Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for the Sciences
Subject Files, 1987-1993
This accession contains files about the American Association of Museums (AAM), International Council of Museums (ICOM), National Academy of Public Affairs (NAPA), and Polar Research Board, all of which document Robert S. Hoffmann's roll of Assistant Secretary for Science.
The goal of the AAM is to strengthen and expand the educational role of museums in today's world, while ICOM is created to promote museology and other disciplines related to the management of museums and their activities. NAPA was solely organized to give independent advice and counsel on improving the operation of public organizations. Polar Research Board goal is to establish national policy, priorities, and goals for basic and applied scientific research with respect to the Arctic.
Within these files are also Secretary's staff meeting minutes, agendas, board meeting notes, and brochures. There are also numerous write-ups and memoranda about research, progress, and accomplishments.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Hoffmann, Robert S.
- American Association of Museums
- International Council of Museums
- National Academy of Public Administration
- National Research Board (U.S.). Polar Research Board
- Museums -- Administration
- Museums -- Educational aspects
- Museums -- Public relations
- Arctic regions -- Research
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-162, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for the Sciences, Subject Files