Finding Aid to the J. A. Allen papers, 1883-1884

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Finding Aid to the J. A. Allen Papers, 1883-1884

Collection number: BANC MSS 67/125 z

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1967
Encoded by:
Susana Franco
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: J. A. Allen Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1883-1884
Collection Number: BANC MSS 67/125 z
Creator: Allen, J. A. (Joel Asaph), 1838-1921
Extent: 1 portfolio
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Relating mainly to the founding of the American Ornithologists' Union and its publication, The Auk. Drafts of constitution, minutes of the first meeting, form letters and miscellaneous papers pertaining to the Union included.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], J. A. Allen papers, BANC MSS 67/125 z, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The J. A. Allen Papers were originally part of the Joseph Grinnell papers.

Scope and Content

This group of papers, removed from the Grinnell papers, relates to the founding of the American Ornithologists' Union and to its publication, The Auk.

Key to Arrangement

portfolio Portfolio



Outgoing letters, 1883-1884.

Additional Note

Two letters only, drafts of replies.

Incoming letters

Additional Note

Single letters have been placed in an A-Z Miscellany. Two or more letters have been arranged alphabetically by correspondent, then chronologically within each folder. A partial list of correspondents is appended.

American Ornithologists' Union


Papers, including draft of letter of convocation, drafts of constitution, minutes of first meeting, various form letters, and miscellaneous related materials

Partial List of Correspondents


A-Z Miscellany


Aldrich, Charles, 1828-1908


Letter, Apr. 14, 1884


Ballard, Harlan Hoge, 1853-1934


Letter, Apr. 3, 1884


Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1888


Letter, Nov. 9, 1983


Elliot, Daniel Giraud, 1835-


Letter, Sept, 4, 1883


King, Franklin Hiram, 1848-1911


Postcard, Aug. 18, 1883


Larned, Josephus Nelson, 1836-1913


Letter, Jan. 31, 1884




Letter, May 15, 1884, by S. H. Scudder


Brewster, William, 1851-1919


11 letters, 1882-1884

Additional Note

Letter of Mar. 14, 1882 includes copies of letters from Elliott Coues and R. W. Shufeldt.

Chamberlain, Montague, 1844-1924


18 letters, 1883-1884


Coues, Elliott, 1842-1899


3 telegrams, 1883

See also Brewster, William


Estes, Dana, 1840-1909

See Estes & Lauriat


Estes & Lauriat


13 letters, 1883-1884

Additional Note

Some by Dana Estes.

Garrison, Wendell Phillips, 1840-1907

See Nation


Hazard, Rowland Gibson, 1855-1918


4 letters, 1884


Lawrence, George Newbold, 1806-1895


12 letters, 1883-1884


Mcllwraith, Thomas


2 letters, 1883-1884




2 letters, 1884, by W. P. Garrison and G. E. Woodberry


Ridgway, Robert, 1850-1929


25 letters, 1883-1884


Scudder, Samuel Hubbard, 1837-1911

See Science


Woodberry, George, Edward, 1855-1930

See Nation