Series 3: Correspondence, 1909-1911, 1926-1940

Correspondence, October 12, 1909 Correspondence, February 21, 1910 Correspondence, March 1910 Correspondence, April 16, 1910 Correspondence, May 1910 Correspondence, June 1910 Correspondence, July 1910 Correspondence, August 1910 Correspondence, September 1910 Correspondence, October 1910 Correspondence, November 1910 Correspondence, December 1910 Correspondence, January 1911 Correspondence, February 1911 Correspondence, March 1911 Correspondence, April 1911 Correspondence, May 1911 Correspondence, January 1926 Correspondence, February 1926 Correspondence, March 1926 Correspondence, April 1926 Correspondence, May 1926 Correspondence, July 1926 Correspondence, August 1926 Correspondence, September 1926 Correspondence, October 1926 Correspondence, November 1926 Correspondence, December 1926
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MSS Finley - 3

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Series 3: Correspondence, 1909-1911, 1926-1940


  • 1909 - 1911, 1926 - 1940 (Creation)


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This series consists of correspondence between William Finley and individuals in agencies, associations, commissions, academic institutions, and societies such as the National Association of Audubon Societies, state and federal Departments of Fish and Game, and the State of Oregon, as well as individuals, including Theodore Roosevelt and Oregon Governor Oswald West. It also includes correspondence related to the drafting of a bill proposal for a new State Fish and Game Commission for Oregon, and Finley’s subsequent appointment as Chairman, as well as bills for wild bird protection that led to the establishment of Oregon’s first wildlife refuges and private land reserves. Also included is correspondence between William and Irene Finley, between the Finleys and Campbell Church, pertaining to the Finleys' 1926 Alaska trip. Other topics addressed in the correspondence are exchanges with journal editors concerning Finley’s articles and photographs; Finley’s inquiries about providing lectures for a planned Midwest and East Coast trip that was later cancelled due to illness; requests for his photographs and requests for lectures. Also represented is the issue of illegal sale of hats using wild bird feathers at millineries in San Francisco and Los Angeles leading to the loss of species; Finley’s concerns regarding the attempted removal of meadowlark protection in California, due to a public perception that they negatively impact agriculture; arrangement and negotiation of a traveling demonstration train for the purpose of wild bird educational exhibits (activism).

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