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Lucile Mann kept tropical aquarium fishes and published about her hobby. William Mann founded the Vivarium Society, a group of individuals interested in keeping cold blooded pets. Many animals born in the NZP were raised in the Manns' home across the street. 

Lucile Mann was interviewed on 9 and 22 June, 14 and 20 July, and 11 and 16 August 1977 by Pamela M. Henson. The interviews cover Lucile Mann's education; editorial and administrative careers with the Bureau of Entomology and National Zoological Park; marriage to William M. Mann and life as wife of the NZP Director; travels and expeditions for the zoo; animals raised in their home; famous residents of the zoo, such as N'Gi and Smokey; and reminiscences about famous scholars and personalities such as Austin H. Clark, Leonhard Stejneger, Noel Coward and Alexander Woollcott.

Lucile Mann was interviewed for the oral history project because of her long association with the Smithsonian Institution and the National Zoological Park spanning 58 years. 

[[underlined]]Dates:[[underlined]] 1896-1900

[[underlined]]Box 1[[underlined]] Transcript of Interviews

9 Jun 1977
Interview of Lucile Mann covers her youth; education; early career as an editor, especially for the Bureau of Entomology, United States Department of Agriculture; marriage to William M. Mann; life as wife of the Director of the National Zoological Park; recollections of Austin H. Clark and Leonhard Stejneger; activities with the Washington Biologists' Field Club, Vivarium Society, and the Snake Society of Liberia; Works Progress Administration and Public Works of Art additions to the zoo during the depression; and animal collecting; c. 1897-1940, pp. 1-56.

22 June 1977
Interview of Lucile Mann covers the Manns' 1929 trip to European zoos, 1930 collecting trip to Central America, 1931 collecting trip to British Guiana, and expeditions to Liberia and Sumatra; the Society of Women Geographers; the National Geographic Society; and the Manns' annual circus parties; c. 1925-1940, opp. 57-101.

Transcription Notes:
The dates in the middle of the page are in two columns. Left column 1896 through 1940. Right column 1941 through 1980.

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