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Robert McCormick Adams

Artist:
Burton Philip Silverman, born 11 Jun 1928
Sitter:
Robert McCormick Adams, born 1926
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
96cm x 76cm x 3cm (37 13/16" x 29 15/16" x 1 3/16")
Type:
Painting
Place:
United States\District of Columbia\Washington
Date:
1994
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture
Interior\Office
Equipment\Computer
Robert McCormick Adams: Humanities and Social Sciences\Anthropologist
Robert McCormick Adams: Society and Social Change\Administrator\Smithsonian Institution\Secretary
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Secretary Adams' friends
Object number:
S/NPG.94.13
Rights:
© Burton Philip Silverman / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
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National Portrait Gallery
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Audiovisual Records, 1984-1997

Creator:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Office of Public Affairs
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Fu, Shen 1937-
Sackler, Arthur M
Atıl, Esin
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
Freer Gallery of Art
Basketmaker in Rural Japan (Exhibition) (1994-1995: Washington, D.C.)
Contemporary Porcelain from Japan (Exhibition) (1993-1994: Washington, D.C.)
Court Arts of Indonesia (Exhibition) (1991: Washington, D.C.)
Golden Age of Sculpture from Sri Lanka (Exhibition) (1992-1993: Washington, D.C.)
Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (Exhibition) (1988: Washington, D.C.)
Joined Colors: Decoration and Meaning in Chinese Porcelain (Exhibition) (1993: Washington, D.C.)
Landscape as Culture: Photographs of Lois Connor (Exhibition) (1994-1995: Washington, D.C.)
Life of a Japanese Painting (Exhibition) (1997: Washington, D.C.)
Noble Path: Buddhist Art of Southeast Asia and Tibet (Exhibition) (1989-1990: Washington, D.C.)
Painted Prayers (Exhibition) (1995: Washington, D.C.)
Porcelain from Japan (Exhibition) (1993-1994: Washington, D.C.)
Whistler and Japan (Exhibition) (1996: Washington, D.C.)
Yani: The Brush of Innocence (Exhibition) (1989: Washington, D.C.)
Yokohama: Prints from Nineteenth Century Japan (Exhibition) (1990: Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
6 cu. ft. (6 record storage boxes)
Type:
Audiotapes
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Video recordings
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
1984
1984-1997
Topic:
Publicity
Local number:
SIA Acc. 02-047
Summary:
These records document the promotion of events and exhibitions at the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The records include promotional films; audio and video taped interviews with Arthur M. Sackler curators (Fu Shen, Esin Atil) and Secretary Robert McCormick Adams; public service announcements (PSA's); tapes of press conferences; and visits from dignitaries. Materials include audiotapes, videotapes, and motion picture film.
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Audiovisual Records 1984-1997 [Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Office of Public Affairs]
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Secretary Robert McCormick Adams

Author:
Hofmeister, Richard K
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
1984
Topic:
Secretaries
Management--Museums
Secretariats
Standard number:
84-14656-11A
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Featured in Torch October, 1993
Summary:
Ninth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1984-1994) Robert McCormick Adams seated at a desk. Secretary Adams announced his retirement at the Board of Regents meeting in September 1993.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Accession 98-015 Box 2 Folder October 1993
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Secretary Robert McCormick Adams Speaking

Author:
Penland, Dane A
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
1984
Topic:
Secretaries
Event
Standard number:
84-378-10A
Restrictions:
Unknown
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Featured in TORCH, February 1984
Summary:
Ninth Secretary (1984-1994) Robert McCormick Adams (1926-) at the microphone.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Ninth Secretary, Robert McCormick Adams

Author:
Hofmeister, Richard K
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Topic:
Secretaries
Secretariats
Management--Museums
Standard number:
84-14656-15A
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Featured in Torch Supplement, September 1994
Summary:
Ninth Secretary Robert McCormick Adams, in his office sitting by his computer, leaves behind a legacy of cultural diversity at the Smithsonian. As leader of the Smithsonian from September 1984 to September 1994, Secretary Adams placed an emphasis on cultural and biological diversity, research, enhancing the quality of the institution's exhibitions and activities, and the expansion of the Smithsonian's educational programs.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Accession 98-015 Box 2 Folder September 1994 Supplement
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Smithsonian Secretary Robert McCormick Adams Looks to New Horizons

Author:
Kernan, Michael
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Physical description:
pp. 12-14
Date:
September 1994
Topic:
Secretaries
Smithsonian Institution
Category:
Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography
Contained within:
Smithsonian Vol. 25, 6 (Journal)
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Adams Announces Retirement Date

Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Heyman, Ira Michael 1930-2011
Date:
September 13, 1993
Topic:
Retirement
Secretaries
Secretariats
Major Events in Smithsonian History
Category:
Chronology of Smithsonian History
Notes:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, Folder Adams, Robert McC., Memorandum to All Smithsonian Employees from Robert McC. Adams, September 13, 1993.
Summary:
Secretary Robert McCormick Adams (1926- ) announces that his anticipated retirement is in late 1994. The ninth Secretary of the Smithsonian, Adams served from 1984 to 1994. He is succeeded by I. Michael Heyman on September 19, 1994.
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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Robert McCormick Adams at STRI

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Place:
Caribbean Sea
Panama
Date:
1990
Topic:
Marine biology
Secretaries
Tropical Biology
Biology
Standard number:
96-20062
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
Robert McCormick Adams (1926-), ninth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1984-1994), an anthropologist, on left, during a visit to the Caribbean marine station at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama on March 26, 1990. View shows building on stilts in water with shore visible in background. Adams is speaking with another individual.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Accession 93-066 Box 28 Folder 1
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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[Smithsonian Institution War Gods Repatriation] 90.9.1 1990

Creator:
Adams, Robert McCormick Secretary, Smithsonian Institution 1926-
Physical description:
30 min sound color video
Type:
Projected media
Collection descriptions
Place:
North America
Date:
1990
Local number:
HSFA 90.9.1
Summary:
Video recording of former Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Robert Adams, returning Zuni War Gods to the Zuni tribe. Ceremony was held at the School of the American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Also recorded is the inauguration of the Governor of Zuni and Tribal Council in the plaza.
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
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Secretaries Ripley and Adams

Author:
Johnson, Melissa
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
1984
Topic:
Secretaries
Secretariats
Standard number:
2003-19555
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Featured in TORCH, October 1984.
Summary:
Secretaries S. Dillon Ripley (left) and Robert McCormick Adams (right) with the Smithsonian Institution Building (SIB) in the background at the installation of Adams as the ninth Smithsonian Secretary (1984-1994).
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4 Folder October 1984
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Secretary Adams Videotaping Session

Author:
Tinsley, Jeff
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Woodman, Lee
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
1989
Topic:
Secretaries
Smithsonian Information Center Theater
Videotaping Session
Office of Telecommunications
Management--Museums
Secretariats
Standard number:
89-13543-13
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Featured in Torch Supplement, September 1994
Summary:
In a 1989 videotaping session, Secretary Adams welcomes visitors to the Smithsonian. The segment ran in the Smithsonian Institution Building Information Center theater. Lee Woodman, producer in the Office of Telecommunications, directs the camera crew.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Accession 98-015 Box 2 Folder September 1994
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Secretary Adams and his Wife

Author:
Tinsley, Jeff
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
1994
Topic:
Adams, Ruth Skinner
Secretaries
Portraits
Painting
Management--Museums
Secretariats
Standard number:
94-7086-20
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Featured in Torch Supplement, September 1994
Summary:
Secretary Adams and his wife, Ruth Skinner Adams, admire the portrait of the secretary, painted by Burton Silverman. It now hangs with the other portraits of Smithsonian secretaries on the second floor of the Smithsonian Institution Building.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Accession 98-015 Box 2 Folder September 1994
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Robert McC. Adams Appointed Secretary

Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-
University of Chicago
Board of Regents
Date:
January 21, 1984
Topic:
Archaeology
Major Events in Smithsonian History
Secretaries
Appointments
Secretariats
Category:
Chronology of Smithsonian History
Notes:
Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1984. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985, p. 408.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 4, "The Torch," February 1984, p. 1.
Summary:
Robert McCormick Adams (1926- ) is named the ninth Secretary of the Smithsonian by the Board of Regents and assumes the post on September 17, 1984, after a ceremony on the National Mall where he is given the key to the Castle. Adams served as Provost of the University of Chicago from 1982 until 1984. In his scholarly work and 27 years of field research, Dr. Adams has focused principally on the agricultural and urban history of the Near and Middle East and the geographical and archaeological study of settlement patterns. He succeeds S. Dillon Ripley who served as the eighth Secretary from 1964 to 1984. Adams serves a ten year term as Secretary, from 1984 to 1994.
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Secretary Adams/Secretary-Elect Ira Michael Heyman

