The Jean M. Linsdale papers consist of field notes and correspondence. The field notes span the years 1926-1937. The correspondence
dates from 1939-1964 and covers topics including the Hastings Reservation, general expenditures, professional societies, his
writings, and miscellaneous.
Jean M. Linsdale (1902-1969) was born in Wellsville, Kansas. He majored in Zoology as an undergraduate at the University of
Kansas and received his MA from the school in 1925. He moved to California that same year and was a Teaching Fellow at UC
Berkeley from 1925-1927, completing his PhD in 1927. Altogether, he served as a Research Associate at the MVZ for 33 years.
The first ten years were with the Museum, and the final twenty-three (1938-1960) were as the first resident director of the
Hastings Natural History Reservation. His major publications focused on mammals, co-authoring the 1937 monograph Fur-Bearing
Mammals of California with Joseph Dixon and Joseph Grinnell. Other writings include The California Ground Squirrel (1946),
The Dusky-Footed Woodrat (with Lloyd Tevis, 1951); and a monograph on mule deer (with Quentin Tomich, 1953). He also did editorial
work for The Condor, Pacific Coast Avifauna, and American Midland Naturalist and reviewed books, mostly for American Midland
Naturalist. He was closely connected to the Cooper Ornithological Society, joining in 1926 and serving as the Northern Division’s
president for a term. Health issues led to an early retirement in 1960.
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