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Accession 17-057

Smith, Neal Griffith, 1937-

Neal Griffith Smith Papers, circa 1925-1995

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smith, Neal Griffith, 1937-
Title: Neal Griffith Smith Papers
Dates: circa 1925-1995
Quantity: 3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 17-057
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of the research materials of Neal Griffith Smith (1937-2012), an ornithologist and tropical biologist who received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1963 and then spent his entire career working for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). Particularly well documented is Smith's graduate research on Arctic birds on White, Southampton, and Baffin Islands in the Northwest Territories (now known as Nunavut). Other research topics include urania (Uraniidae) hawks, vultures, and peripatus (Onychophora). Much of his research was performed on Barro Colorado Island and other areas of Panama. This accession also includes research materials and other documents that had originally been maintained by James Zetek, an entomologist and the first resident director of the Canal Zone Biological Area (also known as the Barro Colorado Nature Monument), and later maintained by Smith. Materials include field notes, journals, photographs, audiovisual materials, observation sheets, species lists, notes, correspondence, reference materials, and related materials.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of the research materials of Neal Griffith Smith (1937-2012), an ornithologist and tropical biologist who received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1963 and then spent his entire career working for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). Particularly well documented is Smith's graduate research on Arctic birds on White, Southampton, and Baffin Islands in the Northwest Territories (now known as Nunavut). Other research topics include urania (Uraniidae) hawks, vultures, and peripatus (Onychophora). Much of his research was performed on Barro Colorado Island and other areas of Panama. This accession also includes research materials and other documents that had originally been maintained by James Zetek, an entomologist and the first resident director of the Canal Zone Biological Area (also known as the Barro Colorado Nature Monument), and later maintained by Smith. Materials include field notes, journals, photographs, audiovisual materials, observation sheets, species lists, notes, correspondence, reference materials, and related materials.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-057, Neal Griffith Smith Papers

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Container List

Box 1

Field Notes - White and Southampton Islands, April-August 1960

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Journal - White and Southampton Islands, April-September 1960

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Field Notes - Baffin Island (Southwest Coast), May-August 1959

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Journal - Baffin Island, May-August 1959

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Field Notes - Baffin Island (East Coast), May-August 1961

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Journal - Baffin Island (East Coast), May-September 1961

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Arctic Work - Slides, circa 1959-1961 (2 folders)

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Bird Images (mostly negatives) - Arctic Birds, Hawks, and Miscellaneous, circa 1981-1984 (2 folders)

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Doctoral Thesis - Photographs (Transparencies)

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Photographs Removed from Thesis for Publication - Transparencies and Prints

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Gull Presentation - Slides (Photographic Prints), circa 1962

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Sea Gull Mates - Press Release

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Gull Presentation - Color Plates (Transparencies)

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Arctic Photographs (Prints), circa 1959-1960

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Arctic Photographs and Graphics (Prints) (2 folders)

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Boobies on San Jose Rock - Photographs (Prints and Negatives), circa 1983-1984

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Gulls - Slides

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Black Vulture - Reference Materials and Photographs

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Pipe Line Rood Colony (Zarlynchus) - Photographs (Prints)

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Birds and Insects in Panama - Photographs (Negatives), 1986

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Peripatus - Photographs (Negatives, Slides, and Prints), circa 1993-1995

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Peripatus Research - Photographs (Prints)

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Box 2

Peripatus Research - Reference Materials and Notes (2 folders)

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Urania Research (Reference Material) - Seitz

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Urania Research - Correspondence with Ian Baldwin and Jack Schultz, 1984-1987

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Urania Research - Correspondence with John Lawton and Richard Karban, 1983-1986

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Urania Research - Data and Procedures, Spring 1993

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Urania Research - Endosperum Reprints and Notes

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Urania Research - Correspondence with John Romeo, 1986-1987

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Urania Research - Photographs (Negatives)

