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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 The collection consists of published and unpublished manuscripts, lecture and field notes, reports, correspondence, photographs and motion picture films.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

Trip to eastern United States, 1927-1928

Overview of William and Irene Finley's trip to the eastern United States, including Finley's recent publication, "Wild Animal Pets", release of a film series, "Finley Nature Series", and series of lectures, "Camera Hunting on the Continental Divide" and "Cruising in B.C. and Alaska."

Finley, Irene

Lower Klamath Lake, Tule Lake, and Clear Lake Refuges, 1917-1935

Correspondence, reports, and articles discussing the impact of agriculture and reclamation projects on the Lower Klamath, Tule Lake, and Clear Lake Refuges. Topics of focus include the impacts of grazing on bird refuges, construction of dikes and dams on the Klamath and Link Rivers, and possible reflooding of portions of the Lower Klamath Lake.

Finley, Irene

Film title lists

Descriptions of scenes from American Nature Association Alaska trip, including hunting porpoises and visiting Bogoslof Island.

Finley, Irene

Trip to Alaska, 1926-1928

Field notes and drafts of Irene Finley's articles discussing animals encountered on the Finleys' trip to Alaska. Included are newspaper articles discussing the fur trade, native Alaskan culture, and increases in seal population.

Finley, Irene

Trip to Alaska, 1926

Drafts of Irene Finley's articles discussing fishing on Paulina Lake, foxes on the Pribilof Islands, and other animals encountered on the Finleys' trip to Alaska.

Finley, Irene

Trip to Alaska, 1926

Drafts of Irene Finley's articles discussing a pet coyote as well as animals and landscape encountered on the Finleys' trip to the Aleutian Islands.

Finley, Irene

Trip to Alaska, 1926

Field notes discussing animals encountered on the Aleutian Islands, Kenai peninsula, and McKinley Park. Included is a draft of Irene Finley's article, "Seals."

Finley, Irene

Trip to Alaska, 1926

Field notes and article drafts discussing the Finleys' trip to Alaska, including Bogoslof Island and the northern lights. Included are articles, "When the caribou failed", by Captain Thierry Mallet, "Cruise emphasizes Alaska's splendors: William Finley returns to Portland from north", and "Berkeley woman explorer quits: Mrs. Finley ends 23 years of thrills to send children to U.C." A letter from Irene Finley discusses a trip to central and southeastern Oregon.

Finley, Irene

Trip to Alaska, 1926

Field notes from the Finleys' trip to the Pribilof Islands in Alaska. Included are drafts of Irene Finley's articles, "Off to Aleut land", "Lucy", and "Cuffy and Tuffy."

Finley, Irene

Trip to Alaska, 1926

Field notes, correspondence, and article drafts discussing animals, people, and landscape observed on the Finleys' trip to the Bering Sea and Pribilof Islands in Alaska.

Finley, Irene

Trip to Alaska, 1926

Correspondence, field notes, and article drafts concerning the animals and environment observed on the Finleys' trip to the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. Drafts of Irene Finley's articles, "Two big game animals of Unimak Island" and "Cruising along the Aleutian chain", are included.

Finley, Irene

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