A Young Naturalist
Among his most important accomplishments was a move toward professional management of the Institution by hiring specialists such as John E. Graf and John L. Keddy to assist with federal budgetary procedures and other administrative matters. He also steered the Smithsonian toward a period of exhibit modernization, which was realized after his retirement. Two new bureaus were added to the Smithsonian during Wetmore's tenure as Secretary—the National Air Museum (now the National Air and Space Museum) and the Canal Zone Biological Area (now the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute). Wetmore had been affiliated with this tropical biology station on Barro Colorado Island since its founding in the 1920s, and he arranged for its transfer to the Smithsonian to ensure that the station would have a stable financial and administrative base.
- Alexander Wetmore Records at the Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Additional Records About Alexander Wetmore Across the Smithsonian
- ”Alexander Wetmore: Ornithologist and Sixth Secretary of the Smithsonian,” Celebrating 100 Years, National Museum of Natural History
- Expeditions: 150 Years of Smithsonian Research in Latin America, The Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History
- Map of Alexander Wetmore’s Panamanian Expeditions