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William L. Finley Papers, 1899-1946

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  • 1899 - 1946

William L. Finley's papers primarily document his work as a wildlife conservationist, author, lecturer, photographer, and filmmaker from about 1900 to 1940. The collection also documents the work his wife Irene Finley and photography partner ...

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Series 1: Manuscripts, circa 1910-1942

This series consists of typewritten and handwritten manuscripts of newspaper and magazine articles, books, lecture notes, circa 1910-1942. Some were submitted to publications such as Pacific Monthly, Sunset Magazine, Century and Nature Magazine. M...

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Series 2: Publications, 1905-1945

This series consists of publications, including typescripts and newspaper clippings of articles written by William and Irene Finley and Ed Averill for the Oregon Journal and the Sunday Oregonianbetween 1935 and 1945 The articles describe bird, fis...

Series 3: Correspondence, 1909-1911, 1926-1940

This series consists of correspondence between William Finley and individuals in agencies, associations, commissions, academic institutions, and societies such as the National Association of Audubon Societies, state and federal Departments of Fish...

Series 5: Trip Notes, 1926-1938

This series consists of trip notes, most of which pertain to the Finleys' 1926 Alaska trip. Other notes document a 1931 Alaska trip by Arthur Pack and William Alakangas, a 1929 trip to Arizona and New Mexico, a 1927-28 trip to the eastern Uni...

Wild ducks conservation

Manuscript in which the author describes the need for duck conservation in Oregon due to hunting. Duck hunters want the season to be longer, which is reflected in a new game bill that was introduced in the Senate (Senate Bill 99) and the House of ...

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Observation of birds at a pond near Sunnyside

Manuscript in which the author describes his enthusiasm for bird watching and using that activity to educate oneself on aviary wildlife. The manuscript discusses a pond near Sunnyside and the birds he has observed. The author expresses concern ove...

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

The witches' garden

Manuscript for a Pacific Monthly article (March 1906) in which William Finley describes his observations of a family of yellowthroats. He discusses the thrill of the hunt when it comes to capturing images of birds.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

The chickadee

Manuscript discussing a family of chickadees. Topics include feeding of offspring and field observations. Published in The Condor on May 1, 1906.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

The weaver of the west

Manuscript in which William L. Finley observes a bush-tit's nest and the family that occupies it. Provides field observations and colorful descriptions of the family of birds. Also included are Finley's handwritten notes.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

The eagle of Mission Ridge

Manuscript describing a family of eagles on the southern end of Mission Ridge. Finley describes his surroundings as well as the difficulty of wildlife photography.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Two studies in blue

Manuscript in which William L. Finley points out the importance of knowing two flocks of birds of blue: bluebirds and blue jays. He lists his observations and assertions that knowing wild birds can improve any child's life.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Plume hunting

Manuscript in which the author describes the brutal practice of plume hunting. Observations of grebes are also recorded.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

La Prath

Manuscript describing the activities of La Prath, a French-Canadian professional hunter. The author details the places, types of birds, and compensation.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Notes on grebe skin traffic

Manuscript describing the plight of the western grebe being hunted for their durable skin. The document describes the hunters' realization of the diminishing bird population.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

After heron

Manuscript describing the author's understanding of the plumage hunters' motivation. The author lays the blame of demand of plumage at the feet of plumage dealers, milliners, and the women who buy plumage.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Herons

A lecture describing a trip to California to search for herons.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Phoebe

Manuscript describing observations of a family of phoebes.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

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