Alexander Wetmore Interviews,
1974
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 9504
Creators:
Wetmore, Alexander, 1886- interviewee
Dates:
1974
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 audiotapes (reference copies). 4 digital .mp3 files (reference copies).
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Introduction
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.
Wetmore was interviewed for the Oral History Project because he has made significant scholarly and administrative contributions to the Smithsonian during 50 years of service.

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
Wetmore was interviewed by Miriam Freilicher on April 18 and May 8, 1974. The interviews consist of reminiscences of his field work, expeditions for the Biological Survey, administration, changes, growth and finances of the U.S. National Museum, reminiscences of colleagues, notably John L. Keddy, Louise M. Pearson, and James Zetek, and the acquisition of the Canal Zone Biological Area.

Historical Note
Historical Note
Alexander Wetmore (1866-1978), B.A., University of Kansas, 1912 and Ph.D., George Washington University, 1920, pursued a career of ornithological field work beginning with the U.S.D.A. Bureau of Biological Survey from 1910-1924. After working informally with Smithsonian collections for many years, he was appointed Superintendent of the National Zoological Park in 1924 and as Assistant Secretary in charge of the U.S. National Museum in 1925. In 1945 he became Secretary of the Institution and during his tenure oversaw the acquisition of the Canal Zone Biological Area. After his retirement in 1952, he continued as a Research Associate of the Institution. Dr. Wetmore was well-known for his research and publications of North and South American birds.

Notes
Oral Histories

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9504, Wetmore, Alexander, 1886- interviewee, Alexander Wetmore Interviews

Keywords
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Keddy, John L. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pearson, Louise M. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wetmore, Alexander, 1886-1978 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zetek, James, 1886-1959 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Assistant Secretary in Charge of the United States National Museum Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Bureau of Biological Survey. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Canal Zone Biological Area Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Zoological Park (U.S.). Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ornithology. Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Freilicher, Miriam S. interviewer. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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