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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

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of Natural History. Department of Vertebrate Zoology
Title: Chairmen's Records
Dates: 1965-1987
Quantity: 6.5 cu. ft. (6 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection: Record Unit 382
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

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 committees and professional societies; 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 Suitland, Maryland; construction of the Osteo-Preparation Laboratory in the east courtyard of the Natural History Building; appointment of Porter M. Kier as Director of the National Museum of Natural History; and involvement in international research programs in the Caribbean and Brazil.

Historical Note

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.

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Descriptive Entry

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.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 382, National Museum of Natural History. Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Chairmen's Records

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Container List

Box 1

Folder 1 Administrative Council, 1968-1972

Box 1 of 7

Folder 2 ADP (Automatic Data Processing), 1967-1976

Box 1 of 7

Folder 3 ADP Advisory Committee, 1968-1972

Box 1 of 7

Folder 4 ADP Budget, 1970-1972

Box 1 of 7

Folder 5 Botany, Department of, 1970-1974

Box 1 of 7

Folder 6 BMD (Buildings Management Division), Old Requests, 1970-1972

Box 1 of 7

Folder 7 Chairmen's Meetings, 1975-1977

Box 1 of 7

Folder 8 Building Manager, General, 1967-1974

Box 1 of 7

Folder 9 Curation, Birds (Watson), 1966-1972

Box 1 of 7

Folder 10 Curation, Mammals (Watson), 1966-1972

Box 1 of 7

Folder 11 Curation , Fishes (Under Watson), 1966-1972

Box 1 of 7

Folder 12 Curation, Reptiles (Watson), 1967-1972

Box 1 of 7

Folder 13 Ecology Program, 1969-1973

Box 1 of 7

Folder 14 Education and Training, 1968-1975

Box 1 of 7

Folder 15 Fire Protection, 1974

Box 1 of 7

Folder 16 Fiscal Year 1966

Box 1 of 7

Folder 17 Flashcards, 1971-1972

Box 1 of 7

Folder 18 Foreign Currency Proposals, 1970-1972

Box 1 of 7

Folder 19 Library (General), 1969-1971

Box 1 of 7

Folder 20 Library (Printouts), 1969-1975

Box 1 of 7

Folder 21 MUDPIE (Museum and University Data, Program and Information Exchange Newsletter), 1968-1972

Box 1 of 7

Folder 22 MHT (Museum of History and Technology), 1972

Box 1 of 7

Folder 23 Museum Shops Committee, 1967-1972

Box 1 of 7

Folder 24 NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), 1971

Box 1 of 7

Folders 25-26 NFWL (National Fish and Wildlife Laboratory) Reports,

Box 1 of 7

Folder 27 National Science Foundation, 1972-1974

Box 1 of 7

Folder 28 NZP (National Zoological Park), 1969-1972

Box 1 of 7

Folder 29 OMB (Office of Management and Budget) Estimates, 1971-1973

Box 1 of 7

Folder 30 Osborne Manuscript, 1970

Box 1 of 7

Folders 31-32 Peace Corps Candidates, 1971-1975

Box 1 of 7

Folder 33 Philadelphia Centennial, 1970

Box 1 of 7

Folder 34 Product Development, 1972-1973

Box 1 of 7

Folder 35 Programs, General, 1966-1971

Box 1 of 7

Folder 36 Reed-Barton Contract, 1971

Box 1 of 7

Folder 37 Research, VZ (Vertebrate Zoology) General, 1968-1970

Box 1 of 7

Folder 38 Secretarial Correspondence, 1970-1974

Box 1 of 7

Folder 39 Ship Operations, 1968-1973

Box 1 of 7

Folder 40 Specimen Prep Lab (Under Watson), 1967-1972

Box 1 of 7

Folder 41 Summer Programs, 1970-1971

Box 1 of 7

Box 2

Folder 1 Watson Correspondence, 1968-1972

Box 2 of 7

Folder 2 Systematics, Office of, 1965-1972

Box 2 of 7

Folder 3 Tropical Biology, 1962-1968

Box 2 of 7

Folder 4 Watson Miscellany, 1962-1970

Box 2 of 7

Folders 5-6 Watson (Chairman) Miscellany, 1967-1972

Box 2 of 7

Folder 7 Year End Requests, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Folder 8 Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, 1966

