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Smithsonian Women's Committee Dinner and Dance

Creator:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Women's Committee  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1975
December 12, 1975
Topic:
Holiday decorations  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [75-15951-22]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396554

Open House for Area School Teachers

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
120mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1966
January 10, 1966
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-802R1]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_391610

Fénykövi Elephant

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
120mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1966
October 16, 1966
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-940R1]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_391631

Fénykövi Elephant

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1966
October 16, 1966
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-940R2]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_391632

Fenykovi Elephant Skull Comparison

Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 8 x 10
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1957
C. 1957
Topic:
Taxidermy  Search this
Elephants  Search this
Fenykovi elephant  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 00-082 [SIA2010-0892]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_383021

Miniature model of Fenykovi elephant done by Norman N. Deaton

Subject:
Deaton, Norman N  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 8.5 x 11.75
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1957
C. 1957
Topic:
Taxidermy  Search this
Elephants  Search this
Fenykovi elephant  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 00-082 [SIA2010-0893]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_383022

Negative Log Book Number 17, (85-7766 to 86-5142)

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services  Search this
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1985
1985-1986
Topic:
Photography--History  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB17]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_367114
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Helena M. Weiss Papers, 1923-2001

Creator:
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Subject:
Bassler, Ray S (Ray Smith) 1878-  Search this
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973  Search this
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978  Search this
Bryant, Herbert S  Search this
Weiss, Helena M. 1909-2004  Search this
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Diaries
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Picture postcards
Scrapbooks
Ephemera
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1923
1923-2001
Topic:
Museum registrars  Search this
Museums--Administration  Search this
Museums--Collection management  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 05-112
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_258959

Chief Taxidermist Records, c. 1970-1999

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Office of Exhibits  Search this
Subject:
Greenwell, Frank M  Search this
Hornaday, William T (William Temple) 1854-1937  Search this
Physical description:
3 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1970
1970-1999
c 1970-1999
Topic:
Tigers  Search this
Elephants  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00358
Restrictions & Rights:
Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details
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Chief Taxidermist Records c. 1970-1999 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Office of Exhibits]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_224013

Smithsonian 3D Digi begins another night at the NMNH

Creator:
3D Smithsonian  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2013-04-16T04:56:21.000Z
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
See more by:
3DSmithsonianDigi
YouTube Channel:
3DSmithsonianDigi
Data Source:
3D Smithsonian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_aT-32r63ygQ

Greenwell, Francis M.

Alternate Name:
Greenwell, F. M.  Search this
Greenwell, F.  Search this
Greenwell, Francis  Search this
Forename:
Francis  Search this
Middle Initial:
Search this
Surname:
Greenwell  Search this
Occupation:
Taxidermists
Record type:
Personal name
See more records related to affiliations:
Smithsonian Institution
See more records associated with this person:
Greenwell, Francis M.
Data Source:
Smithsonian Field Book Project
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:auth_per_fbr_EACP384

Books

Collection Creator:
Train, Russell E., 1920-2012  Search this
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian. Libraries)  Search this
Extent:
5 Items
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1900 - 1986
Scope and Contents note:
The series contains several materials from events relating to the installation of the Fénykövi Elephant in the National Museum of Natural History. Also includes a scrapbook compiled by Stuart Hall Hill who was an assistant to Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919).
Collection Rights:
The collection is housed in the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History, which is open to researchers Monday through Friday in the afternoons, from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.; morning visits are by appointment only. Please call (202) 633-1184 or email AskaLibrarian@si.edu for an appointment.
Identifier:
SIL-CL.XXXX-0014, Series 3
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Russell E. Train Africana collection
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sil-cl-xxxx-0014-ref1400

