Records,
1949, 1951, 1956-1982 and undated

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 385
Creators:
National Zoological Park. Office of Animal Programs
Dates:
1949, 1951, 1956-1982 and undated
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
5.5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records primarily document the management of animal collections at NZP from the late 1960s through the early 1980s, with a small amount of material covering the years before that date span. Included are administrative memoranda and correspondence concerning the acquisition, shipment, breeding, health, and feeding of the animals, as well as information on personnel, safety, budget, and research. Also included are annual reports, animal inventories, and keepers' reports.

Historical Note
Historical Note
Prior to the early 1960s, management of the animal collections at the National Zoological Park (NZP) was primarily the responsibility of the animal keepers. In 1961, the Animal Department was created, with Waldfried T. Roth in charge as General Curator. Roth resigned in 1964, and Donald R. Dietlein was appointed Manager of the Department. The Animal Department was renamed the Department of Living Vertebrates in 1968, with Donald D. Bridgwater as Head. The Department of Living Vertebrates was abolished in 1971, and administration of the animal collection passed to Floris M. Garner, Assistant Director for Zoological Programs. Garner resigned the following year, and the Office of Animal Management (OAM) was created. Jaren G. Horsley was General Curator of OAM until 1979, when animal management was reorganized and became the Office of Animal Programs. At that time, John F. Eisenberg was appointed Assistant Director for Animal Programs. Eisenberg resigned his position in 1982.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 385, National Zoological Park. Office of Animal Programs, Records

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Roth, Waldfried T. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dietlein, Donald R. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bridgwater, Donald D. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Garner, Floris M. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Horsley, Jaren G. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Eisenberg, John Frederick, 1935- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Zoological Park (U.S.). Department of Living Vertebrates Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Zoological Park (U.S.). Animal Department Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Zoological Park (U.S.). Office of Animal Management Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Veterinary medicine Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Animals -- Transportation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zoo animals Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Manuscripts Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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