Roland Force Named Director of MAI

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Dr. Roland W. Force was named the new director of the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation. The museum has been without a director since September 1975 when Frederick J. Dockstader resigned after the New York State Attorney General's investigation into the museums deaccessioning and management practices. Force assumed office on October 1, 1977.


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


Chronology of Smithsonian History


"Roland Force Named Head of Indian Museum," The New York Times, 26 October 1977, p. C18.

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


October 1, 1975


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

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