SIA Acc. 14-167, National Zoological Park (U.S.), Historical Photograph Collection, c. 1891-1996

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This accession consists of the historic photographic collection created by the National Zoological Park (NZP). Images document the zoo and its animals, staff, exhibits, facilities, and events as well as collecting trips. In some cases, paper documents were photographed to make copies. The majority of images were taken by NZP staff. Others were taken by commercial or press photographers. Some of the images have been marked up for publication and some have been mounted with text as part of a presentation or in preparation for publication. Materials include glass negatives, copy negatives, prints, postcards, microfilm, and microfiche. This accession also includes textual materials documenting the collection or compiled to help identify photographs such as indexes, an authority file, cataloging rules, a grant proposal (which also includes prints and slides), annual reports, early NZP publications, and related materials.


  • Electronic List in accession file.
  • Item List in accession file.
  • For a description of the record series of which these materials form a part, refer to the "Forms part of" above.



Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1891
  • 1891-1996
  • c 1891-1996


  • Scientific expeditions
  • Zoos
  • Animals
  • Zoo exhibits
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Special events
  • Zoo animals
  • Zoos--Employees


  • Manuscripts
  • Collection descriptions
  • Picture postcards
  • Black-and-white negatives
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Black-and-white transparencies
  • Color photographs
  • Color transparencies
  • Microfiche
  • Microfilms
  • Glass negatives

Local number

SIA Acc. 14-167

Physical description

15.86 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (5 document boxes) (12 12x17 boxes) (1 16x20 box) (12 5x8 boxes) (2.19 non-standard size boxes)

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