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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 385

National Zoological Park. Office of Animal Programs

Records, 1949, 1951, 1956-1982 and undated

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Zoological Park. Office of Animal Programs
Title: Records
Dates: 1949, 1951, 1956-1982 and undated
Quantity: 5.5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection: Record Unit 385
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

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

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.

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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.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 385, National Zoological Park. Office of Animal Programs, Records

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Container List

Box 1

Bridgwater, Donald D. - Correspondence, 1968

Box 1 of 6

Bridgwater, Donald D. - Correspondence, 1969-1970

Box 1 of 6

Wilkes and Faulkner Associates, Architects, 1976-1978

Box 1 of 6

Conservation Research Center - Long range planning meetings, 1976-1977

Box 1 of 6

Division of Large Mammals, 1967-1972

Box 1 of 6

Duty Officer - Responsibilities and procedures, 1967-1969

Box 1 of 6

Giant pandas and "Smokey Bear" - Information regarding, 1974, 1977

Box 1 of 6

Scooter/vehicle usage report, 1979

Box 1 of 6

Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) fellowship awards, 1979-1980

Box 1 of 6

Emergency planning, 1974-1978

Box 1 of 6

Animal Reports, Daily, 1977

Box 1 of 6

Animal Reports, Daily, 1978

Box 1 of 6

Animal Reports, Daily, 1979

Box 1 of 6

Commissary Support Unit, 1966-1973

Box 1 of 6

Commissary Support Unit - Daily reports, 1973

Box 1 of 6

Head Keepers - memoranda to, 1967-1972

Box 1 of 6

Administrative Officer, NZP (Nels Werner, III, J. J. McGarry), 1967-1972

Box 1 of 6

Yearly objectives, 1963-1967

Box 1 of 6

Budget, 1969-1972

Box 1 of 6

Division of Large Carnivores, 1968-1973

Box 1 of 6

Information storage and retrieval, 1968-1969

Box 1 of 6

Division of Birds - Status of collection, 1972

Box 1 of 6

Operations and Management Department, 1968-1972

Box 1 of 6

Animal inventory, 1967

Box 1 of 6

Xanten, William A. - Correspondence, 1968-1973

Box 1 of 6

Perry, John - Assistant Director, NZP, 1966-1968

Box 1 of 6

Division of Birds, 1964-1968, 1973

Box 1 of 6

Meetings - General, 1967-1971

Box 1 of 6

S. Dillon Ripley - Replies for his signature, 1971-1973

Box 1 of 6

Box 2

Director's Office, 1963-1967

Box 2 of 6

Director's Office, 1968-1971

Box 2 of 6

Office of Animal Management Safety Committee, 1972-1979

Box 2 of 6

NZP Management Council, 1975

Box 2 of 6

Office of Zoological Research, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 6

Animal inventories, 1966-1968

Box 2 of 6

Breeding activity - Bongos, 1973

Box 2 of 6

Division of Animal Health, 1972

Box 2 of 6

Procurement practices and policies, 1970

Box 2 of 6

Supply and Property Division, 1968-1969

Box 2 of 6

NZP general memoranda, 1969-1971

Box 2 of 6

Division of Pathology, 1969-1971

Box 2 of 6

Jaren Horsley - Incoming and outgoing memoranda, 1973

Box 2 of 6

Division of Interpretation (before 1972, Division of Information and Education), 1966-1972

Box 2 of 6

Panda Division, 1973

Box 2 of 6

Division of Small Mammals and Primates, 1968-1973

Box 2 of 6

Division of Pathology - Necropsy reports, 1971-1972

Box 2 of 6

Collection policy at NZP

Box 2 of 6

Proposed Chesapeake breeding farm, 1972-1973

Box 2 of 6

Complaints, 1972-1973

Box 2 of 6

Harold J. Egoscue - General correspondence, 1971-1973

Box 2 of 6

Division of Reptiles - General correspondence, 1973

Box 2 of 6

Jaren Horsley - General correspondence, 1972-1973

Box 2 of 6

Marmoset research, 1971-1973

Box 2 of 6

Zoo exchanges - American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, 1962

