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Allen, Arthur A. papers,1899-1968,

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 1255
  • Size: 65.8 cubic ft. Audio Recordings, Correspondence, Movie Film, Photographs, Publications, Research Materials
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Subject: Photographic Collections
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Abstract: Papers consist largely of professional correspondence, his notes as a student, course and departmental files, field notes and bird observation charts, manuscripts of his articles and books, unpublished papers and reprints by other ornithologists, tape recordings, phonograph records and recordmasters, slides, glass plate negatives, half-tone printing blocks, lantern slides, photographs and films; topics documented include bird-banding, bird identification, slide and record sales, advice to prospective and former graduate students, lecture engagements and tours, professional meetings of organizations such as the American Ornithologists' Union and the American Game Association (American Game Protective and Propogation Association), his expeditions to Panama, Hudson Bay, Labrador, Mexico and Alaska, wildlife conservation and game management, his friendship with Louis Agassiz Fuertes, his fifteen-year study of the raising of the ruffed grouse in captivity, his study of the ivory-billed woodpecker, and the acquisition, design, building, and operation of the Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell University. Also included are personal papers, primarily correspondence with Elsa Guerdrum, whom he married in 1913, as well as correspondence with other family members, and genealogical tables of the Allen family

Allen, Elsa Guerdrum papers, 1885-1976, 1885-1969 (bulk

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 1362
  • Size: 10 cubic ft. Correspondence, diaries, pamphlets, manuscripts, photographs, and slides
  • Subject: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Papers consist of correspondence with family members and professional colleagues; diaries; photographs and research notes on early ornithologists; a bibliography of her Ph.D. thesis; travel literature; copies of grant applications (1960-1965); unpublished manuscripts. Family papers also include a genealogy of her Scandinavian ancestors. Papers are in English, Norwegian, and Swedish

Cayuga Bird Club Records, 1913-1997

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 1996
  • Size: 1.4 cubic ft. Minutes, correspondence, financial records, clippings, photographs, and printed material.
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Minutes, correspondence, financial records, clippings, photographs, and printed material concerning the Cayuga Bird Club. Includes the club's constitution (ca. 1913) and papers of incorporation (1914); Arthur Allen's article "Cayuga Bird Club"; and correspondence of Louis Agassiz Fuertes, the club's first president, including letters to him from Jared T. Newman concerning Renwick Woodland improvement.

Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology artwork.

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3522
  • Size: 2 cubic ft.
  • Subject: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Subject: Life Sciences
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Artwork on deposit from the Lab of Ornithology. Includes works by George Miksch Sutton, Anna Botsford Comstock, John Gould, and others.

Cornell University Press and Comstock Publishing Company records, [ca. 1880-1935

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 0257
  • Size: 9.5 cubic ft. Correspondence, manuscripts, proofs, and illustrative material
  • Subject: Entomology
  • Subject: Life Sciences
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Correspondence, manuscripts, proofs, and illustrative material pertaining to books published by the Cornell University Press and the Comstock Publishing Company; correspondence pertaining to a merger of the Nature Study Review and Nature Magazine; and correspondence pertaining to John W. ("Uncle John") Spencer's stories and letters for children on nature study and rural life; correspondents include Anna Botsford Comstock, Mary Eleanor Davis, Paul S. Galtsoff, Albert H. Hartzell, Frank E. Lutz, James G. Needham, Arthur Newton Pack, Cuthbert W. Pound, Percival S. Ridsdale, John W. Spencer, and Paul S. Welch

Dyson, James Lindsay papers, ca. 1933-1971

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4293
  • Size: 6.4 cubic ft. Research files, card files, manuscripts, photographs, scrapbooks, notebooks, correspondence, and other papers.
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Subject: Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Abstract: Student papers, primarily laboratory and lecture notes from Cornell University; documents, notebook, and scrapbook relating to his experiences in the U.S. Army during World War II and in the Army Reserve; subject files relating to his teaching at Lafayette College and his work as a geologist; research files, card files, manuscripts, photographs, reviews, and articles on The World of Ice; research files for a projected work, The World of Water; scrapbooks; geology and ornithology field notebooks; personal correspondence and photographs; and other publications by James L. Dyson. Also, correspondence with Lolita Dyson about a scholarship established at Lafayette College in memory of her husband.