Chief Taxidermist Records

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits  Search this
Extent:
3.43 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 12x17 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Books
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Newspapers
Newsletters
Picture postcards
Drawings
Sketches
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Date:
circa 1970-1999
Descriptive Entry:
These records primarily document the work of Frank M. Greenwell, Smithsonian Taxidermist 1957-1999. Greenwell retired in 1999 and had achieved the title of Chief, Taxidermy/Conservation, National Museum of Natural History, Office of Exhibits. Greenwell was also a member of the National Taxidermists Association. Materials include information on the mounting of the "Fenykovi" Elephant (displayed in the rotunda of the National Museum of Natural History); the "Hasinger" Bengal Tiger (displayed in the National Museum of Natural History); and the mounting of "Mungo" a baby elephant, by William Temple Hornaday, nineteenth century Smithsonian Taxidermist. There are additional information files regarding Smithsonian Taxidermists William Temple Hornaday and Carl Ethan Akeley. Other featured collectors and collections include Smithsonian's joint African safari with Theodore Roosevelt (1909-1910). This safari substantially increased Smithsonian's African collections. There is one box of reference photographs that mostly depict live animals in various attitudes, and natural habitats. These were used as models for the Taxidermists in creating life-like mounts and dioramas of natural scenes. In addition to the animal and landscape photos, there are also photos of people, including two of Osa and Martin Johnson. Materials include articles, brochures, correspondence, drawings, formulas, informational files, memoranda, newsletters, newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, and sketches.
Topic:
Taxidermy  Search this
Elephants  Search this
Tigers  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Natural history museums  Search this
Fenykovi elephant  Search this
Taxidermists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Newspapers
Newsletters
Picture postcards
Drawings
Sketches
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 00-082, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Chief Taxidermist Records
Identifier:
Accession 00-082
See more items in:
Chief Taxidermist Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa00-082
Additional Online Media:

Oral history interviews with Helena M. Weiss

Creator::
Weiss, Helena M., 1909-2004, interviewee  Search this
Extent:
8 audiotapes (Reference copies).
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Date:
1987
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 student on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Weiss was interviewed for the Oral History Collection because of her long and distinguished career as the Smithsonian museum registrar and an administrator, and because of her many memories of life and colleagues in the United States National Museum.
Descriptive Entry:
The Weiss interviews were conducted by Pamela M. Henson, Historian for Smithsonian Institution Archives, and discuss her work at the Veterans Administration and career at the Smithsonian, including her work as a stenographer for the Office of Correspondence and Documents and secretary for the Department of Geology, tenure as Registrar for the USNM, and role as one of the first women managers at the Smithsonian. Also included are reminiscences of many colleagues, notably Ray S. Bassler, Herbert S. Bryant, Louise M. Pearson, and Alexander Wetmore, and stories about her responsibilities for important artifacts and specimens.

This collection is comprised of eight interview sessions, totaling approximately 8.0 hours of recordings and 291 pages of transcript. There are three generations of audio for each session: original 7" reel to reel tapes, preservation .wav files, and reference .mp3 files. In total, this collection is comprised of 16 original 7" reels, 16 preservation digital audio .wav files, and 16 reference digital audio .mp3 files.
Historical Note:
Helena M. Weiss (1909-2004), was born on February 6, 1909, in Shipman, Illinois. She earned her clerical degree from Wheeler Business College in Birmingham, Alabama, before moving to Washington, D.C., in 1930, where she began her career as a stenographer for the Veterans Administration. In 1931, she was appointed Junior Clerk-Stenographer in the Office of Correspondence and Documents (renamed the Office of Correspondence and Records in 1947) of the United States National Museum (USNM) and in 1935 transferred to the Department of Geology. She returned to the Office of Correspondence and Records in 1948 as an Administrative Assistant and later that year advanced to Chief, after the retirement of Herbert S. Bryant. In 1956, her title was changed to Registrar and she remained in that position until her retirement in 1971.

As one of the first women managers at the Smithsonian, Weiss was responsible for the central filing system of the USNM, public inquiry mail, mail service, accession reports, loans and exchanges, shipping, foreign travel, customs regulations, insurance, and workman's compensation. She was involved in the acquisition of such famous museum artifacts and specimens as the Wright Brothers' plane, Kitty Hawk, the Hope Diamond, and the Fenykovi elephant. She was also a recipient of the Secretary's Exceptional Gold Service Award.
Rights:
Restricted.
Topic:
Museum techniques  Search this
Geology  Search this
Women -- History  Search this
Wright Flyer (Airplane)  Search this
Museum registrars  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9587, Oral history interviews with Helena M. Weiss
Identifier:
Record Unit 9587
See more items in:
Oral history interviews with Helena M. Weiss
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9587

Interview 4: 10 March 1987

Collection Creator::
Weiss, Helena M., 1909-2004, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9587, Oral history interviews with Helena M. Weiss
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Oral history interviews with Helena M. Weiss
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9587-refidd1e516

SUBJECT FILE, 1940-1968 AND UNDATED. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.

