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An agreement is signed with the Heye Foundation on the transfer of Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation collections of more than one million objects from the native peoples of North, Central, and South America, The George Gustav Heye Foundation's collection will be transferred to the Smithsonian Institution where it is now part of the new National Museum of the American Indian.


  • National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) George Gustav Heye Center
  • National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1989. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990, p. 9.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, "Robert McC. Adams Chronology."

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


May 8, 1989


  • Historians
  • Ethnology
  • Museums
  • Gifts
  • Major Events in Smithsonian History
  • Museum exhibits
  • Indians of North America--Museums


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