 10, folder 80

Agreement, June 1, 1994-May 31, 1995 1994

carton 10, folder 81-84

Contract negotiations 1995

carton 10, folder 85

Agreement, June 1, 1995-May 31, 1998 1995

 

Architectural Planning

 

Building Projects

carton 10, folder 86

Correspondence 1976-1983

carton 10, folder 87

Preliminary plans for Palace of Arts and Sciences ca. 1969

carton 10, folder 88

Theater project ca. 1970

Oversize folder 2 C

Theater project drawings 1970

Oversize folder 2 C

Floor plans 1975

Tube 2

Physics Playground drawings 1977, n.d.

carton 10, folder 89

Mezzanine project (includes photograph) 1979-1980

Oversize folder 3 C

Drawings 1979

Oversize folder 4 C

McBean Theater project drawings 1981

Oversize folder 5 B

Cultural Center project drawings 1982-1983

carton 10, folder 90

"The Rationale for a Space Expansion Program for the Exploratorium" by Frank Oppenheimer 1983

carton 10, folder 91-92

Renovations 1991

carton 10, folder 93

Extending the Exploratorium 1994

Oversize folder 5 B

Storage cabinet drawings 1996

Tube 3

Floor plans ca. 1997, n.d.

Oversize folder 6 C

Renovations 1997

Oversize folder 6 C

Renovations 2000

Oversize folder 6 C

Exploratorium Store drawings n.d.

 

Palace of Fine Arts History

Oversize folder 6 C

Rehabilitation project drawings 1963

carton 10, folder 94

Brochure: Evolution of a Palace 1970

carton 10, folder 95

Palace of Fine Arts: A Brief History by D. Evelyn Fondren 1986

carton 10, folder 96

Clippings n.d.

 

Internal Communications

carton 10, folder 97

Policies 1991-1992

carton 10, folder 98

Memos 1994, n.d.

carton 10, folder 99

Explosé 1992,1995

carton 10, folder 100

Internal Communications Liason n.d.

Cartons 11-20

Subseries 1.4: Chronological Files, 1974-1991

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Consists primarily of correspondence pertaining to all aspects of Exploratorium operations including fundraising, programming and special events, written by the Executive Director, Chief of Staff and other high-ranking staff members. Also included are a small number of grant proposals and reports.
carton 11, folder 1-32

Correspondence 1974-1977

carton 12, folder 1-41

Correspondence 1978-1979

carton 13, folder 1-35

Correspondence 1980-1982

carton 14, folder 1-39

Correspondence 1982-1984

carton 15, folder 1-33

Correspondence 1984-1985

carton 16, folder 1-29

Correspondence 1985-1987

carton 17, folder 1-26

Correspondence 1987-1988

carton 18, folder 1-27

Correspondence 1988-1989

carton 19, folder 1-26

Correspondence 1989-1990

carton 20, folder 1-25

Correspondence 1991

Cartons 21-34

Series 2: Public Information Office, 1996-2000

Scope and Content Note

Divided into 5 sub-series, Administration, Writings by Exploratorium Staff, Writings about the Exploratorium, Media Coverage and Publicity.
Carton 21

Subseries 2.1: Administration, 1969-2000

Scope and Content Note

Arranged hierarchically then chronologically. Includes correspondence, promotional materials, fact sheets, publicity packets and biographical information about Exploratorium staff members.
carton 21, folder 1-5

Correspondence 1977-1992, n.d.

carton 21, folder 6

Promotional literature 1969-1991, n.d.

carton 21, folder 7-11

Fact Sheets 1970-1997

carton 21, folder 12

Visitors 1976-1979

carton 21, folder 13

Report 1987

carton 21, folder 14-19

Publicity packets ca. 1991-2000

carton 21, folder 20

Promotional materials n.d.

carton 21, folder 21

Staff biographies n.d.

