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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 429

Senate of Scientists Project (National Museum of Natural History)

Records, 1963-1987

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Senate of Scientists Project (National Museum of Natural History)
Title: Records
Dates: 1963-1987
Quantity: 7 cu. ft. (7 record storage boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 429
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records document the establishment and activities of the Senate of Scientists. They were primarily created by the chairman of the Senate and include constitutions and amendments; committee files; minutes of council and annual meetings; records concerning dinner forums, seminars, and other Senate events; membership records; treasurer's files and financial records; files concerning Senate publications; project files; and photographs of Senate members. For additional information on the Senate of Scientists, see record unit 9508.

Historical Note

In 1963, the Senate of Scientists was established to represent professional concerns of the scientific research staff of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Modeled on faculty senates in universities, the senate was structured to function as a trouble-shooter and source of collective opinion outside normal administrative channels. The senate is managed by a council consisting of a chairman, chairman-elect, secretary, and one councilor elected by each curatorial department. Full membership in the senate is restricted to scientists employed by the NMNH, but associate membership is extended to research associates of the museum and to scientists located in the museum but employed by other government agencies.

Significant issues addressed by the senate have included library service, parking policies, off-mall storage and curatorial facilities, technical assistance, automated data-processing facilities, funding for systematics research, and publications policies. In addition, the senate has served as a stimulus to collegiality within the museum, through its publications, seminars, teas, and dinner forums.

Chairmen of the Senate of Scientists have include Gordon D. Gibson, 1963-1964; Richard S. Boardman, 1964-1965, 1978-1979; W. Donald Duckworth, 1965-1966; Roy S. Clarke, Jr., 1966-1967; Francis M. Hueber, 1967-1968; Clifford Evans, Jr., 1968-1970; Martin A. Buzas, 1970-1971; Clyde F. E. Roper, 1971-1972; Thomas R. Waller, 1972-1973; W. Duane Hope, 1973-1974; Erle G. Kauffman, 1974-1975; Donald J. Ortner, 1975-1976; Richard H. Eyde, 1976-1977; Meredith L. Jones, 1977-1978; Jack W. Pierce, 1979-1980; Herman J. Viola, 1980-1981; W. Ronald Heyer, 1981-1982; David L. Pawson, 1982-1983; William G. Melson, 1983-1984; Richard W. Thorington, Jr., 1984-1985; George R. Zug, 1985-1986; and Raymond B. Manning, 1986-1987.

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Descriptive Entry

These records document the establishment and activities of the Senate of Scientists. They were primarily created by the chairmen of the senate and include constitutions and amendments; committee files; minutes of council and annual meetings; records concerning dinner forums, seminars, and other senate events; membership records; treasurers files and financial records; files concerning senate publications; project files; and photographs of senate members.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 429, Senate of Scientists Project (National Museum of Natural History), Records

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Container List

Box 1

Don Ortner - Chairman, 1975-1976

Endowment Fund Management, 1976

Box 1 of 7

Membership List, 1975-1976

Box 1 of 7

NMNH Chairman's meetings briefings by P. Kier, 1976

Box 1 of 7

Personnel Management, 1976

Box 1 of 7

Minutes of Council Meetings, October 1975-October 1976

Box 1 of 7

SRF, 1976

Box 1 of 7

Sherry Seminars, November 1975-October 1976

Box 1 of 7

Bureaucratic Expansion, 1976

Box 1 of 7

General business, 1975-1976

Box 1 of 7

Chairman's file, October 1975-October 1976

Box 1 of 7

Richard Eyde - Chairman, 1976-1977

Annual meeting, 21 October 1976

Box 1 of 7

Sherry Seminars, November 1976-August 1977

Box 1 of 7

Dinner Forums, January 1977-September 1977

Box 1 of 7

SRF, 1977

Box 1 of 7

Minutes of Council meetings, October 1976-October 1977

Box 1 of 7

Smithsonian Magazine, 1976-1977

Box 1 of 7

Miscellany, 1976-1977

Box 1 of 7

Richard Boardman - Chairman, 1978-1979

Henderson Finance Committee, 1978-1979

Box 1 of 7

Senate Newsletters, 1978-1979

Box 1 of 7

SRA Committee, 1978-1979

Box 1 of 7

Minutes of Council Meetings, 1978-1979

Box 1 of 7

Evening Dinner Forums, 1978-1979

Box 1 of 7

Fellowship Committee, 1978-1979

Box 1 of 7

Administrative Problems Committee, 1978-1979

Box 1 of 7

Miscellany, 1978-1979

Box 1 of 7

Administrative matters, 1978-1979

Box 1 of 7

Annual Meeting, 29 October 1979

Box 1 of 7

Jack Pierce - Chairman, 1979-1980

David Pawson's file as SOS Secretary, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 7