Box 2 of 6

Key requests and lock changes, 1975-1980

Box 2 of 6

Duty Officer, undated

Box 2 of 6

Civil Service Reform Act of 1978

Box 2 of 6

Reference file, 1979-1980

Box 2 of 6

Annual Report, 1978

Box 2 of 6

Box 3

Pest Control transfer to Office of Animal Management, 1979

Box 3 of 6

Management position for contract talks, 1979

Box 3 of 6

NZP Five Year Plan - FY 1979-1983, 1978

Box 3 of 6

NZP construction program - Budget information, 1978

Box 3 of 6

Correspondence to be filed, 1979

Box 3 of 6

Environmental Differential Time Record, 1979

Box 3 of 6

Raymond T. Plaugher, Executive Officer - Memoranda, 1979-1980

Box 3 of 6

Paid invoices for information file, 1979

Box 3 of 6

Unit requisitions to be done, 1979

Box 3 of 6

Pending invoices for information file, 1979

Box 3 of 6

Mason and Dixon Lines invoice for heater, 1979

Box 3 of 6

SI 44's held for invoice or delivery, 1979

Box 3 of 6

Keeper Excellence Award proposition, 1978

Box 3 of 6

1979 summer internships, 1978

Box 3 of 6

Research project publications, 1973-1977

Box 3 of 6

Position control, 1974-1978

Box 3 of 6

Decision Unit overview - FY 1979, 1977

Box 3 of 6

"A Report on the Management and Organization of the National Zoological Park," April 23, 1979

Box 3 of 6

Emergency procedures memoranda, 1979

Box 3 of 6

Annual Work Unit assignments, 1978-1979

Box 3 of 6

Report on vandalism, 1976-1977

Box 3 of 6

Division of Interpretation, 1972-1973

Box 3 of 6

Large Carnivore Division, 1973

Box 3 of 6

Theodore H. Reed - Correspondence, 1973

Box 3 of 6

Nancy A. Muckenhirn - Correspondence, 1973

Box 3 of 6

Larry R. Collins - Correspondence, 1973

Box 3 of 6

Airline shipping instructions, 1961-1963 and undated

Box 3 of 6

Declaration for free entry of articles for colleges, etc. - Customs form 3321, circa 1959