Carton 21

Subseries 2.2: Writings by Exploratorium Staff, 1966-1991

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Includes papers and published articles by staff members on education, museum studies, exhibits and the history of Exploratorium.
carton 21, folder 22

List of papers and published articles 1966-1982

carton 21, folder 23

"The Exploratorium" by Evelyn Shaw 1972

carton 21, folder 24

"The Cheshire Cat Effect" by Sally Duensing and Bob Miller 1978

carton 21, folder 25

"The Ethology of Teaching" by Judy Diamond 1980

carton 21, folder 26

"Open Questions in Museum Accounting" by Caryn Clark 1982

carton 21, folder 27

"Use of Interactive Exhibits in College Teaching" by Robert J. Semper, et al. 1982

carton 21, folder 28

"Remembrance of Smells Past" by Linda Dackman 1982

carton 21, folder 29

"Perception and Language" by Sally Duensing 1983

carton 21, folder 30

"Science Museums as Environments for Learning" by Robert J. Semper 1990

carton 21, folder 31

"A Brief Political History of the Exploratorium" by Robert J. Semper 1991

carton 21, folder 32

"Exploratorium" by K.C. Cole n.d.

carton 21, folder 33

"Museums and Popular Culture" by Linda Draper n.d.

carton 21, folder 34

"Taking the Exploratorium Home With You" by Bob Miller n.d.

Carton 21

Subseries 2.3: Writings about the Exploratorium, 1971-1987

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Contains an early piece about the museum by physicist Philip Morrison, drafts for The Exploratorium: Museum as Laboratory by Hilde Hein, and a Dennis the Menace comic book about a visit to the Exploratorium.
carton 21, folder 35

"The Palace of Arts and Sciences" by Philip Morrison 1971

carton 21, folder 36-45

The Exploratorium: Museum as Laboratory by Hilde Hein - drafts 1983

carton 21, folder 46

The Exploratorium by Jeanne Lam, et.al. 1987

carton 21, folder 47

Dennis the Menace comic book about the Exploratorium by Hank Ketchum n.d.

Cartons 21-29

Subseries 2.4: Media Coverage, 1969-1997

Scope and Content Note

Arranged hierarchically then chronologically. Includes lists of articles on the Exploratorium, materials related to Palace of Delights, a television documentary about the museum broadcast on the Public Broadcasting Service program NOVA in 1982 and press clippings dating from 1969-1996. Contains overlapping materials with publicity sub-series.
carton 21, folder 48

Lists of articles about the Exploratorium 1975-1997

 

NOVA television documentary: Palace of Delights

carton 21, folder 49

Correspondence 1981

carton 21, folder 50

Program transcript 1981

carton 21, folder 51

Frank Oppenheimer interview 1981

carton 21, folder 52-54

Letters received following broadcast 1982-1983

carton 22, folder 1-61

Press clippings 1969-1984

carton 23, folder 1-61

Press clippings 1984-1987

carton 24, folder 1-49

Press clippings 1986-1988

carton 25, folder 1-35

Press clippings 1988-1989

carton 26, folder 1-44

Press clippings 1988-1989

carton 27, folder 1-45

Press clippings 1989-1990

carton 28, folder 1-42

Press clippings 1990-1992

carton 29, folder 1-50

Press clippings 1992-1996

Cartons 30-34

Subseries 2.5: Publicity, 1969-1995

Scope and Content Note

Arranged hierarchically then chronologically. Consists of publicity binders collected by the museum, which document the history of the Exploratorium, special events and exhibits, as well as materials used for grant reports and applications. Also included are press releases from 1978-1995.
carton 30, folder 1-21

Letters of Appreciation 1969-1986

carton 30, folder 22-26

Background Material 1963-1975

carton 30, folder 27-29

Art and Science 1971-1977

carton 31, folder 1-9

Art and Science 1971-1977

carton 31, folder 10-14

Music in the Exploratorium 1973-1978

carton 31, folder 15-17

Jupiter Fly-By 1974

carton 31, folder 18-29

Documentation of Exhibits 1974-1975

carton 31, folder 30-35

Special Events 1975-1977

carton 32, folder 1-30

Hotel Tax Fund 1976-1980

carton 33, folder 1-61

Press releases 1978-1991

carton 34, folder 1-40

Press releases 1991-1995

Carton 35

Series 3: Development, 1969-1997

Scope and Content Note

Divided into 4 sub-series, Administration, Membership, Grants and Special Events.
Carton 35

Subseries 3.1: Administration, 1969-1989

Scope and Content Note

Arranged hierarchically then chronologically. Includes correspondence, fundraising reports and materials related to corporate and state funding.
carton 35, folder 1-3

Correspondence 1969-1982

carton 35, folder 4-7

Fundraising reports 1968-1984

carton 35, folder 8

Corporate donors 1976-1986

 

California Assembly

carton 35, folder 9

Correspondence 1977-1989

carton 35, folder 10

Assembly Bill No. 4034 regarding regional science resource centers 1984

carton 35, folder 11

Funding notes for future projects 1982, n.d.

