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Helmut Karl Buechner Papers

Extent:
32.72 cu. ft. (31 record storage boxes) (4 12x17 boxes) (1 oversize folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Maps
Manuscripts
Clippings
Field notes
Sound recordings
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1939-1975
Descriptive Entry:
For the most part, these papers document Buechner's primary research interest, the ecology of terrestrial vertebrates, with emphasis on relationships to vegetation and social behavior. Included are Buechner's research on the pronghorn antelope, which contains field notes, journals, photographs, and reports to the Texas Cooperative Wildlife Unit, which sponsored Buechner's research; a study of elk and deer in relation to livestock and range in the Blue Mountains region of southeastern Washington, 1949-1960; and research on the bighorn sheep, 1954-1960, which contains correspondence with personnel at the bighorn sheep animal refuges, photographs, field notes, journal, and a manuscript of Buechner's book, The Bighorn Sheep in the United States, Its Past, Present, and Future, 1959.

From 1956 to 1958, Buechner, as a Fulbright Scholar, conducted research in Uganda, on the elephant census and migration, the relationship of elephants to vegetation at Murchison Falls National Park, and reproduction of the Uganda kob. These papers include reports on aerial counts of elephants, photographs, field data and notes.

During Buechner's stay in Uganda, he became interested in the unique territorial and mating behavior of the Uganda kob. Buechner made trips to Uganda's Toro Game Reserve to study the Uganda kob in 1959, 1962-1963, and 1972. Materials documenting these trips include maps, field observation data, transcriptions, audio recordings, photographs, machine readable data and analytical computations of kob movements by Buechner and H. Daniel Roth, 1965-1972.

In addition, these papers contain photographs documenting Buechner's study of the ibex in Switzerland, taken when Buechner was consultant to the Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research during the summer of 1961; a report when Buechner was consultant to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to study the elephants in relation to the Tana River Irrigation Project in Kenya in 1965; and reports when Buechner was consultant to Troy Meadows, in 1966, and to the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, in 1970, (both are located in New Jersey) to study the environmental impact of animals in relation to land within the parks.

Additional material documents Buechner's feasibility studies on tracking free-roaming animals, such as elk, with the Interrogation Recording Location System (IRLS) satellite, 1969-1971, and includes incoming correspondence critical of the project, manuscripts, progress reports, and photographs; and a study of Indian rhinoceros mating behavior at the NZP, 1972, which led to the first successful live birth of this species in the Western Hemisphere, 1974, and includes photographs, tape recordings, and transcripts of observations made by volunteers and National Zoo staff.

Other materials contained in these papers include general correspondence, mostly with university faculty, conservationists, park wardens, and naturalists, pertaining to Buechner's research; reading files, 1968-1972; Buechner's school notes and term papers when he was a student, 1939-1947; lecture material when Buechner taught herpetology at Texas A&M College, 1947; research proposal evaluations Buechner did for the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society; handbook written in conjunction with Lee H. Talbot for the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources; survey on usefulness of night vision devices; Buechner's proposed research projects at Washington State College (University); materials pertaining to various zoological and conservation organizations; theses by Buechner's former students; articles, abstracts, and book reviews written or co-authored by Buechner; information on projects in Ceylon, Israel, and Korea when Buechner was the head of the Office of Ecology; diplomas and certificates; audio recordings on elk immobilization, 1972, Earth Week Symposium, 1969, and a Panel on the Environment and Development, undated; group photographs of professional scientific organization meetings; Buechner's family photographs; photographs of NZP; and oversize material consisting of blueprints of the new deer area at NZP, 1972, and charts and graphs.
Historical Note:
Helmut Karl Buechner (1918-1975) was born in Scotia, New York. He received his B.S. degree from New York State College of Forestry, Syracuse University in 1941, and his M.S. degree from Texas A&M College, College Station in 1943. After completing military service, Buechner continued his education at Texas A&M College. For his Ph.D. thesis, Buechner did research on the range ecology of the pronghorn antelope in the Trans-Pecos region in southwest Texas, 1946-1947. Buechner taught herpetology at Texas A&M College during the Fall of 1947. In 1948, Buechner transferred to Oklahoma A&M College, Stillwater, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1949. From 1948-1965, Buechner taught zoology and botany at Washington State College (now University), Pullman. In 1965, Buechner joined the Smithsonian Institution as the first director of the Office of Ecology. Buechner was Senior Ecologist for the Office of Environmental Sciences, 1969-1972, and from 1972 to 1975, he was Senior Ecologist for the National Zoological Park (NZP).
Topic:
Ecology  Search this
Mammalogy  Search this
Genre/Form:
Maps
Manuscripts
Clippings
Field notes
Sound recordings
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7279, Helmut Karl Buechner Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7279
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Helmut Karl Buechner Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru7279