Pending Business, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 7

Dinner Forums, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 7

Museum Position Paper, 1979

Box 1 of 7

Annual Meeting, 30 October 1980

Box 1 of 7

Constitution (amended), 1980

Box 1 of 7

Correspondence, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 7

Sherry Seminars, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 7

Membership, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 7

Fellowships, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 7

Newsletters, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 7

Minutes of Council Meetings, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 7

Research Awards Committee, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 7

Henderson Finance Committee, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 7

Investment Policy Committee, Quarterly Reports, 1979-1980 (5 folders)

Box 1 of 7

Council Meetings (pending), 1979-1980

Box 1 of 7

Director's briefing, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 7

Publications Committee, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 7

Herman Viola - Chairman, 1980-1981

Investment Policy Committee Quarterly Report, September 1980

Box 1 of 7

Parking Committee, 1980-1981

Box 1 of 7

Botany Department Review, 1980-1981 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 7

General correspondence, 1980-1981

Box 1 of 7

Annual Meeting, 30 October 1981

Box 1 of 7

Forms, 1980-1981

Box 1 of 7

Ron Heyer - Chairman, 1981-1982

General correspondence, 1981-1982

Box 1 of 7

Box 2

General correspondence, 1981-1982

Box 2 of 7

Manpower and funding questionnaire, 1982 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 7

David Pawson - Chairman, 1982-1983

NMNH Public Relations, 1982-1983

Box 2 of 7

Parking, 1982-1983

Box 2 of 7

Space, 1982-1983

Box 2 of 7

Miscellany, 1982-1983

Box 2 of 7

Council Meetings, 1982-1983

Box 2 of 7

Dinner Forums, 1982-1983

Box 2 of 7

Earle Kauffman - Chairman, 1974-1975

Library, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Council Meetings, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Communications, rapport, exposure, discussions, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Committee on Services, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Membership, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Constitutional Revision Committee, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

SI Archives - History of SOS Project, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

SI Associates relations, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

ADP Committee, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Conservation and Ecology Committee, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Dinner Forums, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Front Royal Inter-Science Meeting, February 1975

Box 2 of 7

Education & Training, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Nominating Committee, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Personal notes - Kauffman, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Conversations with Director Kier, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Mailing Practices, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

NSF relations, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

PAEC, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

S. D. Ripley, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

SRF, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Use of SI Affiliation, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Security, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Seminar announcements, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

"Senate" groups in other bureaus, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Sherry Seminars, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Silver Hill Facility, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Sorting Center, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

General staff grievances, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Treasurer's report, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 7

Duane Hope - Chairman, 1973-1974

General correspondence, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 7

Minutes of Council Meetings, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 7

Notes and News, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 7

OIEP, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 7

Parking, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 7

SI television series, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 7

Space problem - Vertebrate Zoology, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 7