Carton 35

Subseries 3.2: Membership, 1969-1991

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Made up of membership materials for individual sponsors of the Exploratorium including invitations to special events, member applications and brochures.
carton 35, folder 12

Associates Program 1976-1982, n.d.

carton 35, folder 13

Applications ca. 1985

carton 35, folder 14

Members only previews and invitations 1989-1997

carton 35, folder 15

Brochures n.d.

Carton 35

Subseries 3.3: Grants, 1969-1991

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Includes proposals, correspondence and project reports related to funding received from public and private foundations between 1969 and 1991.
carton 35, folder 16

The San Francisco Foundation 1969-1970

carton 35, folder 17

National Science Foundation 1971-1981, n.d.

 

National Endowment for the Humanities

carton 35, folder 18-21

Measurement of Temperature 1976

carton 35, folder 22

Ecology Regained 1976-1977

carton 35, folder 23

Choosing the Future: seminar planning grant 1978

carton 35, folder 24

W. R. Hewlitt Foundation 1976-1977

carton 35, folder 25

National Endowment for the Arts 1976-1984

carton 35, folder 26

Mary A. Crocker Trust 1977

carton 35, folder 27

California Arts Council 1977

carton 35, folder 28

California Postsecondary Education Commission 1977

carton 35, folder 29

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) 1977-1978

carton 35, folder 30

Hotel Tax Fund 1978

carton 35, folder 31

California Council for the Humanities in Public Policy 1978

carton 35, folder 32

Various grants for project documenting the history of the Exploratorium 1978-1982

carton 35, folder 33

W. K. Kellogg Foundation 1978-1986

carton 35, folder 34

MacArthur Foundation 1981

carton 35, folder 35

CPB / Annenberg Project 1983

carton 35, folder 36-37

U.S. Department of Education 1990-1991

carton 35, folder 38

Miscellaneous grants 1971-1982, n.d.

Carton 35

Subseries 3.4: Special Events, 1977-1997

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Consists of materials related to annual Awards Dinners and other fundraising events held at the Exploratorium.
carton 35, folder 39-51

Awards Dinners 1977-1997

carton 35, folder 52

Associates Party 1978-1979

carton 35, folder 53

Mezzanine Dedication Gala 1981

carton 35, folder 54

National Endowment for the Arts: Challenge Grant Campaign Luncheon n.d

Carton 36

Series 4: Marketing, 1969-1996

Scope and Content Note

Divided into 4 sub-series, Admissions and Visitor Services, Museum Rental, Tactile Dome and Store.
Carton 36

Subseries 4.1: Admissions and Visitor Services, 1969-1996

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Includes attendance statistics, visitor surveys and reports.
carton 36, folder 1

Attendance reports 1969-1976

carton 36, folder 2

Visitor petition ca. 1976

carton 36, folder 3-5

Visitors 1976-1984

carton 36, folder 6

Return visitor study 1978-1979

carton 36, folder 7

Visitor survey report 1993

carton 36, folder 8

Report: Community, Audience, and Competitive Study for the Exploratorium 1996

Carton 36

Subseries 4.2: Museum Rental, 1979-1981

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Includes correspondence, notes and brochures.
carton 36, folder 9

Correspondence 1979-1981

carton 36, folder 10

Notes 1981, n.d.

carton 36, folder 11

Brochures n.d.

Carton 36

Subseries 4.3: Tactile Dome, 1977-1986

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Consists of correspondence and promotional materials.
carton 36, folder 12

Correspondence 1977

carton 36, folder 13

Publicity 1986, n.d.

Carton 36

Subseries 4.4: Store, 1987-1996

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Includes materials related to Exploratorium Cookbook sales, product catalogs and brochures.
carton 36, folder 14

Product development 1978-1989

carton 36, folder 15

Cookbook sales 1979-1991

carton 36, folder 16

Proposal to Board of Directors ca. 1980

carton 36, folder 17

Opening reception 1981

carton 36, folder 18-19

Catalogs 1985-1996, n.d.

carton 36, folder 20

Brochures n.d.

Cartons 36-37

Series 5: Exhibit Services, 1975-1996

Scope and Content Note

Divided into 4 sub-series, Administration, Exhibit Sales, Projects and Art from the Exploratorium.
Carton 36

Subseries 5.1: Administration, 1975-1996

Scope and Content Note

Arranged hierarchically and chronologically. Includes correspondence, financial records, consulting records and project overviews.
carton 36, folder 21-25

Correspondence 1977-1992

carton 36, folder 26

Planning 1975-1991

carton 36, folder 27

Consulting 1979-1991

carton 36, folder 28

Financial records 1984-1992

carton 36, folder 29

Project overviews 1985-1991

carton 36, folder 30

Prospective clients 1987-1992

carton 36, folder 31

Memos 1987-1991

carton 36, folder 32-35

ASTC presentations 1989-1992

carton 36, folder 36

Report 1990

carton 36, folder 37

Sample contracts n.d.

