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Oral history interview with Alfred C. Glassell, Jr.

Creator::
Glassell, Alfred C., Jr. interviewee.  Search this
Extent:
3 mini-audiotapes (originals).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Interviews
Oral history
Transcripts
Place:
Peru
Date:
2002
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.

Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., was interviewed for his achievements in sport fishing, his contributions to National Museum of Natural History, and his service to the Smithsonian Institution.
Descriptive Entry:
The Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., Interview was conducted on March 12, 2002, by Judy Terry Smith and Clyde F. E. Roper from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The interview discusses Glassell's background and early career in the petroleum industry; his adventures in sport fishing; the scientific expedition to the Indian Ocean aboard his ship, the Argosy; the capture of the world record 1,560 pound black marlin; his induction into the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Hall of Fame; his wife and family; his first visit to the Smithsonian Institution; the formation of the Smithsonian National Board; his views on leadership, development, and museum outreach; the scientific expedition with the University of Miami Marine Institute (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences); and other angler friends. The collection consists of 2.5 hours of audiotape recording, 75 pages of transcript, and occupies 0.5 cubic feet of shelf space. The interview has been digitized for preservation purposes, so the collection also consists of 5 digital audio .wav files and 5 digital .mp3 files. Box 1 contains transcript of the interview, digital .mp3 files and cassette copies of the original micro-cassette recordings, which are in security storage.
Historical Note:
Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. (1913-2008), a leader in the petroleum industry and an advocate for marine biology research, was a generous supporter of the Smithsonian Institution. He was born on March 13, 1913, in northwest Louisiana on Cuba Plantation, a remote cotton plantation near the Red River. He received a B.A. from Louisiana State University in 1934, and in 1945, after serving approximately three and half years in the U.S. Army, he moved to Houston, Texas. Glassell traveled the world extensively hunting marlin, blue fin tuna, and swordfish. He was a member of the U.S. Team in the International Tuna Cup Matches for seven years and served as captain of the 1952 second-place team. He secured the world record title for hooking a 1,560 pound black marlin, the largest grander caught on rod and reel, off the coast of Cabo Blanco, Peru, on August 4, 1953. Glassell donated the immense fish to the Smithsonian for a new hall titled Life in the Sea at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). As an accomplished sport fisherman, he was inducted into the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame in 2001.

He organized scientific expeditions around the world aboard his vessel, the Argosy, for Yale University in 1957, and in 1961 for the University of Miami, where a research laboratory bears his name. He was named an Honorary Member of the Smithsonian National Board of which he was a founding member. In 1991, the Smithsonian Benefactors' Circle recognized him for a lifetime of patronage and dedication to the Smithsonian Institution. He founded the Glassell School of Art, a teaching wing at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (MFAH) where his world-renowned collection of gold is housed, and he served as Chairman Emeritus of the MFAH board of trustees.
Rights:
Restricted (Tapes and transcripts). The Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., oral history interview may not be used without the written permission of Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., or his heirs or assigns.
Topic:
Scientific expeditions -- Ecuador  Search this
Scientific expeditions -- Indian Ocean  Search this
Scientific expeditions -- Panama, Bay of (Panama)  Search this
Swordfish fishing  Search this
Tournament fishing  Search this
Tuna fishing  Search this
Marine biology  Search this
Marine sciences  Search this
Saltwater fishing  Search this
Big game fishing  Search this
Billfish fishing  Search this
Exploratory fishing  Search this
Fishes -- Type specimens  Search this
Fishing -- Records  Search this
Fishing stories  Search this
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Museum trustees  Search this
Marine sciences  Search this
Oceanography  Search this
World records  Search this
Benefactors  Search this
Marine animals  Search this
Ichthyology  Search this
Gifts  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Interviews
Oral history
Transcripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9601, Glassell, Alfred C., Jr. interviewee., Oral history interview with Alfred C. Glassell, Jr.
Identifier:
Record Unit 9601
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9601

Panama Bay, 1923-1924

Author:
Hitchcock, A. S (Albert Spear) 1865-1935  Search this
Subject:
Panama Canal Zone  Search this
Biological Survey of the Panama Canal Zone, 1923-1924  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
Washington Hotel  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White ; Size: 5.9w x 3.6h ; Type of Image: Landscape ; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Panama
Photographic print
Landscape
Place:
Panama
Colón (Panama)
Panama, Bay of (Panama)
Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
Date:
1923-1924
Topic:
Field Stations  Search this
Tropical Biology  Search this
Scientific expeditions  Search this
Natural history  Search this
Botany  Search this
Hotels  Search this
Buildings--Panama  Search this
Palm trees  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2009-2918 and Hitchcock 1101
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_12297

View of Bay Near the Gorgas Memorial Institute

Author:
Hitchcock, A. S (Albert Spear) 1865-1935  Search this
Subject:
Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
Biological Survey of the Panama Canal Zone, 1923-1924  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and white ; Size: 6.25w x 4.25h ; Type of Image: Landscape; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Landscape
Place:
Panama
Panama, Bay of (Panama)
Date:
c. 1923-1924
Topic:
Tropical medicine  Search this
Tropical Biology  Search this
Panama City (Panama)  Search this
Houses  Search this
Scientific expeditions  Search this
Natural history  Search this
Botany  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2010-0706 or Hitchcock #1082a
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13582

View of Bay Near Gorgas Memorial Institute

Author:
Hitchcock, A. S (Albert Spear) 1865-1935  Search this
Subject:
Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
Biological Survey of the Panama Canal Zone, 1923-1924  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and white; Size: 6.25w x 4.25h; Type of Image: Landscape; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Landscape
Place:
Panama
Panama, Bay of (Panama)
Date:
c. 1923-1924
Topic:
Panama City (Panama)  Search this
Tropical Biology  Search this
Scientific expeditions  Search this
Natural history  Search this
Botany  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2010-0707 or Hichcock # 1083a
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13583

The Gorgas Memorial Institute Site along the Bay of Panama

Author:
Hitchcock, A. S (Albert Spear) 1865-1935  Search this
Subject:
Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)  Search this
Biological Survey of the Panama Canal Zone, 1923-1924  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 6.25w x 4.25h; Type of Image: Landscape; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Landscape
Place:
Panama
Panama, Bay of (Panama)
Date:
c. 1923-1924
Topic:
Transportation, Automotive  Search this
Panama City (Panama)  Search this
Automobiles  Search this
Motor vehicles  Search this
Tropical Biology  Search this
Scientific expeditions  Search this
Natural history  Search this
Botany  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2010-0709 or Hitchcock #1085a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_13584

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