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Herbert Friedmann Oral History Interview

Creator::
Friedmann, Herbert, 1900-1987, interviewee  Search this
Extent:
3 audiotapes (Reference copies). 5 digital .mp3 files (Reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Compact discs
Electronic records
Date:
1975
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.

Friedmann was interviewed for the Oral History Program because he made significant scholarly and administrative contributions of the Smithsonian during 28 years of service at the National Museum of Natural History.
Descriptive Entry:
Friedmann was interviewed by Pamela M. Henson on April 22, 1975. The interview includes his reminiscences of his education, research interests, career and colleagues in the Division of Birds, administration of the United States National Museum, and work in the exhibits modernization program.
Historical Note:
Herbert Friedmann (1900-1987), ornithologist, received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1923. He taught biology and ornithology at Brown University and Amherst College for several years. In 1929 he was appointed Curator of the Division of Birds in the United States National Museum, a position held until 1957 when he was appointed Head Curator of the Department of Zoology. Friedmann left the Institution in 1961 to become Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History until his retirement in 1970. Friedmann's research focused on the birds of Africa and South America, parasitic birds, and the symbolic use of birds in art.
Topic:
Birds  Search this
Museum curators -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Ornithology  Search this
Symbolism in art  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Oral history  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Compact discs
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9506, Herbert Friedmann Oral History Interview
Identifier:
Record Unit 9506
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Herbert Friedmann Oral History Interview
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9506

Interview

Collection Creator::
Friedmann, Herbert, 1900-1987, interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9506, Herbert Friedmann Oral History Interview
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Herbert Friedmann Oral History Interview
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru9506-refidd1e220

Interview 1: April 22, 1975

Collection Creator::
Friedmann, Herbert, 1900-1987, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interview
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9506, Herbert Friedmann Oral History Interview
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Herbert Friedmann Oral History Interview
Herbert Friedmann Oral History Interview / Interview
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Interview includes Friedmann's reminiscences of his career in ornithology as United States National Museum Curator of Birds and Head Curator of Zoology, research interests, work in the exhibits modernization program, and role as Director of the Los Ang...

Collection Creator::
Friedmann, Herbert, 1900-1987, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interview
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9506, Herbert Friedmann Oral History Interview
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Herbert Friedmann Oral History Interview
Herbert Friedmann Oral History Interview / Interview
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Transcript, pp. 1-81, of audio recording, 2.5 hours.

Collection Creator::
Friedmann, Herbert, 1900-1987, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interview
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9506, Herbert Friedmann Oral History Interview
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Herbert Friedmann Oral History Interview
Herbert Friedmann Oral History Interview / Interview
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Recording of Interview: Total Recording Time: 2.5 hours

Collection Creator::
Friedmann, Herbert, 1900-1987, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interview
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9506, Herbert Friedmann Oral History Interview
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Herbert Friedmann Oral History Interview
Herbert Friedmann Oral History Interview / Interview
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Division of Birds Exhibits, Natural History Building

Creator:
United States National Museum Photographic Laboratory  Search this
Subject:
Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987  Search this
United States National Museum Division of Birds  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1929
Between 1929 and 1934
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Ornithology  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000095 [SIA_000095_B44_F04_001]
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_402392
Online Media:

American Ornithologists' Union Meeting, New York, American Museum of Natural History - Group Portrait

Subject:
Lloyd, Hoyes  Search this
Gross, Alfred O (Alfred Otto) 1883-1970  Search this
Peters, J. L  Search this
Zimmer, John T (John Todd) 1889-1957  Search this
Griscom, Ludlow 1890-1959  Search this
Aldrich, John W (John Warren) 1906-1995  Search this
Hicks, Lawrence  Search this
Murphy, Bob  Search this
Naumburg, Elsie  Search this
Gabrielson, Ira Noel 1889-1977  Search this
Delacour, Jean 1890-1985  Search this
DeSchauensee, Rodolpha  Search this
Saunders, Aretas A (Aretas Andrews) 1884-1970  Search this
Jaques, Francis Lee 1887-1969  Search this
Rogers, Charles H  Search this
Hickey, J. J  Search this
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978  Search this
Bowdish, Beecher S  Search this
Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987  Search this
Mayr, Ernst 1904-2005  Search this
Olberholser, H. C  Search this
Van Tyne, Josselyn 1902-1957  Search this
American Ornithologists' Union  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1944
October 25, 1944
Topic:
Ornithologists  Search this
Ornithology  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU007440 [SIA2008-2258]
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 Known Copyright Restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_395104