Carton 36

Subseries 5.2: Exhibit Sales, 1981-1990

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Consists of price lists and descriptions of reproductions of Exploratorium exhibits available for purchase by museums and other institutions.
carton 36, folder 38

Price lists 1981-1990

carton 36, folder 39

Drawings 1986

carton 36, folder 40

Lists of exhibits 1988, n.d.

carton 36, folder 41

Descriptions 1988-1990, n.d.

carton 36, folder 42

Lariat Chain 1990

carton 36, folder 43

Touch the Spring 1990

carton 36, folder 44

Brochures n.d.

carton 36, folder 45

Sales packet n.d.

Carton 36

Subseries 5.3: Projects, 1984-1996

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Includes materials related to exhibits and travelling shows commissioned by outside museums and science centers.
 

IBM Gallery of Science and Art, New York

carton 36, folder 46

Seeing the Light 1984-1986

carton 36, folder 47

Sound, Hearing and Music 1988

carton 36, folder 48-49

Parc de la Villette, Paris 1985-1987

carton 36, folder 50-51

New York Hall of Science 1986

carton 36, folder 52

Iwisaka Science Stadium, Osaka 1988

carton 36, folder 53-54

Exploratorium in Tokyo 1988-1990

carton 36, folder 55

Museum of Science, Boston 1989

carton 36, folder 56

Spaceworld, Japan 1989

carton 36, folder 57

Discovery Center Museum, Rockford, IL 1990

carton 36, folder 58

Sensorium, Reno, NV 1991

carton 36, folder 59

Sony America 1991

carton 36, folder 60

North Carolina Museum of Life and Science 1992

carton 36, folder 61

San Francisco International Airport 1992

carton 36, folder 62

Le Jardin D'Acclimatation, Paris 1996

Carton 37

Subseries 5.4: Art from the Exploratorium, 1990-1992

Scope and Content Note

Arranged hierarchically then chronologically. Consists of correspondence, contracts and other records regarding the travelling exhibition of artworks created by the Exploratorium's Artists in Residence. Includes some materials in German.
carton 37, folder 1-3

Correspondence 1990-1992

carton 37, folder 4-19

Exhibitions 1990-1992

carton 37, folder 20

Memos 1991-1992

carton 37, folder 21

Contracts 1991

carton 37, folder 22

Insurance 1991-1992

carton 37, folder 23

Graphics [1991]

 

Exhibit Maintenance

carton 37, folder 24

Correspondence 1991-1992

carton 37, folder 25

Instructions and warranties n.d.

carton 37, folder 26

Color Xeroxes of exhibits [1991]

carton 37, folder 27

Slides of exhibits [1991]

carton 37, folder 28

Renovation project 1992

Cartons 38-41; Oversize folders 7-10; Tube 4

Series 6: Center for Public Exhibition, 1969-1999

Scope and Content Note

Divided into 5 sub-series, Administration, Exhibits, Artist in Residence Program, Film and Performance Program and Special Events.
Carton 38

Subseries 6.1: Administration, 1994-1999

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Made up primarily of records of CPE planning committees including "Refocussing on the Floor," a program designed to study the ways in which the museum is used by the public.
carton 38, folder 1

Program Planning 1994-1996

carton 38, folder 2

Project proposals 1995-1996

carton 38, folder 3

Exhibits and programs 1995-1998

 

Refocussing on the Floor

carton 38, folder 4-5

Background materials 1996-1997

carton 38, folder 6-7

Planning 1995-1997, n.d.

carton 38, folder 8-9

Pedagogy Group 1996, n.d.

carton 38, folder 10-11

Core Exhibits Group 1996-1997, n.d.

carton 38, folder 12-13

Mediated Experiences Group 1996-1997, n.d.

carton 38, folder 14-18

Orientation 1997-1998, n.d.

carton 38, folder 19-21

Projects 1997-1998, n.d.

