Finding Aid to the Florence Merriam Bailey Papers, 1887-1940

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Finding Aid to the Florence Merriam Bailey Papers, 1887-1940

Collection number: BANC MSS 79/139 cz

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Florence Merriam Bailey papers
Date (inclusive): 1887-1940
Collection Number: BANC MSS 79/139 cz
Creator: Bailey, Florence Merriam, b. 1863
Extent: Number of containers: 12 boxes, 1 oversize folder, 4 vols. Linear feet: 5 1 Digital Object (1 image)
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: Consists of field notes and journals, drafts of primarily unpublished books and articles, plus a small amount of correspondence to her father, Clinton Levi Merriam and other naturalists and ornithologists.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 Arizona.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Florence Merriam Bailey papers, BANC MSS 79/139 cz, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

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Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Bailey, Florence Merriam, b. 1863--Archives
Apache Indians--Arizona
Bird watching
Birds--West (U.S.)
Ornithology
Pueblo Indians--New Mexico
Wildlife refuges--United States
Grand Canyon National Park (Ariz.)
Diaries
Field notes
Manuscripts for publication

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Florence Merriam Bailey Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Mrs. William Penn Mott III and Dr. Lee Talbot in 1979.

Biographical Sketch

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.
Her later accomplishments include establishing the Washington, D. C. Audubon Society and becoming the first female associate member of the Ornithologists Union (1885). Within that organization she was the first female fellow (1929) and the first female recipient of the Brewster Medal (1931). In 1908 a variety of California Mountain Chickadee was named Parus gambeli baileyae in her honor.
Bailey's relations with prominent scientists augmented her own distinguished career. C. Hart Merriam, her brother, was the first chief of the U. S. Bureau of Biological Survey, as well as a co-founder of the National Geographic Society. His work also led to Florence's introduction, and subsequent marriage, to fellow Bureau naturalist, Vernon Bailey. From their travels to the Western United States the Bailey's produced several works on the distinctive, and largely unexplored, flora and fauna in that region. As an amateur ornithologist Florence Bailey was at the forefront of the movement to use binoculars, rather than shotguns, to observe birds. She died in Washington, D. C. on September 22, 1948.
[From the finding aid to the Florence Merriam Bailey Papers, at the Smithsonian Institution Archives.]

Scope and Content Note

The Florence Merriam Bailey Papers, 1887-1940, consist of field notes and journals, drafts of primarily unpublished books and articles, and a small amount of correspondence with her father, Clinton Levi Merriam and with naturalists or ornithologists. The majority of the field notes and journals cover field trips in the West, but also include North Dakota, New York, Washington D. C., Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida and elsewhere. Of particular note are the materials on the Grand Canyon National Park, and her writings about the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico, and the Apaches of Arizona.
Arranged in three series: Correspondence, Field Notes and Journals, and Writings. Correspondence is arranged with letters to her father first, followed by an alphabetical listing by last name and a miscellany folder at the end. Field Notes and Journals are arranged chronologically. Writings are divided into: Books and Longer Works, Articles and Shorter Works, and Writings and Notes by Others. Books and Longer Works and Articles and Shorter Works are arranged alphabetically by first word of title ignoring articles. Writings and notes by others are arranged hierarchally.

Container Listing

 

Series 1: Correspondence. 1888-1938

box 1, folder 1

Merriam, Clinton Levi 1888-98

box 1, folder 2

Bryant, E. S. 1917-18

box 1, folder 3

Grater, Russell 1934-35

box 1, folder 4

Grinnell, George Bird 1917-18

box 1, folder 5

Jenks, Randolph "Pat" 1931-32

box 1, folder 6

Norton, Edith C. 1913

box 1, folder 7

Stevenson, Donald H. 1917-18

box 1, folder 8

Sun Elk 1923

box 1, folder 9

University of New Mexico 1933-34

box 1, folder 10

Miscellany, A-Z 1898-1938

 

Series 2: Field Notes and Journals. 1887-1931

box 2, folder 1-2

Locust Grove, New York 1887

oversize-folder 1 B

Locust Grove, New York, migration data 1884-90

box 2, folder 3

Louisiana Feb 1888

box 2, folder 4

Puget Sound, Washington Aug 1888

volume 4

Puget Sound field notebook

box 2, folder 5

California 1889

box 2, folder 6

San Diego County, California 1889

box 3, folder 1

Locust Grove, New York 1890-92

box 3, folder 2

Winter Park, Florida 1893

box 3, folder 3

Utah Summer 1893

box 3, folder 4

Lake Port 1893

box 3, folder 5

Arizona 1894

box 3, folder 6

New Mexico 1894

box 3, folder 7

New England 1896

box 3, folder 8

Summerville, South Carolina Jan 1898

box 3, folder 9

Mt. Shasta, California Jul 1898

box 3, folder 10

Oregon Sep 1898

box 3, folder 11

Wisconsin Sep 1898

box 3, folder 12

Washington D. C. 1898-99

box 4, folder 1

Guadaloupe Mountains, New Mexico and Texas 1901

box 4, folder 2-5

New Mexico 1903-04

box 4, folder 6

Oklahoma and New Mexico 1906

box 4, folder 7

New Mexico 1906

box 4, folder 8

New Mexico, Arizona, California 1907

box 5, folder 1

Maine 1911

box 5, folder 2

Washington to North Dakota 1912

box 5, folder 3

North Dakota 1912

box 5, folder 4

Chautauqua, New York 1913

box 5, folder 5

Asheville, New York 1913

box 5, folder 6

Nebraska [1914?]

box 5, folder 7

Oregon 1914

box 5, folder 8

Peterboro, New Hampshire 1915

box 5, folder 9

Oregon 1916

box 6, folder 1-2

North Dakota 1916

box 6, folder 3-5

Glacier National Park, Montana 1917

box 6, folder 3

Field notes entry with safety-pinned plant matter (two page spread). July 26, 1917 BANC MSS 79/139 cz

Additional Note

This material was selectively digitized from a larger resource or collection.

