Correspondence, 1976-1989, 2003-2012

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Consists of records documenting the administration of the National Museum of Natural History during the tenures of Directors Porter M. Kier, 1973-1979; James F. Mello, Acting Director, 1979; Richard S. Fiske, 1980-1985; James C. Tyler, Acting Director, 1985, 1988; Robert S. Hoffmann, 1985-1988; Frank Talbot, 1988-1994; and Cristián Samper, 2003-2012, and Acting Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, March 2007-June 2008. Materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence. Some materials are in electronic format.


  • Kier, Porter M
  • Mello, James F. 1936-
  • Fiske, Richard S
  • Tyler, James C. 1935-
  • Hoffmann, Robert S
  • Talbot, Frank
  • Samper, Cristián
  • Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents
  • Smithsonian Institution Administration
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Board of Trustees
  • United States Freedom of Information Act


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Addl. KW Subjects

  • (SIA RS00001) Negatives (photographic)
  • (SIA RS00004)


Chronologic and unarranged

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1976
  • 1976-2012
  • 1976-1989, 2003-2012

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Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details


  • Natural history museums
  • Committees
  • Strategic planning
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Information technology
  • Museum buildings
  • Museum finance
  • Ethics
  • Public relations
  • Audits
  • Awards
  • Scientific surveys
  • Education
  • Personnel management
  • Research grants
  • Budget
  • Gifts
  • Smithsonian buildings
  • Contracts
  • Museums--Administration
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Museums--Public relations
  • Speeches, addresses, etc
  • Museum publications
  • Museums--Educational aspects
  • Museum exhibits
  • Museums--Employees


  • Manuscripts
  • Electronic mail
  • Electronic records

Local number

SIA RS00071

Physical description

3.5 cu. ft. processed holdings

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