Carton 38-40, Oversize folder 7

Subseries 6.2: Exhibits, 1969-1994

Scope and Content Note

Arranged hierarchically then chronologically. Further divided into 3 sub-subseries, Exhibit Development, Permanent Exhibits and Temporary Exhibits. Exhibit Development details the planning and creation of Exploratorium exhibits and includes Frank Oppenheimer's notes and research files on exhibits and their phenomena, along with drawings, photographs and descriptions of many exhibits. Permanent Exhibits and Temporary Exhibits include correspondence, planning materials, photographs and publicity.
 

Exhibit Development

carton 38, folder 22-24

Correspondence 1973-1986, n.d.

carton 38, folder 25-26

Exhibit planning 1969-1988, n.d.

carton 38, folder 27

Exhibit staff meeting notes 1978

carton 38, folder 28

Exhibit descriptions 1970-1983, n.d.

carton 38, folder 29-31

Exhibit essays 1974, n.d.

carton 38, folder 32-33

Exhibit drawings 1986-1991

carton 38, folder 34

What's Going On: an Exploratorium pocket book ca. 1985

carton 38, folder 35-37

Frank Oppenheimer's exhibit development files 1968-1982, n.d.

carton 39, folder 1-7

Exhibit ideas and suggestions 1974-1985, n.d.

carton 39, folder 8

"Documentation of Exhibits: December 1974-June 1975" by Jennifer Merrill ca. 1975

carton 39, folder 9

"Experiments in the Exploratorium" 1978

carton 39, folder 10

"Exhibit Placement" by Robert Semper - draft 1983

carton 39, folder 11

Exhibit design book by Larry Klein 1984

carton 39, folder 12

"The Exploratorium's Greatest Hits" by Tucker Hiatt 1984

 

Permanent Exhibits

carton 39, folder 13

Sound and Hearing 1975, n.d.

carton 39, folder 14

Electricity and Magnetism 1978-1984, n.d.

carton 39, folder 15

Heat and Temperature (includes photos) 1978-1981, n.d.

carton 39, folder 16

Life Sciences Lab 1978-1994, n.d.

carton 39, folder 17

Einstein 1979-1981, n.d.

carton 39, folder 18

Language 1979-1981, n.d.

carton 39, folder 19

Waves and Resonance 1981-1982, n.d.

carton 39, folder 20

Mathematics 1990-1991

carton 39, folder 21

Playbase (includes photos) n.d.

carton 39, folder 22

Size Distance and Perspective n.d.

carton 39, folder 23

Color n.d.

carton 39, folder 24

Vision n.d.

carton 39, folder 25

DNA n.d.

carton 39, folder 26-51

Exhibit photographs n.d.

 

Temporary Exhibits

carton 39, folder 52

Cybernetic Serendipity 1969

carton 39, folder 53

Signals in the Environment 1970

carton 39, folder 54

The Spirit of Innovation 1976

 

Dreamstage

carton 39, folder 55

Correspondence 1977-1978

carton 39, folder 56

Publicity 1977-1978

carton 39, folder 57

Notes 1977-1978

Oversize folder 7 C

Floor plan ca. 1978

 

Medical Technology

carton 39, folder 58

Correspondence 1978-1984

carton 39, folder 59

Exhibit descriptions 1978-1979

carton 39, folder 60

Publicity 1978-1979

carton 39, folder 61

Budget 1979

carton 39, folder 62

Questionnaires 1979

carton 39, folder 63

Final report 1979

carton 39, folder 64

Photographs 1979

 

Gossamer Albatross

carton 39, folder 65-66

Correspondence 1980

Oversize folder 7 C

Poster 1980

carton 39, folder 67

Looking at the Light 1981

carton 40, folder 1

Weightless Figure 1982

carton 40, folder 2

Nikon Small World Exhibit 1983

 

Chips and Changes

carton 40, folder 3

Correspondence 1983-1984

carton 40, folder 4

Contracts 1984

carton 40, folder 5-7

Publicity 1983-1984

carton 40, folder 8-9

Exhibit text 1984

Oversize folder 7 C

Poster 1984

carton 40, folder 10

Photographs 1984

 

Les Mécaniciens de l'Imaginaire

carton 40, folder 11

Correspondence 1988

carton 40, folder 12

Budget 1988

carton 40, folder 13

Publicity 1987-1988

carton 40, folder 14

Photographs 1988

Carton 40

Subseries 6.3: Artist in Residence Program, 1974-1996

Scope and Content Note

Arranged hierarchically then chronologically. Includes correspondence, proposals, program reports and publicity for artist's exhibitions and installations.
carton 40, folder 15

Correspondence 1975-1991

carton 40, folder 16

Proposals 1974-1981, n.d.

carton 40, folder 17

Four New Works 1974

carton 40, folder 18

Program information 1974-1984, n.d.

carton 40, folder 19

Seminar on Art and Sciences 1975

carton 40, folder 20

Report ca. 1980

carton 40, folder 21

Report 1994

carton 40, folder 22

Performance and exhibit publicity 1985-1996

carton 40, folder 23-30

Artists 1976-1988, n.d.

carton 40, folder 31

Floor map of art exhibits n.d.

