MsC 561

Iowa Author

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1949 -- 1955
2 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: May 2000

Acquisition Note: This collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries over a period of years, beginning in 1949.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is oper for research.

Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.

Copyright:  Please read The University of Iowa Libraries' statement on "Property Rights, Copyright Law, and Permissions to Use Unpublished Materials"

Use of Collections: The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreement with donors, and it may not be possible at all times to provide appropriate machinery for reading, viewing or accessing non-paper-based materials. Please read our Use of Manuscripts Statement.

Biographical Note

Naturalist Alfred Marshall Bailey (1894 -- 1978) was born in Iowa City, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1916. As an undergraduate he took part in the government-sponsored experdition to Laysan Island. This was the first of many  experditions he would take in his career. In 1919 he joined the U.S. Biological Survey in Alaska. Two years later as a staff member of the Denver Museum of Natural History, he led expeditions to Siberia and Arctic Alaska. He returned to the Denver Museum of Natural History as its director in 1936. He remained there until his death at the age of 84. Bailey's specialty was ornithology, and he wrote a number of articles and books on the subject, including Birds of New Zealand and Birds of Colorado.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Alfred M. Bailey reflect his work as a naturalist and ornithologist and are comprised of his literary manuscripts. These manuscripts date from 1949 to 1955 and include articles he wrote from the Denver Museum of Natural History's publication, Museum Pictorial. Each book or article includes rough drafts, typescripts, and proofs. Some also contain correspondence and published versions.

Box 1

Birds of Alaska. Drafts of section about Branta Canadensis leucoporeia showing opinion change. Incomplete mss. Related correspondence.


Denver Museum of Natural History, Museum Pictorials

No. 1. (published February 1951 though dated June 1950). Nature photography with miniature cameras. Drafts, galleys, page and press proofs, published magazine, related ephemera.

No. 3. (published October 15, 1951). Stepping Stones Across the Pacific. Published magazine.

No. 6. (July 1952). Laysan and black-footed albatrosses. Drafts, galley, press proof, published magazine.

No. 9. (September 1953). The red crossbills of Colorado. Drafts, press proof, published magazine.

No. 11. (June 1955). Birds of New Zealand. Draft, page and press proofs, galley, published magazine.

List of titles, numbers 1 -- 9.

Denver Museum of Natural History, Museum Publications. Popular Series. Catalog.


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