Mann, Lucile Quarry, 1897-1986

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Biographical History

Lucile Quarry Mann (1897-1986) was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Michigan in 1918. She worked for Military Intelligence in Washington, D.C., during the last remaining months of World War I. She served as assistant editor at the Bureau of Entomology, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1918-1922, and as editor for The Women's Home Companion in New York City, 1922-1926. In 1926, Lucile Quarry married William Mann, shortly after Mann's return from an animal collecting expedition to East Africa. As a wife of a zookeeper, Lucile Mann traveled with her husband to Europe and on live-animal collecting expeditions. She also acted as a foster parent to many of the orphaned infant National Zoological Park (NZP)-born animals at the Manns' apartment. Lucile Mann worked in the NZP administrative offices from 1951 until her retirement in 1967, but she continued to work there part-time until 1971. She also was editor of Tiger Talk, the NZP newsletter, and Spots and Stripes, the Friends of the National Zoo newsletter. A taped interview with Lucile Mann was made in 1977 as part of the Smithsonian Institution Archives' Oral History Project. The tapes and transcripts can be found in RU 9513.

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  • Mann, William M., 1886-1960: Husband
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.) : She took part in collecting trips for the National Zoological Park.

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