It appears that with the passing of Dr. Clinton Ezell, the Smithsonian has lost its interest in firearms. Anybody here at TFL a doctorate candidate in technology? Short of that, I'd like to nominate Blake Stevens or Herbert Houze to fill Dr. Ezell's spot.
I did make inquiries as to the staff at Springfield Armory. They have one currator who is retired US Army and a historian. The conservator and registrar happen to be the same individual. So much for the support staff. Happily, their one full-time Park Ranger helps in designing exhibits. He is a firearms enthusiast and helps with the historical demonstrations.
Vigilantibus et non dormientibus jura subveniunt
[This message has been edited by 4V50 Gary (edited November 07, 1999).]