William M. Mann (1886-1960) and Lucile Quarry Mann (1897-1986), 1940

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From 1925 to 1956, William M. Mann (1886-1960) was Director of the National Zoological Park. His wife, Lucile Quarry Mann (1897-1986) often accompanied him on collecting trips. In 1940 the Mann's were on the Smithsonian-Firestone Expedition to Liberia. He wrote, "At Bendaja, we made friends with Boima Quae (center), a famous old Gola chief, the Mohammedan priest of the village (far left), and Fermetah, the chief's favorite wife (far right)." William M. Mann is second from left; Lucile Quarry Mann is second from right. A science writer, Lucile Mann would produce the popular accounts of their expeditions. She also became skilled at care of exotic animals, feeding and caring for animals on expeditions and raising several big cat cubs in their home.


  • Mann, William M. 1886-1960
  • Mann, Lucile Quarry 1897-1986
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian-Firestone Expedition to Liberia (1940)


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7293, William M. Mann and Lucile Quarry Mann Papers, Image No. SIA2009-0984

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  • Scientific expeditions
  • Zoology


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SIA RU007293 [SIA2009-0984]

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