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Robert McCormick Adams

Artist:
Burton Philip Silverman, born 11 Jun 1928  Search this
Sitter:
Robert McCormick Adams, born 1926  Search this
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  Search this
Interior\Office  Search this
Equipment\Computer  Search this
Robert McCormick Adams: Male  Search this
Robert McCormick Adams: Humanities and Social Sciences\Anthropologist  Search this
Robert McCormick Adams: Society and Social Change\Administrator\Smithsonian Institution\Secretary  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Secretary Adams' friends
Object number:
S/NPG.94.13
Restrictions & Rights:
© Burton Philip Silverman / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_S_NPG.94.13

Secretary Robert McCormick Adams

Author:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018  Search this
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  Search this
Management--Museums  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Standard number:
84-14656-11A
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_10176

Ninth Secretary, Robert McCormick Adams

Author:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018  Search this
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  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Management--Museums  Search this
Standard number:
84-14656-15A
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_10199

Secretary Robert McCormick Adams Speaking

Author:
Penland, Dane A  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018  Search this
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  Search this
Event  Search this
Standard number:
84-378-10A
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8874

Robert McCormick Adams at STRI

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
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  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Tropical Biology  Search this
Biology  Search this
Standard number:
96-20062
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_10023

Secretary Robert McCormick Adams and John Gonzales

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018  Search this
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)  Search this
National Congress of American Indians  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
1990
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Gonzales, John  Search this
Santa Fe (N.M.)  Search this
Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian  Search this
Management--Museums  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Standard number:
2003-19497
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_10203

Robert McCormick Adams Papers

Creator:
Adams, Robert McC. (Robert McCormick), 1926-  Search this
Extent:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1994-1997
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the personal papers of Robert McCormick Adams, documenting his professional activities outside the Smithsonian Institution. Materials include correspondence and appointment books.
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.
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 99-061, Robert McCormick Adams Papers
Identifier:
Accession 99-061
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Robert McCormick Adams Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa99-061

Robert McCormick Adams Papers

Creator:
Adams, Robert McC. (Robert McCormick), 1926-  Search this
Extent:
9 cu. ft. (9 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
circa 1943-1994 and undated
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the papers of Robert McCormick Adams (RMA), the ninth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. The papers pertain mostly to his career outside of the Smithsonian, such as his teaching career, research and fieldwork, and his affiliation with various professional societies, organizations, and institutions. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, research notes, lectures, photographs, appointment books, evaluations, reviews, newspaper clippings, journal articles, logs, and publications.
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.
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-131, Robert McCormick Adams Papers
Identifier:
Accession 98-131
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Robert McCormick Adams Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa98-131

Robert McCormick Adams Interviews

Creator:
Adams, Robert McC. (Robert McCormick), 1926-,$ainterviewee.  Search this
Extent:
3 audiotapes (reference copies).
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
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- ),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.
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9602, Adams, Robert McC. (Robert McCormick), 1926-,$ainterviewee., Robert McCormick Adams Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9602
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Robert McCormick Adams Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9602

Oral history interviews with Robert McCormick Adams, 1984

Interviewee:
Adams, Robert McC (Robert McCormick) 1926-  Search this
Interviewer:
Henson, Pamela M  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Robert McC (Robert McCormick) 1926-  Search this
University of Chicago Oriental Institute  Search this
University of Chicago  Search this
Physical description:
3 audiotapes (Reference copies)
Type:
Interviews
Collection descriptions
Audiotapes
Oral history
Date:
1984
Topic:
Archaeology  Search this
Anthropology  Search this
Anthropologists  Search this
Archaeologists  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU009602
Restrictions & Rights:
The recordings and transcripts of the Robert McCormick Adams Interviews cannot be used without his permission during his lifetime
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_249471

Secretary Adams and his Wife

Author:
Tinsley, Jeffrey Wayne 1947-2017  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Color; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
1994
Topic:
Adams, Ruth Skinner  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Painting  Search this
Management--Museums  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Standard number:
94-7086-20
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_10204

Secretary Adams Videotaping Session

Author:
Tinsley, Jeffrey Wayne 1947-2017  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018  Search this
Woodman, Lee  Search this
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  Search this
Smithsonian Information Center Theater  Search this
Videotaping Session  Search this
Office of Telecommunications  Search this
Management--Museums  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Standard number:
89-13543-13
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_10201

Secretary Adams/Secretary-Elect Ira Michael Heyman

Author:
Strauss, Richard  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018  Search this
Heyman, Ira Michael 5/30/1930-11/19/2011  Search this
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  Search this
Management--Museums  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Regents  Search this
Standard number:
94-5169-12
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_10188

Queen Noor of Jordan at Freer w/Sec. Adams

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018  Search this
Noor Queen, consort of Hussein, King of Jordan 1951-  Search this
Lawton, Thomas 1931-  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
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  Search this
Royal visitors--Jordan  Search this
Queens  Search this
Standard number:
85-7923-24
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_10047

Queen Noor of Jordan at Freer with Secretary Adams

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018  Search this
Noor Queen, consort of Hussein, King of Jordan 1951-  Search this
Lawton, Thomas 1931-  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
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  Search this
Celebrities and Dignitaries  Search this
Royal visitors--Jordan  Search this
Queens  Search this
Standard number:
85-7925-36
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_10048

Secretaries Ripley and Adams

Author:
Johnson, Melissa  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-  Search this
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
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  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Standard number:
2003-19555
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8894

Secretaries Ripley and Adams

Author:
Penland, Dane A  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-  Search this
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
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  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Standard number:
84-373-12A
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8873

Outside Castle at Adams Installation

Author:
Tinsley, Jeffrey Wayne 1947-2017  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
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  Search this
Museum visitors  Search this
Event  Search this
Standard number:
95-262
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8893

Secretary Adams and Barry Goldwater

Author:
Tinsley, Jeffrey Wayne 1947-2017  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018  Search this
Goldwater, Barry M (Barry Morris) 1909-  Search this
Samuel P. Langley Gold Medal for Aerodromics  Search this
Board of Regents  Search this
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Event
Date:
1987
Topic:
Secretaries  Search this
Rewards (Prizes, etc.)  Search this
Aeronautics--Awards  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Awards  Search this
Medals  Search this
Standard number:
87-15268-24
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_9062

Burger Hands Adams Castle Key at Installation

Author:
Tinsley, Jeffrey Wayne 1947-2017  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018  Search this
Burger, Warren E. 1907-  Search this
Chancellor of the Smithsonian Board of Regents  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
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:
Secretaries  Search this
Key  Search this
Installation  Search this
Event  Search this
Standard number:
95-261
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8890

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