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Administrative Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1981
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of correspondence and related materials concerning the search for and selection of a Chairman for the Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 83-088, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Administrative Records
Identifier:
Accession 83-088
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Administrative Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1986-1995
Descriptive Entry:
These records document the administration and programs of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) primarily under Director Frank H. Talbot, 1988-1994, and Acting Director Donald J. Ortner, 1994-1995. Included are records on NMNH exhibitions; fund raising; special projects; NMNH departments, divisions, offices, and programs; and relations between NMNH and Smithsonian administration.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 97-127, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Administrative Records
Identifier:
Accession 97-127
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Budget Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1984-1994
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of working papers and topical files pertaining to the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) budget during the tenures of Richard S. Fiske, James C. Tyler, Robert S. Hoffmann, and Frank Talbot. Materials include records of grants received by the Museum.
Topic:
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Natural history museums  Search this
Budget  Search this
Budget process  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-143, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Budget Records
Identifier:
Accession 98-143
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Budget Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-fa98-143

Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
23 cu. ft. (46 document boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1973-1975
Descriptive Entry:
These records are the official administrative files of the Office of the Director of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), 1973-1975. Porter M. Kier was appointed to that position on January 14, 1973. For an administrative history of the Office of the Director, see Record Unit 155.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Science museums  Search this
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 257, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 257
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Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0257

Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
28 cu. ft. (56 document boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1962-1978
Descriptive Entry:
This record unit consists primarily of the official administrative files of the Office of the Director of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), 1976-1978. The files document Porter M. Kier's tenure as Director of NMNH. Kier was appointed to the position on January 14, 1973. A few records pre-date this period and consist of files documenting funding for research conducted by NMNH scientists.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 309, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 309
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Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0309

Research Program Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1982-1987
Descriptive Entry:
These records include correspondence, memoranda, proposals, reports, and notes documenting efforts to obtain outside funding for research projects of the NMNH scientific staff. Directors represented include Richard S. Fiske (1980-1985), and Robert S. Hoffmann (1985-1988).
Topic:
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Natural history museums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 533, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Research Program Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 533
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Research Program Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0533

Neotropical Lowland Research Program Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1986-2004
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the administration and research activities of the Neotropical Lowland Research Program compiled by Richard P. Vari, Principal Investigator. Materials include reports, budget requests, correspondence, and memoranda.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2020; Transferring office; 6/23/2008 memorandum, Yowell to Vari; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Biotic communities  Search this
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Natural history museums  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 08-145, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Neotropical Lowland Research Program Records
Identifier:
Accession 08-145
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Neotropical Lowland Research Program Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-fa08-145

Discovery Center/West Court Renovation Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
20.5 cu. ft. (20 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Date:
1966-2004
Descriptive Entry:
This accession documents the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) building West Court renovation and Discovery Center project. The Discovery Center, funded by the Discovery Channel, features an IMAX theater with a six-story-high screen for 2-D and 3-D movies, a six-story Atrium Cafe with a food court, and expanded museum shops. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, proposals, architectural drawings and specifications, and related materials.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2020; Transferring office; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Buildings -- Repair and reconstruction  Search this
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 08-163, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Discovery Center/West Court Renovation Records
Identifier:
Accession 08-163
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Subject Files

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Date:
1992-2003
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of agreements and memoranda of understanding between the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and other organizations. These agreements encompass cooperation in research, collecting, staffing, funding, and training. Materials also include correspondence.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2019; Transferring office; 1/15/2014 memorandum, Yowell to File; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Research  Search this
Memorandums  Search this
Collectors and collecting  Search this
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-083, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
Identifier:
Accession 14-083
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Subject Files
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-fa14-083

