Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 382
National Museum of Natural History. Department of Vertebrate Zoology
Chairmen's Records, 1965-1987
Philip S. Humphrey, the first Chairman of the Department, served from 1964 to 1968. He was succeeded by George E. Watson, 1968 to 1972; Robert H. Gibbs, Jr., 1972 to 1978; George R. Zug, 1978 to 1983; and W. Ronald Heyer, 1984 to 1987. In September of 1987, Richard W. Thorington, Jr. took the post.
This record unit consists of records of the Department of Vertebrate Zoology, primarily under the chairmanships of George E. Watson and Robert H. Gibbs, Jr., with additional material from the tenures of Philip S. Humphrey, George R. Zug, W. Ronald Heyer, and Richard W. Thorington, Jr. The records include memoranda, correspondence, and subject files relating to committee, council, and professional society meetings; budget; annual reports; computerization; security; building renovations; space planning; collections management; division activities and staffing; international relations; relations with Congress; and information on professional societies and programs of interest to the Department. Subject files of special interest focus on the growing emphasis on computers in the Department, national and international information exchanges, space problems and the establishment of the Museum Support Center at Silver Hill, construction of the Osteo-Prep Laboratory in the east courtyard, appointment of Porter M. Kier as Director of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), and involvement in international research programs in the Caribbean and Brazil.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Humphrey, Philip S. (Philip Strong), 1926-2009
- Watson, George E. (George Elder), 1931-
- Gibbs, Robert H., Jr.
- Zug, George R., 1938-
- Heyer, W. Ronald
- Kier, Porter M.
- Thorington, Richard W.
- National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). $ bDepartment of Vertebrate Zoology
- Smithsonian Institution. Museum Support Center
- National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Osteo-Preparation Laboratory
- Museums -- Collection management
- Vertebrate zoology
- Museum storage facilities
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 382, National Museum of Natural History. Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Chairmen's Records