Smithsonian Chancellor Warren Burger Retires, by Long, Eric, 1986, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, Chief Justice Warren Burger, chancellor of the Smithsonian since 1969 and who soon to retire from the United States Supreme Court, was awarded the James Smithson Medal at the Board of Regents' dinner September 14, 1986. Photograph shows (l-r): Secretary Robert McC. Adams, Vice President George H. Bush and Burger, as he received the Smithson medal and a citation for his long service to the Smithsonian..