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Type:
Archival materials
Summary:
Indian Rhinoceros
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7279, Helmut Karl Buechner Papers
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Helmut Karl Buechner Papers
Helmut Karl Buechner Papers / Series 4: RESEARCH PROJECTS, 1946-1975. / Box 15
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru7279-refidd1e4346

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Type:
Archival materials
Summary:
Note: Indian Rhinoceros Photographs, see Box 28
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7279, Helmut Karl Buechner Papers
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Helmut Karl Buechner Papers
Helmut Karl Buechner Papers / Series 4: RESEARCH PROJECTS, 1946-1975. / Box 15
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru7279-refidd1e4365

Indian Rhinoceros - observations of mating behavior of Rajikumari and Tarun at the National Zoological Park, July-October 1972 (see Box 15 for transcripts), 11 reels

Container:
Box 26 of 35
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7279, Helmut Karl Buechner Papers
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Helmut Karl Buechner Papers
Helmut Karl Buechner Papers / Series 8: AUDIO RECORDINGS, 1959-1972. / Box 26
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru7279-refidd1e8732

Indian Rhinoceros, 1972-1974

Container:
Box 28 of 35
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7279, Helmut Karl Buechner Papers
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Helmut Karl Buechner Papers
Helmut Karl Buechner Papers / Series 9: PHOTOGRAPHS. ARRANGED BY SUBJECT. / Box 28
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru7279-refidd1e9599

Indian Rhinoceros (Large)

Artist:
Rembrandt Bugatti, Italian, b. Milan, 1884–1916  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
16 1/8 x 27 1/2 x 9 in. (41 x 69.9 x 22.9 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
(1910/cast by 1930)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Mrs. David K. E. Bruce, Washington, DC, 1977
Accession Number:
77.89
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2753b74a7-6b19-47c2-a779-a6eddf1837ab
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_77.89

25 Paises, India, 1988

Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: .16 cm x 1.9 cm; 1/16 in x 3/4 in
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
India
Date made:
1988
Credit Line:
Tom and Caprice Griffin
ID Number:
2018.0087.36
Accession number:
2018.0087
Catalog number:
2018.0087.36
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-2bc0-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1887890
Online Media:

"Captive Wild Animals" --Indian rhinoceros

Maker:
Bolton, Gambier  Search this
Physical Description:
glass (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 3 1/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 8.255 cm x 8.255 cm
Object Name:
lantern slide
ID Number:
1996.0041.0168
Accession number:
1996.0041
Catalog number:
1996.0041.0168
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Work and Industry: Photographic History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-a1ab-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1345171

Meissen figure of a rhinoceros

Maker:
Meissen Manufactory  Search this
Physical Description:
ceramic, porcelain (overall material)
polychrome enamels (overall color)
baroque figure sculpture (overall style)
Measurements:
overall: 4 in; 10.16 cm
Object Name:
figurine
Place made:
Germany
Date made:
ca 1750
1750
Credit Line:
Hans C. Syz Collection
ID Number:
CE.69.82
Collector/donor number:
514
Accession number:
287702
Catalog number:
69.82
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
The Hans C. Syz Collection
Industry & Manufacturing
Art
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-c709-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1366096
Online Media:

100 Rupees, Nepal, n.d.

Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 cm x 15 cm x .01 cm; 2 3/4 in x 5 29/32 in x in
Object Name:
note
Place made:
Nepal
Date made:
n.d.
Credit Line:
Laura McClure
ID Number:
2014.0254.08
Accession number:
2014.0254
Catalog number:
2014.0254.08
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-17c6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1694316

100 Rupees, Nepal, n.d.

Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 cm x 15 cm x .01 cm; 2 3/4 in x 5 29/32 in x in
Object Name:
note
Place made:
Nepal
Date made:
n.d.
Credit Line:
Laura McClure
ID Number:
2014.0254.09
Accession number:
2014.0254
Catalog number:
2014.0254.09
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-17c7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1694318

National Zoological Park, Greater One-horned Rhinoceros "Gunda"

