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The Secretary suggested that the Smithsonian propose amendments for a study commission on the needs for folklife studies and submit recommendations to the Board of Regents for transmittal to the President and the Congress. Such a temporary Commission would report to the Board of Regents rather than to an independent Board of Trustees.

It is known, however, that Senator Yarborough does not favor a study commission and would like to proceed with the bill in its present form, S. 1591.

Accordingly, the Committee recommended, as an alternative suggestion, that the Regents recommend an amendment to S. 1591 to the effect that a folklife foundation be established as an independent entity. Provision could be made that the Smithsonian provide a strong contributory role through membership on the Board of Trustees and consultation on the basis of the Smithsonian's existing programs in this field.

The Secretary presented for the consideration of the Committee several appointments:

Joshua Taylor as Director of the National Collection of Fine Arts;

Mrs. Lisa Suter Taylor as Director of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum;

Frank A Taylor as Acting Director of the National Air and Space Museum;

Major General Keith B. McCutcheon as a leading candidate for the Directorship of the National Air and Space Museum.

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