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Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams

Creator::
Adams, Robert McC. (Robert McCormick), 1926-2018, interviewee  Search this
Extent:
3 audiotapes (Reference copies).
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Transcripts
Date:
1984
Introduction:
The Oral History Program is part of the Smithsonian Institution Archives. The purpose of the program is to conduct interviews with current and retired members of the Smithsonian staff who have made significant contributions, administrative and scholarly, to the Institution. The project's goal is to supplement the published record and manuscript collections in the Archives, focusing on the history of the Institution and contributions to the increase and diffusion of knowledge made by its scholars.

The Robert McCormick Adams interviews were accessioned into the Oral History Collection because of his role as Secretary of the Smithsonian from 1984 to 1994.
Descriptive Entry:
The Robert McCormick Adams Interviews were conducted during three sessions in 1994 and 2012 by Smithsonian Institution Archives Historian Pamela M. Henson. The first two interviews discuss his education and research prior to his being named Secretary of the Smithsonian in 1984. The third interview discusses his tenure as Secretary of the Smithsonian and his research at UCSD. The collection consists of approximately 4.25 hours of audio recordings, 75 pages of transcript, and occupies 0.25 cubic feet of shelf space. There are three generations of each recording, 5 original reel-to-reel audiotapes and one digital .wav file, 3 CDs with digital .wav files of all the interviews, 5 audiotape reference cassettes and six reference .mp3 files. Box 1 contains transcripts of the interviews and cassette and digital copies of the original recordings, which are in security storage.

Additional documentation pertaining to Adams can be found in the Records of the Office of the Secretary, and the Robert McCormick Adams Papers in the Smithsonian Archives.
Historical Note:
Robert McCormick Adams (1926-2018),archaeologist and anthropologist, served as the ninth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1984 to 1994. Adams received the bachelors of philosophy from University of Chicago in 1947, the masters in 1952 and the Ph.D. in 1956. Adams' research focused on field studies in the history of irrigation and urban settlement, primarily in the Middle East, but also Mesoamerica. He served on the faculty of the University of Chicago and Oriental Institute from 1955 to 1984, serving as director of the Oriental Institute from 1962 to 1968, and as Provost of the University from 1982 to 1984.

At the Smithsonian, Adams initiated new programs to ensure cultural diversity, establishing a Cultural Education Committee in 1986. He oversaw acquisition of the National Museum of the American Indian and development of the National Postal Museum from the National Philatelic Collection. Adams oversaw construction of the Quadrangle, a complex housing the National Museum of African Art, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and the International Center. He also sought to reinvigorate research at the Institution, as well as incorporate new technologies into education, research, and museum programs. The National Science Resources Center was created to improve the teaching of pre-college science and mathematics.

Adams faced several challenges head-on, raising awareness of the deteriorating infrastructure of the Smithsonian and initiating a renovation program for its historic structures. When the "culture wars" erupted at the Smithsonian in the 1990s, with criticisms of exhibits including The West as America, an exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Science in American Life, at the National Museum of American History, and a script developed at the National Air and Space Museum for an exhibit on the Enola Gay, Adams oversaw a thoughtful national discussion of the issues.

Upon his retirement from the Smithsonian in 1994, Adams was appointed an adjunct professor at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) where he continued anthropological research and publication. Over the course of his career Adams explored the importance of social interaction and cultural ecology in the evolution of civilizations and how cultural ecology helps explain the rise of civilizations and how cultures affect each other.
Restrictions:
The recordings and transcripts of the Robert McCormick Adams Interviews cannot be used without his permission during his lifetime.
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Anthropology  Search this
Anthropologists  Search this
Archaeologists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Transcripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9602, Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
Identifier:
Record Unit 9602
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9602

Box 1

Collection Creator::
Adams, Robert McC. (Robert McCormick), 1926-2018, interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The recordings and transcripts of the Robert McCormick Adams Interviews cannot be used without his permission during his lifetime.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9602, Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
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Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru9602-refidd1e256

Interview 1: 26 May 1994

Collection Creator::
Adams, Robert McC. (Robert McCormick), 1926-2018, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The recordings and transcripts of the Robert McCormick Adams Interviews cannot be used without his permission during his lifetime.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9602, Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
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Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9602-refidd1e273

Interview 2: 31 May 1994

Collection Creator::
Adams, Robert McC. (Robert McCormick), 1926-2018, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The recordings and transcripts of the Robert McCormick Adams Interviews cannot be used without his permission during his lifetime.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9602, Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
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Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9602-refidd1e297

Interview 3: 14 November 2012

Collection Creator::
Adams, Robert McC. (Robert McCormick), 1926-2018, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The recordings and transcripts of the Robert McCormick Adams Interviews cannot be used without his permission during his lifetime.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9602, Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
See more items in:
Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9602-refidd1e321

Interview 1: 26 May 1994

Collection Creator::
Adams, Robert McC. (Robert McCormick), 1926-2018, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The recordings and transcripts of the Robert McCormick Adams Interviews cannot be used without his permission during his lifetime.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9602, Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
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Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9602-refidd1e355

Interview 2: 31 May 1994

Collection Creator::
Adams, Robert McC. (Robert McCormick), 1926-2018, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The recordings and transcripts of the Robert McCormick Adams Interviews cannot be used without his permission during his lifetime.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9602, Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
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Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9602-refidd1e385

Interview 3: 14 November 2012

Collection Creator::
Adams, Robert McC. (Robert McCormick), 1926-2018, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The recordings and transcripts of the Robert McCormick Adams Interviews cannot be used without his permission during his lifetime.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9602, Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
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Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9602-refidd1e415

