MOU between National Park Service and Smithsonian Institution, 1945

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Memorandum of Understanding of October 9, 1945, between the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution relating to archeological and paleontological surveys within reservoir areas. This MOU outlines the relationship between the Smithsonian and Park Service in relation to the river basin salvage program and any archeological and/or paleontological specimens uncovered in the course of such surveys. The original was signed by Newton B. Drury, Director of the National Park Service, Alexander Wetmore, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the Interior.


  • Drury, Newton B
  • Ickes, Harold L
  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-
  • United States. National Park Service
  • River Basin Surveys
  • United States Dept. of the Interior


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • Title 20, Education
  • Memorandum of Understanding


This MOU was revised in 1961 and 1965.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 99, Office of the Secretary, Records, 1965, Box 127, Folder: National Park Service (Documents)

Contact information

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




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Memorandum of Understanding

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Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 1-2

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