George Bird Grinnell Papers: Finding Aid

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Overview of the Collection

Title: George Bird Grinnell Papers
Dates (inclusive): 1879-1951
Bulk dates: 1905-1934
Collection Number: mssHM 47409-47532
Creator: Grinnell, George Bird, 1849-1938.
Extent: 124 pieces.
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2129
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This collection contains 124 pieces of correspondence to and from American naturalist George Bird Grinnell (1849-1938) and his associates involved in wild life and national park conservation, use of water resources on public lands for irrigation, national parks, and the publishing of books and articles related to those activities.
Language: English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. George Bird Grinnell Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

Acquired from Joseph Rubenfine, May 1979.

Biographical Note

George Bird Grinnell (1849-1938), editor, author, explorer and conservationist, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 20, 1849. He studied at Yale University, where he took his doctorate in 1880, and was attached to the Peabody Museum from 1874 to 1880. In 1874 he served as naturalist with General Custer's expedition to the Black Hills, and in 1875 with Ludlow's expedition to Yellowstone Park. He accompanied the Harriman Alaska Expedition in 1899 in a similar capacity. An active member in a number of scientific and special interest organizations, he was especially interested in the New York Zoological Society, the American Ornithologists Union, the Audubon Society, the National Parks Association, and was a member of the Explorers' Club, the Authors' Club, and the Boone and Crockett Club. He was editor of Forest and Stream from 1876 to 1911, author of a number of books and articles on hunting, Indians, frontier life, camping and scouting, wild life, etc., and was editor and reviewer of many other publications. Grinnell died on April 11, 1938.

Scope and Content

This collection contains 124 pieces of correspondence to and from George Bird Grinnell (1849-1938) and his associates involved in wild life and national park conservation, use of water resources on public lands for irrigation, national parks, and the publishing of books and articles related to those activities.
Correspondents represented by three or more letters:
  • Bade, William Frederic. 3 letters
  • Brooks, Allan. 5 letters
  • Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel. 3 letters
  • Grinnell, George Bird. 16 letters
  • Hallock, Charles. 5 letters
  • Osgood, Wilfred Hudson 3 letters
  • Robinson, Anna A. 4 letters
  • Stigand, C. H. 4 letters
  • Yard, Robert Sterling. 10 letters

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Subjects

Grinnell, George Bird, 1849-1938.
Birds -- Conservation.
Conservation of natural resources.
Conservationists -- United States -- Correspondence.
National parks and reserves -- United States.
Water resources development.
Wildlife conservation.

Forms/Genres

Letters (correspondence) -- United States.

Alternate Authors

Badè, William Frederic, 1871-1936.
Brooks, Allan, 1869-1946.
Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935.
Hallock, Charles, 1834-1917.
Osgood, Wilfred Hudson, 1875-1947.
Robinson, Anna A.
Stigand, C. H. (Chauncy Hugh), 1877-1919.
Yard, Robert Sterling, 1861-1945.


Collection Contents

Box 1

mssHM 47409-47532