Museums & Collections: Michelle Anne Delaney
As a senior curator of photography and science fiction objects, Michelle Anne Delaney oversees the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's collection. She also serves on the National Daguerreian Society, the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association, and the Editorial Committee for Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection. Her experience spans a wide range of subject matter, including the Civil War, photography, science fiction, and space memorabilia.
Senior curator of photography
As the Senior Curator of Photography at the National Museum of American History, she conducts original research on photography and related collections, sponsors visiting scholars, directs research fellows, and responds to general public research requests. She is the author of numerous books and articles on photography and history. In addition to her responsibilities at the Smithsonian, Delaney serves on the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Bill Center for the West.
In addition to overseeing the collection, she oversees several photography exhibitions. One of her highlights is a solo exhibition of Daido Moriyama's work. In the past, the museum has also exhibited a wide range of other photographic works, including a major collection of Japanese photography. In 2012, the Kurenboh Foundation donated a significant collection of Japanese works to the museum, which is one of the largest in the world.
Senior program officer for history and culture
As the senior program officer for history and culture at the Smithsonian Institution, Michelle Ann Delaney leads the expansion of the Signature Programs and is responsible for fostering innovation, cultural heritage preservation, immigration, and waterways projects. She also oversees the central administrative management of the museum's nine American history museums. Before being appointed to her current position, Delaney worked for Smithsonian Institution as the curator of photography in the Photographic History Collection.
Her experience in public history and museums prompted her to pursue a PhD and lead the museum's education program. She has served as chair of the editorial board for Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection and has authored and edited numerous photography books. She has curated more than 20 Smithsonian exhibitions and web projects and holds an MA in American studies from George Washington University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in history at the University of Strathclyde. She serves on the Board of the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association and the National Daguerreian Society.
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In addition to overseeing the National Museum of American History's collection, Delaney has published several books and edited numerous articles on the history of photography. She has also curated over 25 Smithsonian exhibitions, and managed related web projects. The history of photography is particularly important to Delaney. It's a fascinating area to explore and she's a knowledgeable expert on the subject.
Senior curator of space memorabilia
As the senior curator of space memorabilia at the American Museum of Natural History, Elizabeth Brown has a wide variety of experience. She has published numerous articles and won the Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature. Additionally, Brown is the author of the award-winning children's picture book, Pluto's Secret, with David DeVorkin and Diane Kidd. She has also authored numerous books for children, including "The Pluto Experience," which is a collaboration with Kidd and David DeVorkin. Currently, she is working on a volume on the social and cultural history of space memorabilia, co-edited by Anne Collins Goodyear and Michelle Anne Delaney.
Delaney's extensive background in photography includes a role as the founding chair of Smithsonian Civil War: Inside National Collection. She has also curated more than twenty Smithsonian exhibitions and web projects. She earned her BA in American studies from Manhattanville College and her MA in history from the George Washington University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in history at the University of Strathclyde. In addition to her work with the American Museum of Natural History, Delaney is also a member of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the National Daguerreian Society.
Senior curator of science fiction objects
As the Senior Curator of Science Fiction, Michelle Anne Delaney oversees the Museum's collection of more than 5,000 objects. Her expertise includes space technology and science fiction artifacts, toys, and other memorabilia. She is also a board member of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. In her role at the Museum, Delaney has a passion for the subject matter and has been actively involved in the museum community.