Early Sound Recording Collection and Sound Recovery Project

Note: The news release about these recordings is now available.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is the leading national research center for understanding environmental issues in the coastal zone. The world’s coastal zones are home to more than 70 percent of the global population and subject to intense activity.

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, founded in 1890, is a research center of the Smithsonian Institution. In 1955, the observatory moved to Cambridge, Mass., and became affiliated with the Harvard College Observatory. In that era, the observatory created the world’s first

Smithsonian Science Education Center

History and Mission

  • The Smithsonian Institution and the National Academy of Sciences jointly established the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) in 1985 (formerly known as the National Science Resources Center until 2010 when the Smithsonian took on the full operation of the SSEC).

Museum Support Center

The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Support Center was dedicated in May 1983, after two years of construction and a decade of planning. At that time, the building included four storage pods, offices and labs in a unique zigzag-shaped design, covering 4½ acres of land in Silver Hill, Md.

Museum Conservation Institute

Director: Robert J. Koestler
Total Full-Time Employees: 20
Annual Budget (federal and trust) FY 2008: $3 million