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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 616

Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary. Secretary's Executive Committee

Minutes, 1966-1981

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary. Secretary's Executive Committee
Title: Minutes
Dates: 1966-1981
Quantity: 2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 616
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records consist chiefly of minutes of the Executive Committee's discussions of policy issues presented to the Institution.

Historical Note

Shortly after S. Dillon Ripley became the Smithsonian Institution's eighth Secretary in 1964, he created a group of advisors named the Secretariat. It was composed of the Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Director General of Museums, Assistant Secretary for Science, Assistant Secretary for History and Art, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Treasurer, Director of the Office of Academic Programs, General Counsel, Director of the Office of Personnel and Management Resources, the Assistant to the Secretary, the Public Affairs Officer, the Director of the Office of International Activities, and the Secretary's Executive Assistant. From this committee the Secretary obtained such information and advice as he wished in making operating decisions for the Smithsonian. In 1971, as a result of a study of management practices at the Institution, the Secretary streamlined this group, renaming it the Executive Committee. Its members were the Assistant Secretaries for Science, History and Art, and Public Service; the Treasurer, the Executive Officer for Supporting Services, and, ex officio, the General Counsel. The new committee continued to advise the Secretary and was also given more responsibility for making decisions than its predecessor.

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Descriptive Entry

These records consist chiefly of minutes of the Executive Committee's discussions of policy issues presented to the Institution.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 616, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Secretary's Executive Committee, Minutes

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Container List

Box 1

Folder 1 Minutes of the Secretary's Executive Committee meetings, 1973

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Folder 2 Minutes of the Secretary's Executive Committee meetings, 1978-1980

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Folder 3 Blueprints for proposed phase 1 and 2 south yard development, 1972

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Folders 4-5 Miscellaneous reports, 1973

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Folder 6 Requests by the Secretary at Executive Committee Meetings, 1971-1972

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Folder 7 Secretary's Executive Committee, 1973

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Folder 8 Secretary's Executive Committee, 1974

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Folder 9 Secretariat meetings, 1969 and prior

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Folders 10-26 Secretary's Executive Committee, July-December 1980

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Box 2

Secretary's Executive Committee, 1981

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