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Includes correspondence, often illustrated and including anecdotes and descriptions of expeditions, with ornithologists, fellow artists, and naturalists, especially on the subject of bird coloration and "concealing coloration"; personal correspondence on the Savage Club of Ithaca; and letters to his daughter, Mary Fuertes Boynton, from Fuertes' friends and colleagues about Fuertes and his work. Student notes, notebooks, journals and sketchbooks; diaries; journals from expeditions, many including sketches; notes; articles by and about Fuertes; photographs of Fuertes; photographs taken by him on expeditions to South America, Mexico and the Caribbean; photographic negatives of Fuertes' sketches; color proofs of reproductions of Fuertes' paintings; and several sketchbooks. Artwork includes over 1,000 pieces, most of which are pencil, ink, or preliminary watercolor sketches of birds, groups of birds, and anatomical details; over 100 are finished watercolors and chalk drawings. Includes Fuertes' pocket knife. Major correspondents include Richard E. Bishop, Mary Fuertes Boynton, Courtenay Brandreth, Frank M. Chapman, Elliot Coues, E.H. Forbush, Witmer Stone, George Miksch Sutton, Abbott Thayer and Hendrik Willem van Loon. Also one copper printing plate of L.A.F. holding a bird.

Two volume souvenir album entitled "A Souvenir of the Harriman Alaska Expedition, May - August 1899," "Volume 1, New York to Cook Inlet" and "Volume II, Cook Inlet to Bering Strait and the Return Voyage," includes ca. 254 photographs taken primarily by Edward S. Curtis and C. Hart Merriam and compiled by Edward H. Harriman for expedition participants of Arctic landscapes, people, plants, and animals as well as a map of the expedition route. Also shows expedition members including Harriman and family, John Burroughs, John Muir, Benjamin K. Emerson, and Louis Agassiz Fuertes. Photographs are identified.

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