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Agency history, 1957-

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Risser, Paul G  Search this
Mello, James F. 1936-  Search this
Pawson, David L (David Leo) 1938-  Search this
Ortner, Donald J  Search this
Tyler, James C. 1935-  Search this
Fri, Robert W  Search this
Hoffmann, Robert S  Search this
Fiske, Richard S  Search this
Kier, Porter M  Search this
Cowan, Richard S. 1921-1997  Search this
Smith, Albert C (Albert Charles) 1906-1999  Search this
Stewart, T. D (Thomas Dale) 1901-1997  Search this
Kellogg, Remington 1892-1969  Search this
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887  Search this
Talbot, Frank  Search this
O'Connor, J. Dennis  Search this
Samper, Cristián  Search this
Johnson, Kirk R  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1957
1957-
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217898

River Basin Surveys Records 1928-1960 1947-1969

Creator:
River Basin Surveys  Search this
Davis, Edward Mott  Search this
Griffin, James Bennett  Search this
Kehoe, Thomas Francis  Search this
Wyllie, John Cook  Search this
Correspondent:
Caldwell, Joseph Ralston  Search this
Casanova, Richard L  Search this
Caldwell, Warren W  Search this
Case, Charles Calvin  Search this
Campbell, John M  Search this
Caton, Jewell Brown  Search this
Caywood, Louis R  Search this
Cape, T.W  Search this
Chace, Charles E  Search this
Carmichael, Leonard  Search this
Chapman, Carl H  Search this
Chase, David W  Search this
Cheney, George A  Search this
Coale, George L  Search this
Coe, Joffre L  Search this
Cole, David L  Search this
Colton, Harold Sellers  Search this
Conner, Stuart W  Search this
Connolly, James B  Search this
Coogan, Alan H  Search this
Cook, Harold J  Search this
Cooper, Paul Lemen 1909-1961  Search this
Corbett, John M  Search this
Cotter, John Lambert  Search this
Cowan, Richard S. 1921-1997  Search this
Crabtree, Robert  Search this
Cressman, Luther Sheeleigh  Search this
Cross, Dorothy  Search this
Cumming, Robert B  Search this
Cutler, Hugh C. 1912-1998  Search this
Danson, Edward B  Search this
Daugherty, Richard D  Search this
Davidson, Jesse  Search this
Davis, Leslie B  Search this
DeBusk, Charles R  Search this
Deetz, James J.F  Search this
Dellinger, S.F  Search this
DeJarnette, David Lloyd  Search this
Demaray, A.E  Search this
Denfuku, Hiroshi  Search this
Deuel, Thorne  Search this
Dick, Herbert William  Search this
Douglass, Robert C  Search this
Drake, Robert J  Search this
Drucker, Philip 1911  Search this
Essington, Joseph H  Search this
Evans, Glen L  Search this
Ewald, Paul A  Search this
Fairbanks, Charles Herron 1913-  Search this
Fenenga, Franklin  Search this
Folan, William J  Search this
Fontana, Bernard Lee  Search this
Frankfurter, W.D  Search this
Frey, Donald C  Search this
Fridley, russell W  Search this
Gant, Robert  Search this
Garth, Thomas R  Search this
Goggin, John Mann  Search this
Golden, Bernard  Search this
Goldfrank, Esther Schiff  Search this
Gradwohl, David M  Search this
Greengo, Robert Eugene  Search this
Gregory, Joseph T  Search this
Griffin, John W  Search this
Haag, William George  Search this
Hadleigh-West, Frederick  Search this
Hamilton, Henry W  Search this
Harrington, Jean C  Search this
Hartle, Donald D  Search this
Haury, Emil Walter  Search this
Hedden, Mark  Search this
Heizer, Robert Fleming 1915-1979  Search this
Helmen, Vernon R  Search this
Herskovits, Melville J (Melville Jean) 1895-1963  Search this
Hester, James J  Search this
Hewes, Gordon Winant  Search this
Hibbens, Frank Cummings  Search this
Hilger, Marie Inez Sister 1891-1977  Search this
Hill, A.T  Search this
Hill, Willard Williams  Search this
Hoffman, John J  Search this
Hodgden, Linwood  Search this
Holm, Martin N.B  Search this
Howard, James Henri  Search this
Hughes, Jack T  Search this
Hunt, Charles B  Search this
Hurst, C.T  Search this
Hurt, Wesley Robert  Search this
Huscher, Harold A  Search this
Husted, Wilfred  Search this
Hyde, George E  Search this
Ilford, Lloyd A.W  Search this
Irving, William Nathaniel  Search this
Irwin, Henry T  Search this
Jelks, Edward B  Search this
Jennings, Jesse David  Search this
Jensen, R.S  Search this
Johnson, Alfred Edward  Search this
Johnson, Frederick 1904-1994  Search this
Johnson, Leonard G  Search this
Johnson, Richard B  Search this
Jones, David T  Search this
Jones, Walter B  Search this
Judson, Sheldon  Search this
Kahler, Herbert E  Search this
Kellogg, A. Remington  Search this
Kelly, Arthur Randolph  Search this
King, William S  Search this
Kingman, Eugene 1909-1975  Search this
Kivett, Marving F  Search this
Drieger, Alex Dony  Search this