Biodiversity Program Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
5 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes) (2 document boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Manuscripts
Date:
1979-1990
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of correspondence, contracts, purchase orders, program information, and other related materials documenting the work of the Biodiversity Programs office. Directors represented in these records include James F. Mello, Acting Director, 1979; Richard S. Fiske, Director, 1980-1985; James C. Tyler, Acting Director, 1985, 1988; Robert S. Hoffmann, Director, 1985-1988; and Frank Talbot, Director, 1988-1994.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 91-174, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Biodiversity Program Records
Identifier:
Accession 91-174
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Biodiversity Program Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-fa91-174

Special Events Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1980-1991
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the planning and execution of receptions and other special events relating to exhibit openings and honored guests in the Natural History Building. Included are memoranda and correspondence, guest lists, caterer's menus, sample invitations, press sheets, itineraries, and photographs of the events. Materials also include forms requesting facilities and services for the events. Directors represented in these records include Richard S. Fiske, Director, 1980-1985; James C. Tyler, Acting Director, 1985, 1988; Robert S. Hoffmann, Director, 1985-1988; and Frank Talbot, Director, 1988-1994.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 93-126, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Special Events Records
Identifier:
Accession 93-126
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-fa93-126

Subject Files

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
7 cu. ft. (7 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Books
Manuscripts
Date:
1984-1992, with records from 1978
Descriptive Entry:
These records document the administration and programs of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), primarily under Directors Robert S. Hoffman, 1985-1988; and Frank Talbot, 1988-1992. Included are records concerning NMNH departments, divisions, offices, and programs; NMNH relations with Smithsonian administration, bureaus, and offices; NMNH exhibitions; and the research of NMNH scientific staff.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-041, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
Identifier:
Accession 95-041
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-fa95-041

Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
6 cu. ft. (6 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
circa 1957-1974
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the records of the Director, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), mostly from the tenures of Richard S. Cowan and Porter M. Kier. Materials include reading files, 1970-1974; files relating to the NMNH budget, circa 1957-1974; and miscellaneous records.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-109, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Records
Identifier:
Accession 95-109
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Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Special Events Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1990-1994
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting special events at the National Museum of Natural History during the tenure of Frank Talbot. Materials include correspondence and memoranda concerning event logistics; guest lists; catering information; itineraries; requests for building management support; and brochures about the events. On occasion there are photographs of the event.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-128, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Special Events Records
Identifier:
Accession 96-128
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Special Events Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-fa96-128

Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
9.5 cu. ft. (9 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Maps
Pamphlets
Architectural drawings
Date:
1974-1994
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records that document the administration and programs of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) primarily under Director Frank H. Talbot, 1988-1994. Smaller amounts of records were created during the tenure of Director Robert S. Hoffman, 1985-1988. Included are records concerning NMNH departments, divisions, offices, and programs; NMNH relations with Smithsonian administration, bureaus, and offices; NMNH exhibitions; and research of NMNH scientific staff.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Maps
Pamphlets
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 97-009, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Records
Identifier:
Accession 97-009
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
26.5 cu. ft. (53 document boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Collecting cards
Serials (publications)
Illustrations
Color photographs
Date:
1964-1973
Descriptive Entry:
These records are chiefly files of the Director's Office, 1964-1969, 1971-1972. During the earlier period a complicated subject-numeric system was in use. In 1971 a simpler subject-numeric plan was used and replaced before the end of that year by a straight alphabetic subject file, which is the current office filing system. A full history of the Director's Office and of its filing systems can be found in Record Unit 155.
Topic:
Museums -- Administration  Search this
Natural history museums  Search this
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Manuscripts
Architectural drawings
Collecting cards
Serials (publications)
Illustrations
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 197, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 197
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0197

Research Program Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Place:
Galapagos Islands
Date:
1974-1987
Descriptive Entry:
These records document special programs and projects undertaken in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Included are files on the Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program, Scholarly Studies Program, Short-Term Visitors Program, a 1987 NMNH expedition to Henderson Island in the South Pacific, the 1987 NMNH Task Force on Research, the NMNH Calendar, and the NMNH Diving Board. Also included are files concerning the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands, a program administered by the Assistant Secretary for Research. The records consist of correspondence, memoranda, proposals, reports, budgets, and fiscal materials.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 362, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Research Program Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 362
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Research Program Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0362