Carton 40, Oversize folder 7

Subseries 6.4: Film and Performance Program, 1975-1996

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Consists of publicity for film, theater and musical performances held at the museum.
carton 40, folder 32

Music in the Exploratorium 1975-1977

carton 40, folder 33-38

Speaking of Music 1977-1984

Oversize folder 7 C

Speaking of Music - posters 1978-1989, n.d.

carton 40, folder 39

San Francisco Summer Festival 1982

carton 40, folder 40

Michael Pepe: San Francisco International Theater Festival 1982

carton 40, folder 41

Directions in Bay Area Theater 1982

carton 40, folder 42

Tukak Teatret 1982

carton 40, folder 43

Company : San Francisco International Theater Festival 1983

carton 40, folder 44

Schlippenbach / Johannson 1983

carton 40, folder 45

Bella Lewitsky 1983

carton 40, folder 46

David Gordon and Valda Setterfield 1983

carton 40, folder 47

Theater Day 1984

carton 40, folder 48-50

Film Program 1992-1994

carton 40, folder 51

Making Waves: San Francisco Music Day 1993

carton 40, folder 52

Wired Youth Media Festival 1993-1996

carton 40, folder 53

Sylvia Nakkach of Vox Mundi 1994

carton 40, folder 54

Hiroshima Nagasaki 50th Commemoration 1995

carton 40, folder 55

About the Size of It 1996

Oversize folder 7 C

Cinema Unbound poster 1996

carton 40, folder 56

Miscellaneous performances 1972-1993

Carton 41, Oversize folders 7-10, Tube 4

Subseries 6.5: Special Events, 1970-1999

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Includes publicity for exhibitions, lecture programs, conferences and demonstrations held at the Exploratorium from the early 1970's through the late 1990s.
carton 41, folder 1

British Columbia Mug-Up 1970-1971

carton 41, folder 2

Jupiter Fly By 1974

Oversize folder 7 C

Jupiter Fly By - poster 1974

carton 41, folder 3

Forefront Readings in Science and Poetry 1975-1976

carton 41, folder 4

The City Series 1976

carton 41, folder 5

Mars Tuesdays 1976

carton 41, folder 6

On Color: A Celebration 1977

carton 41, folder 7

Re-viewing the World: Art, Science, the Humanities and Public Policy 1978

carton 41, folder 8

Balancing Acts: Explorations in Decision Making 1978-1979

carton 41, folder 9-10

Edison Centennial Symposium Reception 1978-1979

carton 41, folder 11-12

Saturn at the Exploratorium 1979

Oversize folder 7 C

Saturn at the Exploratorium - poster 1979

carton 41, folder 13

Golden Gate Kindergarten Association 100th Birthday and Reunion 1979

carton 41, folder 14

M.I.T. Day at the Exploratorium 1979

carton 41, folder 15

KQED Auction Volunteer party 1979-1980

carton 41, folder 16

U.S. Rep. John Brandemas reception 1980

carton 41, folder 17

New Music America 1980-1981

carton 41, folder 18

Science Media Conference 1981

carton 41, folder 19-20

Twelfth International Sculpture Conference 1981-1982

carton 41, folder 21

Atari Asteroids Competition / San Francisco 1981

carton 41, folder 22

Visual Arts Forum 1982

Oversize folder 7 C

Aeolian Towers / Sound Garden 1982

carton 41, folder 23

Oakland A's Exploratorium Days 1983

carton 41, folder 24

Catch on to Computers 1983

carton 41, folder 25

Electricity Exhibits Conference 1983

carton 41, folder 26

Raise the Roof Party 1983-1984

carton 41, folder 27

Remembrances of Palaces Past 1984

carton 41, folder 28

Bubbles Festival 1986, 1988

Oversize folder 8 A

Memory: The Art and Science of Remembering 1988

carton 41, folder 29

Earthquake Information Weekends 1989

carton 41, folder 30

Founder's Day 1990

carton 41, folder 31

Cultural Rhythms Weekends 1991

Oversize folder 8 A

Tracing Time 1992

carton 41, folder 32

Winding Your Way Through DNA 1992

carton 41, folder 33

Finding Your Way 1992-1993

carton 41, folder 34

Psychology: Understanding Ourselves Understanding Each Other 1993

carton 41, folder 35

Mindworks Lecture Series 1993

carton 41, folder 36

Halloween Family Fun Night 1993

carton 41, folder 37

Exploring the Steel Pan 1993

carton 41, folder 38

Tibetan Sand Mandala 1993

carton 41, folder 39

Osher Fellowship Lecture Series 1993-1999, n.d.