Box 3 of 6

Certificate of origin - Pan American World Airways, undated

Box 3 of 6

Shipper's export declaration - Form 7525-V, circa 1962

Box 3 of 6

Health certificates, 1962-1968

Box 3 of 6

Commercial invoice - Pan American World Airways, undated

Box 3 of 6

Shipper's letter of instructions - Pan American World Airways, 1963

Box 3 of 6

USDA quarantine papers, 1962, 1969

Box 3 of 6

Small Mammal Division, 1965

Box 3 of 6

Primates - Diet, 1972

Box 3 of 6

Large carnivores - Diet, undated

Box 3 of 6

Reptiles - Diet, undated

Box 3 of 6

Bears and wolves - Operating procedures (diet), undated

Box 3 of 6

Commissary - Operating procedures, undated

Box 3 of 6

North Mammals - Operating procedures, 1965, 1969, 1971

Box 3 of 6

Bird House - Operating procedures, 1957, 1965-1969

Box 3 of 6

NZP operation - Memoranda and correspondence, 1971-1973

Box 3 of 6

Publications, 1971-1973

Box 3 of 6

Mammal Division - Daily reports, 1973

Box 3 of 6

Vermin control daily report, 1973

Box 3 of 6

International Cat Symposium - Winston, Oregon, March 15-17, 1973

Box 3 of 6

Infant animal information - Polar bears, 1969-1970 and undated

Box 3 of 6

Department of Living Vertebrates - Memoranda, 1968

Box 3 of 6

Memoranda to Animal Department, 1964

Box 3 of 6

Memoranda to Animal Department, 1965

Box 3 of 6

Memoranda to Animal Department, 1966

Box 3 of 6

Miscellaneous memoranda and correspondence, 1969

Box 3 of 6

Miscellaneous memoranda and correspondence, 1971

Box 3 of 6

Miscellaneous memoranda and correspondence, 1972

Box 3 of 6

Correspondence, February 1973

Box 3 of 6

Correspondence, March 1973

Box 3 of 6

Miscellaneous memoranda and correspondence, 1973

Box 3 of 6

Miscellaneous memoranda and correspondence, 1974

Box 3 of 6

Miscellaneous memoranda and correspondence, 1976, 1978, 1979

Box 3 of 6

Transfers and acquisitions, 1967-1968

Box 3 of 6

Vandalism, 1976-1977

Box 3 of 6

Easter Weekend, 1980 - Preventive measures

Box 3 of 6

Civil Service hiring limitations, 1980

Box 3 of 6

Guidelines for alcoholism, drug abuse, and other problems, 1980

Box 3 of 6

U.S. Joint Publications Research Service - Translations, 1979

Box 3 of 6

Zoo information packet, prepared by Linda Moore, 1979

Box 3 of 6

Position description - how to, 1974-1978

Box 3 of 6

Position description file, undated

Box 3 of 6

Phone installation and service requests, 1979

Box 3 of 6

New locks and keys system, 1974-1978

Box 3 of 6

Endangered Species Act, 1977-1978

Box 3 of 6

Pigeons, 1957 and undated

Box 3 of 6

Kiwis, 1968

Box 3 of 6

Birds, 1963, 1965, 1968-1969

Box 3 of 6

Box 4

Felidae - Diet, 1965-1969

Box 4 of 6

Malayan pangolins, 1966

Box 4 of 6

Reindeer, 1969

Box 4 of 6

Tasmanian devils - Diet, 1969

Box 4 of 6

Exhibiting and propagating elf owls, 1969

Box 4 of 6

Breeding of the Philippine tree shrew, 1949 reprint

Box 4 of 6

Duty Officer log sheets, 1980

Box 4 of 6

Manatees, 1967

Box 4 of 6

Translations of foreign zoo journals, undated

Box 4 of 6

Large Mammal Division, 1973

Box 4 of 6

Giant panda observation sheets, 1980

Box 4 of 6

FONZ support, 1978-1979

Box 4 of 6

Cages devoted to breeding programs, 1979

Box 4 of 6

Indian rhino, 1979

Box 4 of 6

Animal shipments - Miscellaneous, 1967

Box 4 of 6

Government Bill of Lading, 1968

Box 4 of 6

Death lists, 1968-1970 and undated

Box 4 of 6

Wildlife predators at NZP, 1974-1975

Box 4 of 6

Animal Department - safety regulations, 1960, 1965

Box 4 of 6

