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Finding Aids to Oral Histories in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 9634

History of the Smithsonian Associates Oral History Interviews, 2013

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Title: History of the Smithsonian Associates Oral History Interviews
Dates: 2013
Quantity: 0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Collection: Record Unit 9634
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

The Smithsonian Resident Associates was founded in 1965 to provide its local members a wide range of educational and cultural activities, including classes in the arts, sciences, humanities, and crafts, as well as tours and opportunities for domestic travel. The program was expanded in 1970 with creation of the National Associates along with publication of "Smithsonian" magazine. From 2005 to 2013, Barbara Tuceling served as director of The Smithsonian Associates. As she retired, Tuceling conducted an oral history program with a wide range of TSA staff members and Smithsonian administrators, including Michael E. Alin, Robert H. Angle, Brigitte Blachere, Carol A. Bogash, Joseph M. Carper, Michael W. Cassidy, Prudence Clendening, Neill Heath, James M. Hobbins, Amy Kotkin, Richard Kurin, Thomas E. Lovejoy, Mara Mayor, David T. Parry, Steve Pike, Ann Post, Crystal Fleary Pruitt, Dennis Smoot, William A. Stewart, Katharine F. Stewart, Abby Whiteneck, Edmund Worthy, and Abby Yochelson.

Historical Note

The Smithsonian Associates interviewees include Michael E. Alin, Robert H. Angle, Brigitte Blachere, Carol A. Bogash, Joseph M. Carper, Michael W. Cassidy, Prudence Clendening, Neill Heath, James M. Hobbins, Amy Kotkin, Richard Kurin, Thomas E. Lovejoy, Mara Mayor, David T. Parry, Steve Pike, Ann Post, Crystal Fleary Pruitt, Dennis Smoot, William A. Stewart, Katharine F. Stewart, Abby Whiteneck, Edmund Worthy, and Abby Yochelson.

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Introduction

The Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) 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 Smithsonian Resident Associates was founded in 1965 to provide its local members a wide range of educational and cultural activities, including classes in the arts, sciences, humanities, and crafts, as well as tours and opportunities for domestic travel. The program was expanded in 1970 with creation of the National Associates along with publication of Smithsonian magazine. From 2005 to 2013, Barbara Tuceling served as director of The Smithsonian Associates (TSA). As she retired in 2013, Tuceling conducted a series of oral history interviews with a wide range of TSA staff members and Smithsonian administrators to document the history of TSA.

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Descriptive Entry

These interviews discuss their careers at TSA, new programs, relationship to the rest of the Smithsonian, notable programs, significant challenges, reminiscences of colleagues, and interaction with the public and staff.

The Smithsonian Associates Oral History Interviews collection is comprised of 22 interview sessions, totaling approximately 19.1 hours of recordings. There are 32 original audio files for this session. In total, this collection is comprised of 32 original digital audio .wav files and 32 reference digital audio .mp3 files. There are no transcripts.

Researchers must check with Smithsonian Archives to determine if there are any restrictions on individual interviews.

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Use Restriction

Restricted. Contact reference staff for details.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9634, History of the Smithsonian Associates Oral History Interviews

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Container List

Box 1

List of Interviews

Interview 1: 10 July 2013

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Interview of Thomas E. Lovejoy, no transcript available.

Interview 2: 22 July 2013

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Interview of Robert H. Angle, no transcript available.

Interview 3: 7 August 2013

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Interview of Michael E. Alin, no transcript available.

Interview 4: 7 August 2013

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Interview of Edmund Worthy, no transcript available.

Interview 5: 8 August 2013

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Interview of Carol A. Bogash, no transcript available.

Interview 6: 8 August 2013

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Interview of Abby Yochelson, no transcript available.

Interview 7: 9 August 2013

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Interview of Prudence Clendening, no transcript available.

Interview 8: 14 August 2013

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Interview of James M. Hobbins, no transcript available.

Interview 9: 14 August 2013

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Interview of Joseph M. Carper, no transcript available.

Interview 10: 16 August 2013

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Interview of Crystal Fleary Pruitt, no transcript available.

Interview 11: 16 August 2013

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Interview of Michael W. Cassidy, no transcript available.

Interview 12: 19 August 2013

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Interview of Mara Mayor, no transcript available.

Interview 13: 21 August 2013

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Interview of David T. Parry, no transcript available.

Interview 14: 29 August 2013

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Interview of Steve Pike, no transcript available.

Interview 15: 30 August 2013

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Interview of Neill Heath, no transcript available.

Interview 16: 30 August 2013

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Interview of Katharine F. and William A. Stewart, no transcript available.

Interview 17: 5 September 2013

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Interview of Brigette Blachere, no transcript available.

