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Secretary Robert McCormick Adams

January 21, 1984

Robert McCormick Adams is named the ninth Secretary and assumes the post on September 17, 1984, serving for ten years from 1984 to 1994 . Adams was Provost of the University of Chicago from 1982 until 1984. In his scholarly work and twenty-seven years of field research, Adams has focused principally on the agricultural and urban history of the Near and Middle East and the geographical and archaeological study of settlement patterns.More

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