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Oral history interview with Alfred C. Glassell, Jr.

Creator::
Glassell, Alfred C., Jr. interviewee.  Search this
Extent:
3 mini-audiotapes (originals).
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Audiotapes
Interviews
Oral history
Transcripts
Place:
Peru
Date:
2002
Introduction:
The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., was interviewed for his achievements in sport fishing, his contributions to National Museum of Natural History, and his service to the Smithsonian Institution.
Descriptive Entry:
The Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., Interview was conducted on March 12, 2002, by Judy Terry Smith and Clyde F. E. Roper from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The interview discusses Glassell's background and early career in the petroleum industry; his adventures in sport fishing; the scientific expedition to the Indian Ocean aboard his ship, the Argosy; the capture of the world record 1,560 pound black marlin; his induction into the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Hall of Fame; his wife and family; his first visit to the Smithsonian Institution; the formation of the Smithsonian National Board; his views on leadership, development, and museum outreach; the scientific expedition with the University of Miami Marine Institute (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences); and other angler friends. The collection consists of 2.5 hours of audiotape recording, 75 pages of transcript, and occupies 0.5 cubic feet of shelf space. The interview has been digitized for preservation purposes, so the collection also consists of 5 digital audio .wav files and 5 digital .mp3 files. Box 1 contains transcript of the interview, digital .mp3 files and cassette copies of the original micro-cassette recordings, which are in security storage.
Historical Note:
Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. (1913-2008), a leader in the petroleum industry and an advocate for marine biology research, was a generous supporter of the Smithsonian Institution. He was born on March 13, 1913, in northwest Louisiana on Cuba Plantation, a remote cotton plantation near the Red River. He received a B.A. from Louisiana State University in 1934, and in 1945, after serving approximately three and half years in the U.S. Army, he moved to Houston, Texas. Glassell traveled the world extensively hunting marlin, blue fin tuna, and swordfish. He was a member of the U.S. Team in the International Tuna Cup Matches for seven years and served as captain of the 1952 second-place team. He secured the world record title for hooking a 1,560 pound black marlin, the largest grander caught on rod and reel, off the coast of Cabo Blanco, Peru, on August 4, 1953. Glassell donated the immense fish to the Smithsonian for a new hall titled Life in the Sea at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). As an accomplished sport fisherman, he was inducted into the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame in 2001.

He organized scientific expeditions around the world aboard his vessel, the Argosy, for Yale University in 1957, and in 1961 for the University of Miami, where a research laboratory bears his name. He was named an Honorary Member of the Smithsonian National Board of which he was a founding member. In 1991, the Smithsonian Benefactors' Circle recognized him for a lifetime of patronage and dedication to the Smithsonian Institution. He founded the Glassell School of Art, a teaching wing at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (MFAH) where his world-renowned collection of gold is housed, and he served as Chairman Emeritus of the MFAH board of trustees.
Rights:
Restricted (Tapes and transcripts). The Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., oral history interview may not be used without the written permission of Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., or his heirs or assigns.
Topic:
Scientific expeditions -- Ecuador  Search this
Scientific expeditions -- Indian Ocean  Search this
Scientific expeditions -- Panama, Bay of (Panama)  Search this
Swordfish fishing  Search this
Tournament fishing  Search this
Tuna fishing  Search this
Marine biology  Search this
Marine sciences  Search this
Saltwater fishing  Search this
Big game fishing  Search this
Billfish fishing  Search this
Exploratory fishing  Search this
Fishes -- Type specimens  Search this
Fishing -- Records  Search this
Fishing stories  Search this
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Museum trustees  Search this
Marine sciences  Search this
Oceanography  Search this
World records  Search this
Benefactors  Search this
Marine animals  Search this
Ichthyology  Search this
Gifts  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Interviews
Oral history
Transcripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9601, Glassell, Alfred C., Jr. interviewee., Oral history interview with Alfred C. Glassell, Jr.
Identifier:
Record Unit 9601
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Oral history interview with Alfred C. Glassell, Jr.
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9601

Big game fishing in the northern Gulf of Mexico during 1980 / Paul J. Pristas

Author:
Pristas, Paul J  Search this
Panama City Laboratory  Search this
Physical description:
34 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Mexico, Gulf of
Date:
1981
[1981]
Topic:
Big game fishing  Search this
Billfish fishing  Search this
Call number:
SH457.5 .P95 1981
SH457.5.P95 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_425028

Impalement of marine turtles (Reptilia, Chelonia: Cheloniidae and Dermochelyidae) by billfishes (Osteichthyes, Perciformes: Istiophoridae and Xiphiidae)

Author:
Frazier, John G.  Search this
Yamaguchi, Y.  Search this
Pitman, R. L.  Search this
Beavers, S. C.  Search this
Suganuma, H.  Search this
Prigioni, C. M.  Search this
Fierstine, H. L.  Search this
Achaval, F.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1994
Topic:
Zoology  Search this
Animals  Search this
Veterinary medicine  Search this
Animal health  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_68389

