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Finding Aids to Oral Histories in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 9615

National Zoological Park, Easter Monday Oral History Interviews, 2003

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator:
Title: National Zoological Park, Easter Monday Oral History Interviews
Dates: 2003
Quantity: 12 audiotapes (Reference copies).
Collection: Record Unit 9615
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

On April 21, 2003, Pamela M. Henson, of the Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, and Jeffrey Nugent Hyson, assistant professor at St. Joseph's College, conducted interviews with twelve zoo visitors on Easter Monday about their families' Easter Monday traditions and reminiscences of past Easter Monday visits to the National Zoo.

Historical Note

After the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park opened in 1891, families began visiting the National Zoo on the Monday after Easter Sunday. Many of the visitors were African Americans who worked as domestics and had the day off after the Easter Sunday. Easter Monday at the National Zoo soon became a traditional African American family event. Especially popular among the many children were the Easter egg rolls down Lion-Tiger Hill in the park. The Easter Monday tradition has continued to the present, especially as an African American family celebration.

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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.

The National Zoological Park Easter Monday Oral History Interviews were recorded by the Smithsonian History Division to document this cultural tradition in Washington, D.C.

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Descriptive Entry

On April 21, 2003, Pamela M. Henson, of the Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, and Jeffrey Hyson, assistant professor at St. Joseph's College, conducted interviews with twelve zoo visitors on Easter Monday about their families' Easter Monday traditions and reminiscences of past Easter Monday visits to the National Zoo. Interviewees were Justine Love, Tyrone Parker, Donald Isaac, Clarence Miles, Antoinette Archie, Delois Jackson, Joyce Madyun, Benet Durant, John Matthews, Marie Reardon Dudley, Harold Flood, and Lorraine Miller.

This collection contains twelve interview sessions, totaling approximately 6 hours of recording. The interviews have not been transcribed.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9615, National Zoological Park, Easter Monday Oral History Interviews

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Container List

Interviews

Interview 1: April 21, 2003

Interviews

Audio Recordings of Interviews: Interview of Justine Love

Interviews
Total recording time: 0.5 hour
Original Masters: 1 audiotape cassette
Reference Copy: 1 audiotape cassette

Interview 2: April 21, 2003

Interviews

Audio Recordings of Interviews: Interview of Tyrone Parker

Interviews
Total recording time: 0.5 hour
Original Masters: 1 audiotape cassette
Reference Copy: 1 audiotape cassette

Interview 3: April 21, 2003

Interviews

Audio Recordings of Interviews: Interview of Donald Isaac

Interviews
Total recording time: 0.5 hour
Original Masters: 1 audiotape cassette
Reference Copy: 1 audiotape cassette

Interview 4: April 21, 2003

Interviews

Audio Recordings of Interviews: Interview of Clarence Miles

Interviews
Total recording time: 0.5 hour
Original Masters: 1 audiotape cassette
Reference Copy: 1 audiotape cassette

Interview 5: April 21, 2003

Interviews

Audio Recordings of Interviews: Interview of Antoinette Archie

Interviews
Total recording time: 0.5 hour
Original Masters: 1 audiotape cassette
Reference Copy: 1 audiotape cassette

Interview 6: April 21, 2003

Interviews

Audio Recordings of Interviews: Interview of Delois Jackson

Interviews
Total recording time: 0.5 hour
Original Masters: 1 audiotape cassette
Reference Copy: 1 audiotape cassette

Interview 7: April 21, 2003

Interviews

Audio Recordings of Interviews: Interview of Joyce Madyun

Interviews
Total recording time: 0.5 hour
Original Masters: 1 audiotape cassette
Reference Copy: 1 audiotape cassette

Interview 8: April 21, 2003

Interviews

Audio Recordings of Interviews: Interview of Benet Durant

Interviews
Total recording time: 0.5 hour
Original Masters: 1 audiotape cassette
Reference Copy: 1 audiotape cassette

Interview 9: April 21, 2003

Interviews

Audio Recordings of Interviews: Interview of John Matthews

Interviews
Total recording time: 0.5 hour
Original Masters: 1 audiotape cassette
Reference Copy: 1 audiotape cassette

Interview 10: April 21, 2003

Interviews

Audio Recordings of Interviews: Interview of Marie Reardon Dudley

Interviews
Total recording time: 0.5 hour
Original Masters: 1 audiotape cassette
Reference Copy: 1 audiotape cassette

Interview 11: April 21, 2003

Interviews

Audio Recordings of Interviews: Interview of Harold Flood

Interviews
Total recording time: 0.5 hour
Original Masters: 1 audiotape cassette
Reference Copy: 1 audiotape cassette

Interview 12: April 21, 2003

Interviews

Audio Recordings of Interviews: nterview of Lorraine Miller

Interviews
Total recording time: 0.5 hour
Original Masters: 1 audiotape cassette
Reference Copy: 1 audiotape cassette