FBI Returns Stolen Items to NMAH

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation returns items to the Smithsonian Institution that were apparently stolen by a National Museum of American History security guard. The guard was only sentenced for the theft of a 19th century sword, which was returned to the SI minus its gold and diamond encrusted hilt. Also returned were a cigarette box, the silver pen used to sign the Treaty of Paris, and frames of political buttons.


  • Whitley, Vincent Butler
  • Office of Protective Services


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 3, "The Torch," September 1981, p. 2.

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


August 19, 1981


  • Personnel management
  • Crime
  • Employees
  • Theft
  • Employee theft

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