This accession consists of records documenting responses to issues and crises in the news media related to the National Zoological Park. The bulk of these records document a particularly active period of high-profile animal deaths and investigations by several regulatory bodies and news agencies during the tenure of Lucy H. Spelman, Director, 2000-2004. Materials include clippings, reports, correspondence, internal communications, press releases, press packets, media statements, talking points, and related materials.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-173, National Zoological Park. Office of Public Affairs, News Media Issues Files
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