Cooper Ornithological Society Records, 1874-1993, document the organization's history from its origins as a small association of naturalists to its current
status as a renowned scientific society with extensive international membership. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence
and administrative records produced by the Board of Directors and COS Officers. Also prevalent are committee minutes, annual
meeting materials, and individual member correspondence and field notes. Materials relating to the official publications of
the society, including The Condor and Studies in Avian Biology, are also included.
The Cooper Ornithological Club (COC), the forerunner of the present
Society, was formed on June 22, 1893 in San Jose by four active birders and oologists in order to provide a forum in which to study
and discuss birds with like-minded, well-informed enthusiasts. In December 1934 the Club became incorporated, and in May 1952,
the Club changed its name to the
Society, with the principal intent of better conveying the club's academic and scientific orientation. The Society currently numbers
over 3000 professional and amateur ornithologists from around the world. The primary goal of the Society, as expressed through
its meetings, sponsorship of symposia, and publications, is to advance the scientific study of birds and their habitats, and
support their conservation.
Number of containers: 13 cartons, 1 oversize box, and 8 volumes.
Linear feet: 17.5 linear ft.
1 Digital Object (1 image)
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