Hearings before the Committee on House Administration

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In 1970, the Subcommittee on Library and Memorials of the Committee on House Administration of the United States Congress held a series of hearing on the management of the Smithsonian. Known informally as the Thompson Committee Hearings, after chair Frank Thompson, Jr., the subcommittee took the first comprehensive look at the Smithsonian Institution since its founding in 1846.


  • Thompson, Frank Jr
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • United States Congress House Committee on the Library
  • Thompson Committee


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The full text of the hearings can be found at: http://archive.org/stream/smithsonianit9121970smit/smithsonianit9121970smit_djvu.txt

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  • 1970
  • July 1970


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Hearings - Congressional

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Number of pages: 87 (Vol. I) and 45 (Vol. II); Page Numbers: 132 (total)

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