Box 2 of 7

Folder 9 Animal Welfare Act, 1971

Box 2 of 7

Folder 10 Announcements, 1974

Box 2 of 7

Folder 11 Annual Report, 1974

Box 2 of 7

Folder 12 Annual Report, 1973

Box 2 of 7

Folder 13 Archives Committee, 1972

Box 2 of 7

Folder 14 Association of Systematics Collections, 1970-1976

Box 2 of 7

Folder 15 Belem, 1968-1971

Box 2 of 7

Folder 16 1974 Budget Machinations

Box 2 of 7

Folder 17 Budget, 1974

Box 2 of 7

Folders 18-19 Budget, 1973

Box 2 of 7

Folder 20 Docent, 1965-1970

Box 2 of 7

Folder 21 Donations to, Smithsonian Policy, 1970-1971

Box 2 of 7

Folder 22 Ecology Program - Remote Sensing, 1970-1971

Box 2 of 7

Folder 23 HEW ADP Grant, 1966-1970

Box 2 of 7

Folder 24 International Activities, 1968-1974

Box 2 of 7

Folder 25 International Biological Program, 1965-1971

Box 2 of 7

Folder 26 International Council for Bird Preservation, 1967-1975

Box 2 of 7

Folder 27 ICOM (International Council of Museums), 1970

Box 2 of 7

Folder 28 Mediterranean Marine Sorting Center, 1968-1969

Box 2 of 7

Folder 29 Systematics Lab, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1965-1972

