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- MSS Finley
- 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 The collection consists of published and unpublished manuscripts, lecture and field notes, reports, correspondence, photographs and motion picture films.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
- 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."
- 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.
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.
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.
- 1910 - 1942
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.
The article highlights the annual return of birds to the author's property, including the violet-green swallow. Recommendations for birdhouse designs are included.