Dockstader Charged with having Sold Museum Artifacts

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The Attorney General of New York, Louis J. Lefkowitz, charges Frederick J. Dockstader, director of the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, and the Board of Trustees with having sold and given away artifacts from the museum's collection. Lefkowitz asked for their removal by the New York State Supreme Court. This comes after an investigation into the museum's deaccessioning and management practices.


  • Dockstader, Frederick J
  • Lefkowitz, Louis J
  • National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) George Gustav Heye Center
  • National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Fraser, C. Gerald, "Court Acts on Indian Museum," The New York Times, 28 June 1975, p. 29

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


June 1975


  • Historians
  • Museums
  • Investigations
  • Indians of North America--Museums

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