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Transcript of Leonard P. Schultz Oral History, SI Archives Record Unit 9510.
Video clip of Operation Crossroads footage, Accession 95-138.
Audio Clip, Leonard P. Schultz discussing his selection to the Operation Crossroads team, Record Unit 9510.
Audio Clip, Leonard P. Schultz describing the explosion of the Atomic Bomb, Record Unit 9510.
Leonard P. Schultz Oral History Interviews, Record Unit 9510.
In 1946, Smithsonian staff join a team of scientists at the request of the U. S. Navy to send experts to the Marshall Islands. Called Operation Crossroads, scientists conduct a biological survey of the Bikini Atolls prior to testing the atomic bomb there. Leonard Peter Schultz, ichthyologist, and Joseph P.E. Morrison, invertebrate zoologist, at the National Museum of Natural History, were among the scientists sent on the survey.
The Bikini scientists survey of plants and animals on and around Bikini, Eniwetok, Rongelap and Rongerik Atolls, and compile data on the abundance and distribution of organisms prior to the bomb tests. They also collect specimens after the bomb tests, to compare with the earlier data.
One year later, on June 28, 1947, Schultz and Morrison return to the Bikini Atoll, to conduct a resurvey. Frederick M. Bayer, a young, newly hired invertebrate zoologist at the museum specializing in corals also goes. This Smithsonian team conducts a wide range of studies and brings in many new collections to the National Museum which stimulate a great deal of research on the flora and fauna of the region.
An Interview with George C. Seybolt conducted 1985 April 2-16, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
An interview of Robert C. Vose conducted 1986 June 27-1986 July 23, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Image of Alexander Wetmore, 1944, Negative Number: 82-3138.
Audio Clip of Alexander Wetmore's second Oral History Interview describing how he hired new staff, Record Unit 9504.
Transcript of Interview two of the Alexander Wetmore Oral History Interview, Record Unit 9504.
Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 63.
Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1945. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1946, p. 7.
Alexander Wetmore (1886-1978) is elected the sixth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution on 12 January 1945 by the Board of Regents. A noted ornithologist, he had been associated with the Institution since 1924, when he served for a short time as director of the National Zoological Park. He had also served as Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum from 1925 through 1948, and had served as Acting Secretary since July 1, 1944, when Secretary Charles Greeley Abbot retired. Wetmore served a seven year term as Secretary, from 12 January 1945 to 31 December 1952.
Even if you’ve never heard his name, you’ve probably heard his sound. J Dilla was a prolific hip-hop artist who collaborated with many hip-hop greats – from Questlove to Erykah Badu to Eminem. In this episode, we’re telling the story of J Dilla’s life and legacy through those that knew him best – his mother (aka Ma Dukes), James Poyser, and Frank Nitt – and some surprising objects on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Does your ham sandwich have something to say? Quite possibly. Food can be a powerful storytelling tool. Many chefs, like authors, carefully craft meals or menus to transform a dining experience into a cultural, historical, or educational adventure. This week on Sidedoor, chef Jerome Grant from the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Maricel Presilla, who was the first female Latin American guest chef at the White House, discuss the story-rich menus that put them in the spotlight. Recorded live at the National Museum of American History’s Food History Weekend.
A hippo, an orangutan, and a scientist walk into a milk bar... or so our story goes. In January 2017, a baby hippo was born at the Cincinnati Zoo six weeks premature and some 30 pounds underweight. Her name was Fiona, and getting her to put on pounds was a life or death matter. Unfortunately, nursing wasn't an option and the only hippo formula recipe on file was old and out of date. To devise a new one, team Fiona turned to the scientists at the world's largest exotic milk repository at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. But could they do it in time…and would Fiona drink it?
Heiress, divorcée … mother of forensic science? Frances Glessner Lee was not your average 19th century woman. Using the skills that high-society ladies were expected to have -- like sewing, crafting, and knitting -- Frances revolutionized the male-dominated world of crime scene investigation. Her most celebrated contribution: 19 intricate dioramas depicting violent murder scenes. In this episode of Sidedoor, we'll explore Frances's morbid obsession, and discover why the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery has chosen to put them on display.
In 1921, a riot destroyed almost 40 blocks of a wealthy black neighborhood in North Tulsa, Oklahoma. No one knows exactly how many people died, no one was ever convicted, and no one really talked about it until nearly a century later. In this episode, Sidedoor explores the story of the Tulsa Race Massacre and why it's important that you know it. Episode originally released Nov. 9, 2016.
Haunted by her not-so-nice grandmother, a young woman finds herself turning into a ghost. Writer Anelise Chen reads her essay “Who Haunts,” and discusses the ways in which our families shape our personal and cultural identities, for better or worse. Chen was recently featured at the Smithsonian's first-ever Asian American Literature Festival in Washington, D.C. Original score by Nico Porcaro.
In the late 1800s, Paul Cinquevalli was one of the most famous and thrilling entertainers in the world. Tales of his juggling and balancing exploits spanned continents. But by the mid 20th century, his name was all but forgotten. In this episode, Sidedoor explores Cinquevalli’s epic rise and fall, and brings you inside the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s circus tents for a one-of-a-kind Cinquevalli-inspired juggling revival.
An artist steps in front of a camera and drops a priceless 2000-year-old vase onto the floor, smashing it into a million pieces. This is Ai Weiwei, and the resulting photographs are one of his most well-known works of art. Many were inspired; others were enraged. And around the world it got people talking. In this episode, we explore Ai Weiwei’s controversial career, and how he uses art to rally against political and social injustice.
Catty gossip that led to a presidential scandal, the earliest mavericks of American cinema, and the risque Roman origins of a favorite Disney character. This week, we bring you tales of small things that snowballed and had outsized impacts on history, art and culture. Presented live at the 2017 NYC Podfest.
In the early 1980s, a scientist invented a machine that could naturally filter out pollution from rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water. So, why isn't it everywhere today? In this episode, we explore the secret behind this powerful green technology (spoiler alert: it's algae!) and track its journey from a coral reef in the Caribbean to the basement of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and finally a port in Baltimore, where it is now being used to clean up one of the region's most polluted waterways.