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National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Baker, Frank 1841-1918  Search this
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978  Search this
Hollister, N (Ned) 1876-1924  Search this
Hornaday, William T (William Temple) 1854-1937  Search this
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906  Search this
Mann, William M. 1886-1960  Search this
Reed, Theodore H  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Living Animals  Search this
National Zoological Park Commission (U.S.)  Search this
United States Government Printing Office  Search this
National Zoological Park (U.S.) Animal Department  Search this
Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915 : San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Smithsonian-Chrysler Expedition to East Africa (1926)  Search this
Smithsonian-Firestone Expedition to Liberia (1940)  Search this
Pan-American Exposition (1901 : Buffalo, N.Y.)  Search this
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.)  Search this
Smithsonian African Expedition (1909-1910)  Search this
Physical description:
147 cu. ft. (288 document boxes) (1 tall document box) (4 bound volumes) (71 microfilm reels)
Collection descriptions
Black-and-white photographs
Serials (publications)
Plates (illustrations)
Letterpress copybooks
Picture postcards
Architectural drawings
The acquisition, care, and feeding of NZP animals is also extensively documented in correspondence contained in these records. Of particular interest are the records of expeditions abroad for the purpose of collecting animals for the NZP, including the Smithsonian-Theodore Roosevelt Expedition, 1909, the Smithsonian-Chrysler Fund Expedition to East Africa, 1926, and the Smithsonian-Firestone Expedition, 1940. In addition, records documenting Samuel P. Langley's research on the flight of birds, Frank Baker's survey of private and public zoological parks and his buffalo census are included.
For a description of the record series of which these materials are a part, refer to "Forms part of" above.
(1) Diaries of the Director, 1895-1930; (2) diaries, ledgers, memoranda, and memo books, 1890-1931 and undated; (3) bound accessions and removal books, 1918-1924; (4) National Zoological Park Commission papers, 1889-1891; (5) congressional documents containing Secretary Samuel P. Langley's reports on National Zoological Park expenditures, 1888-1905; (6) Director's official outgoing correspondence, 1889-1927; (7) letters to the Smithsonian Institution, Director's official outgoing correspondence to the Smithsonian Institution administrators, 1900-1931; (8) letters from the Smithsonian Institution, copies of official outgoing correspondence from Smithsonian Institution administrators regarding the National Zoological Park, 1900-1907; (9) animal voucher book, 1905-1918; (10) voucher abstracts, 1905-1927; (11) requisitions for printing and binding, requisitions to the Government Printing Office, 1915-1931; (12) incoming correspondence and letter registers to the correspondence, arranged by subject and alphabetically by correspondent thereunder, 1887-1900; (13) general correspondence, incoming and outgoing, arranged by major topic and alphabetically by subject thereunder, 1899-1930; (14) general correspondence, incoming and outgoing, arranged by major topic and alphabetically by subject thereunder, 1930-1965; (15) daily report of Animal Department, 1904-1915, 1942-1966; (16) time roll, Department of Living Animals, United States National Museum, and National Zoological Park, 1890-1892; (17) National Zoological Park payroll and time roll, 1891-1921, 1927-1932; (18) requisitions and orders for planting, repairs, alterations, and shop requests, 1904-1942, 1960-1966; (19) scrapbooks, 1887-1931; (20) miscellaneous, circa 1890-1918 and undated
These records document the development of the National Zoological Park (NZP) from the site survey work begun by William Temple Hornaday in 1888 through the beginnings of its modernization plans in 1965. The tenures of directors Hornaday, Frank Baker, Ned Hollister, Alexander Wetmore, William M. Mann, and Theodore H. Reed are represented in this record unit. Included are records of the National Zoological Park Commission; maps, blueprints, photographs, and correspondence regarding acquisition of land for the NZP and construction of NZP buildings; administrative records such as payrolls, personnel, budget, and departmental and park police reports; diaries of the Directors and other staff; and scrapbooks following the development and growth of the NZP. The records also contain correspondence concerning specimen exhibitions and facilities provided by the NZP to several expositions, including the Pan-American Exposition, 1901, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904, and the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915.
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
Zoos  Search this
Scientific expeditions  Search this
Zoo directors  Search this
Zoo exhibits  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000074
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Diaries, Ledgers, Memoranda, and Memo Books 1895-1931 and undated [National Zoological Park (U.S.)]
National Zoological Park Commission Records 1889-1891 [National Zoological Park (U.S.)]
Congressional Document Files 1888-1905 [National Zoological Park (U.S.)]
Correspondence and Letter Registers 1887-1965 [National Zoological Park (U.S.)]
Animal Voucher Book 1905-1918 [National Zoological Park (U.S.)]
Voucher Abstracts 1905-1927 [National Zoological Park (U.S.)]
Requisitions 1904-1942, 1960-1966 [National Zoological Park (U.S.)]
Payroll, Time, and Attendance Records 1890-1921, 1927-1932 [National Zoological Park (U.S.)]
Scrapbooks 1887-1931 [National Zoological Park (U.S.)]
Specimen Identification Sketches, Drawings, and Plates c. 1890-1918 [National Zoological Park (U.S.)]
Animal Records 1890-1988 and undated [National Zoological Park (U.S.)]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives