The New Secretary—Smithsonian Support Wavers

  • Martin Harwit


In September 1993, Smithsonian secretary Robert McCormick Adams announced to the board of regents his intention to retire the following year. His decision had been anticipated; the Board at once appointed a search committee of six board members chaired by Ira Michael Heyman. Heyman, who for ten years had been chancellor at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, had by then served as a regent for three years.


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    Jacqueline Trescott, “Smithsonian Search Narrows—Committee Head Resigns to Apply for Top Job,” Washington Post, March 17, 1994, p. D1.Google Scholar
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    Jacqueline Trescott and Elisabeth Kastor, “Berkeley Ex-Chancellor Top Choice at Smithsonian—Regents Set to Vote on I. Michael Heyman,” Washington Post, May 7, 1994, p. A1.Google Scholar
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    Jeffrey Staggs, “Searching for Himself,” Washington Times, March 17, page C15.Google Scholar
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    Brett Moss, “Regents choose Berkeley lawyer—Ira Heyman will lead Smithsonian,” Washington Times, May 26, 1994, p A3.Google Scholar
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    Martin Harwit, letter to Preble Stolz, September 13, 1995, NASM/MH. Google Scholar
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    Jeffrey Staggs, “Big Man on Mall campus,” Washington Times, September 19, 1994, Metropolitan Times Section, p. C11.Google Scholar
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    Jacqueline Trescott, “Michael Heyman, Airing the Nation’s Attic,” Washington Post, September 20, 1994, p. D20.Google Scholar
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    Minutes of the National Air and Space Museum staff meeting for October 11, 1994, NASM/MH. Google Scholar
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    National Air and Space Museum Planning Document, “The Crossroads: The end of World War II, the Atomic Bomb and the Onset of the Cold War,” July 1993; AFA The Enola Gay Debate, Key Documents, May 1995.Google Scholar
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    Heyman also repeated this story to a reporter: Stephen Budiansky et al. “A museum in crisis,” U.S. News & World Report, February 13, 1995.Google Scholar
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    Michael Fetters to Martin Harwit, Memorandum on “Enola Gay,” October 17, 1994, NASM/MH. Google Scholar
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    Eugene L. Meyer, “Target Smithsonian—The Man Who Dropped the Bomb on Hiroshima Wants Exhibit Scuttled,” Washington Post, January 30, 1995. Section Dl.Google Scholar
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    Robert Manhan, U.S. Congress, Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, The Smithsonian Institution: Management Guidelines for the Future, 104th Cong., 1st sess., May 11, 18, 1995, 33.Google Scholar
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    Martin Harwit, “Comments on Crossroads—April 16, 1994, NASM/MH, AFA, The Enola Gay Debate, Key Documents, May 1995.Google Scholar
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    Rowan Scarborough, “Veterans persuade museum to revise WWII exhibit again,” Washington Times, October 21, 1994, page A3.Google Scholar
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    I. Michael Heyman, letter to George A. Mannes, January 17, 1995, NASM/MH. Google Scholar

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