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William L. Finley Papers, 1899-1946

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 The collection consists of published and unpublished manuscripts, lecture and field notes, reports, correspondence, photographs and motion picture films.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

Manuscripts

Manuscripts discussing the Braly Museum of Natural History in Depoe Bay, a proposed Portland natural history museum, and birds in Arizona.

Finley, Irene

Manuscripts

Articles: 1. "The pine siskin, a detective story"; 2. "Black tar causes death to swallow"; 3. "Deer killed by autos"

Finley, Irene

Bunnies for Easter

Article describing Irene Finley's observations of jackrabbits in eastern Oregon and the differences between rabbits and hares.

Finley, Irene

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