Untitled

Collection Creator::
Adams, Robert McC. (Robert McCormick), 1926-2018, interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Summary:
Transcripts of Interviews
Collection Restrictions:
The recordings and transcripts of the Robert McCormick Adams Interviews cannot be used without his permission during his lifetime.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9602, Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
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Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9602-refidd1e264

Untitled

Collection Creator::
Adams, Robert McC. (Robert McCormick), 1926-2018, interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Summary:
Audio Recordings of Interviews
Collection Restrictions:
The recordings and transcripts of the Robert McCormick Adams Interviews cannot be used without his permission during his lifetime.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9602, Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
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Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9602-refidd1e346

Urbanized landscapes in early Syro-Mesopotamia and prehispanic Mesoamerica : papers of a cross-cultural seminar held in honor of Robert McCormick Adams / edited by Davide Domenici and Nicolò Marchetti

Title:
Papers of a cross-cultural seminar held in honor of Robert McCormick Adams
Author:
Adams@50 (Conference) (2015 : Bologna, Italy)) author  Search this
Editor:
Domenici, Davide http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2002001361 http://viaf.org/viaf/20000053  Search this
Marchetti, Nicolò 1968- http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/nb2006005057 http://viaf.org/viaf/263499579  Search this
Honouree:
Adams, Robert McC (Robert McCormick)) 1926-2018 http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n80060315 http://viaf.org/viaf/108452288  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Robert McC (Robert McCormick) 1926-2018 http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n80060315 http://viaf.org/viaf/108452288  Search this
Physical description:
224 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color), plans ; 25 cm
Type:
Congresses
History
Conference papers and proceedings
Place:
Middle East
Mexico
Date:
2018
To 1500
Topic:
Cities and towns, Ancient  Search this
Urbanization--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1105793

Robert McCormick Adams, Papers, c. 1943-1994 and undated

Creator:
Adams, Robert McC (Robert McCormick) 1926-2018  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Robert McC (Robert McCormick) 1926-2018  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary  Search this
Physical description:
9 cu. ft. (9 record storage boxes)
Type:
Clippings
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1943
1943-1994
c 1943-1994 and undated
Topic:
Anthropology  Search this
Anthropologists  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 98-131
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 20 years, beginning from the execution year of the Agreement of Transfer (1999), until Jan-01-2020; Transferring office; 2/1/1999 Agreement of Transfer; Contact reference staff for details
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_229252

Robert McCormick Adams Papers, 1994-1997

Creator:
Adams, Robert McC (Robert McCormick) 1926-2018  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Robert McC (Robert McCormick) 1926-2018  Search this
Physical description:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1994
1994-1997
Topic:
Professional associations  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 99-061
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 20 years, beginning from execution date of Agreement of Transfer (1999), until Jan-01-2020; Transferring office; 2/1/1999 Agreement of Transfer; Contact reference staff for details
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_251809

Administrative Records, 1835-2016

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary  Search this
Uniform title:
Smithsonian Directives (Administrative issuances)  Search this
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906  Search this
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) 1872-1973  Search this
Adams, Robert McC (Robert McCormick) 1926-2018  Search this
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973  Search this
Heyman, Ira Michael 1930-2011  Search this
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927  Search this
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978  Search this
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Small, Lawrence M  Search this
Clough, G. Wayne  Search this
Samper, Cristián  Search this
Horvath, Albert G  Search this
Skorton, David J  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Administration  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
United States Congress  Search this
Physical description:
846.85 cu. ft. processed holdings
535.48 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Ephemera
Floor plans
Clippings
Black-and-white photographs
Brochures
Color photographs
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Sketches
Video recordings
Compact discs
Drawings
Videotapes
Illustrations
Color negatives
Color transparencies
Audiotapes
Floppy disks
Electronic records
Electronic mail
Books
Architectural drawings
Digital versatile discs
Digital images
Date:
1835
1835-2016
Topic:
Museums--Administration  Search this
Budget  Search this
Personnel management  Search this
Smithsonian buildings  Search this
Museum buildings  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Information technology  Search this
Committees  Search this
Gifts  Search this
Congresses and conventions  Search this
Strategic planning  Search this
Museums--Public relations  Search this
Museum finance  Search this
Museum publications  Search this
Real property  Search this
Estates (Law)  Search this
Contracts  Search this
Product management  Search this
Speeches, addresses, etc  Search this
Fund raising  Search this
Trusts and trustees  Search this
Research grants  Search this
Museums--Employees  Search this
Research  Search this
Awards  Search this
Tours  Search this
Corporate sponsorship  Search this
Special events  Search this
Wills  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00771
Restrictions & Rights:
Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Administrative Records 1835-2016 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_220180

The Uruk countryside : the natural setting of urban societies / Robert McC. Adams and Hans J. Nissen

Author:
Adams, Robert McC. (Robert McCormick) 1926-2018  Search this
Nissen, Hans Jörg  Search this
Physical description:
x, 241 p. : ill., maps, plans ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Erech (Extinct city)
Date:
1972
C1972
Call number:
DS79.9.W27 Ad19
DS79.9.W27 A64X
DS79.9.W27 A64
DS79.9.W27Ad19
DS79.9.W27A64X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_23977

Paths of fire : an anthropologist's inquiry into Western technology / Robert McC. Adams

Author:
Adams, Robert McC (Robert McCormick) 1926-2018  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 332 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1996
Topic:
Technology and civilization  Search this
Civilization, Western--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_508597

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