Walter Bradford Barrows Papers
UA.17.2

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Barrows, Walter Bradford, 1855-1923
Title
Walter Bradford Barrows papers
ID
UA.17.2
Date [inclusive]
1850-1961
Extent
6.0 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Walter Bradford Barrows was born January 10, 1855 in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. Barrows graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1876, and from 1879 to 1881 was an instructor in Chemistry and Physics in the Colegio Nacional at Concepción del Uruguay in Argentina. After his return to the United States, he served as instructor in Science from 1881 to 1882 at the State Normal School at Westfield, Massachusetts, followed by four years as instructor in Biology at Wesleyan University. On July 1, 1886, Barrows was appointed first assistant ornithologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in the Biological Survey, then known as the Division of Economic Ornithology and Mammalogy. He resigned on March 15, 1894 to accept the professorship of Zoology and Physiology at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in East Lansing, Michigan. He was also the curator of the General Museum. He remained in that position until his death on February 26, 1923.

"Professor Barrows was well known as an ornithologist. The results of his work in Argentina appeared in a series of papers on the 'Birds of the Lower Uruguay' in the 'Bulletin of the Nuttall Ornithological Club' for 1883 and in ‘The Auk’ for 1884. He also contributed a chapter on the 'Accipitres' to the volume on 'Birds' in the 'Standard Natural History’, 1885. While connected with the Department of Agriculture his most notable publications were his bulletins on the 'English Sparrow' and the 'Common Crow.' In 1912 his magnum opus appeared under the title 'Bird Life of Michigan' an excellent report accompanied by a voluminous bibliography. He was particularly interested in the distribution and life history of the birds of Michigan and especially in the local distribution and breeding habits of Kirtland's Warbler. Recently he became interested in bird banding and at the time of his death was making plans for active work in this field." - T. S. Palmer. From Auk, Vol. 40, October, 1923, pp. 376-377.

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Scope and Content

The Walter Bradford Barrows papers consists of letterpress copies of correspondence (3 volumes, 1896-1900, 1904-1906, 1905-1910), correspondence (1893-1915), bird lists (1850-1914, undated), migration records (1903-1908), advertisements, newspaper articles, Michigan Bird Life (1912), and photographs.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections February 1986

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan Agricultural College. Department of Zoology.

Genre(s)

  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Barrows, Walter Bradford, 1855-1923
  • Hayne, Don W.
  • Kuhn, Madison

Subject(s)

  • Birds
  • Birds -- Michigan
  • Ornithologists
  • Ornithology
  • Zoology

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Collection Inventory

Letterpress Copies of Correspondence 

Box Volume

 1896-1900 

842 1

 1904-1906 

842 2

 1905-1910 

842 3

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Correspondence 

Box Folder

 1893-1896 

843 1

 1897-1899 

843 2

A-Z 1900-1903, Undated 

843 3-18

A-W 1904 

843 19-24

A-W 1905 

843 25-31

A-W 1906 

843 32-35

A-W 1907 

843 36-39

A-Z 1908 

843 40-48

A-Y 1909 

843 49-53

A-Y 1910 

843 56-59

A-Y 1911 

843 60-64

A-Y 1912 

843 65-72

A-E 1913 

843 73-74

F-Z 1913, Undated 

844 1-6

A-Y 1914 

844 7-13

A-Y 1915 

844 14-23

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Miscellaneous 

Box Folder

Bird Lists 1850, 1857, 1883, 1884, 1885 

844 24

Bird Lists 1885-1889 

844 25

Bird Lists 1886-1897, 1900 

844 26

Bird Lists. Migration records, and New and Rare bird records by Norman Wood 1903-1908, Undated 

844 27

Bird Lists. U.P. Bird Observation 1905 1906, 1909, Undated 

844 28

Bird Lists. Lower Peninsula Bird Observations 1907 1908, Undated 

844 29

Bird Lists. Tombley Collection 1904, 1914 

844 30

Bird Lists. Nesting records of Warblers Undated 

844 31

Bird Lists. Miscellaneous Undated 

844 32

Advertisements 1907-1914, Undated 

844 33

Bird Sightings 1911-1921 

844 34

Editorial Undated 

844 35

News clippings concerning Barrows 1923-1961 

844 36

Common Michigan Birds by W. B. Barrows 1921 

844 37

Acanthis-Helminthophila 

1021 1-54

Xeroxed statement about Ectopistes Migratorius 

1021 55

Helminthophila-Uria 

1022 1-52

Record cards for Birds of Michigan 1850-1912 

1022 1-52

Vireo-Zonotrichia 

1023 1-6

Appendices 

1023 7-10

Notes from American Naturalist 

1023 11

Notes from the Auk 

1023 12

Notes from Science 

1023 13

Notes from Bird Lore 

1023 14

Bibliographies 

1023 15-19

Bird Lists 

1023 20-25

Campus Nests 1903 

1023 26-27

Miscellaneous notes and sightings 1867-1916 

1023 28

Miscellaneous notes 1877-1903 

1023 29

Bird Lists. Viro bellii 

1023 30

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Michigan Bird Life 1912   0.2 Cubic feet 2 volumes

Box
844

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Photographs 

Drawer
Collection Photos

Animals 

Animals. Birds 

Animals. Birds. Models 

Animals. Birds. Nests 

Animals. Bobcats 

Animals. Woodchucks 

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