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WASHINGTON — The world’s largest museum complex is bursting with stuff, from elephants to first lady gowns, biological specimens to space shuttles. Now, the Smithsonian Institution is grappling with a long-term challenge: how to maintain the 137 million items in its collection. On Wednesday, the Committee on House Administration held a collections stewardship hearing to discuss challenges to implementing a maintenance plan to care for…

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EUGENE — The next time you’re at the University of Oregon’s Knight Library, take a walk upstairs to Special Collections and University Archives and check out the large carved wooden panels mounted on the walls at either end of the cavernous reading room. Chances are, if you’ve ever been there, you’ve seen the panels, which stand 9 feet tall and measure a little more than…