Animal Department - general regulations, 1967 and undated

Box 4 of 6

Animal Department - regulations, 1957

Box 4 of 6

Safety, 1958, 1960, 1966-1967

Box 4 of 6

Equal Employment Opportunity Plan, 1978

Box 4 of 6

Judith Block - Memoranda, 1973, 1977-1979

Box 4 of 6

Easter Weekend, 1979

Box 4 of 6

Curator weekend duty sheets, undated

Box 4 of 6

Donations, 1977

Box 4 of 6

Weather, 1977

Box 4 of 6

Rare Feline Breeding Compound, 1969

Box 4 of 6

Glossary of necropsy terms, undated

Box 4 of 6

Animal shipment - Telegrams, 1968

Box 4 of 6

Animal shipments, 1967

Box 4 of 6

Animal shipments, 1968

Box 4 of 6

Classification of causes of death, 1968-1969

Box 4 of 6

Educational programs - Other zoos, 1968 and undated

Box 4 of 6

Department of Living Vertebrates and Commissary - Budget, 1968-1969

Box 4 of 6

Stainless steel cages, 1962

Box 4 of 6

New York Zoological Society Consortium, 1973

Box 4 of 6

Perissodactyla (wooly tapir), undated

Box 4 of 6

Cats - Diet and disease, 1967 and undated

Box 4 of 6

Donald Bridgwater - Coordinator, Department of Living Vertebrates, 1967-1969

Box 4 of 6

Commercial animal feed pamphlets, 1951, 1956, 1966 and undated

Box 4 of 6

Mercer, Christopher, 1978-1979

Box 4 of 6

Feed consumption, 1961-1969

Box 4 of 6

Capchur gun - Dosages, 1961 and undated

Box 4 of 6

Humane stunner, Bates-Dodd Company, undated

Box 4 of 6

Disease, undated

Box 4 of 6

Temperatures, 1961-1962

Box 4 of 6

Traps, 1949 and undated

Box 4 of 6

Wildlife Disease Association, 1959-1961

Box 4 of 6

Albatross, 1958-1959

Box 4 of 6

Insects, 1959, 1961-1962

Box 4 of 6

Pending shipments, 1971, 1973

Box 4 of 6

Master Graphics System, 1973

Box 4 of 6

Euthanization of female lion "Princess," 1973

Box 4 of 6

John F. Eisenberg - Memoranda and correspondence, 1979-1980

Box 4 of 6

Royal Forest Department - Dr. Ponq Leng-ee, 1979-1980

Box 4 of 6

Commissary - Moses Benson, 1979-1980

Box 4 of 6

Fluid Research Fund requests, 1979-1980

Box 4 of 6

Olav T. Ofteda - Memoranda and correspondence, 1979-1980

Box 4 of 6

Daryl J. Boness - Memoranda and correspondence, 1979-1980

Box 4 of 6

Fish and Wildlife Service - Correspondence to, 1979-1980

Box 4 of 6

Vincent J. Doyle - Memoranda, 1979

Box 4 of 6

Property Inventory, 1980-1982

Box 4 of 6

Box 5

SELGEM data - Computer operations, 1976, 1979

Box 5 of 6

Computer data, 1974, 1978

Box 5 of 6

Conservation and Research Center directions, undated

Box 5 of 6

Jaren G. Horsley - Memoranda and correspondence, 1976, 1979-1980

Box 5 of 6

Support file, 1978-1979

Box 5 of 6

Director's Control File, 1979-1980

Box 5 of 6

Delegation of Authority

Box 5 of 6

S. Dillon Ripley, 1979

Box 5 of 6

Gaetano G. Calise, Jr. - Memoranda, 1979-1980

Box 5 of 6

Theodore H. Reed - Memoranda and correspondence, 1979-1980

Box 5 of 6

Robert J. Hoage - Memoranda, 1979

Box 5 of 6

Robert E. Mulcahy, Office of Graphics and Exhibits - Memoranda, 1979

Box 5 of 6

Office of Facilities Management, 1974, 1979-1980

Box 5 of 6

Budget information

Box 5 of 6

Sales of Animals - Proceeds to Chrysler Fund, 1979-1982 (2 folders)

Box 5 of 6

Freight - Animal shipments, 1982

Box 5 of 6

Private animal purchases, 1982

Box 5 of 6

Federal personnel services, 1982

Box 5 of 6

Mammalogy purchase orders, 1982

Box 5 of 6

Correspondence with Fish and Wildlife Service, 1976-1979

Box 5 of 6

Questionnaires, 1975-1979

Box 5 of 6

American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums animal surplus, 1976-1979

