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John W. Aldrich Oral History Interviews

Creator::
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995, interviewee  Search this
Extent:
4 audiotapes (Reference copies). 7 digital .mp3 files (Reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Date:
1975, 1977
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.

Aldrich was interviewed for the Oral History Program because of his long professional association with the Division of Birds of the National Museum of Natural History.
Descriptive Entry:
Aldrich was interviewed on September 19, 1975 and April 18, 1977, by Pamela M. Henson. The interview covers his early interests in natural history; education; career in ornithology at the Buffalo Museum of Science, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Museum of Natural History; research interests; and professional activities.
Historical Note:
John Warren Aldrich (1906-1995) was a Research Associate of the Division of Birds of the National Museum of Natural History. Aldrich's interest in natural history began in his youth, with participation in bird walks and summer nature camps. After receiving his Ph.D. in biology from Brown University in 1928, Aldrich began his career at the Buffalo Museum of Science. In 1930, he joined the staff of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History as a biological assistant. Upon receipt of his Ph.D. in 1937, from Western Reserve University, Aldrich was appointed Curator of Ornithology at the Cleveland Museum. In 1941, Aldrich joined the staff of the Fish and Wildlife Service as a biologist; in 1947, he was appointed Chief of the Section of Distribution and Migration of Birds; in 1951, Chief of the Section of Distribution of Birds and Mammals; and in 1957, Staff Specialist, Branch of Wildlife Research. During his tenure with the Fish and Wildlife Service, Aldrich was located in the United States National Museum, Division of Birds, where he worked with the national collections. Because of his long association with the Division, Aldrich was appointed a Research Associate upon his retirement in 1973. Aldrich's research interests included the taxonomy of North American birds, breeding bird population studies, bird banding, bird distribution studies, ecology, endangered species, and wildlife management. Aldrich was active in many professional organizations including: the Audubon Society, American Ornithologists Union, Baird Ornithological Club of Washington, D.C., Biological Society of Washington, Cosmos Club, International Council for Bird Preservation, Washington Biologists Field Club and Wilderness Society.
Topic:
Ornithology  Search this
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Ornithologists  Search this
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Oral history  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9511, John W. Aldrich Oral History Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9511
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Interviews

Collection Creator::
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995, interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9511, John W. Aldrich Oral History Interviews
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Interview 1: September 19, 1975

Collection Creator::
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9511, John W. Aldrich Oral History Interviews
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Covers Aldrich's early interest in natural history; education in ecology and ornithology; early work at the Buffalo Museum of Science and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History; his career with the Fish and Wildlife Service at the Section of Distribut...

Collection Creator::
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9511, John W. Aldrich Oral History Interviews
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John W. Aldrich Oral History Interviews
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Transcript, pp. 1-80, of audio recording, 2 hours.

Collection Creator::
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9511, John W. Aldrich Oral History Interviews
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Recording of Interview: Total Recording Time: 2 hours

Collection Creator::
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9511, John W. Aldrich Oral History Interviews
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John W. Aldrich Oral History Interviews
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Interview 2: April 18, 1977

Collection Creator::
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9511, John W. Aldrich Oral History Interviews
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Covers Aldrich's career with the Fish and Wildlife Service, including work on bird banding programs, bird distribution studies, wildlife management and endangered species protection; recollections of his colleagues including Frederick C. Lincoln, Hartl...

Collection Creator::
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9511, John W. Aldrich Oral History Interviews
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John W. Aldrich Oral History Interviews
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Transcript, pp. 81-126, of audio recording, 1.5 hours.

Collection Creator::
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9511, John W. Aldrich Oral History Interviews
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John W. Aldrich Oral History Interviews
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Recording of Interview: Total Recording Time: 1.5 hours

Collection Creator::
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9511, John W. Aldrich Oral History Interviews
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John W. Aldrich Oral History Interviews
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John W. Aldrich Papers

Creator:
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995  Search this
Extent:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Books
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1930-1988
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of correspondence and research material from John W. Aldrich.
Topic:
Ornithologists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 89-003, John W. Aldrich Papers
Identifier:
Accession 89-003
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Puerto Rican Whip-poor-will

Collection Creator:
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 89-003, John W. Aldrich Papers
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John W. Aldrich Papers
John W. Aldrich Papers / Box 4
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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California Clapper Rail

Collection Creator:
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 89-003, John W. Aldrich Papers
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John W. Aldrich Papers / Box 4
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Light-footed Clapper Rail

Collection Creator:
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 89-003, John W. Aldrich Papers
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John W. Aldrich Papers
John W. Aldrich Papers / Box 4
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Yuma Clapper Rail

Collection Creator:
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 89-003, John W. Aldrich Papers
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John W. Aldrich Papers
John W. Aldrich Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Nene

Collection Creator:
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 89-003, John W. Aldrich Papers
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John W. Aldrich Papers / Box 4
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Aleutian Canada Goose

Collection Creator:
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 89-003, John W. Aldrich Papers
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John W. Aldrich Papers
John W. Aldrich Papers / Box 4
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Laysan Duck

Collection Creator:
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 89-003, John W. Aldrich Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Ivory-billed woodpecker

Collection Creator:
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 89-003, John W. Aldrich Papers
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John W. Aldrich Papers
John W. Aldrich Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Puerto Rican Parrot

Collection Creator:
Aldrich, John W. (John Warren), 1906-1995  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 89-003, John W. Aldrich Papers
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John W. Aldrich Papers
John W. Aldrich Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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