I. Michael Heyman Named New Secretary of the Smithsonian

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Announces Ira Michael Heyman's election to succeed Robert McC. Adams as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in September 1994. Adams' accomplishments during his 10-year tenure are summarized, and his role in the establishment of the National Museum of the American Indian is mentioned. Article states that with Heyman, the Smithsonian will be headed by a non-scientist for the first time in its history, but notes Heyman's proven commitment to scientific activities while chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley for 10 years. A biography of Heyman comprises the remainder of the article. It traces his career from Dartmouth College and Yale Law School to his present position as counselor to the U. S. Secretary of the Interior, and mentions several of his interests including civil rights and environmental law.


  • Heyman, Ira Michael 5/30/1930-11/19/2011
  • Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018
  • Yale University School of Law
  • University of California (1868-1952)
  • United States Dept. of the Interior
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)
  • National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.) George Gustav Heye Center


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Article is part of a magazine section entitled "NMAI Report: News from the National Campaign of the National Museum of the American Indian." One photo of outgoing Smithsonian Secretary Adams with incoming Secretary Heyman is included.

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Native Peoples Magazine Vol. 7, No. 4 (Journal)

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Summer 1994


  • Secretaries
  • Museums
  • Biography


Washington (D.C.)

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