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Collection Scope and Content Note


The Louis Agassiz Fuertes papers include 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 1000 pieces, most of which are pencil, ink, or preliminary watercolor sketches of birds, groups of birds, and anatomical detail; over 100 are finished watercolors and chalk drawings. Major correspondents include Richard E. Bishop, Mary Fuertes Boynton, Courtenay Brandreth, Frank M. Chapman, Elliott Coues, E.H. Forbush, Witmer Stone, George Miksch Sutton, Abbot Thayer, and Hendrik Willem van Loon.

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