Federation of New York State Bird Clubs records,1946-2001.

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4860
  • Size: 5.9 cubic feet Minutes of meetings, membership rosters, announcements, programs of annual meetings, photographs and news clippings.
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Materials relating to the organization's history and ongoing business, including minutes of meetings, membership rosters, announcements, and programs of annual meetings, photographs, news clippings, correspondence and special projects such as the New York State Avian Records Committee, and the New York State Bird Book Committee.

Fordyce family papers, 1839-1979

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3646
  • Size: 38.4 cubic ft. Correspondence, account books, notebooks, photographs, deeds, field notes, glass slides, newsclippings, daguerrotypes, portraits, photograph albums, wallpaper samples, menus, invitations, stock certificates, and scrapbooks.
  • Subject: Life Sciences
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Abstract: Collection consists of correspondence, account books, notebooks, photographs, deeds, and other material of the Fordyce family of Scipio Center, Cayuga County and Monroe County, New York. Also contains papers of the Ohio branch of the Fordyce family, which included George Lincoln Fordyce, a Cleveland businessman and naturalist.

Fries, Waldemar H., Audubon research paper

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3427
  • Size: 17.2 cubic ft Correspondence, manuscripts, research material, publications, auction catalogues, exhibition catalogues, art work, book
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Correspondence, manuscripts, and other materials relating to the writing and production of The Double Elephant Folio; correspondence, slides, books, notebooks,pamphlets and artwork relating to John James Audubon and his family, and other ornithologists. Also, material concerning Audubon exhibitions, including catalogues, Audubon slides, stamps, and photographs

Fuertes, Louis Agassiz papers, 1892-1954

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2662
  • Size: c. 16 cubic ft. Notes, notebooks, journals, sketchbooks, diaries, articles, photographs, negatives, letters, artwork.
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: The papers of Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874-1927), an ornithologist and a painter of birds. Includes student notes, notebooks, journals and sketchbooks; diaries; journals from expedition, many including sketches; notes; articles by and about Fuertes. The collection also contains artwork.

Grinnell, Lawrence I. papers, 1939-197

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2649
  • Size: 9.8 cubic ft. Field journals; reports; lecture notes; data; films, photographs, and photograph albums; correspondence; financial records; maps; printed materials; bird guides; and audiotapes
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Materials regarding ornithological trips taken by Lawrence Grinnell from 1939 to 1971; also, correspondence and a pamphlet, "The 1957-1958 New Zealand-Australia Expedition of the Laboratory of Ornithology"; materials pertaining to his dissertation A Study of the Common Redpoll; and a notebook of Cornell ornithology seminars. Also, Canoeable Waterways of New York State and Vicinity. Also, films and audiotapes

Griscom, Ludlow papers, 1918-1961.

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2701
  • Size: 11 cubic ft. Correspondence, financial statements, meeting minutes, bulletins, field notes, reports, papers, photographs
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Correspondence concerning activities at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, as well as field notes, reports, and biographical information about Griscom

Hewitt, Oliver H. papers, 1981-1996

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 6350
  • Size: .1 cubic ft. Correspondence.
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Correspondence to and from Oliver Hewitt from bird enthusiasts, transcripts of columns written for the Charlotte, Florida "Sun Herald."

John James Audubon artwork, 1835-1860.

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 6721
  • Size: 3 cubic feet.
  • Subject: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Subject: Life Sciences
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Collection includes loose prints from Audubon books, The birds of America (double elephant folio of 1827-1838 and a subsequent octavo edition) and The viviparous quadrupeds of North America (1846-1854).

Kellogg, Peter Paul papers, 1934-1964

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 0893
  • Size: 13 cubic ft. Includes 245 phonograph records and five tape recordings. Correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, audio recordings, clippings.
  • Subject: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Correspondence, reports, manuscripts of articles, photographs, clippings, notes, memoranda, and printed material relating to Kellogg's career in the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University; the history of the Laboratory; the Albert R. Brand Bird Song Foundation; ornithological expeditions to central Africa, Manitoba, and elsewhere; and bird clubs

McClure, H. Elliott papers

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 6757
  • Size: 28 cubic ft Correspondence, Photographs, Printed Materials, Research Material
  • Subject: Entomology
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Subject: Southeast Asia
  • Abstract: Files relating to Asian birds include species files and lists from Japan and India; files relating to bird banding, especially in Thailand

Nice, Margaret Morse papers, 1917-1968

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2993
  • Size: 6.5 cubic ft. Correspondence, manuscripts, subject files, reports, pictures, photographs, drawings, pamphlets.
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Personal correspondence and manuscripts, and professional papers including subject files, correspondence, reports and manuscripts of articles related to Margaret Morse Nice's term as associate editor of Bird Banding and of the Wilson Bulletin; manuscripts for articles, lectures, radio broadcasts, etc. on ornithology; pictures and photographs; notes and drawings; printed pamphlets; and abstracts of writings by others.