Tuna and billfish : fish without a country / James Joseph, Witold Klawe, Pat Murphy ; paintings by George Mattson

Author:
Joseph, James 1930-  Search this
Klawe, W. L  Search this
Murphy, Pat 1955-  Search this
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 46 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 x 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1980
Topic:
Tuna  Search this
Billfishes  Search this
Fishes--Migration--Maps  Search this
Call number:
QL638.S35 J67 1980X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_134288

Tunas and billfishes in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in 2003 = Atunes y peces picudos en el Océano Pacífico Oriental en 2003

Title:
Atunes y peces picudos en el Océano Pacífico Oriental en 2003
Author:
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission  Search this
Physical description:
109 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Online resources
Electronic texts
Place:
Pacific Ocean
Pacific ocean
Date:
2004
Topic:
Tuna fishing  Search this
Billfish fishing  Search this
Tuna fisheries  Search this
Billfish fisheries  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_747926

Tunas and billfishes in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in 2004 = Atunes y peces picudos en el Océano Pacífico Oriental en 2004

Title:
Atunes y peces picudos en el Océano Pacífico Oriental en 2004
Author:
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission  Search this
Physical description:
119 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Online resources
Electronic texts
Place:
Pacific Ocean
Pacific ocean
Date:
2005
Topic:
Tuna fishing  Search this
Billfish fishing  Search this
Tuna fisheries  Search this
Billfish fisheries  Search this
Call number:
SH351.T8 T797 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_783659

Tunas and billfishes in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in 2005 = los Atunes y peces picudos en el Océano Pacífico Oriental en 2005

Title:
Atunes y peces picudos en el Océano Pacífico Oriental en 2005
Author:
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission  Search this
Physical description:
142 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Online resources
Electronic texts
Place:
Pacific Ocean
Pacific ocean
Date:
2006
Topic:
Tuna fishing  Search this
Billfish fishing  Search this
Tuna fisheries  Search this
Billfish fisheries  Search this
Call number:
SH351.T8 T797 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_806828

Tunas and billfishes in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in 2007 = los Atunes y peces picudos en el Océano Pacífico Oriental en 2007

Title:
Atunes y peces picudos en el Océano Pacífico Oriental en 2007
Author:
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission  Search this
Physical description:
140 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Pacific Ocean
Pacific ocean
Date:
2008
Topic:
Tuna fishing  Search this
Billfish fishing  Search this
Tuna fisheries  Search this
Billfish fisheries  Search this
Call number:
SH351.T8 T797 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_928512

Tunas and billfishes in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in 2006 = los Atunes y peces picudos en el Océano Pacífico Oriental en 2006

Title:
Atunes y peces picudos en el Océano Pacífico Oriental en 2006
Author:
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission  Search this
Physical description:
155 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Pacific Ocean
Pacific ocean
Date:
2008
Topic:
Tuna fishing  Search this
Billfish fishing  Search this
Tuna fisheries  Search this
Billfish fisheries  Search this
Call number:
SH351.T8 T797 2008b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_939283

Tunas and billfishes in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in 2008 = los atunes y peces picudos en el Océano Pacífico Oriental en 2008

Title:
Atunes y peces picudos en el Océano Pacífico Oriental en 2008
Stock assessment report 10
Status of the tuna and billfish stocks in 2008
Author:
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission  Search this
Physical description:
143 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Pacific Ocean
Pacific ocean
Date:
2010
Topic:
Tuna fishing  Search this
Billfish fishing  Search this
Tuna fisheries  Search this
Billfish fisheries  Search this
Call number:
SH351.T8 T797 2010
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_951173

Tunas and billfishes in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in 2009 = los atunes y peces picudos en el Océano Pacífico Oriental en 2009

Title:
Atunes y peces picudos en el Océano Pacífico Oriental en 2009
Status of the tuna and billfish stocks in 2009
Condición de los stocks de atunes y peces picudos en 2009
Author:
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission  Search this
Physical description:
163 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Type:
Books
Place:
Pacific Ocean
Pacific ocean
Date:
2010
Topic:
Tuna fishing  Search this
Billfish fishing  Search this
Tuna fisheries  Search this
Billfish fisheries  Search this
Call number:
SH351.T8 T797 2010b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_976174

Marine Billfish fishing boat, Cape Town (South Africa)

Photographer:
Larrabee, Constance Stuart  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Larrabee, Constance Stuart  Search this
Extent:
1 negatives (photographic) (black and white, 120mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Date:
1988
General:
Larrabee's description on negative sleeve: 1988 South Africa
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Cape Town (South Africa)  Search this
South Africa  Search this
Collection Citation:
Constance Stuart Larrabee Collection, EEPA 1998-006, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
EEPA.1998-006, Item EEPA 1998-067106
See more items in:
Constance Stuart Larrabee Collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1998-006-ref14604

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