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Smythe, Nicholas D., interviewee
Dates:
1990
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2 audiotapes (Reference copies).
Collection ID:
Record Unit 9585
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

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 ...

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Covers his family background and education; his research, educational, and administrative activities at STRI, c. 1940-1990, including: Family background; secondary and university background; influence of John Eisenberg; interest in mammalian social behavior; Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellowship at STRI in 1965; experiences on BCI in the 1960s; return to STRI with Environmental Sciences Program (ESP) in 1970; significance of dissertation research on the agouti (Dasyprocta punctata); baseline studies of climate and food supply; STRI staff and social and intellectual changes; changes in living conditions on BCI; murder of worker on BCI in mid-1960s; problems of off-island communications; transportation to and from BCI; Smythe family accomodations; choice of tropical research over teaching; children's education; establishment of and research under ESP; impact of Panama Canal Treaties on STRI; role as Conservation Coordinator; role in establishing new parks in Panama; return to research in early 1980s; tracking agoutis and pacas (Cunicula paca) by camera; relationship with students on BCI; changes in intellectual climate on BCI; emphasis on high achievement in American culture; intellectual influences in ecology and evolution; movement of seminars from BCI to Panama City; consequences of increase in researchers on BCI; lack of contacts with scientists in Washington, D.C., area; origins and theory of paca domestication experiment; application to W. Alton Jones Foundation; outcome of experiments; effect of applied research on scientist's role and goals; fate of domesticated pacas; Smythe's assistants; origins of role as Conservation Coordinator; participation in education programs; poaching at Barro Colorado Nature Monument; difficulty of working with University of Panama; and current research on palm, Astrocaryum standleyanum, and seed dispersal.
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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Dates:
1990
Size:
1 audiotape (Reference copy).
Collection ID:
Record Unit 9580
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

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 ...

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Covers his reminiscences of BCI while looking at photographs from the STRI library, c. 1930-1988, including: Changes in the layout of the houses from the 1930s to the time of the interview; the water tanks and how they functioned; maintaining the wharf; the establishment of a women's house for female visitors; farming on Slothia Island; experimentation with termite stakes and houses; Neal Griffith Smith's research on oropendolas; reminiscences of James Zetek; accidental biting by a tapir; the beauty of the island; clearing trails and maintenance of the island; patroling and shuttling by boat; reminiscences of Moynihan's successor, Ernest Hayden; care and feeding of the forty monkeys; discrimination of past years and how it has changed; reminiscences of Oscar Dean Kidd, his wife, Ken Cliford, and Frijoles; reminiscences of his happiness on BCI; assistance to Alan Paul Smith and Stephen S. Mulkey with botanical collecting; hunting with a scientist to collect blood for research purposes; getting permission to leave the island; reminiscences of difficulties with Chi Chi Vitola; recreation and fishing on the island; discovering poachers on the island; working with Moynihan and Nicholas D. Smythe; maintenance of the boats and occasional boating accidents; discussion of his retirement; his family, home, and way of life; injuries he sustained on the island; reminiscences of the other workers, Florentino Gomez, Pablo Rodriguez-Martinez, Moises Troya, and Abel Gomez; reminiscences of Adela Gomez; accident with the cart; reminiscences of Frank Michler Chapman's pet monkey, Claudia; reminiscences of John Henry Kaufmann; stories about the coatis and the tapirs; discussing photographs taken by Michael H. Robinson; and stories about other animals.
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