Inventory to the field notes of Harold C. Bryant at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at University of California, Berkeley. MVZA.MSS.0043

Finding aid prepared by Greg Borman
The processing of this collection was made possible through funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources' "Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives" Project.
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
3101 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California
Berkeley
mvzarchives@berkeley.edu
August 2013


Descriptive Summary

Title: Harold C. Bryant field notes
Identifier/Call Number: MVZA.MSS.0043
Contributing Institution: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.3 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1910-1927
Abstract: The Harold C. Bryant field notes collection consists of field notes and specimen records completed in California and southern Oregon between 1910-1927. The majority of the work represented here coincides with Bryant's time with the MVZ and UC Berkeley, where he served as a lecturer and field trip leader for the UC Extension academic program from 1914-1930.
Creator: Bryant, H. C. (Harold Child), 1886-1968

Administrative Information

Conditions governing access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions governing use

Copyright restrictions may apply. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted to the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives in writing for approval. Please contact the Museum Archivist for further information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Harold C. Bryant papers, MVZA.MSS.0043, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

Biographical/historical note

Harold C. Bryant (1886-1968) was a key figure in the establishment of museums and visitor centers for the National Park Service. Bryant also helped propel the concept of nature guiding, in which public education takes place in the national parks. Having received a B.S. in zoology/ornithology from Pomona College and an M.S. and PhD in zoology and palenontology from UC Berkeley, Bryant joined the MVZ staff, serving as a lecturer and field trip leader for the UC Extension academic program from 1914-1930. With Joseph Grinnell as his mentor, Bryant began nature guiding in the Yosemite Valley in 1919 and set into motion the Yosemite Nature Guide Service in 1920. In 1925, Bryant became the first director of the Yosemite School of Field Natural History, an institution responsible for educating thousands of park naturalists. Later in life, he was appointed superintendent of the Grand Canyon National Park, where he determined new bird, butterfly, and plant species. In 1954, he was honored with the Department of the Interior Distinguished Service Award and earned many additional honorary awards and recognitions throughout his lifetime.
Sources Consulted:
Danz, Harold. “Dr. Harold Bryant: 1886-1968.” National Park Service. Accessed August 12, 2013. http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/sontag/bryant.htm 
“Harold C. Bryant Cornelius Amory Pugsley National Medal Award, 1954.” American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA). Accessed August 12, 2013. http://www.aapra.org/Pugsley/BryantHarold.html 

Scope and Contents note

The Harold C. Bryant field notes include three standard-bound volumes of field notes with map and habitat sketches. These volumes cover the years 1910-1927 and feature localities in California and southern Oregon. Also included in this collection is a separate folder containing non-standard bound field notes that focus on sparrow nest and specimen collecting on the UC Berkeley campus between 1913-1916. The non-standard bound field notes contain charts with trap and nest information, as well as dated entries describing sparrow-collecting activities.

Arrangement note

The collection has been arranged using two subseries: MVZ standard binding and MVZ non-standard binding.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Biological specimens--Identification
Biology Fieldwork
Cataloging--Specimens.
Field notes
Scientific expeditions--California
Scientific expeditions--Oregon
University of California (1868-1952). Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Container List

 

MVZ standard binding 1910-1927

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3.0 Volumes
Volume 1

Volume 1 546 1910-1913

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 175.0 Pages
Volume 1, Section 1

Warner Mountains, Modoc County, California 546_s1 1910

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 88.0 Pages

Related materials

Specimens collected in this section include accessions #163 and #172. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Scope and Contents note

Note prior to p. 1: "For map of itinerary of Warner Mountains field trip of 1910, see Field Note book of W.P. Taylor, 1910 .”

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Modoc County
 

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Volume 1, Section 2

Six Trips throughout California "Demonstration Train" 546_s2 1910-1911

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 42.0 Pages

Related materials

Specimens collected in this section include accessions #206, #222, and #251. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Imperial County
North America, United States, California, Inyo County
North America, United States, California, Los Angeles County
North America, United States, California, Napa County
North America, United States, California, Riverside County
North America, United States, California, San Luis Obispo County
North America, United States, California, Siskiyou County
 

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Volume 1, Section 3

San Francisco Bay Region; southern California; Sacramento 546_s3 1913

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 31.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
North America, United States, California, Los Angeles County
North America, United States, California, Marin County
North America, United States, California, Sacramento County
North America, United States, California, Tehama County
 

