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Alexander Wetmore Oral History Interviews, 1974

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Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978  Search this
Keddy, John L  Search this
Pearson, Louise M  Search this
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978  Search this
Zetek, James 1886-1959  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum  Search this
United States Bureau of Biological Survey  Search this
Canal Zone Biological Area  Search this
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  Search this
Freilicher, Miriam S  Search this
Physical description:
2 audiotapes (Reference copies). 4 digital .mp3 files (Reference copies)
Collection descriptions
Compact discs
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.
(1) Audiotapes, 2 hours; (2) transcript, 54 pages; (3) digital audio files, 2 hours
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.
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
Ornithology  Search this
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Oral history  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU009504
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives