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Accession 95-080,  Smithsonian Institution, Office of Government Relations,  Records, 1985-1995

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution, Office of Government Relations
Title: Records
Dates: 1985-1995
Quantity: 3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 95-080
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records consist of correspondence between Secretary Robert McC. Adams and various leaders of the United States Congress on matters such as funding for the establishment of the National Museum of the American Indian, the repatriation of Native American Indian artifacts at the National Mall, acquisition of the United States Customs House in New York City for its conversion to a museum, and constructing of new facilities for the National Air and Space Museum near Dulles International Airport. There are also copies of the Secretary's testimony before congressional committees; memoranda between the Secretary and Mark W. Rodgers, Director, Office of Government Relations; memoranda and notes between the Director and his staff, Senior Government Relations Officers, Pablita Abeyta and A. Bradley Mims; and correspondence between the Secretary and Richard West, Director, National Museum of the American Indian. Other records include bound volumes of budget justifications for fiscal years 1992 through 1996, posters and a map showing historical territories of Native Americans, national historical landmarks and parks in the United States, brochures, and newspaper and magazine articles.

Descriptive Entry

These records consist of correspondence between Secretary Robert McC. Adams and various leaders of the United States Congress on matters such as funding for the establishment of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), the repatriation of Native American Indian artifacts at the National Mall, acquisition of the United States Customs House in New York City for its conversion to a museum, and constructing new facilities for the National Air and Space Museum near Dulles International Airport. There are also copies of the Secretary's testimony before congressional committees; memoranda between the Secretary and Mark W. Rodgers, Director, Office of Government Relations; memoranda and notes between the Director and his staff, Senior Government Relations Officers, Pablita Abeyta and A. Bradley Mims; and correspondence between the Secretary and Richard West, Director, National Museum of the American Indian.

Other records include posters and a map showing historical territories of Native Americans, national historical landmarks and parks in the United States, brochures, and newspaper and magazine articles.

Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-080, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Government Relations, Records

Container List

Box 1

Congress/ Senate: Correspondence between SI Secretary & relevant Senators and House of Representative to a bill to establish MAI (Museum of the American Indian)

Box 1 of 3

Congress/House: Correspondence between SI Secretary and respective members of Congress; Comptroller General Report, "Report to the Chairman, Committee on the Interior and Insular Affairs..."

Box 1 of 3

Agency: Correspondence between the Secretary and various government Agencies relating to establishing MAI & repatriation of American Indian artifacts

Box 1 of 3

Legislative Working File

Box 1 of 3

SI Internal: Correspondence

Box 1 of 3

SI General: Correspondence

Box 1 of 3

Public Affairs: Correspondence; newspaper and journal articles; reports; SI press releases; and miscellaneous materials

Box 1 of 3

National Museum of American Indian: Smithsonian (magazine) 10/1994, brochures, pamphlets, programs, and cards, announcing the opening of MAI

Box 1 of 3

9-1 Meeting on Invites

Box 1 of 3

NMAI Miscellaneous

Box 1 of 3

Legislative History... to Establish the NMAI... 11/28/1989

Box 1 of 3

Internal Memos

Box 1 of 3

Internal Memoranda

Box 1 of 3

New York Correspondence

Box 1 of 3

Congressional Correspondence

Box 1 of 3

Box 2

General Correspondence

Box 2 of 3

Hearing (MAI), Nov. '87

Box 2 of 3

Hearing Testimony, 11/18/1987

Box 2 of 3

Moynihan/Inouye Compromise

Box 2 of 3

House Interior Subcommittee, 3/12/1987

Box 2 of 3

Site Study Funding

Box 2 of 3

Mayor Koch (NYC) Comments

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Cong. Guy V. Molinari, 11/18/1987

Box 2 of 3

Secy Adams, "Statement Before the Subcommittee on Interior Committee on Appropriations, 3/21/91

Box 2 of 3

S.I73 (Regional Museums)

Box 2 of 3

RMA Hearing Testimony, 11/12/1987 - Empty Folder

Box 2 of 3

Hearings Transcript, 11/12/1987

Box 2 of 3

MAI Hearings Testimony, 11/12/1987

Box 2 of 3

Background on NMAI

Box 2 of 3

Secretary Adam's Statement, 2/20/1987, 4/24/2987, 11/12/1987

Box 2 of 3

S.978: A Bill to Authorize Establishing NMAI, 101st Congress

Box 2 of 3

S. 1722: A Bill to Establish NMAI within the Smithsonian Institution, 9/20/1988

Box 2 of 3

HR 2668: A Bill to Establish NMAI at the Smithsonian Institution

Box 2 of 3

Comprehensive Plan for the NMAI, April 1985

Box 2 of 3

Court Transcripts - Transferring Collections

Box 2 of 3

Notice of Petition ... to the New York Supreme Court to Transfer Museum Collections

