Finding Aid to the Letters from Bradford Torrey to Olive Thorne Miller MS.621

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
323-221-2164
rroom@theautry.org
2012 October 24


Title: Letters from Bradford Torrey to Olive Thorne Miller
Identifier/Call Number: MS.621
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Date (inclusive): 1889 February 8 - 1907 April 14
Abstract: Bradford Torrey (1843-1912) was an ornithologist and author. This collection contains letters from Mr. Bradford Torrey to Mrs. Olive Thorne Miller from 1889-1907 regarding birds in New England and Santa Barbara.
creator: Miller, Harriet Mann, 1831-1918
creator: Torrey, Bradford, 1843-1912

Biographical note

Harriet Mann Miller (1831–1918) was a naturalist, ornithologist and children's writer. She sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Olive Thorne Miller. In addition to writing on birds and their behavior, she contributed to the journal of the Audubon Society. In 1880 she became an avid bird watcher. She was a proponent of the movement to prevent hunting of birds for use of their plumes in the millinery trade. After the death of her husband in 1904, she moved to Los Angeles.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters from Mr. Bradford Torrey to Mrs. Olive Thorne Miller from 1889-1907 regarding birds in New England and Santa Barbara. The majority of the letters are written from Melrose Highlands and Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, but the last letter is sent from Santa Barbara.

Preferred citation

Letters from Bradford Torrey to Olive Thorne Miller, 1889-1907, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.621.

Acquisition

Donated by Mary Mann Miller, 1938 February 29.

Processing history

Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 October 24, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Access

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Biographical note

Bradford Torrey (born 1843, died 1912) lived in Santa Barbara, California and was an ornithologist and author. Torrey devoted much time to the study of birds, their habits, peculiarities, and domestic traits. He wrote numerous papers on this subject, and published Birds in the Bush (Boston, 1885).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Birds -- California -- Santa Barbara
Birds -- New England
Correspondence
Ornithologist