Library, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 7

Belmont Meetings, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 7

Announcements of Events, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 7

Annual Meeting, 7 November 1974

Box 2 of 7

Conservation, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 7

Dinner Forums, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 7

Luncheon meetings, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 7

Membership list, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 7

Thomas Waller - Chairman, 1972-1973

Announcements of Events, 1972-1973

Box 2 of 7

BMD, 1972-1973

Box 2 of 7

Center for Short-Lived Phenomena, 1972-1973

Box 2 of 7

Constitution Amendment, 1972-1973

Box 2 of 7

Council Minutes, 1972-1973

Box 2 of 7

Correspondence, 1972-1973

Box 2 of 7

Councilors, 1972-1973

Box 2 of 7

Dinner Forums, 1972-1973

Box 2 of 7

Box 3

New NMNH Director, 1972-1973

Box 3 of 7

Directory of Scientists, 1972-1973

Box 3 of 7

Annual Meeting, 4 October 1973

Box 3 of 7

Financial statements, 1972-1973

Box 3 of 7

Luncheons, 1972-1973

Box 3 of 7

Notes and News, 1972-1973

Box 3 of 7

Nominating Committee, 1972-1973

Box 3 of 7

Pending business, 1972-1973

Box 3 of 7

Security, 1972-1973

Box 3 of 7

EDP, 1972-1973

Box 3 of 7

Constitution amended, 4 October 1973

Box 3 of 7

Clyde Roper - Chairman, 1971-1972

Annual Meeting, 17 October 1972

Box 3 of 7

Correspondence, 1971-1972

Box 3 of 7

Proposed move of NMNH to Beltsville, 1971-1972

Box 3 of 7

BMD, 1971-1972

Box 3 of 7

Constitution amended, 64, 66, 69

Box 3 of 7

Office of Development, 1971-1972

Box 3 of 7

Dinner Forum notes, 1971-1972

Box 3 of 7

Dinner Forums, 1971-1972

Box 3 of 7

Council minutes, 1971-1972

Box 3 of 7

Senate Directory, 1971-1972

Box 3 of 7

Memoranda, 1971-1972

Box 3 of 7

Luncheons, 1971-1972

Box 3 of 7

Notes and News, 1971-1972

Box 3 of 7

Overhead rates, 1971-1972

Box 3 of 7

Parking, 1971-1972

Box 3 of 7

Research awards, 1971-1972

Box 3 of 7

Security, 1971-1972

Box 3 of 7

Systematic Collections Resources Symposium, 1972

Box 3 of 7

Miscellany, 1971-1972

Box 3 of 7

Martin Buzas - Chairman, 1970-1971

Minutes, 1970-1971

Box 3 of 7

Congressional hearings on SI, 1970-1971 (2 folders)

Box 3 of 7

Annual Meeting, 30 November 1971

Box 3 of 7

Council Meeting minutes, 1970-1971

Box 3 of 7

General correspondence, 1970-1971

Box 3 of 7

Beltsville move, 1970-1971

Box 3 of 7

National program in systematic biology, 1972

Box 3 of 7

OES support, 1970-1971

Box 3 of 7

Miscellany, 1970-1971

Box 3 of 7

Don Ortner - Chairman, 1975-1976 (see also box 1)

Dinner Forums, 1975-1976

Box 3 of 7

Distinguished Natural Historian Award & Lecture, 1976

Box 3 of 7

Fiscal procedures report, 1975-1976

Box 3 of 7

BMD service report, 1975-1976

Box 3 of 7

Clifford Evans - Chairman, 1968-1970

Membership lists - old & current

Box 3 of 7

Office support memos, June 1970 (2 folders)

Box 3 of 7

OES data & analysis, 1970

Box 3 of 7

Institute for Scientific Information, 1969

Box 3 of 7

Box 4

General, 1970 (2 folders)

Box 4 of 7

S. D. Ripley, 1970

Box 4 of 7

Smithsonian Magazine, 1969-1970

Box 4 of 7

House hearing, July 1970 (4 folders)

Box 4 of 7

Miscellany, 1969-1970 (2 folders)

Box 4 of 7

Chit chat with Director, 1969

Box 4 of 7

Pacific Ocean Biological Survey, 1969-1970 (2 folders)

Box 4 of 7

Office of Academic Programs, 1969-1970

Box 4 of 7

Minutes, 1969-1970

Box 4 of 7

Annual Meeting, 14 October 1969

Box 4 of 7

Center for Short-Lived Phenomena, 1969-1970

Box 4 of 7

Financial Statement, 1969

Box 4 of 7

Afternoon Forums, 1969

Box 4 of 7

Constitution amended, 1969

Box 4 of 7

Evening Dinner Forums, 1969-1970

Box 4 of 7

Office of Systematics & Office of Oceanography, 1970

Box 4 of 7

News Bulletins, 1969-1970

Box 4 of 7

Newspaper clippings, 1970

Box 4 of 7

Memoranda - S. Galler, 1969-1970

Box 4 of 7

Membership, 1969

Box 4 of 7

Woodrow Wilson Center, 1970

Box 4 of 7

Smithsonian Research Foundation, 1969-1970

Box 4 of 7

Officers Luncheons, 1970

Box 4 of 7

Annual meeting, 14 October 1969

Box 4 of 7

Actions & correspondence, 1968-1970

Box 4 of 7

Amended constitution, 1969

Box 4 of 7

S. Shetler's file as SOS secretary, 1968-1969

Box 4 of 7

Faculty-administration committee, 1968-1969

Box 4 of 7

Officers Luncheons, 1968-19 69

Box 4 of 7

Action memos, 1968-1969

Box 4 of 7

Senate Bulletin, 1968-1969

Box 4 of 7

Senate Action Memos to Ripley, etc., 1968-1969

Box 4 of 7

Annual meeting, 14 October 1969

Box 4 of 7

Dinner Forums, 1968-1969

Box 4 of 7

Afternoon discussions, 1968-1969

Box 4 of 7

Dinner Forums, 1968-1969 (Shetler's file)