Study Collections of Bird Skins

Subject:
Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987  Search this
Riley, Joseph Harvey 1873-1941  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
United States National Museum Division of Birds  Search this
Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Physical description:
4 x 3.25;
Type:
Lantern slides
Date:
1929
Between 1929 and 1934
Local number:
SIA Acc. 12-492 [SIA2012-6470]
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 Known Copyright Restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_367830

Different Breeds of Chickens Exhibited in the National Museum

Subject:
Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
United States National Museum Division of Birds  Search this
Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Physical description:
4 x 3.25;
Type:
Lantern slides
Date:
1929
Between 1929 and 1934
Local number:
SIA Acc. 12-492 [SIA2012-6477]
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 Known Copyright Restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_367837

Agency history, 1880-

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Birds  Search this
Subject:
Richmond, Charles Wallace 1868-1932  Search this
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Riley, Joseph Harvey 1873-1941  Search this
Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987  Search this
Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-1968  Search this
Weber, Walter Alois 1905 or 1906-  Search this
Humphrey, Philip S (Philip Strong) 1926-2009  Search this
Zusi, Richard L (Richard Laurence) 1930-  Search this
Slud, Paul  Search this
Watson, George E (George Elder) 1931-  Search this
Olson, Storrs L  Search this
Graves, Gary R  Search this
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Laybourne, Roxie C. 1910-2003  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1880
1880-
Topic:
Birds  Search this
Ornithology  Search this
Vertebrates  Search this
Vertebrate zoology  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00030
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218086

Agency history, 1947-1964

Creator:
United States National Museum Department of Zoology  Search this
Subject:
Schmitt, Waldo L (Waldo Lasalle) 1887-1977  Search this
Chace, Fenner Albert  Search this
Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987  Search this
Hobbs, Horton Holcombe 1914-1994  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1947
1947-1964
Topic:
Zoology  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00038
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218092

Correspondence, 1874-2003

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Birds  Search this
Subject:
Laybourne, Roxie C. 1910-2003  Search this
Richmond, Charles Wallace 1868-1932  Search this
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Riley, Joseph Harvey 1873-1941  Search this
Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987  Search this
Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-1968  Search this
Weber, Walter Alois 1905 or 1906-  Search this
Humphrey, Philip S (Philip Strong) 1926-2009  Search this
Zusi, Richard L (Richard Laurence) 1930-  Search this
Slud, Paul  Search this
Watson, George E (George Elder) 1931-  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
20 cu. ft. processed holdings
2.5 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1874
1874-2003
Topic:
Birds  Search this
Ornithology  Search this
Vertebrates  Search this
Vertebrate zoology  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00050
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Correspondence 1874-2003 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Birds]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_219584

Administrative Memoranda, 1946-1966

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Reptiles and Amphibians  Search this
Subject:
Kellogg, Remington 1892-1969  Search this
Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987  Search this
Schmitt, Waldo L (Waldo Lasalle) 1887-1977  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
.25 cu. ft. processed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1946
1946-1966
Topic:
Vertebrates  Search this
Amphibians  Search this
Reptiles  Search this
Vertebrate zoology  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00025
See more items in:
Administrative Memoranda 1946-1966 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Reptiles and Amphibians]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_219604

Correspondence, 1901-1964

Creator:
United States National Museum Department of Zoology  Search this
Subject:
Stejneger, Leonhard 1851-1943  Search this
True, Frederick William 1858-1914  Search this
Schmitt, Waldo L (Waldo Lasalle) 1887-1977  Search this
Chace, Fenner Albert  Search this
Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987  Search this
Hobbs, Horton Holcombe 1914-1994  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Biology  Search this
Physical description:
7 cu. ft. processed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1901
1901-1964
Topic:
Zoology  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00035
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Correspondence 1901-1964 [United States National Museum Department of Zoology]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_219630

108th Meeting of the Baird Ornithological Club

Author:
Walker, Ernest P  Search this
Subject:
Aldrich, John W (John Warren) 1906-  Search this
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887  Search this
Bartsch, Paul  Search this
Cottam, Clarence 1899-  Search this
Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-  Search this
Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987  Search this
Mann, William M. 1886-1960  Search this
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-  Search this
Holt House  Search this
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group
Date:
1948
Topic:
Baird Ornithological Club  Search this
Lincoln, Frederick C  Search this
Jackson, Hartley H. T  Search this
Uhler, Philip Reese  Search this
Walker, Ernest Pillsbury  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Ornithology  Search this
Meetings  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Ornithologists  Search this
Societies  Search this
Professional associations  Search this
Standard number:
80-2474
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_9569