Box 2 of 3

Supreme Court, N. Y., Petition: Museum of American Indian Original Verified Petition w/o Exhibition

Box 2 of 3

Request for Proposal No. SI-92014-FN for the Construction of NMAI, GGH (George Gustav Heye) Center, 1/1992

Box 2 of 3

Final Draft to New York City and State Commerce Business Daily Notice & the Request for Proposal for Construction of NMAI at the George Gustav Heye Center

Box 2 of 3

NMAI: Background Materials for the Implementation of Agreement dated 9/28/1992, Folder 1

Box 2 of 3

NMAI: Implementation Agreement, 9/28/1992, Folder 2

Box 2 of 3

Box 3

MAI: Comprehensive Floor Plan, The Old Customs House, 12/31/1986

Box 3 of 3

Memos of Understanding (MOU), New York City Customs House

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NY Negotiation, folder 1

Box 3 of 3

NY Negotiation, folder 2

Box 3 of 3

MOU: Memo of Understanding

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Agreement of Lease Between the SI and the GSA, Regarding the US Customs House, 10/20/1992, folder 1 of 2

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Agreement of Lease between the SI and GSA, 10/1992, folder 2 of 2: Includes: MOU between. SI & GSA, 6/1991; Implementation Agreement, 10/1991; Exhibits to Lease Agreement

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NMAI Implementation Agreement for the US Customs House, NY, 1991

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MOU: Memos of Understanding, Background Information

Box 3 of 3

NMAI: Estimate Prepared for Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut & Whitelaw, SGI Job No. 90-011-D, 2/8/1991

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NMAI: Orientation Exhibition, 1991

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NMAI: Universal Communications Systems, Fundamental concepts, 7/11/1991

Box 3 of 3

NMAI: Exhibition, 1992

Box 3 of 3

NMAI: Preview and Points of View (exhibitions) NMAI, NYC, 1992

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NMAI: Exhibitions Master Plan, Schedule & Budget, 1992

Box 3 of 3

NMAI: Specs, 100%, NY, 1991

Box 3 of 3

N.Y./SI Scope of Work, 1991

Box 3 of 3

Construction Contract, Office of Procurement & Property Management, OPPM Form 6, July 1990

Box 3 of 3

NMAI: George Gustav Heye Center, NY: "Public Furniture", 9/5/1991

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GSA Review of Public Furniture & Signage, 10/8/1991

Box 3 of 3

NMAI: Floor Plans for George Gustav Heye House, NYC, 1990

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NMAI: Memo of Understanding Between the SI & GSA for the GGH Center, New York, NY, 6/11/1990

Box 3 of 3

NMAI: Proceedings of the Meeting of the Board of Regents, 9/28/1987-1/30/1989

Box 3 of 3

National Board of the Smithsonian Associates, 10/1989

Box 3 of 3

Search Committee . . ., 10/24/1989

Box 3 of 3

Initial Guidelines for the Search for the NMAI Director, n.d.

Box 3 of 3

Prospective Smithsonian NMAI Trustees, Biographical Data

Box 3 of 3

Telephone Directory, Nominees for the Board of Trustees

Box 3 of 3

NMAI: Proposed Interior Signage Program, George Gustav Heye Center, NY, New York, 9/5/1991

Box 3 of 3

90% Specifications, Vol. 1 of 2, Office of Design and Construction, 12/14/1990

Box 3 of 3

90% Specifications, Vol. 2 of 2, Office of Design and Construction, 12/14/1990

Box 3 of 3

Supplementary Conditions for Construction, ODC, 6/14/1991

Box 3 of 3

NMAI: Photographs, Customs House, NYC, 1991

Box 3 of 3

NMAI: 2 copies of typed folder lists

Box 3 of 3

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Map & Posters

Native Americans, A Visitors Guide. 1 map by National Geographic Society, Showing historical territories of Native Americans, national historical land marks and parks in the United States, 10/1991

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This Path We Travel: Celebration of Contemporary Native American Creativity. (2 posters)

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NMAI 10/30/94-7/30/94 All Roads are Good: Native Voices on Life and Culture. (1 poster) NMAI, NY City, 10/30/1994 - 2/1/1995

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Pathways of Tradition: Indian Insights into Indian Worlds. (1 poster) NMAI, NY City, 11/15/1992 - 1/24/1993

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