Box 4 of 7

Questionnaires, 1968

Box 4 of 7

Election Ballots, 1968-1969

Box 4 of 7

RBL

Box 4 of 7

Environmental Monitoring and Baseline Data, 1974

Box 4 of 7

Booklet data (Directory), October 1969

Box 4 of 7

Box 5

Roy Clarke/Francis Hueber - Chairmen, 1966-1968

Council Minutes, 1966-1967

Box 5 of 7

General correspondence, 1966-1967 (2 folders)

Box 5 of 7

Intramural Rapport, 1966-1967

Box 5 of 7

Election Ballots, 1967

Box 5 of 7

Potential Associate Members, 1966-1967

Box 5 of 7

Election ballots, 1966

Box 5 of 7

Staff Identification Handbook (4 folders)

Box 5 of 7

Donald Duckworth - Chairman, 1965-1966

Minutes of Council meetings & 3rd Annual Meeting, 1965-1966

Box 5 of 7

General, 1965-1966

Box 5 of 7

Publications, 1965-1966

Box 5 of 7

Intramural Rapport, 1965-1966

Box 5 of 7

Information Committee, 1965-1966

Box 5 of 7

Nominating Committee, 1965-1966

Box 5 of 7

Mailing list, 1965-1966

Box 5 of 7

General complaints, 1965-1966

Box 5 of 7

Constitutional Committee, 1965-1966

Box 5 of 7

Richard Boardman - Chairman, 1964-1965

Minutes & memos, 1965

Box 5 of 7

Miscellaneous, 1965

Box 5 of 7

General complaints, 1964-1965

Box 5 of 7

Sub-professional Assistance Survey, 1964-1965

Box 5 of 7

General, 1964-1965

Box 5 of 7

Data Processing Committee & Education Committee, 1964-1965

Box 5 of 7

Intramural Rapport, 1964-1965

Box 5 of 7

Information Committee, 1964-1965

Box 5 of 7

Minutes of Council Meetings & Second Annual Meeting, 1964-1965

Box 5 of 7

Friends of the SI Committee, 1964-1965

Box 5 of 7

Parking, 1964-1965

Box 5 of 7

Public Relations, 1964-1965

Box 5 of 7

Field Station, 1964-1965 (one folder & loose)

Box 5 of 7

Smithson 200-year Celebration, 1964

Box 5 of 7

Questionnaire

Box 5 of 7

Ballots, 1964

Box 5 of 7

Gordan Gibson - Chairman, 1963-1964

Declaration of Membership, 1964

Box 5 of 7

General, 1963

Box 5 of 7

Constitution and Amendments, 1963-1966

Box 5 of 7

Assistant Secretary (science), 1964

Box 5 of 7

Booklet, 1963-1964 (4 folders)

Box 5 of 7

SAO Worksheets

Box 5 of 7

Box 6

Senate Manual Worksheets

Box 6 of 7

Technicians Omitted from Handbook

Box 6 of 7

Staff Manual (2 folders)

Box 6 of 7

Publications questionnaire

Box 6 of 7

Early and organizational documents, 1963-1964 (one binder)

Box 6 of 7

Miscellaneous files, mostly of Gordon D. Gibson, concerning the organization and early activities of the Senate of Scientists

Box 6 of 7

Dinner Forums, 1981-1982

Box 6 of 7

Treasurers Report, 1981

Box 6 of 7

Membership, 1980-1981

Box 6 of 7

Dinners, 1980

Box 6 of 7

Annual Meeting Treasurer's Report

Box 6 of 7

Dinner Forums, 1976-1977

Box 6 of 7

Sherry Seminars, 1976-1977

Box 6 of 7

Membership, 1978-1979

Box 6 of 7

Dinner Forums, 1978-1979

Box 6 of 7

Membership Lists, 1977-1978

Box 6 of 7

Membership Lists, 1976-1977

Box 6 of 7

Dinner Forums, 1977-1978

Box 6 of 7

Senate of Scientists Council, 1985-1986

Box 6 of 7

Library White Paper, 1985. Mostly consists of papers assembled by Gordon Hendler (3 folders)

Box 6 of 7

Box 7

Library White Paper

Box 7 of 7

Senate of Scientists, miscellaneous, 1985-1986

Box 7 of 7

Senate Certificate of Appreciation (blank forms)

Box 7 of 7

Senate of Scientists, miscellaneous, 1984-1985

Box 7 of 7

Horton Report, 1985

Box 7 of 7

Senate Forum Dinner, 1986

Box 7 of 7

Records of Raymond B. Manning created during his tenure as an officer of the Senate of Scientists, 1986-1987 (3 folders)

Box 7 of 7

Directory Plates

Box 7 of 7

Directory Photos, 1973 (2 folders)

Box 7 of 7