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Finding Aids to Oral Histories in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 9567

Bouché, Adrien M., Jr. 1923-

Adrien M. Bouché, Jr. Reminiscences , 1992

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Bouché, Adrien M., Jr. 1923-
Title: Adrien M. Bouché, Jr. Reminiscences
Dates: 1992
Quantity: 1 audiotape (Reference copy).
Collection: Record Unit 9567
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These reminiscences recorded by Bouché in 1992 discuss his family history, American scientists working in Panama, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, plans for a scientific research center in Panama, his career as a fossil preparator, his plans for a museum of the Panama Canal Zone, and colleagues such as Graham Bell Fairchild and Robert L. Dressler.

Historical Note

Adrien M. Bouché (1923- ), fossil preparator and amateur naturalist, was raised in the Panama Canal Zone and worked there until 1976 in a variety of occupations. After his retirement, he became a fossil preparator at Brigham Young University in Utah. He also revived plans begun by his grandfather to found a museum documenting the history of the Panama Canal Zone.

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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 reminiscences and interviews recorded by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

In 1992 Adrien M. Bouché recorded his reminiscences of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in its early years and donated them to the Smithsonian Institution Archives Oral History Collection.

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Descriptive Entry

These reminiscences recorded by Bouché in 1992 discuss his family history, American scientists working in Panama, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, plans for a scientific research center in Panama, his career as a fossil preparator, his plans for a museum of the Panama Canal Zone, and colleagues such as Graham Bell Fairchild and Robert L. Dressler.

The Bouché Reminiscences consist of 1.0 hour of audio recording and 28 pages of transcript.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9567, Adrien M. Bouché, Jr. Reminiscences

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Container List

Interviews

Session 1: July 12, 1992

Interviews

Includes Bouche's reminiscences of his family, youth, life in Panama, scientists and research centers in Panama, work as a fossil preparator, plans for a Panamanian museum, and colleagues.

Interviews

Transcript, pp. 1-28, of audiotape recording, 1.0 hour.

Interviews

Audio Recording of Reminiscences: Total recording time: 1.0 hour

Interviews
Original Masters: 1 audiocassette tape
Preservation Masters: 2 7" and 1 7" low torque reel-to-reel tapes; 3 digital .wav files
Reference Copies: 1 audiocassette, 3 digital .mp3 files