Interview 18: 5 September 2013

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Interview of Richard Kurin, no transcript available.

Interview 19: 6 September 2013

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Interview of Abby Whiteneck, no transcript available.

Interview 20: 6 September 2013

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Interview of Amy Kotkin, no transcript available.

Interview 21: 13 September 2013

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Interview of Dennis Smoot, no transcript available.

Interview 22: 26 September 2013

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Interview of Ann Post, no transcript available.

Audio Recordings of Interviews

Interview 1: 10 July 2013

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Total recording time: 00:12:16 hours
Original Masters: 2 digital audio .wav files
Reference Copies: 2 digital audio .mp3 files

Interview 2: 22 July 2013

Box 1 of 1
Total recording time: 01:02:43 hours
Original Masters: 2 digital audio .wav files
Reference Copies: 2 digital audio .mp3 files

Interview 3: 7 August 2013

Box 1 of 1
Total recording time: 00:28:45 hours
Original Masters: 2 digital audio .wav files
Reference Copies: 2 digital audio .mp3 files

Interview 4: 7 August 2013

Box 1 of 1
Total recording time: 00:50:06 hour
Original Masters: 2 digital audio .wav files
Reference Copies: 2 digital audio .mp3 files

Interview 5: 8 August 2013

Box 1 of 1
Total recording time: 00:37:41 hour
Original Masters: 1 digital audio .wav file
Reference Copies: 1 digital audio .mp3 file

Interview 6: 8 August 2013

Box 1 of 1
Total recording time: 00:30:41 hours
Original Masters: 1 digital audio .wav file
Reference Copies: 1 digital audio .mp3 file

Interview 7: 9 August 2013

Box 1 of 1
Total recording time: 00:57:05 hour
Original Masters: 2 digital audio .wav files
Reference Copies: 2 digital audio .mp3 files

Interview 8: 14 August 2013

Box 1 of 1
Total recording time: 00:37:53 hours
Original Masters: 1 digital audio .wav file
Reference Copies: 1 digital audio .mp3 file

Interview 9: 14 August 2013

Box 1 of 1
Total recording time: 01:21:54 hours
Original Masters: 1 digital audio .wav file
Reference Copies: 1 digital audio .mp3 file

Interview 10: 16 August 2013

Box 1 of 1
Total recording time: 00:31:07 hours
Original Masters: 1 digital audio .wav file
Reference Copies: 1 digital audio .mp3 file

Interview 11: 16 August 2013

Box 1 of 1
Total recording time: 01:05:26 hours
Original Masters: 1 digital audio .wav file
Reference Copies: 1 digital audio .mp3 file

Interview 12: 19 August 2013

Box 1 of 1
Total recording time: 01:27:11 hours
Original Masters: 3 digital audio .wav files
Reference Copies: 3 digital audio .mp3 files

Interview 13: 21 August 2013

Box 1 of 1
Total recording time: 01:21:17 hours
Original Masters: 4 digital audio .wav files
Reference Copies: 4 digital audio .mp3 files

Interview 14: 29 August 2013

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Total recording time: 00:33:45 hours
Original Masters: 2 digital audio .wav files
Reference Copies: 2 digital audio .mp3 files

Interview 15: 30 August 2013

Box 1 of 1
Total recording time: 00:27:43 hours
Original Masters: 1 digital audio .wav file
Reference Copies: 1 digital audio .mp3 file

Interview 16: 30 August 2013

Box 1 of 1
Total recording time: 00:39:57 hours
Original Masters: 1 digital audio .wav file
Reference Copies: 1 digital audio .mp3 file

Interview 17: 5 September 2013

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Total recording time: 01:19:16 hours
Original Masters: 2 digital audio .wav files
Reference Copies: 2 digital audio .mp3 files

Interview 18: 5 September 2013

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Total recording time: 00:35:95 hours
Original Masters: 3 digital audio .wav files
Reference Copies: 3 digital audio .mp3 files

Interview 19: 6 September 2013

Box 1 of 1
Total recording time: 00:52:40 hours
Original Masters: 1 digital audio .wav file
Reference Copies: 1 digital audio .mp3 file

Interview 20: 6 September 2013

Box 1 of 1
Total recording time: 01:05:13 hours
Original Masters: 1 digital audio .wav file
Reference Copies: 1 digital audio .mp3 file

Interview 21: 13 September 2013

Box 1 of 1
Total recording time: 01:22:31 hours
Original Masters: 1 digital audio .wav file
Reference Copies: 1 digital audio .mp3 file

Interview 22: 26 September 2013

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Total recording time: 01:09:08 hours
Original Masters: 1 digital audio .wav file
Reference Copies: 1 digital audio .mp3 file