Collection Creator::
United States National Museum. Office of the Director  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Note:
This series consists of files kept by A. Remington Kellogg in his capacity as an administrative officer of the United States National Museum (USNM) and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as records concerning his professional affairs. Included are files concerning USNM administration, collections, exhibits, and research; professional and social organizations; speeches and addresses; scientific manuscripts; and research interests. Of special interest are files documenting Kellogg's candidacy for the Distinguished Civilian Service Award, 1959-1960; records concerning his activities as a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Daniel Girand Elliot Medal Committee; and photographs of the mounting of the Fenykovi elephant.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 88, United States National Museum. Office of the Director, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 88, Series 2
See more items in:
Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0088-refidd1e1335

Fenykovi elephant: mounting photographs, undated.

Collection Creator::
United States National Museum. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 88, United States National Museum. Office of the Director, Records
See more items in:
Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0088-refidd1e1445

Helena M. Weiss Papers

Creator:
Weiss, Helena M  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Diaries
Manuscripts
Picture postcards
Scrapbooks
Ephemera
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1923-2001
Descriptive Entry:
The materials in this accession document Weiss' work in the Office of Correspondence and Documents, the Department of Geology, and as Registrar for the USNM. Among those represented in the collection are Ray S. Bassler, Alexander Wetmore, Herbert S. Bryant, and Leonard Carmichael. Of interest are two diaries of Bassler which cover the time period from 1942-1947 and passport photographs of administrators, scientists, curators, and other individuals within the Smithsonian.

The collection is organized into the following subseries: 1) Helena Weiss; 2) Ray S. Bassler; 3) Smithsonian Institution. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, a scrapbook, notebooks, record books, diaries, black-and-white photographs, postcards, certificates, awards, and ephemera.
Historical Note:
Raised in Shipman, Illinois, Helena M. Weiss attended the Butler Business College in Butler, Pennsylvania as well as graduated from the Wheeler Business College in Birmingham, Alabama before she began her career as a museum registrar and administrator. Her work began as a stenographer for the Veterans Administration in 1930. A year later she was appointed Junior Clerk-Stenographer in the Office of Correspondence and Documents (renamed the Office of Correspondence and Records in 1947) of the United States National Museum (USNM) and in 1935 Weiss transferred to the Department of Geology. By 1948 Weiss returned to the Office of Correspondence and Records as an Administrative Assistant and later that year would advance to Chief after the retirement of Herbert S. Bryant. In 1956 her title was changed to Registrar and she remained in that position until her retirement in 1971.

As one of the first women managers at the Smithsonian, Weiss was responsible for the central filing system of the USNM, public inquiry mail, mail service, accession reports, loans and exchanges, shipping, foreign travel, customs regulations, insurance, and workman's compensation. During her tenure, Weiss was involved in the acquisition of such museum specimens as the Wright Brothers' plane, "Kitty Hawk," the Hope Diamond, and the Fenykovi elephant.
Topic:
Museum registrars  Search this
Museums -- Administration.  Search this
Museums -- Collection management.  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Manuscripts
Picture postcards
Scrapbooks
Ephemera
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-112, Weiss, Helena M, Helena M. Weiss Papers
Identifier:
Accession 05-112
See more items in:
Helena M. Weiss Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa05-112

Folder 1 March 1959, Fenykovi Elephant. Includes photographs

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History, Public Information Officer  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 416, National Museum of Natural History, Public Information Officer, Records
See more items in:
Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0416-refd1e137

Watson M. Perrygo Interviews

Creator:
Perrygo, Watson M. interviewee  Search this
Extent:
26 audiotapes (reference copies). 52 digital .mp3 files (reference copies).
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Date:
1978
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.