Box 2 of 7

Folder 30 Environmental Services Advisory Council, 1970-1971

Box 2 of 7

Folder 31 Fire Emergency Procedures, 1968-1972

Box 2 of 7

Folder 32 EDP General, 1967-1969

Box 2 of 7

Box 3

Folders 1-2 EDP General, 1968-1974

Box 3 of 7

Folder 3 Budget Preview, 1973

Box 3 of 7

Folder 4 Budget, 1972

Box 3 of 7

Folder 5 Budget, Fiscal Year 1972

Box 3 of 7

Folder 6 Budget Material, 1971

Box 3 of 7

Folder 7 Budget Material, 1970

Box 3 of 7

Folder 8 CBS Contract, 1970

Box 3 of 7

Folder 9 CEIR Computer, 1966-1970

Box 3 of 7

Folder 10 Center for Short-Lived Phenomena, 1969-1974

Box 3 of 7

Folder 11 Chairmen's Meetings, 1972

Box 3 of 7

Folder 12 Chairmen's Meetings, 1970-1971

Box 3 of 7

Folder 13 Chairmen's Meetings, 1968-1969

Box 3 of 7

Folder 14 CBCES (Chesapeake Bay Center for Environmental Studies), 1969-1971

Box 3 of 7

Folder 15 Congressional Contacts, 1966-1970

Box 3 of 7

Folder 16 CAL (Conservation Analytical Laboratory), 1967-1973

Box 3 of 7

Folder 17 Director NMNH Search Committee, 1972

Box 3 of 7

Folder 18 P. S. Humphrey Correspondence, 1966-1969

Box 3 of 7

Folder 19 Correspondence, A-L, 1975-1979

Box 3 of 7

Folder 20 Correspondence, M-Z, 1971-1979

Box 3 of 7

Folder 21 Outgoing Memos, 1975-1981

Box 3 of 7

Folder 22 Outgoing Memos, 1982-1983

Box 3 of 7

Folder 23 Reading File, 1979

Box 3 of 7

Folder 24 Vertebrate Zoology (VZ) Manpower and Ceilings, 1965-1981

Box 3 of 7

Folder 25 Vertebrate Zoology Staff-Positions, 1965-1984

Box 3 of 7

Folder 26 VZ Personnel Actions, 1969-1984

Box 3 of 7

Folder 27 Translation Program, 1968-1973

Box 3 of 7

Folder 28 US/USSR Exchange Program, 1970-1972

Box 3 of 7

Folder 29 VZ Projects, 1975-1976

Box 3 of 7

Folder 30 Archezoology Program, 1974

Box 3 of 7

Box 4

Folder 1 Fellowships and Grants, 1972-1983

Box 4 of 7

Folder 2 Gifts and Grants, 1969-1979

Box 4 of 7

Folder 3 Public Affairs, 1972-1974

Box 4 of 7

Folder 4 Naturalist Center, 1972-1978

Box 4 of 7

Folder 5 Fellowships, Pre- and Post-Doctoral, 1969-1981

Box 4 of 7

Folder 6 Smithsonian Associates, 1972-1978

Box 4 of 7

Folder 7 Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, 1969-1983

Box 4 of 7

Folders 8-9 Smithsonian Year, 1982-1983

Box 4 of 7

Folder 10 General Correspondence, A-D, 1980-1983

Box 4 of 7

Folder 11 General Correspondence, D-G, 1980-1982

Box 4 of 7

Folder 12 General Correspondence, H-P, 1980-1982

Box 4 of 7

Folder 13 General Correspondence, R-Z, 1980-1982

Box 4 of 7

Folder 14 Academic Studies, 1966-1983

Box 4 of 7

Folder 15 Amazon Ecosystem Research Program, 1978-1981

Box 4 of 7

Folder 16 Correspondence, Assistant Secretary for Science, 1970

Box 4 of 7

Folder 17 Association with Foreign Museums, 1974-1975

Box 4 of 7

Folder 18 Bernice P. Bishop Museum, 1976

Box 4 of 7

Folder 19 Centennial Exhibits, 1974

Box 4 of 7

Folder 20 Chesapeake Bay Center, 1976

Box 4 of 7

Folder 21 Committees, 1976-1979

Box 4 of 7

Folder 22 Congressional Investigation, 1970

Box 4 of 7

Folder 23 Conservation, 1975-1981

Box 4 of 7

Folder 24 Endangered Species, Vol. I, 1970-1975

Box 4 of 7

Folder 25 Endangered Species, Vol. II, 1969-1983

Box 4 of 7

Folder 26 Evacuation Committee Security, 1975-1983

Box 4 of 7

Folder 27 Executive Committee Reports, 1972-1975

Box 4 of 7

Folder 28 Expeditions and Cruises, 1973-1974

Box 4 of 7

Folder 29 Freedom of Information Act Responses, 1976-1978

Box 4 of 7

Folder 30 Fort Pierce, Florida, 1970-1974

Box 4 of 7

Folder 31 Paul Greenhall, 1977

Box 4 of 7

