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Invertebrate Zoology
Carol Butler
  • Carol Butler
  • Assistant Director for Collections
  • Phone:   (202) 633-0836
  • E-mail Address:   butlercr atsiedu
  • Mailing:
    Smithsonian Institution
    National Museum of Natural History
    10th & Constitution NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0106
    MRC 106


Ms. Butler is Chief of Collections and Registrar of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and serves as a member of the Director’s senior management team within the Office of the Associate Director for Research and Collections. She is responsible for leading museum staff and participating with senior leadership on overall planning, development, direction and management of the museum’s collections as well as tracking and reporting upon their use. She supervises the work of the Office of the Registrar and Biorepository collections staff and leads the work of the Museum’s Collections Committee, considering issues of policy, assessing the collections to inform significant planning efforts, development of funding proposals, and critical collections issues. Ms Butler represents the museum in national and international collections communities, contributing to the development of improved practices and better understanding of the importance of collections. Ms. Butler was the lead designer and faculty member for the Smithsonian’s Latin American and Caribbean Collections Management Training Program and serves a consultant and trainer related to collections for museums worldwide.

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