Court Orders Inventory of MAI

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The Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation is ordered by the New York State Supreme Court, in an interim agreement, to conduct an inventory of the museums collection in order to determine what and how many artifacts are missing. The agreement also removes all powers of administraion from the museum's director, Dr. Frederick J. Dockstader. This comes after a year long investigation into the museums deaccessioning and management practices.


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


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Glueck, Grace, "Court Orders and Inventory of Indian Museum Objects," The New York Times, 6 September 1975, p. 11.

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September 1975


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  • Indians of North America--Museums

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