Lancaster, Sunnie F  Search this
Lange, Charles Henry  Search this
Le Claire, Peter  Search this
Lee, Ronald F  Search this
Lehmer, Donald Jayne 1918-1975  Search this
Lewis, Thomas M.N  Search this
Lister, Robert  Search this
Logan, Wilfred D  Search this
Mallory, Oscar L  Search this
Malouf, Carling  Search this
Mattes, Merrill J  Search this
Mayer-Oakes, William James  Search this
McCary, B.C  Search this
McCracken, Harold  Search this
McGimsey, Charles R  Search this
McGregor, John C  Search this
McMichael, Edward V  Search this
McNeish, R.S  Search this
McNutt, Charles H  Search this
Metcalf, George 1900-1975  Search this
Miller, Carl F  Search this
Milligan, Edward W  Search this
Mills, John E  Search this
Mohr, Albert  Search this
Morse, Dan F  Search this
Mosbaugh, Harold S  Search this
Muller, Jon D  Search this
Mulloy, William  Search this
Neitzel, Robert S  Search this
Neuman, Robert W  Search this
Nicerson, Norton H  Search this
Norona, Delf  Search this
Nusbaum, Jesse L (Jesse Logan)  Search this
Ogle, Robert L  Search this
Omwake, Henri Geiger 1907-1967  Search this
Osborn, Homer Douglas  Search this
Over, W. H  Search this
Pendleton, La Verne  Search this
Proctor, Charles  Search this
Reed, Erik Kellerman  Search this
Reiter, Paul David  Search this
Riddell, Francis A  Search this
Riddell, H.S  Search this
Rights, Douglas L  Search this
Ring, E. Raymond Jr  Search this
Ritchie, William A  Search this
Roberts, Frank H. H (Frank Harold Hanna) 1897-1966  Search this
Roberts, John M  Search this
Romano, Octavio  Search this
Rouse, Irving  Search this
Row, Paul R  Search this
Rowe, John Howland  Search this
Ruppe, Reynold J  Search this
Salisbury, Robert C  Search this
Schnell, Frank  Search this
Schnell, Frank Jr  Search this
Schroeder, Albert H  Search this
Schultz, C. Bertrand  Search this
Schumacher, Paul J. F  Search this
Sellards, Elias Howard  Search this
Setzler, Frank M (Frank Maryl) 1902-1975  Search this
Shalkop, R.L  Search this
Shiner, Joel L  Search this
Shippee, J.M  Search this
Simmons, J.W  Search this
Simpson, Ruth D  Search this
Smiley, Terah L  Search this
Smith, Allan H  Search this
Smith, Arthur G  Search this
Smith, Carlyle S  Search this
Smith, G. Hubert  Search this
Solecki, Ralph S  Search this
Spaulding, Albert Clanton 1914-1990  Search this
Squires, Donald Fleming  Search this
St. Hoyme, Lucile Eleanor  Search this
Steen, Charles R  Search this
Stephenson, Robert Lloyd  Search this
Stewart, Omer C  Search this
Strong, William Duncan 1899-1962  Search this
Swanson, Earl H  Search this
Tax, Sol 1907-  Search this
Taylor, Dee C  Search this
Taylor, Walter W. Jr  Search this
Thompson, Raymond H  Search this
Tobin, S.J  Search this
Tolstoy, Paul  Search this
Tomsyck, Lawrence  Search this
Tong, Marvin E Jr  Search this
Toulouse, Joseph H  Search this
Vaillant, George Clapp  Search this
Valentine, Willard L  Search this
Wallace, William J  Search this
Walter, Edwin F  Search this
Watson, Virginia  Search this
Webb, William S (William Snyder) 1882-1964  Search this
Wedel, Waldo R (Waldo Rudolph) 1908-1996  Search this
Weekly, Ward F  Search this
Welmuth, Roscoe  Search this
Wendorf, Fred  Search this
Wenner, David J  Search this
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978  Search this
Wettlaufer, Boyd  Search this
Wheat, Joe Ben  Search this
Wheeler, Richard Page  Search this
Wheeler-Voegelin, Erminie 1903-1988  Search this
White, Theodore E  Search this
Willey, Gordon Randolph  Search this
Williams, Stephen  Search this
Withers, Arnold M  Search this
Withers, Arnold M  Search this
Witthoft, John  Search this
Witty, Thomas A  Search this
Wood, Laurison  Search this
Wood, W. Raymond  Search this
Woodbury, Richard Benjamin  Search this
Woolworth, Alan R  Search this
Wormington, Hannah Marie  Search this
Wright, Herbert  Search this
Corres:
Campbell, Thomas Nolan  Search this
Correspondnet:
Champe, John Leland  Search this
Corresponent:
Fraser, Dorothy E  Search this
Correspon:
Johnson, O. Elden  Search this
Correspndent:
Libby, W.F  Search this
Schwartz, Douglas Wright  Search this
Corre:
Sears, William H  Search this
Physical description:
376 feet
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1928-1960
1947-1969
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_87865

Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews

Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997, interviewee  Search this
Extent:
4 audiotapes (Reference copies). 4 digital .mp3 files (Reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Compact discs
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Electronic records
Date:
1974
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.