Folder 32 Illustrators, 1975-1983

Box 4 of 7

Folder 33 Indonesian Research, 1970-1971

Box 4 of 7

Folder 34 International Agreements, 1971-1976

Box 4 of 7

Folder 35 Mammals of Nepal, 1978

Box 4 of 7

Folder 36 Smithsonian Museum Shops, 1970-1978

Box 4 of 7

Folder 37 Old Ephraim Exhibit, 1978

Box 4 of 7

Folder 38 Papua New Guinea Program, 1974-1980

Box 4 of 7

Folder 39 Mammal Identification Service, 1966-1983

Box 4 of 7

Folder 40 Kellogg Fund and Library, 1970-1973

Box 4 of 7

Folder 41 T. F, H. Fund Committee, 1965-1978

Box 4 of 7

Folder 42 Professional Staffing, 1978

Box 4 of 7

Box 5

Folder 1 Publications Advisory Committee, 1966-1976

Box 5 of 7

Folder 2 Publications, VZ Staff, 1966-1972

Box 5 of 7

Folder 3 Security, 1965-1979

Box 5 of 7

Folder 4 Senate of Scientists, 1963-1979

Box 5 of 7

Folder 5 SI Environmental Sciences Program, 1969-1972

Box 5 of 7

Folder 6 Smithsonian Magazine, 1971-1983

Box 5 of 7

Folder 7 Smithsonian Oceanographic Sorting Center, 1965-1977

Box 5 of 7

Folder 8 Smithsonian Research Foundation, 1972-1978

Box 5 of 7

Folder 9 Supply Division, Annual Inventory, 1972-1975

Box 5 of 7

Folder 10 Symposia, Seminars, Special Meetings, 1967-1975

Box 5 of 7

Folder 11 Donations, 1969-1976

Box 5 of 7

Folder 12 Environmental Chambers, 1972-1976

Box 5 of 7

Folders 13-15 Osteo Prep Laboratory, 1973-1981

Box 5 of 7

Folder 16 Osteo Prep Laboratory Specifications

Box 5 of 7

Folder 17 Rabies Immunization Program, 1975-1980

Box 5 of 7

Folder 18 Space Planning, 1965-1975

Box 5 of 7

Folder 19 Space Committee, 1972-1976

Box 5 of 7

Folder 20 Space, West Basement, 1978-1979

Box 5 of 7

Folder 21 Storage, Building 3 and Silver Hill, 1969-1976

Box 5 of 7

Folder 22 Amphibians and Reptiles Curation, 1972-1975

Box 5 of 7

Folder 23 Birds Curation, 1973-1979

Box 5 of 7

Folder 24 Fishes Curation, 1972-1978

Box 5 of 7

Folder 25 Mammals Curation, 1973-1979

Box 5 of 7

Folder 26 Fumigation, 1968-1979

Box 5 of 7

Folder 27 Fish and Wildlife Service Permits: Sea Turtles, 1978-1984

Box 5 of 7

Folder 28 Fish and Wildlife Service Permits: Import/Export, 1971-1984

Box 5 of 7

Folder 29 Collection Loans, 1966-1976

Box 5 of 7

Box 6

Folder 1 Annual Report on Collections, 1981-1985

Box 6 of 7

Folders 2-3 Collections Management Policies, 1968-1987

Box 6 of 7

Folder 4 Collections Advisory Committee, 1982-1986

Box 6 of 7

Folder 5 Collections Growth, 1972

Box 6 of 7

Folder 6 Collections Inventory, 1978-1982

Box 6 of 7

Folder 7 Completed Research Opportunities Fund Reports,1985-1987

Box 6 of 7

Folder 8 Donations, 1984-1986

Box 6 of 7

Folders 9-13 General Correspondence, 1983-1987

Box 6 of 7

Folder 14 Grant Proposals, 1984-1986

Box 6 of 7

Folder 15 Handbook of North American Birds, 1979-1987

Box 6 of 7

Folders 16-17 Memoranda Incoming, 1986-1987

Box 6 of 7

Folders 18-19 Memoranda Outgoing, 1986-1987

Box 6 of 7

Folder 20 Research, Victor G. Springer

Box 6 of 7

Folder 21 Research Awards Program, 1976-1983

Box 6 of 7

Folder 22 Research Proposals, 1986-1987

Box 6 of 7

Folder 23 Report on Specimens and Accessions, 1970-1987

Box 6 of 7

Folder 24 Scholarly Studies Reports, 1983-1986

Box 6 of 7

Folder 25 SI Graduate Program in Systematic Biology, 1985

Box 6 of 7

Folder 26 SI Press Correspondence, 1983-1986

Box 6 of 7

Box 7

Folder 1 SITES (Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service) Loans, 1985-1986

Box 7 of 7

Folders 2-3 Space Utilization, 1973-1985

Box 7 of 7

Folder 4 Specimen Deaccession, 1985-1987

Box 7 of 7