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and transfer it to the Institution were compelling, the Secretary reported that he had contacted the chairmen of the appropriations subcommittees whose language with respect to the Smithsonian's fiscal year 1985 funding bill contained prohibitions against spending funds at Dulles.  The chairmen agreed with the proposal to bring the [[underlined]] Enterprise [[/underlined]] to Dulles on the clear understanding that doing so in no way committed them to support either an authorization bill or any appropriations that may be subsequently requested for a museum there.

The Secretary noted that the Washington Dulles Task Force is generally aware of these findings and shares the view that in the present circumstances it was appropriate to bring the shuttle to Dulles and secure it for the Institution; to cease activities with respect to the proposal for an interim facility; and to work closely with the Institution toward enactment of a measure that would authorize long-term planning and construction of a permanent facility for the National Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport.

[[underlined]] Smithsonian Council Report [[/underlined]]

Mr. Adams briefly characterized the October 18-20, 1985 meeting of the Smithsonian Council and drew the Regents' attention to the exchange of correspondence on those proceedings.  The Regents reiterated their deep appreciation for the Council's thoughtful and dedicated service to the Institution.

[[underlined]] Report on Museum Deaccessioning During Fiscal Year 1985 [[/underlined]]

Mr. Adams noted that in January 1985, when he first reported that several art museums had been studying the possibility of deaccessioning items in their collections which are not germane to their collecting policies, the Regents indicated their interest in receiving annual reports with regard to progress in this area.  In a housekeeping sense, some deaccessioning actions were taken to correct and update registrarial records in conformance with regular inventory maintenance.  In addition, there were reevaluations of collection items which resulted in "demotion" to study collection status, transfer to other Smithsonian museums, donation to other museums or public institutions, sale, and destruction due to deterioration.  All items deaccessioned were under $50,000 in value and as such did not require direct approval of the Board of Regents before actual disposal.

During fiscal year 1985 Smithsonian museums deaccessioned more than 40,000 items.  In each instance, the museums followed procedures outlined in officially approved collections management policies, including review by cognizant Boards of Trustees and Commissioners, appropriate Assistant Secretaries, and, in high value instances, the Secretary and the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents.

[[underlined]] National Portrait Gallery Commission [[/underlined]]

The following motion was approved:
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