Box 5 of 6

Animal surplus - General, 1976-1979

Box 5 of 6

Bird surplus - 1973, 1975-1977

Box 5 of 6

Charles W. Pickett, Ornithologist - Correspondence, 1979-1980

Box 5 of 6

Diet - North Mammal Unit, 1975

Box 5 of 6

New organizational titles and appointments, 1979-1982

Box 5 of 6

Miscellaneous "need-to-knows," 1978-1979, 1982 and undated

Box 5 of 6

ISIS, 1981 and undated

Box 5 of 6

Batch control for unit purchasing, 1982-1983

Box 5 of 6

Cancelled S1-4's, 1982

Box 5 of 6

Training forms, 1982

Box 5 of 6

Private funds and fluid research funds - Miscellaneous, 1981-1982

Box 5 of 6

FONZ support - Funding, 1982

Box 5 of 6

Registrar, 1980-1982

Box 5 of 6

Birds - Purchase orders, 1982

Box 5 of 6

Delegation of Authority, 1979-1982

Box 5 of 6

Signs - General, 1974-1976, 1978

Box 5 of 6

Signs - Birds, 1973-1974

Box 5 of 6

Signs - Mammals, 1974-1976, 1978

Box 5 of 6

Animal deaths, 1976-1978

Box 5 of 6

Animals confiscated by Fish and Wildlife Service, 1977

Box 5 of 6

Animal carcasses, 1977-1979

Box 5 of 6

Mammal off-exhibit holding plans, 1972-1973, 1977-1978

Box 5 of 6

North American Mammal Complex plans, 1975, 1977-1979

Box 5 of 6

Small Mammal Building remodeling, 1976-1978

Box 5 of 6

Gibbon Island plans, 1977

Box 5 of 6

Nocturnal Exhibit Plans, 1977

Box 5 of 6

Mammal surplus, 1973-1976, 1979

Box 5 of 6

Breeding Loan Agreements, 1974-1980

Box 5 of 6

Requests for Legislation Information, 1976

Box 5 of 6

Legislation Affecting Zoos, 1973-1979

Box 5 of 6

Volunteer FONZ program (PregWatch, etc.), 1974-1979

Box 5 of 6

Animal Problems

Deaths during transit, scheduling problems, mix-ups, 1978-1979

Box 5 of 6

Artificial insemination, 1975-1976

Box 5 of 6

Missing Animals, 1974

Box 5 of 6

Displaced animals, 1975

Box 5 of 6

Animal food theft, 1974

Box 5 of 6

Bird disease, 1975

Box 5 of 6

Reptile deaths, 1975

Box 5 of 6

Bird quarantine, 1975

Box 5 of 6

Medication, 1975

Box 5 of 6

Labels

Procedures, 1973, 1975

Box 5 of 6

General, 1974, 1976, 1978

Box 5 of 6

Beaver Valley, 1978

Box 5 of 6

Small Mammal House, 1975

Box 5 of 6

Birds, 1973-1975

Box 5 of 6

Mammals, 1975, 1979

Box 5 of 6

Animal Collections

White tigers, 1973, 1976, 1978

Box 5 of 6

Atlas lions, 1976-1979

Box 5 of 6

Prairie dogs, 1975-1977

Box 5 of 6

Kit fox project, 1976

Box 5 of 6

Golden marmosets, 1973-1975

Box 5 of 6

Exhibits

General, 1973-1976

Box 5 of 6

Lion/Tiger, 1973-1976

Box 5 of 6

Aquatic Mammals, 1976, 1978

Box 5 of 6

Bird yards, 1976-1977

Box 5 of 6

Bird House, 1973-1976, 1978-1979

Box 5 of 6

Bear Line, 1974-1978

Box 5 of 6

Cheetahs, 1974

Box 5 of 6

Lesser Pandas, 1974

Box 5 of 6

Short Bear Line, 1973

Box 5 of 6

Seals, undated

Box 5 of 6

Otters, 1975

Box 5 of 6

Lesser cats, 1974

Box 5 of 6

Small Mammal House, 1974, 1977

Box 5 of 6

Beaver Valley, 1975-1979

Box 5 of 6

Nocturnal Room, 1974-1975

Box 5 of 6

Sea lions, 1974

Box 5 of 6

Prairie dog enclosure, 1978-1979

Box 5 of 6

Animal House Problems

Birds, 1974-1977

Box 5 of 6

Bear Exhibit, 1977

Box 5 of 6

Lion/Tiger Complex, 1977

Box 5 of 6

Construction

Moats, 1962-1963, 1974-1975 and undated

Box 5 of 6

Beaver Valley, 1978

Box 5 of 6

Miscellaneous, 1967-1968, 1973-1978

Box 5 of 6

Central Area development, 1977-1978

Box 5 of 6

New services - Commissary, 1975, 1977, 1979

Box 5 of 6

Maintenance/Services Complex, 1974

Box 5 of 6

Education & Reception Building, 1974-1975

Box 5 of 6

Elephant House, 1973-1976

Box 5 of 6

Bird House, 1973-1976

Box 5 of 6

Lesser Cats, 1974

Box 5 of 6

Lesser pandas, 1974-1975

Box 5 of 6

Lion Hill, 1973-1976

Box 5 of 6

North American Mammals exhibit, 1977-1978

Box 5 of 6

Small Mammals, 1973-1974

Box 5 of 6

Wolves, 1973, 1975

Box 5 of 6

Box 6

Cheetah, 1972-1974, 1976

Box 6 of 6

Old Shops Building, 1977-1978

Box 6 of 6

Renovations, 1975-1978 and undated

Box 6 of 6

Renovation Projects - General, 1978

Box 6 of 6

Small Mammal renovations, 1978

Box 6 of 6

Waterfowl Ponds renovations, 1976-1978

Box 6 of 6

Eld's Deer Yard renovations, 1978-1979

Box 6 of 6

Birds

Birds - General, 1976

Box 6 of 6

Kiwi, 1975-1977

Box 6 of 6

Animals

Transportation - Cost Comparison, 1978

Box 6 of 6

Feeding Schedules, 1977

Box 6 of 6

Hand-rearing, 1972, 1977

Box 6 of 6

No feeding, 1975-1976

Box 6 of 6

Worming Programs, 1978

Box 6 of 6

Names, 1973-1974, 1977

Box 6 of 6

Diets, 1974-1976, 1978-1979

Box 6 of 6

Authorization for Euthanization, 1973-1979

Box 6 of 6

Breeding, 1978

Box 6 of 6

Animal Moves, 1976, 1978

Box 6 of 6

Information Summaries, 1974-1976 and undated

Box 6 of 6

Acquisitions, Loans, Surplusing, Shipments, 1975, 1977-1979

Box 6 of 6