2 audiotapes (Reference copies). 4 digital .mp3 files (Reference copies)
Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
Alexander Wetmore (1886-1978) began his career in systematic ornithology with the United States Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Biological Survey, in 1910. After working informally with the Smithsonian collections for many years, he was appointed Superintendent of the National Zoological Park (NZP) in 1924, and Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum (USNM) in 1925. In 1945, he was named Secretary and during his tenure oversaw the acquisition of the Canal Zone Biological Area (CZBA). After his retirement in 1952, he continued his study of North and South American birds as a Research Associate of the Institution.
(1) Description in control file; (2) name index to transcript.
These interviews of Alexander Wetmore by Miriam S. Freilicher cover his field work, expeditions for the Bureau of Biological Survey, duties at the NZP and USNM, administration of the Smithsonian, acquisition of the Canal Zone Biological Area, and reminiscences of colleagues, notably John L. Keddy, Louise M. Pearson, and James Zetek.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520