Indexing Terms

Field notes

box 6, folder 6

Arizona 1920

box 6, folder 7

Wisconsin 1921

box 6, folder 8

Minnesota 1921

box 6, folder 9-10

Michigan 1923

box 7, folder 1

Washington D. C. 1924

box 7, folder 2

Maine 1925

box 7, folder 3

Massachusetts 1926

box 7, folder 4

San Bernardino Mountains, California 1929

box 7, folder 5

Washington D. C. to Grand Canyon 1929

box 7, folder 6-7

Mississippi River Wildlife Refuges, Wisconsin and Minnesota 1930

box 7, folder 8

Washington D. C. to California 1931

box 7, folder 9-10

Gray Squirrel notes 1909-1911

 

Series 3: Writings. 1889-1940

 

Subseries 3.1: Books and Longer Works. 1889-1940

box 8, folder 1-6

Birds of the Grand Canyon, draft 1929

box 9, folder 1

Bird Stories for the Little Ones undated

box 9, folder 2-7

By the Light of the Campfire, drafts ca. 1910

box 10, folder 1-4

By the Light of the Campfire, drafts ca. 1910

box 10, folder 5-6

Camping on Mr. Shasta, drafts undated

box 10, folder 7-8

Feathered Families, handwritten draft 1889

volume 1

Sacred Peaks of the Sun Worshippers undated

box 11, folder 1-3

Torches to Light the Way 1940

box 8, folder 7-11

Under Blue Skies, unpublished manuscript ca. 1926

volume 2

A Worn out Mining Country undated

 

Subseries 3.2: Articles and Shorter Works. 1896-1919

box 11, folder 4

"Animal Life in California" undated

box 11, folder 5

"A Ceremonial Relay Race at the Taos Pueblo" undated

box 11, folder 6

"Clark's Crow and Oregon Jays on Mt. Hood" undated

box 11, folder 7

"Cooper Club" undated

box 11, folder 8

"The Enchanted Mesa, Acoma, and Acomita" undated

box 11, folder 9

"Fiesta Days with the Jicarillas" undated

box 11, folder 10

"Grey Bunny's Black Sunday" undated

box 11, folder 11

"Habits of the Gray Squirrel" ca. 1909-1911

box 11, folder 12

"Helps for Today" undated

box 11, folder 13

"Hints of the Life of a Famous Pueblo" undated

box 11, folder 14

"How to Tame Wild Squirrels" undated

box 11, folder 15

"In the Giant Cactus Country" undated

box 11, folder 16

"In the Land of the Red Willow People" 1919

volume 3

"A Week with the Red Willow People," copybook carbon 1919

box 11, folder 17

"In the Mogollon Mountains" undated

box 11, folder 18

"The Laguna Corn Feast" undated

box 12, folder 1

"Mexican Romance, Magic, and Religion" undated

box 12, folder 2

"Mother Robiny's Brood" undated

box 12, folder 3

"Nesting Habits of Phainopepla Nitens in California" 1896

box 12, folder 4

"Notes on Some Birds of Southern California" 1896

box 12, folder 5

"Our Tug-Boat Trip to the Northwest Corner" undated

box 12, folder 6

"Plays and Dances of the Taos Indians" undated

box 12, folder 7

"A Populous Shore" 1916

box 12, folder 8

"Prose and Poetry at Laguna" undated

box 12, folder 9

"Sacred Peaks of the Sun Worshipers" undated

box 12, folder 10

"San Geronimo's Day at Taos" undated

box 12, folder 11

"Tawny Thrush's Brood" undated

box 12, folder 12

"The Water Ouzel on Mt. Shasta" undated

box 12, folder 13

"Where the Wild Turkey Roosts" undated

box 12, folder 14

"Working Days with the Santa Clara," publisher ready manuscript with two tipped in photos of Santa Clara Indians by Christian G. Kaadt undated

box 12, folder 15

Notes undated

box 12, folder 16

List of publications 1885-1938 undated

 

Subseries 3.3: Writings and Notes by Others. 1893-1941

box 12, folder 17

Vernon Bailey, notes and articles 1893-1941

box 12, folder 18-19

Clinton Levi Merriam, notes [1887-1898?]

box 12, folder 20

"From the Far West," handmade book with tipped in photographs by Anna Bailey Mills undated

box 12, folder 21

"On the Heights," handmade book with tipped in photographs by Laura E. Mills undated

box 12, folder 22

A Decade of Bird Banding in America by Frederick C. Lincoln, pamphlet 1933

box 12, folder 23-24

Autobiographical notes, clippings, and family history 1924-33 undated