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William L. Finley Papers, 1899-1946
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Nature study

Manuscript describing the virtues and difficulties of photography.

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

Bird life - A study with the camera

Manuscript that expresses a love of nature, especially in the spring time. The main focus is on photography and the occasional trials in obtaining a worthy photo. Contains a few excerpts from "Nature study."

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


Short manuscript that describes bird photography. The author's photography subject is a Kingfisher.

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

Compilation of birds

Manuscript detailing characteristics of birds who frequent a pond, as well as the joys and disappointments of photography. A second manuscript describes a red-tailed hawk. Additional excerpts are included from other manuscripts, including "Vigor's wren."

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

Sea birds

Manuscript in which the pursuit of photographing sea birds is discussed. Appears to be the same trip featured in "Study of sea birds."

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

Compilation of manuscripts on birds

The handwritten manuscript features a rough draft of "Bird lives" as well as other manuscripts that most likely were broken up into different manuscripts later.

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

The passing of the California condor

Manuscript discussing how little is known about California condors. The document details physical characteristics and behavior as well as nesting habitats. Features excerpts from "Condor 1."

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


Fanciful handwritten manuscript on the casual observation of a wren mother and her family. This document has parts from both "Rearing a wren family" and "Vigor's wren".

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


Manuscript that contains a few related excerpts from "Scarcity of hawks & owls." Talks about how from a naturalist's point of view, there is desire for the extermination of any species, even if they are predators.

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

Short of a mountain lion

Manuscript in which William L. Finley and Edgar F. Averill are searching for mountain lions. The document goes into detail about an additional companion by the name of Miller and his dogs. The dogs were key in aiding to find mountain lions.

Averill, Edgar F., 1881-1955

Muskrat data from Tule Lake, Ore.

Manuscript that documents the first year of an agreement with trappers that specified they would have to provide the government half of their take. The document thoroughly assesses fur prices, the process, muskrat population, muskrat behavior, and several other topics.

Beginning journal

Manuscript discussing the virtues of nature, especially in enjoying the natural resources that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

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

The bird in human form

Manuscript in which the author relates how he views birds in his writing. He feels that birds have similar and at times superior human traits.

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

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