Agriocharius occellata, 1 letter, P.W. Shufeldt to H. Friedmann, Oct. 15, 1942

Collection name:
Collected Notes, Lists, and Catalogs on Birds, 1839, 1849-1851, 1855-1987
Physical Description:
1 folder
Physical Location:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Sublocation:
Box 6 Folder 44
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Correspondence
Place:
Mexico
Campeche
Date Range:
1942
Start Date:
19421015
End Date:
19421015
Topic:
Ornithology  Search this
Accession #:
SIA RU007215
Access Information:
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.
See more records from this collection:
Collected Notes, Lists, and Catalogs on Birds, 1839, 1849-1851, 1855-1987
See more records associated with this person:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Birds
Shufeldt, P. W.
Data Source:
Smithsonian Field Book Project
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fbr_item_MODSI7697

S. Africa and S. Rhodesia, 1950

Collection name:
Herbert Friedman Field Notes, 1932, 1950, from the Division of Birds
Physical Description:
1 report
Physical Location:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Division of Birds
Sublocation:
Box 8
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Place:
South Africa
Zimbabwe
Howick
Royal Natal National Park
Matopos Research Station
Date Range:
1950
Start Date:
19500830
End Date:
19501228
Topic:
Ornithology  Search this
Accession #:
SIA Acc. 12-295
Access Information:
At least 24 hours advance notice is recommended to consult this collection. Contact the Division of Birds at (202) 633-0800 to make an appointment.
See more records from this collection:
Herbert Friedman Field Notes, 1932, 1950, from the Division of Birds
See more records associated with this person:
Friedmann, Herbert, 1900-1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Field Book Project
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fbr_item_MODSI4070

Birds collected by the Smithsonian African Expedition under Colonel Theodore Roosevelt

Collection name:
Herbert Friedman Field Notes, 1932, 1950, from the Division of Birds
Physical Description:
1 report
Physical Location:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Division of Birds
Sublocation:
Box 9
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Place:
Kenya
Nairobi
Ilkaputiei
Uganda
Kirinyaga
Date Range:
1932
Start Date:
1932
End Date:
1932
Topic:
Ornithology  Search this
Accession #:
SIA Acc. 12-295
Access Information:
At least 24 hours advance notice is recommended to consult this collection. Contact the Division of Birds at (202) 633-0800 to make an appointment.
See more records from this collection:
Herbert Friedman Field Notes, 1932, 1950, from the Division of Birds
See more records associated with this person:
Friedmann, Herbert, 1900-1987
See more records associated with this expedition:
Smithsonian African Expedition (1909)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Field Book Project
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fbr_item_MODSI4072

Panama, 1957 : to visit the Canal Zone Biological Area, the Museo Nacional, and the Gorgas Memorial Laboratory; and to collect bird specimens in the Tonosi Valley, Los Santos, San Blas Islands, and the Azuero Peninsula. Assisted by Beatrice Thielen Wetmore; Correspondence, newsclippings, reference materials, travel notes, film notes, expense records, and memorabilia; Correspondents include John Enos Graf, Herbert Friedmann, Herbert Girton Deignan, Henry Allen Moe, and Margaret Harlan Wetmore

Alternate Title:
Panama, 1957  Search this
Collection name:
Alexander Wetmore Papers, circa 1848-1979 and undated
Physical Description:
1 field book
Physical Location:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Sublocation:
Box 154 Folder 7
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Account book
Correspondence
Memorabilia
Place:
Panama
Canal Zone
Azuero
Los Santos
San Blas
Tonosí
Date Range:
1956-1957
Start Date:
19560620
End Date:
19570726
Topic:
Ornithology  Search this
Accession #:
SIA RU007006
Access Information:
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.
See more records from this collection:
Alexander Wetmore Papers, circa 1848-1979 and undated
See more records associated with this person:
Wetmore, Alexander, 1886-1978
Graf, John Enos
Friedmann, Herbert, 1900-1987
Deignan, Herbert Girton
Moe, Henry Allen
Wetmore, Margaret Harlan
Data Source:
Smithsonian Field Book Project
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fbr_item_MODSI395

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