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Urania Research - Correspondence with Lynn Gillespie, 1984-1988

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Urania Research - Birds versus Urania Correspondence and Photographs, 1973-1981

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Urania Research - Chrysiridia Madagascariensis Correspondence and Reference Materials, 1987

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Urania Research - Miscellaneous Urania Letters, 1977-1987

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Urania Research (Reference Materials) - Alcidis and Nyctalemon

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Urania Research (Reference Materials) - Urania Sloanus

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Urania Research - Correspondence with J. Fullard, 1981

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Urania Research (Reference Materials) - Dalla Torre

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Urania Research - Foodplant and Croesus Correspondence, Notes, and Reference Materials, 1979-1985

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Urania Research - Correspondence with Steve Passoa, 1982-1983

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Urania Research - Kew Distribution of Polyhydroxy Alkaloids

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Urania Research - Flights

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Urania Research - Correspondence with Dirzo and Motta, 1988

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Urania Research - Great Flight of 1969

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Urania Research (Reference Materials) - Fat Extraction

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Urania Research - Observation Notes (Panama), 1971-1988

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Urania Research - Rearing Sheets (Panama), 1989

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Urania Research - Dry Season (1986) Report and Latin Correspondence, 1983-1986

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Moths - Photographs (Prints)

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Interview - Neal Smith and Hank Wolda on Barro Colorado Island, February 9, 1981 (audiocassette)

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Interview (Dub) - Charles Bennett, August 27, 1975 (2 audiocassettes)

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Interview (Second Generation Dub) - Robert K. Enders by Ira Rubinoff, April 13, 1976 (2 audiocassettes)

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Interviews (Telephone) - Bert Leigh, Mike Robinson, Dressler, Tuttle, Martin Moynihan, and Stan Rand, March 27 and 31, 1981 (audiocassette)

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Interview - Dean (Gene?) Morton and Neal Smith, November 26, 1980 (audiocassette)

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Video - River of Hawks (3 VHS)

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Video - River of Hawks, La Selva Verde, Superb New Guinea (Japanese Language), and Cuts of Swainson's Migration (3 VHS)

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Video - Hawk Migration, October 23-29, 1986 (Video8)

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Box 3

Video - Neal Smith's Hawk Presentation, 1987 (2 Video8)

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Video - Karuizawa Meeting and Lectures (2 Hi8)

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Video - Nara(?) and Kole (Hi8)

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Video (Practice) - Moths and Miscellaneous, 1986 (3 Video8)

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Video - Israel, March 1987 (5 Video8)

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Video - Hokkaido (Hi8)

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Video - Egypt, 1986-1987 (3 Video8)

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Video - Hawk Migration at Ancon Hill, November 1986 (Video8)

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Video - Kyoto, circa 1990 (2 Hi8)

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Video - Bocas (2 Hi8)

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Video - Hoshini(?), (Hi8)

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Video - Hawks, Vultures, MARS, Bees, Bosporous, England, and Miscellaneous, October 1986 (Video8)

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James Zetek - Pteridophyta

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Zetek - Plants Collected by Mrs. Jane Smith Netting on Barro Colorado Island

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Zetek - Plants in the Canal Zone and the Republic of Panama (Families and Genera)

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Zetek - Conspectus Plant Kingdom: Major Groups to Families

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Zetek - Plants Collected on Barro Colorado Island by D. E. Starry

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Zetek - Barro Colorado Island Herbarium

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Zetek - Mosses (Families and Genera)

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Zetek - Plants Collected on Barro Colorado Island by Otis Shattuck, 1934

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Zetek - Index to Herbarium, Barro Colorado Island (Original Working Copy), July 19, 1938

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Zetek - Plants at Balboa (Wetmore and Abber)

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Zetek - Dicotyledons

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Zetek - Orchid Collecting in Central America by Paul C. Standley, 1925

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Notes Regarding Staff Positions and Tenures

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