Author:
Strauss, Richard
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Heyman, Ira Michael 1930-2011
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
1994
Topic:
Secretaries
Management--Museums
Secretariats
Regents
Standard number:
94-5169-12
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Featured in Torch, July 1994
Summary:
Ninth Secretary Robert McCormick Adams (1984-1994) with Secretary-Elect Ira Michael Heyman (1994-1999) in the Enid A. Haupt Garden after the May 25, 1994 press conference in the Smithsonian Institution Building announcing the "changing of the guard." Heyman came to the Smithsonian Institution from the Department of the Interior where he served as counselor to Bruce Babbitt Secretary of the Interior and deputy assistant secretary for policy. From 1980 to 1990 Heyman was chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley and is also former Smithsonian Institution regent.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Accession 98-015 Box 2
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Thomas Lawton Resigns

Subject:
Beach, Milo Cleveland
Lawton, Thomas 1931-
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
Freer Gallery of Art
Date:
October 1, 1987
Topic:
Art museum directors
Research
Resignations
Category:
Chronology of Smithsonian History
Notes:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 5, "The Torch," November 1987, p. 1.
Summary:
Secretary Robert McC. Adams announces that Thomas Lawton, Director of the Freer Gallery of Art and the Sackler Gallery, has resigned. As of that date, Lawton began a one-year sabbatical. As of October 11, he assumed the position of senior researcher. Milo Beach takes over as Acting Director and is later appointed director.
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Catherine COTTON, Plaintiff, v. Robert MCC. ADAMS, Defendant

Author:
United States District Court, District of Columbia
Subject:
Cotton, Catherine
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Richey, Charles R
United States District Court, District of Columbia
Physical description:
Number of pages: 7; Page Numbers: 22-28
Type:
Court case
Date:
1993
06/26/1992
Topic:
Status (Law)
Law--Interpretation and construction
Actions and defenses
Freedom of information
Publisher:
St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co.
Category:
Smithsonian Legal Documents
Legal document information:
798 F. Supp. 22 (D.D.D. 1992)
Court case
Notes:
See Order, Cotton v. Adams, Civ. 91-2827 (D.D.C., March 18, 1992).
Summary:
Court denied motion to reconsider the Court's earlier March 18, 1992 decision against the Defendant. 1) Upheld earlier decision that the Smithsonian Institution is subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as an agency that performs government functions, responsible for safekeeping and maintaining national treasurers. 2) Denied defendant's motion to withhold documents on the basis of FOIA Exemption 7(C) because the documents in question were not compiled for law enforcement purposes. 3) Court granted the Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment on the basis of FOIA Exemption 6, concluding that privacy interest outweighed public interest in the release of the documents.
Contained within:
798 Federal Supplement (Book)
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Secretaries Ripley and Adams

Author:
Penland, Dane A
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
1984
Topic:
Secretaries
Secretariats
Standard number:
84-373-12A
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Featured in TORCH, February 1984
Summary:
Eighth Secretary S. Dillon Ripley (1964-1984) with Secretary-elect Robert McCormick Adams (1984-1994) outside the Smithsonian Institution Building. The north towers of the SIB are in the background.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4 Folder February 1984
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Outside Castle at Adams Installation

Author:
Tinsley, Jeff
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Place:
Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1984
Topic:
Installation
Museum visitors
Event
Standard number:
95-262
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Featured in TORCH, October 1984
Summary:
Smithsonian staff, volunteers and visitors on The Mall in front of the Smithsonian Institution Building to watch the installation ceremony of Secretary Adams, September 17, 1984.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4 Folder October 1984
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Queen Noor of Jordan at Freer w/Sec. Adams

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Noor Queen, consort of Hussein, King of Jordan 1951-
Lawton, Thomas 1931-
Freer Gallery of Art
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
1985
Topic:
Celebrities and Dignitaries
Royal visitors--Jordan
Queens
Standard number:
85-7923-24
Restrictions:
Unknown
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
Queen Noor of Jordan visits Freer Gallery of Art (FGA) May 1, 1985. Pictured from left to right: Queen Noor of Jordan, Ninth Smithsonian Secretary (1984-1994) Robert McCormick Adams (1926- ), and Thomas Lawton, Director, FGA.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Accession 88-086 Box 33
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Queen Noor of Jordan at Freer with Secretary Adams

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-
Noor Queen, consort of Hussein, King of Jordan 1951-
Lawton, Thomas 1931-
Freer Gallery of Art
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
1985
Topic:
Secretaries
Celebrities and Dignitaries
Royal visitors--Jordan
Queens
Standard number:
85-7925-36
Restrictions:
Unknown
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
Queen Noor of Jordan visits Freer Gallery of Art (FGA) May 1, 1985. Pictured from left to right: Thomas Lawton, Director, Freer Gallery of Art (FGA); unknown; unknown; unknown; Ninth Smithsonian Secretary (1984-1994) Robert McCormick Adams (1926- ), and Queen Noor of Jordan.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Accession 88-086 Box 33
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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