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Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews

Creator::
Kidd, Oscar Dean, interviewee  Search this
Extent:
3 audiotapes (Reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Place:
Panama
Jamaica
Date:
1987, 1990
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.

Kidd was interviewed for the Smithsonian Institution Archives Oral History Collection because of his long tenure of service at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.
Descriptive Entry:
This collection consists of a 1990 interview of Kidd by Pamela M. Henson of Smithsonian Institution Archives, and Patricia Escobar Paramo and Elizabeth Stockwell of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, that covers his youth, work as a chauffeur and motorboat operator, and reminiscences of Barro Colorado Island and the scientists working there. A second interview of Kidd by Mitchell Aide and Carolien Haverkate of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in 1987 was also donated to the collection. The collection consists of 2.5 hours of audiotape recordings and 27 pages of transcript.
Historical Note:
Oscar Dean Kidd (1907- ) was born in Jamaica and migrated to Panama in 1909. He grew up in the Panama Canal Zone, eventually settling down in Frijoles, the train station used by scientists visiting Barro Colorado Island (BCI). The BCI Research Station was created in 1923 as a preserve for the study of tropical biology. In 1946, this Canal Zone Biological Area (CZBA) was transferred to the Smithsonian and in 1966 was renamed the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). As a motorboat operator, Kidd became acquainted with scientists visiting BCI, especially CZBA Director James Zetek.
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Topic:
Tropical biology  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9574, Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9574
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Interviews

Collection Creator::
Kidd, Oscar Dean, interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted. Contact SIHistory@si.edu to request permission.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9574, Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
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Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Interview 1: June 17, 1990

Collection Creator::
Kidd, Oscar Dean, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted. Contact SIHistory@si.edu to request permission.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9574, Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
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Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru9574-refidd1e253

Interview of Kidd by Henson, Paramo, and Stockwell at his home in Frijoles, Panama, across Gatun Lake from Barro Colorado Island, covers his youth in Panama, work as a chauffeur and motorboat operator transporting scientists to and from Panama City and...

Collection Creator::
Kidd, Oscar Dean, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted. Contact SIHistory@si.edu to request permission.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9574, Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9574-refidd1e268
Online Media:

Transcript, pp. 1-27, of audiotape recording, 2.0 hours.

Collection Creator::
Kidd, Oscar Dean, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted. Contact SIHistory@si.edu to request permission.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9574, Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9574-refidd1e320

Audio Recordings of Interviews: Total Recording Time: 2.0 hours

Collection Creator::
Kidd, Oscar Dean, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted. Contact SIHistory@si.edu to request permission.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9574, Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9574-refidd1e331

Interview 2: December 17, 1987

Collection Creator::
Kidd, Oscar Dean, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted. Contact SIHistory@si.edu to request permission.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9574, Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9574-refidd1e353

Interview of Kidd by STRI staff Mitchell Aide and Carolien Haverkate also covers his long relationship with the scientists on Barro Colorado Island; c. 1920-1987.

Collection Creator::
Kidd, Oscar Dean, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted. Contact SIHistory@si.edu to request permission.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9574, Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9574-refidd1e368

Transcript, none, of audiotape recording, 0.5 hour.

Collection Creator::
Kidd, Oscar Dean, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted. Contact SIHistory@si.edu to request permission.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9574, Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9574-refidd1e379

Audio Recordings of Interviews: Total Recording Time: 0.5 hour

Collection Creator::
Kidd, Oscar Dean, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted. Contact SIHistory@si.edu to request permission.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9574, Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
See more items in:
Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews
Oscar Dean Kidd Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru9574-refidd1e390

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