carton 41, folder 40

Beakman and Jax 1994

carton 41, folder 41

Black History Month 1994

carton 41, folder 42

Rising Above our Garbage 1994

carton 41, folder 43

Interactive Sound Studio 1994

carton 41, folder 44

Multimedia Playground 1995

carton 41, folder 45

President Clinton Visit 1995

Oversize folder 8 A

Nature / Culture Film and Lecture Series - poster 1996

carton 41, folder 46

What about AIDS 1996

 

Boundaries: It All Happens at the Edge

Oversize folder 9 C

Floor Plans 1996-1997

Tube 4

Poster 1997

carton 41, folder 47

Turbulent Landscapes 1996-1997

Oversize folder 10 C

Turbulent Landscapes - poster 1997

Oversize folder 10 C

Cycles: Nature Repeats Itself 1997

Oversize folder 10 C

Revealing Bodies: Anatomical Wax Venus 1999

carton 41, folder 48

Crafts Demonstrations n.d.

carton 41, folder 49-50

Miscellaneous special events 1971-1999

Cartons 42-44; Oversize folder 11

Series 7: Center for Teaching and Learning, 1969-2000

Scope and Content Note

Divided into 7 sub-series, Administration, Classes and Workshops, School in the Exploratorium (SITE), Teacher Programs, Field Trips, Explainers and Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).
Carton 42

Subseries 7.1: Administration, 1994-1998

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Includes program overviews, project descriptions and planning materials.
carton 42, folder 1

Program information 1994-1998, n.d.

carton 42, folder 2

Planning 1998, n.d.

Carton 42

Subseries 7.2: Classes and Workshops, 1971-1995

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Consists of materials related to courses offered by the Exploratorium including a class taught by Frank Oppenheimer in 1979 entitled "Perception and the Adult."
carton 42, folder 3

Student Science Project Program 1971

carton 42, folder 4-6

Summer Classes 1973-1982

carton 42, folder 7

Perception and the Adult 1979

carton 42, folder 8

Inside the Puzzle Children 1979

carton 42, folder 9

Light, Sound, and Perception n.d.

carton 42, folder 10

Mission Science Workshop n.d.

carton 42, folder 11

Miscellany 1979-1995

Carton 42

Subseries 7.3: School in the Exploratorium, 1972-1993

Scope and Content Note

Arranged hierarchically then chronologically. Includes correspondence, program descriptions and reports.
carton 42, folder 12

Correspondence 1976-1982

carton 42, folder 13

Program information 1972-1991

carton 42, folder 14

Report ca. 1979

carton 42, folder 15

Report 1992

carton 42, folder 16

Lead Teacher Program 1993, n.d.

Carton 42

Subseries 7.4: Teacher Programs, 1983-2000

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Consists of newsletters, reports and program descriptions for the Teacher Institute and other programs.
 

Exploratorium Teacher Institute

carton 42, folder 17

Program description 1983-1987, n.d.

carton 42, folder 18

Newsletters 1986-1989

carton 42, folder 19

Report 1987

carton 42, folder 20-21

Assessment 1987

carton 42, folder 22-23

San Francisco Mathematics Collaborative 1987

carton 42, folder 24

National Center for Teacher Education 1993

carton 42, folder 25

Science at the Core: joint program with the Lawrence Hall of Science 1993

carton 42, folder 26

Special events for teachers 1996-1997

carton 42, folder 27

Institute for Inquiry 1996-2000

carton 42, folder 28

Science Framework for California Public Schools 1997

carton 42, folder 29

Berkeley Summer Workshop n.d.

Carton 42, Oversize folder 11

Subseries 7.5: Field Trips, 1969-1991

Scope and Content Note

Arranged hierarchically then chronologically. Primarily made up of letters to Frank Oppenheimer and to the Exploratorium staff from school children thanking them for the opportunity to visit the museum. Also includes reports, brochures and exhibit guides for teachers and students.
carton 42, folder 30-37

Letters of appreciation from students and teachers 1969-1981, n.d.

