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William L. Finley Papers, 1899-1946

  • MSS Finley
  • Collection
  • 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 Herman Bohlman. The collection consists of published and unpublished manuscripts, lecture and field notes, reports, correspondence, photographs and motion picture films.

An addition to the collection (Accession 2014:062) is made up of correspondence and newspaper clippings documenting the wildlife conservation work of William and Irene Finley. Among the topics addressed in the correspondence include: song bird protection laws in Oregon, requests to Finley for use of his photographs, the forming of an Oregon Fish and Game Commission, biological surveys conducted by Finley, legislation in California repealing meadowlark protection, and letters by Finley to various organizations regarding the presentation of one of his lectures. A highlight among the correspondence is a thank you letter from Finley to President Theodore Roosevelt for his establishment of wild bird reservations. The clippings are newspaper articles written by Irene and William Finley about encounters with wildlife, nocturnal bird sounds, and their filming of wildlife at Paulina Lake. The four articles all appeared in editions of the "Oregon Sunday Journal."

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

Towhee, the shy garden songster

Manuscript that contains excerpts from "The towhees, window friends." The document describes several of the different species of towhees, including their diet, physical appearance, and where they can be found.

Finley, Irene

Birds' winter beds

Manuscript in which the author offers her observations on three types of birds she has noticed as winter has arrived, including a woodpecker, bluebird, and geese.

Finley, Irene

Notes, July, 5 1937

Manuscript that describes a casual examination of wildlife around the author. Creatures observed include sparrows, rabbits, and robins.

Finley, Irene

Morning

Manuscript where the author shares her observation of the morning, including bird calls.

Finley, Irene

Becky the bear cub

Manuscript that recounts an adventure that Becky, a bear cub, took with the Finleys and Campbell Church down the McKenzie River.

Finley, Irene

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