Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 429
Senate of Scientists Project (National Museum of Natural History)
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.
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.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Evans, Clifford, 1920-1981
- Gibson, Gordon D.
- Boardman, Richard S.
- Duckworth, W. Donald
- Clarke, Roy S.
- Hueber, Francis M.
- Buzas, Martin A.
- Roper, Clyde F. E., 1937-
- Waller, Thomas R.
- Hope, W. Duane, 1935-
- Kauffman, Erle G. (Erle Galen), 1933-
- Ortner, Donald J.
- Eyde, Richard H.
- Jones, Meredith L.
- Pierce, J. W. (Jack Warren), 1927-
- Viola, Herman J.
- Heyer, W. Ronald
- Pawson, David L. (David Leo), 1938-
- Melson, William G., 1938-
- Thorington, Richard W.
- Zug, George R., 1938-
- Manning, Raymond B. (Raymond Brendan), 1934-2000
- National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 429, Senate of Scientists Project (National Museum of Natural History), Records