As part of her research for her Smithsonian postdoctoral fellowship project, in 1997 Catherine A Christen conducted oral history interviews with two orchid specialists who had conducted research at the neotropics. On 1 July 1997, she interviewed Robert L. Dressler (1927- ), curator, Missouri Botanical Garden. Dressler received the B.A. from the University of Southern California in 1951 and the Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1957. He was on the staff of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute from 1963 to 1987, when he was named a research associate. On 2 July 1997, Christen interviewed William Louis Stern (1926- ), professor of botany, University of Florida. Stern received the B.S. from Rutgers University in 1950, the M.S. in 1951 and the Ph.D. in 1954 from the University of Illinois. He was curator and then chair of the Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History, from 1960 to 1967.
(1) Description in control file; (2) unprocessed.
(1) Audiotapes, 1.5 hours
These interviews of Robert L. Dressler and William Louis Stern, conducted by Catherine A. Christen, cover their involvement with the Association for Tropical Biology and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute during the 1960s.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
The recordings are available for research use, but the transcripts of interviews of Robert L. Dressler and William Louis Stern do not have prefaces. Researchers may submit a written request to interviewee, heirs or assigns for written permission to use the transcript