Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
National Zoological Park. Department of Animal Programs
Curatorial Records, 1972, 1978-2001
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.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 08-102, National Zoological Park. Department of Animal Programs, Curatorial Records