Creator:
Walker, Ernest P (Ernest Pillsbury) 1891-1969  Search this
Subject:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 6 x 4;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1939
Between 1939 and 1956
Topic:
Mammals  Search this
Pachyderms  Search this
Rhinoceroses  Search this
Zoo animals  Search this
Zoos  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000095 [SIA_000095_B49_F03_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_399861
Online Media:

National Zoological Park, Greater One-horned Rhinoceros "Gunda"

Creator:
Walker, Ernest P (Ernest Pillsbury) 1891-1969  Search this
Subject:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 6 x 4;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1939
Between 1939 and 1956
Topic:
Mammals  Search this
Pachyderms  Search this
Rhinoceroses  Search this
Zoo animals  Search this
Zoos  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000095 [SIA_000095_B49_F03_002]
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_399862
Online Media:

National Zoological Park, Greater One-horned Rhinoceros "Gunda"

Creator:
Walker, Ernest P (Ernest Pillsbury) 1891-1969  Search this
Subject:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 4 x 6;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1939
Between 1939 and 1956
Topic:
Mammals  Search this
Pachyderms  Search this
Rhinoceroses  Search this
Zoo animals  Search this
Zoos  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000095 [SIA_000095_B49_F03_003]
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_399863
Online Media:

National Zoological Park, Greater One-horned Rhinoceros "Gunda"

Creator:
Walker, Ernest P (Ernest Pillsbury) 1891-1969  Search this
Subject:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 6 x 4;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1939
Between 1939 and 1956
Topic:
Mammals  Search this
Pachyderms  Search this
Rhinoceroses  Search this
Zoo animals  Search this
Zoos  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000095 [SIA_000095_B49_F03_004]
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_399864
Online Media:

National Zoological Park, Greater One-horned Rhinoceros "Gunda"

Creator:
Walker, Ernest P (Ernest Pillsbury) 1891-1969  Search this
Subject:
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 4 x 6;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1939
Between 1939 and 1956
Topic:
Mammals  Search this
Pachyderms  Search this
Rhinoceroses  Search this
Zoo animals  Search this
Zoos  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000095 [SIA_000095_B49_F03_005]
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_399865
Online Media:

Probstmayria vivipara

Collector:
E. C. Greiner  Search this
Prep Count:
2
Preparation:
Alcohol (Ethanol)
Remarks:
Vial/bottle
Place:
Miami, Metro Zoo, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, North America
Collection Date:
5 Aug 1983
Published Name:
Probstmayria vivipara (Probstmayr, 1865)
Other Numbers:
USNPC Accession (Catalog) : 069879.00
USNM Number:
1365466
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Invertebrate Zoology
Nematoda
US National Parasite Collection
Parasite Collection
Data Source:
NMNH - Invertebrate Zoology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3a9c21171-5e92-4369-8613-946fadae7fa0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhinvertebratezoology_12019768

Anoplocephala sp.

Collector:
B. J. Jaskowski  Search this
Prep Count:
1
Preparation:
Alcohol (Ethanol)
Remarks:
Vial/bottle
Place:
Brookfield, Chicago Zoological Park, Illinois, United States, North America
Published Name:
Anoplocephala sp.
Other Numbers:
USNPC Accession (Catalog) : 055258.00
USNM Number:
1352061
See more items in:
Invertebrate Zoology
Platyhelminthes
US National Parasite Collection
Parasite Collection
Data Source:
NMNH - Invertebrate Zoology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3c756ceb4-510e-4530-bea7-0eec3821ce78
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhinvertebratezoology_12006363

Cestoda

Collector:
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology  Search this
Prep Count:
1
Preparation:
Alcohol (Ethanol)
Remarks:
Vial/bottle
Place:
Washington DC, National Zoological Park, District of Columbia, United States, North America
Collection Date:
8 Jul 1965
Other Numbers:
USNPC Accession (Catalog) : 063169.00
USNM Number:
1358879
See more items in:
Invertebrate Zoology
Platyhelminthes
US National Parasite Collection
Parasite Collection
Data Source:
NMNH - Invertebrate Zoology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/37f84ac99-84a1-427a-9586-a345db2363ad
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhinvertebratezoology_12013181

Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)

Container:
Box 2 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-280, National Zoological Park, Department of Pathology, Clinical Laboratory Comparison Sheets
See more items in:
Clinical Laboratory Comparison Sheets
Clinical Laboratory Comparison Sheets / Box 2
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa05-280-refidd1e1618

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