Oversize folder 11 A

Letters of appreciation 1982-1986

carton 42, folder 38

Reports 1970-1978

carton 42, folder 39

Brochures 1975-1991, n.d.

carton 42, folder 40

Light, Color, Vision: Explanations about Exploratorium Exhibits for Teachers and Classes 1975-1976

carton 42, folder 41-42

Pathways: exhibit guides and workbooks n.d.

Carton 42

Subseries 7.6: Explainers, 1969-1995

Scope and Content Note

Arranged hierarchically then chronologically. Includes correspondence, reports, newsletters and a comment book for the Exploratorium's innovative Explainer program, which utilizes high school and college students as guides to exhibits and demonstrations.
carton 42, folder 43

Correspondence 1972-1982

carton 42, folder 44

Program descriptions 1969-1978

carton 42, folder 45

Explainer comment book 1975

carton 42, folder 46

Report 1978-1979

carton 42, folder 47

The Explainer Research Project 1986

carton 42, folder 48

ExplaineReport newsletter 1992, 1994

carton 42, folder 49

When the Right Answer is a Question: Student Explainers at the Exploratorium 1995

carton 42, folder 50

Photographs n.d.

Cartons 43-44

Subseries 7.7: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), 1977-1980

Scope and Content Note

Arranged hierarchically and chronologically. Includes correspondence, progress reports and other materials related to the FIPSE internship program.
carton 43, folder 1

Correspondence 1977-1979

carton 43, folder 2

Project director files 1977-1980

 

FIPSE Advisory Board Conference

carton 43, folder 3

Information packet 1978

carton 43, folder 4-6

Transcript of conference 1978

carton 43, folder 7

Notes 1978

carton 43, folder 8-12

Progress reports 1977-1979

carton 43, folder 13

Survey 1979

carton 43, folder 14

Program description 1978-1980

carton 43, folder 15

Letters of inquiry 1979-1980

carton 43, folder 16-19

Intern evaluations 1978-1980

carton 44, folder 1-63

Intern institutions 1978-1980

Carton 45

Series 8: Center for Media and Communications, 1970-1999

Scope and Content Note

Divided into 4 sub-series, Administration, Library/Information Resources, Media Department and Publications.
Carton 45

Subseries 8.1: Administration, 1994

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Includes overview of CMC departments.
carton 45, folder 1

Overview of CMC departments 1994

Carton 45

Subseries 8.2: Library/Information Resources, 1990-1999

Scope and Content Note

Arranged hierarchically then chronologically. Consists of correspondence, monthly reports and a catalogue of books and other publications from Frank Oppenheimer's library.
carton 45, folder 2

Correspondence 1991, n.d.

carton 45, folder 3

Program information 1990-1995

carton 45, folder 4

Annual report 1990

carton 45, folder 5-10

Monthly reports 1991-1999

carton 45, folder 11

Statistics 1991-1992

carton 45, folder 12-18

Catalogue of Frank Oppenheimer's library n.d.

carton 45, folder 19

Renovation project n.d.

Carton 45

Subseries 8.3: Media Department, 1976-1997

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Includes materials related to in-house multimedia projects as well as interactive media projects developed in collaboration with other museums and institutions.
carton 45, folder 20

Film collection 1976-1979

carton 45, folder 21-22

Video projects 1980-1983

carton 45, folder 23

Video Documentation Project 1989-1991

carton 45, folder 24

Learning Through Collaborative Visualization (CoVis) 1994

carton 45, folder 25

Multimedia Playground 1995

carton 45, folder 26

Informal Science Educators Network 1995-1997

carton 45, folder 27

Highways and Byteways 1996

carton 45, folder 28

Science Learning Network n.d.

Carton 45

Subseries 8.4: Publications, 1970-1981

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Contains early newsletters, essays and drafts for brochures. Also included are drafts for Facets of Light: Colors, Images and Things that Glow in the Dark by K.C. Cole and an early draft for the Exploratorium Cookbook from 1975.
carton 45, folder 29

Exploratorium News 1970-1972

carton 45, folder 30

Cookbook 1975-1981

carton 45, folder 31-37

Facets of Light: Colors, Images, and Things That Glow in the Dark by K.C. Cole - draft 1978

carton 45, folder 38

Visitor brochure drafts 1979, n.d.

carton 45, folder 39

Exploratorium Essays #1-26 n.d.

carton 45, folder 40

Publication catalogues and brochures n.d.