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Accession 08-102

National Zoological Park. Department of Animal Programs

Curatorial Records, 1972, 1978-2001

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Zoological Park. Department of Animal Programs
Title: Curatorial Records
Dates: 1972, 1978-2001
Quantity: 1.58 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 tall document box)
Collection: Accession 08-102
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of records maintained by Lisa Stevens, Collections Manager and, later, Curator, documenting public support of the pandas. The majority of the records consist of letters, cards, postcards, posters, and artwork sent by the public, especially schoolchildren, to the pandas or their keepers. Some of these materials were displayed in the Panda House. Records also consist of letters requesting information about the pandas; visitor surveys commenting at length on the pandas; letters expressing dissatisfaction with a visit to see the pandas or with a particular policy related to the pandas; photographs sent by the public of pandas at other zoos; letters expressing gratitude or support of a particular issue related to the pandas; and newspaper clippings related about the pandas. The response letter from the zoo is sometimes included.

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This accession consists of records maintained by Lisa Stevens, Collections Manager and, later, Curator, documenting public support of the pandas. The majority of the records consist of letters, cards, postcards, posters, and artwork sent by the public, especially schoolchildren, to the pandas or their keepers. Some of these materials were displayed in the Panda House. Records also consist of letters requesting information about the pandas; visitor surveys commenting at length on the pandas; letters expressing dissatisfaction with a visit to see the pandas or with a particular policy related to the pandas; photographs sent by the public of pandas at other zoos; letters expressing gratitude or support of a particular issue related to the pandas; and newspaper clippings related about the pandas. The response letter from the zoo is sometimes included.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 08-102, National Zoological Park. Department of Animal Programs, Curatorial Records

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Container List

Box 1

Panda Mail, 1998-2000

Box 1 of 2

Get Well Cards for Hsing-Hsing, Campfire Boys and Girls, Reading, Pennsylvania, c. 1997

Box 1 of 2

Visitor Surveys, 1998

Box 1 of 2

Get Well Cards for Hsing-Hsing, Franklin Barns School and Children's Center, Herndon, Virginia, 1997

Box 1 of 2

Panda Artwork, 1997 and undated

Box 1 of 2

Panda Letters, 1983-1991 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 2

Panda Letters, 1978-1985

Box 1 of 2

Panda Letters, 1990-1991

Box 1 of 2

Panda Notes

Box 1 of 2

Panda Mail, Phillips School Kindergarten, Painesville, Ohio, 1989

Box 1 of 2

Panda Mail, Sandia Base Elementary, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1990

Box 1 of 2

Panda Mail, Antelope Elementary, Clearfield, Utah, 1990

Box 1 of 2

Panda Mail, Meiners Oak Elementary, Ojai, California, 1991

Box 1 of 2

Panda Mail, Philip Schuyler Elementary, Albany, New York, 1992

Box 1 of 2

Panda Mail, Battle Creek Elementary, Battle Creek, Iowa, 1992

Box 1 of 2

Panda Mail, c. 1987-1992 (3 folders)

Box 1 of 2

Panda Letters, 1989

Box 1 of 2

Panda Mail, Gault School, Santa Cruz, California, 1989

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Panda Mail, 1987-1991 (3 folders)

Box 1 of 2

Panda Clippings, 1972, 1992-1996

Box 1 of 2

Box 2

Condolence Poster for Ling-Ling, Armstrong Elementary, Reston, Virginia

Box 2 of 2

Panda Mail, c. 1997-2001

Box 2 of 2