Professional Society Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Serials (publications)
Date:
1969-1982
Descriptive Entry:
These records chiefly document the role of NMNH in the organization and programs of the Association of Systematics Collections (ASC) during the tenures of the Directors Richard Sumner Cowan, 1969-1973; Porter M. Kier, 1973-1979; and Richard S. Fiske, 1980-1982. The ASC was established on July 7, 1972 to foster the care, management, preservation, and improvement of systematics collections and to facilitate their utilization in science and society.

The records include correspondence, memoranda, reports, meeting materials, constitution and by-laws, and publications. They concern the initial discussions for a national program for systematics; the organization and incorporation of ASC; meetings and symposia of ASC; and Kier's service as ASC Vice-President. Also included are a few files documenting NMNH relations with the American Institute of Biological Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Serials (publications)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 364, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Professional Society Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 364
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Professional Society Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0364

Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
79.5 cu. ft. (78 record storage boxes) (3 document boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Black-and-white photographs
Manuscripts
Date:
1971-1990
Descriptive Entry:
These records primarily document the administration of the NMNH during the tenures of Kier, Fiske, and Hoffman. A small amount of files were created by Talbot, and Acting Directors James F. Mello, 1979, and James C. Tyler, 1985 and 1988. The records document the research, exhibition, and educational missions of the NMNH. They also document relations between the NMNH and Smithsonian bureaus and offices, educational organizations, and the museum community. Of special interest are files documenting the planning, construction, and opening of the Museum Support Center; the opening and exhibition program of the Thomas M. Evans Special Exhibition Gallery; and the development of NMNH programs including the Molecular Systematics Laboratory and the Biological Diversity Program. Also included are fiscal and budgetary records, and files documenting special events at the NMNH.
Historical Note:
Porter M. Kier served as Director of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) from 1973 to 1979. Richard S. Fiske was appointed to the position in January 1980 and served until July 1985. Robert S. Hoffman was named Director in October 1985 and remained in the position until January 1988. Frank H. Talbot was appointed Director in June 1988.
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Natural history museum directors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 374, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 374
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0374

Subject Files

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Brochures
Clippings
Electronic records
Digital versatile discs
Place:
Krakow (Poland)
Date:
1998-2011
Descriptive Entry:
The Institut für Deutsche Ostarbeit (IDO) opened in German-occupied Krakow, Poland, in 1940. The Sektion für Rasse- und Volkstumforschung (IDO-SRV) (Section for Racial and National Traditions Research) was an anthropological unit of the IDO that classified people by studying their anthropometric and genealogical information. The collection was seized by the United States and British armies after the end of World War II and given to the Smithsonian Institution on permanent loan once they were deemed of no further value for military intelligence.

In 2003, the Polish government requested this collection be transferred back to Poland. These records document the task force that was created by Cristián Samper, Director of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), at the request of the Secretary of the Smithsonian to investigate the legal, scientific, ethical, and archival issues related to the return of these records. In 2004, the task force recommended the records be returned after microfilm copies and digital surrogates had been made. In a ceremony at the Polish Consulate in New York on September 27, 2007, the IDO records were transferred from the National Anthropological Archives to Uniwersytet Jagielloński (Jagiellonian University), Krakow. (See also related records in Accession 05-091.)

These records were compiled and maintained by Ruth Osterweis Selig, Special Assistant to the Director, NMNH. Materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, notes, clippings, brochures, and reports. Some materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Anthropology  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Anthropometry  Search this
Committees  Search this
Museum archives  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Brochures
Clippings
Electronic records
Digital versatile discs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 12-182, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Subject Files
Identifier:
Accession 12-182
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Subject Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-fa12-182

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