Consists of field notes and journals, drafts of primarily
unpublished books and articles, plus a small amount of correspondence to her father, Clinton
Levi Merriam and other naturalists and ornithologists. The majority of the field notes and
journals deal with the West but also cover areas in North Dakota, New York, Washington D.C.,
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida and elsewhere. Of particular note are her notes on the Grand
Canyon and writings about the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and the Apache Indians of
Born in Locust Grove, New York during the Civil War, Florence Merriam Bailey (1863-1948),
devoted her life to the study and protection of birds. From her work in ornithology she
authored over ten books, including several field guides to birds, and close to one hundred
articles. Though interested in birds as a child, she gained recognition as a naturalist
while at Smith College. Disgusted by the use of feathers and whole birds in fashion, she
started the Smith College Audubon Society.
Number of containers: 12 boxes, 1 oversize folder, 4 vols.
Linear feet: 5.00
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