Cowan was interviewed for the Oral History Project because he has made significant scholarly and administrative contributions to the Smithsonian Institution during 17 years of service.
Descriptive Entry:
Cowan was interviewed by Miriam Freilicher on March 26 and April 2 and 25, 1974. The interviews include his reminiscences of his early career, the Department of Botany when he joined the staff, his work in administration, and changes within the National Museum of Natural History and the Institution in the 1960's.
Historical Note:
Richard Sumner Cowan began his career in 1948 at the New York Botanical Garden and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1952. Cowan joined the staff of the National Museum of Natural History in 1957 as an Associate Curator in the Department of Botany, where he continued his work in the systematic taxonomy of neotropical flora. In 1962 Cowan was appointed Assistant Director of the Museum of Natural History, and in 1965 he assumed the directorship of the museum. He has continued his work as Senior Botanist, National Museum of Natural History, since his retirement from administration in 1973. Cowan has served on many significant committees in the Institution and in many professional societies.
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Museum curators -- Interviews  Search this
Museum directors -- Interviews  Search this
Botanists  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Oral history  Search this
Genre/Form:
Compact discs
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9501, Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9501
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Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9501

Interviews

Collection Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997, interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9501, Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
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Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9501-refidd1e223

Interview 1: March 26, 1974

Collection Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9501, Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
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Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru9501-refidd1e230

Interview of Cowan covers his education, early work in botany, first impressions of the Smithsonian and the beginning of his administrative career, c. 1921-1965.

Collection Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9501, Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9501-refidd1e245

Transcript, pp. 1-37, of audio recording, 1 hour.

Collection Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9501, Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9501-refidd1e256

Recording of Interview: Total Recording Time: 1 hour

Collection Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9501, Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9501-refidd1e267

Interview 2: April 2, 1974

Collection Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9501, Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
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Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9501-refidd1e291

Interview of Cowan includes his role in administration of the National Museum of Natural History, scientific professionalism, change in the museum and the Smithsonian during the 1960's, c. 1960-1970.

Collection Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9501, Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9501-refidd1e306

Transcript, pp. 38-75, of audio recording, 1 hour.

Collection Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9501, Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9501-refidd1e317

Recording of Interview: Total Recording Time: 1 hour

Collection Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9501, Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9501-refidd1e328

Interview 3: April 25, 1974

Collection Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9501, Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
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Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9501-refidd1e351

Interview of Cowan discusses administration, exhibits function, space planning in the museum and plans for a Flora North America, c. 1965- 1974.

Collection Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9501, Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9501-refidd1e366

Transcript, pp. 76-136, of audio recording, 1.5 hours.

Collection Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9501, Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9501-refidd1e382

Recording of Interview: Total Recording Time: 1.5 hours

Collection Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9501, Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews
Richard S. Cowan Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9501-refidd1e393

Richard S. Cowan Papers

Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997  Search this
Extent:
6 cu. ft. (6 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
circa 1952-1985 and undated
Descriptive Entry:
This collection documents Cowan's career as a systematic botanist at the New York Botanical Garden, USNM, and NMNH. Included are incoming and outgoing correspondence concerning the identification of specimens, the preparation of scientific papers and monographs, and professional activities; a subject file mostly documenting his research; and files relating to his work as Secretary of the National Committee of the International Botanical Congress, 1969.

For additional materials documenting Cowan's botanical research and administrative career at NMNH, see Record Units 155, 197, and 9501.
Historical Note:
Richard Sumner Cowan (1921-1997), a systematic botanist specializing in neotropical flora, received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1952. From 1952 to 1957, he served as Assistant Curator at the New York Botanical Garden. Cowan joined the United States National Museum (USNM) in 1957 when he was appointed Associate Curator in the Department of Botany. In 1962, he was appointed Assistant Director of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), and, in 1965, Director. Cowan retired from administration in 1973 and resumed his research as a Senior Botanist at NMNH. He remained in the position until his retirement in 1985. Cowan's primary research interest is the systematics of legumes in tropical America.
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Botanists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7356, Richard S. Cowan Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7356
See more items in:
Richard S. Cowan Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru7356

Folder 10 Photographic Lists (copies)

Collection Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7356, Richard S. Cowan Papers
See more items in:
Richard S. Cowan Papers
Richard S. Cowan Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru7356-refidd1e1000

Folder 11 Policy/Planning

Collection Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7356, Richard S. Cowan Papers
See more items in:
Richard S. Cowan Papers
Richard S. Cowan Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru7356-refidd1e1010

Folder 12 SRF - 460102

Collection Creator::
Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7356, Richard S. Cowan Papers
See more items in:
Richard S. Cowan Papers
Richard S. Cowan Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru7356-refidd1e1019

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