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Volume 1, Section 4

Elkhorn, Monterey County, California 546_s4 1913-1913

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 13.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
North America, United States, California, Monterey County
 

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Volume 2

Volume 2 548 1913-1920

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 182.0 Pages
Volume 2, Section 1

San Francisco Bay Region, California; Southern California 548_s1 1914-1914

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 17.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
North America, United States, California, Alameda County, San Francisco Bay Islands, Bay Farm Island
 

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Volume 2, Section 2

Northern California and southern Oregon "Klamath Lake field trip" 548_s2 1914-1914

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 125.0 Pages

Scope and Contents note

Hand-drawn map ns2:showing itinerary for Klamath Lake Field Trip between pp. 96-97 .

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Butte County
North America, United States, California, Merced County
North America, United States, California, Siskiyou County, Bird Island
North America, United States, California, Sutter County
North America, United States, Oregon, Klamath County
 

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Volume 2, Section 3

MVZ Specimens records, 1913-1920; San Francisco Bay region, California; Sisson, Shasta County, California; Southern California 548_s3 1913-1920

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 39.0 Pages

Scope and Contents note

Includes specimen and egg list. “Miscellaneous specimen records 1913-1920 (Probably all now MVZ cataloged spec.).” Specimens #560-643 and #675-816, as well as an egg list on p. 223, can be found on pp. 218-[227] .

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
 

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Volume 3

Volume 3 549 1915-1927

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 217.0 Pages
Volume 3, Section 1

Merced and Fresno Counties, California; Bear Lakes, Plumas County, California 549_s1 1915

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 41.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Fresno County
North America, United States, California, Merced County
North America, United States, California, Plumas County
 

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Volume 3, Section 2

Cache Slough, Solano County, California; San Francisco Bay region, California; Big Pine, Inyo County, California; Sutter and Kings Counties, California 549_s2 1915-1918

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 37.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County, San Francisco Bay Islands, Bay Farm Island
North America, United States, California, Inyo County
North America, United States, California, Kings County
North America, United States, California, Marin County
North America, United States, California, San Francisco County
North America, United States, California, San Francisco County, San Francisco Bay Islands, Yerba Buena Island [=Goat Island]
North America, United States, California, Solano County
North America, United States, California, Sutter County
 

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Volume 3, Section 3

Yosemite, California; San Francisco Bay region, California; The Pinnacles, San Benito County, California; Sacramento, California; Grass Valley, Nevada County, California; Salton Sea, Imperial Valley, California 549_s3 1918-1921

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 53.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
North America, United States, California, Alameda County, San Francisco Bay Islands, Bay Farm Island
North America, United States, California, Colusa County
North America, United States, California, Imperial County
North America, United States, California, Mariposa County
North America, United States, California, Mariposa County, Yosemite National Park
North America, United States, California, Merced County
North America, United States, California, Nevada County
North America, United States, California, Sacramento County
North America, United States, California, San Benito County
North America, United States, California, San Francisco County
North America, United States, California, Tuolumne County
 

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Volume 3, Section 4

San Francisco Bay region, California; Yosemite, California; Oceanside, San Diego County, California; Hornbrook, Siskiyou County, California; Butte and Sutter Counties, California 549_s4 1921-1923

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 38.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
North America, United States, California, Butte County
North America, United States, California, Mariposa County
North America, United States, California, Mariposa County, Yosemite National Park
North America, United States, California, San Diego County
North America, United States, California, San Francisco County
North America, United States, California, San Francisco County, Farallon Islands
North America, United States, California, Siskiyou County
North America, United States, California, Sutter County
 

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Volume 3, Section 5

San Francisco Bay region, California; Yosemite, California; Trinity, Butte and Sutter Counties, California 549_s5 1923-1927

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 47.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
North America, United States, California, Butte County
North America, United States, California, Mariposa County
North America, United States, California, Modoc County
North America, United States, California, Sonoma County
North America, United States, California, Sutter County
North America, United States, California, Trinity County
 

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MVZ non-standard binding 1913-1916

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box 1, Folder 1

English Sparrow field notes taken at UC Berkeley campus 1913-1916

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Folder

Scope and Contents note

Notebook contains data concerning traps and nests, as well as dated entries detailing specimen collecting on the UC Berkeley campus.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County