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Pamela Henson

Public Historian in Residence Department of History

Dr. Henson is director of the Institutional History Division of the Smithsonian Institution Archives. She researches and writes on the history of the Smithsonian and conducts the oral history project with Smithsonian staff. Current exhibits include "Darwin's Legacy" for the Smithsonian Institution Libraries Gallery in 2009-2010 and "100 Years: the National Museum of Natural History" in 2010-2011. She is currently working on "Ways of Seeing," an exhibit on the use of photographing imaging in scientific research. She is the author of numerous articles on the history of the Smithsonian and in the history of American biology. Dr. Henson teaches the oral history course in the fall of each year.


Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science, University of Maryland, 1990; M.A., American Studies, The George Washington University, 1975; B.A., American Studies, The George Washington University, 1970

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