Sargent, William Dunlap Falconry papers, 1927-1965

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 1314
  • Size: 1.7 cubic ft. Correspondence, photographs, drawings, and diagrams.
  • Subject: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Includes correspondence concerning falconry, including letters to a young falconer (1947-1948) containing much information on the sport; photographs of hawks and falcons Sargent trained as hunters; drawings of hawks and falcons; and diagrams of furniture and fittings used in falconry.

Scheetz, Virginia deMorat Smith papers, 1941-1968, 1947-1968 (bulk)

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 1108
  • Size: 3.2 cubic ft. Class notes, newsletters, promotional material, newspaper clippings, photographs, tapes, correspondence, minutes, balance sheets, a yearbook, and other miscellaneous papers.
  • Subject: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Subject: Life Sciences
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Includes notes from classes in ornithology, floriculture, and conservation; Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology newsletter, printed and promotional material, newspaper clippings, photographs, two tapes of bird calls by Myles North, and correspondence, minutes, and balance sheets of the Advisory Council; notes and correspondence regarding Scheetz' speeches; correspondence, minutes, newsletter, and yearbook of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society; material on the Garden Club of America and the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania; and other correspondence, printed material, and miscellaneous papers of Virginia Scheetz.

Scheider, Francis G. papers, 1940-1988

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4856
  • Size: 9.3 cubic ft. Subject files, field records, reports, checklists, photographs, and other papers.
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Subject files, field records, reports, and checklists, photographs, and other papers of an expert birder from the Rochester, New York area; records pertain mostly to Central New York State, but include accounts of trips to Alaska, Florida, and other places.

Sennett, George Burritt papers, 1885-1899

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3893
  • Size: .1 cubic ft. Correspondence.
  • Subject: Life Sciences
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Correspondence, primarily to George Burritt Sennett from fellow ornithologists, concerning bird taxonomy and conservation efforts. Major correspondents include William Brewster, Arthur P. Chadbourne, Frank M. Chapman, George Bird Grinnel, H. W. Henshaw, F. W. Langdon, G. H. Ragsdale, Robert Ridgway, who was curator of the Department of Birds, United States National Museum, and J. A. Singley

Spofford, Sally Hoyt papers, 1923-198

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2374
  • Size: 2.3 cubic ft. Letters, manuscripts, notes, books, photographs, and drawing
  • Subject: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Correspondence, notes, manuscripts, and memoranda pertaining to the administration of the Laboratory of Ornithology and her other interests in ornithology; rough drafts of Arthur A. Allen correspondence and writings; Edna Lane's Bird and Flying Squirrel field notes; Christmas newsletters with photographs from Peter Paul Kellogg; and J. Southgate Hoyt field notes, manuscripts, drawings, a draft of his Ph.D. thesis, and photographs, primarily relating to the pileated woodpecker

Tanner, James Taylor papers, 1935-1990

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2665
  • Size: .6 cubic ft Correspondence, articles, manuscripts, field notes, and other records
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Papers relating to James T. Tanner's career as an ornithologist

Wilder, George Durand papers, ca. 1897-1976

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3241
  • Size: .9 cubic ft. Correspondence, published volume, notebooks, pamphlets, field notes.
  • Subject: East Asia
  • Subject: Ornithology
  • Abstract: Includes notebooks, pamphlets, field notes, and other material on ornithology, mostly in China; Birds of Northeastern China by Wilder and Hugh Hubbard; correspondence of Wilder and his sons Theodore Wilder and Durand Wilder (George Durand Wilder, Jr.) and of Gertrude Stanley Wilder; volume of "Random Jottings" by Gertrude Wilder, including recollections of China missions and missionaries.