Perrygo was interviewed for the Oral History Collection because of his long association with the USNM, spanning some forty years, and his extensive knowledge of the history of the Institution
Descriptive Entry:
Perrygo was interviewed on 8 & 16 August, 8 & 25 September, 30 October, 13 & 16 November, and 4 & 11 December 1978 by Pamela M. Henson. The interviews cover his youth and education; early associations and impressions of the museum; career at the USNM, notably his work as a taxidermist and exhibits specialist, as well as his collecting expeditions; reminiscences of colleagues and friends, such as Alexander Wetmore and A. Remington Kellogg; taxidermy technique; his work in historic preservation; and his tenure as Director of Exhibits for the Botanical Garden Museum.

Related collections in the Archives include RU 7306, The Watson M. Perrygo Papers; RU 7006, The Alexander Wetmore Papers, which contains photograph albums from their Panama trips; and RU 7215 and 7217, Collected Notes, Lists, Drawings and Catalogs on Birds and Mammals, respectively, which contain Perrygo's field notebooks.
Historical Note:
Watson Mondell Perrygo (1906-1984) was a naturalist who worked for the United States National Museum (USNM) from 1925-1965 as a taxidermist, field collector, and exhibits specialist. He was born in Washington, D.C., on 18 October 1906 and grew up in Prince Georges County, Maryland. In his youth, he developed an interest in natural history, spending much of his time at the USNM. While in high school, he began going on ornithological field trips with USNM Director, Alexander Wetmore; thus began a professional friendship which lasted throughout their careers.

Perrygo's entire career was spent at the USNM as a scientific aide and then taxidermist. His extensive field work included systematic surveys of the southeast United States and of Panama. He was first employed part-time by the USNM in 1925 to prepare specimens for the Philadelphia sesquicentennial. In 1927 he became a permanent employee, working part-time in the Taxidermy Studio. In 1928-1929 he was sent on his first field trip to Haiti, with Arthur J. Poole. The following year, he returned to Haiti as the Smithsonian Representative on the Parish-Smithsonian Expedition. During the 1930s he conducted a systematic program of field collecting in the southeast United States, traveling to West Virginia in 1936; Tennessee in 1937; Kentucky in 1938; North Carolina in 1939; and South Carolina in 1940. On his North Carolina trip he met a schoolteacher, Velva Howard, whom he married.

Perrygo accompanied A. Remington Kellogg to Rampart Cave, Arizona, in 1942 to excavate remains of extinct sloth. From 1946 to 1953, Perrygo and Wetmore collected in a different section of Panama each year in preparation for Wetmore's multi-volume The Birds of Panama. In 1946 they traveled through Darien; in 1947 up the Jaque River in Darien; in 1948 through Herrera province; in 1949 through the Province of Panama; in 1950 to Chiman and up the Maje River; in 1951 to Cerro Campana; in 1952 up the Rio Indio; and in 1953 through Sona.

As a taxidermist, Perrygo worked on many of the famous zoological specimens in the National Museum, such as "Martha," the last passenger pigeon, and the Fenykovi elephant. During the USNM Exhibits Modernization Program of the 1950s, Perrygo was very active in renovating the zoological exhibit halls. In 1960 he was placed in charge of the Taxidermy Studio until his retirement in 1965.

Perrygo restored a Charles County, Maryland, colonial estate in the fifties consisting "Ellerslie," the main house, adjacent barn (c. 1667) and outbuildings. After retirement, he served on the Board of Maryland Historic Trust and as President of the Charles County Historical Society. Perrygo directed the restoration of numerous structures, such as the Friendship House, Mudd House, and Cat-Slide House, reflecting his long-standing interests in history and historic preservation. He also was Director of Exhibits for the Botanical Garden Museum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from 1977 to the 1980s.
Topic:
Mammalogy  Search this
History  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Taxidermy  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9516, Perrygo, Watson M. interviewee, Watson M. Perrygo Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9516
See more items in:
Watson M. Perrygo Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9516

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