Finding aid to the Tracy I. Storer papers MVZA.MSS.0246

Finding aid prepared by Greg Borman
The processing of this collection was made possible through funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources' "Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives" Project.
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
3101 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California
Berkeley
mvzarchives@berkeley.edu
November 2013


Descriptive Summary

Title: Tracy I. Storer papers
Identifier/Call Number: MVZA.MSS.0246
Contributing Institution: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.7 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1911-1976
Abstract: The Tracy I. Storer papers consist of five volumes of fieldnotes and specimen records spanning the years 1911-1923. All of the fieldwork was completed within California. Also included are five folders of correspondence with materials in the date range 1931-1976.
Creator: Storer, Tracy I. (Tracy Irwin), 1889-1973

Administrative Information

Conditions governing access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions governing use

Copyright restrictions may apply. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted to the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives in writing for approval. Please contact the Museum Archivist for further information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Tracy I. Storer papers, MVZA.MSS.0246, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

Biographical/historical note

Tracy I. Storer (1889-1973) was an eminent zoologist and educator with significant ties to the University of California throughout his lifetime. Receiving his B.A., M.S. and PhD from UC Berkeley, Storer was part of the MVZ’s staff from 1914-1923, serving as Assistant Curator of Birds and Field Naturalist. In 1923, Storer moved on to UC Davis, where he founded the Department of Zoology. Throughout his career, a major interest of Storer’s was controlling pest populations, specifically rodents. He also contributed to a number of organizations, serving as President of the Wildlife Society, American Society of Mammalogists, and Cooper Ornithological Society. Additionally, he edited the Journal of Wildlife Management and published over 200 times. Two of his monographs, General Zoology and Elements of Zoology, have been used extensively in educational settings and published in a number of languages. Storer became Professor Emeritus at UC Davis in 1956 and remained busy until the end of his life.
Sources Consulted:
Salt, G. W. and Rudd, R. L. “Tracy Irvin Storer (1889-1973): An Appreciation.” Journal of Mammalogy, 56, 2 (1975): 538-552. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1379393 
Spieth, Herman T. “Tracy I. Storer, 1889-1973.” Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2, 1 (1974): 26-27. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3781531 

Scope and contents note

The Tracy I. Storer papers consist of five standard-bound volumes of fieldnotes, including specimen, map, and habitat sketches, as well as transcriptions of scientific notes. Many of the volume sections include significant photographic notes and vertebrate censuses. The volumes cover the years 1911-1923, with localities in California. This collection also includes five folders of correspondence, as well as some biographical information and manuscripts. These items date from 1931-1976 and contain materials covering specimen loans, rodent control, live traps, and related subjects.

Arrangement note

The collection has been arranged in the following series: Field notes and Correspondence. There are no subseries.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Biological specimens--Collection and preservation.
Biological specimens--Identification
Biology Fieldwork
Birds--California--Identification
Cataloging--Specimens.
Correspondence
Field notes
Mammalogy--Fieldwork.
Scientific expeditions--California
University of California (1868-1952). Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Collection Contents

 

Field notes 1911-1923

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 5.0 Volumes
Volume 1

Volume 1 1664 1911-1912

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 209.0 Pages
Volume 1, Section 1

Mt. Whitney region, in Kern, Tulare, and Inyo Counties, California 1664_s1 1911

Physical Description: 108.0 Pages

Related materials

Specimens collected in this section include accession #293. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Scope and contents note

Note prior to p. 1: "For map, see field notes of J. Grinnell, 1911 .”

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Inyo County
North America, United States, California, Kern County
North America, United States, California, Tulare County
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 1, Section 2

Sacramento Valley, in Tehama, Butte, Glenn, Yolo, Solano, and Contra Costa counties, California 1664_s2 1912

Physical Description: 95.0 Pages

Related materials

Specimens collected in this section include accession #371. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Butte County
North America, United States, California, Glenn County
North America, United States, California, Tehama County
North America, United States, California, Yolo County
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 2

Volume 2 1665 1912-1915

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 225.0 Pages
Volume 2, Section 1

Sacramento Valley, in Tehama, Butte, Glenn, Yolo, Solano, and Contra Costa Cos., California 1665_s1 1912

Physical Description: 98.0 Pages

Related materials

Specimens collected in this section include accession #371. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Contra Costa County
North America, United States, California, Solano County
North America, United States, California, Yolo County
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 2, Section 2

Miscellaneous localities in California 1665_s2 1912-1915

Physical Description: 121.0 Pages

Related materials

Specimens collected in this section were collected between 8/1/1912 and 5/13/1915. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
North America, United States, California, Los Angeles County
North America, United States, California, Marin County
North America, United States, California, Merced County
North America, United States, California, San Francisco County
North America, United States, California, Siskiyou County
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 3

Volume 3 1666 1915

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 173.0 Pages
Volume 3, Section 1

Yosemite National Park, California 1666_s1 1915

Physical Description: 170.0 Pages

Related materials

Specimens collected in this section include accession #891. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Scope and contents note

Bird and mammal census conducted with Joseph Grinnell in Porcupine Flat, Mariposa County on pp. 522-523.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Mariposa County
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 4

Volume 4 1667 1915-1917

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 212.0 Pages
Volume 4, Section 1

Yosemite National Park, California, Fall 1667_s1 1915

Physical Description: 102.0 Pages

Related materials

Specimens collected in this section include accession #968. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Scope and contents note

Section contains numerous vertebrate censuses, including census conducted with Joseph Grinnell in Yosemite Valley, Mariposa County on pp. 668b and 668c.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Mariposa County
North America, United States, California, Tuolumne County
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 4, Section 2

Yosemite National Park, California (2 trips) 1667_s2 1916

Physical Description: 53.0 Pages

Related materials

Specimens collected in this section include accession #1074. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Scope and contents note

Section contains numerous vertebrate censuses.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Mariposa County
North America, United States, California, Merced County
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 4, Section 3

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Berkeley, California 1667_s3 1916

Physical Description: 2.0 Pages

Related materials

Specimens collected in this section were collected between 8/25/1916 and 10/14/1916. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 4, Section 4

Berkeley to Fyffe, Eldorado County, California 1667_s4 1916

Physical Description: 16.0 Pages

Related materials

Specimens collected in this section include accession #1188. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Scope and contents note

Folded map, MVZ 10034, attached following p. 731b.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, El Dorado County
 

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Volume 4, Section 5

Berkeley to Shoshone, Inyo County, California 1667_s5 1917

Physical Description: 27.0 Pages

Scope and contents note

Flat map, MVZ 10035, glued to p. 755c.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Inyo County
North America, United States, California, San Bernardino County
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 5

Volume 5 1668 1917-1923

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 204.0 Pages
Volume 5, Section 1

Yosemite National Park, California 1668_s1 1919

Physical Description: 100.0 Pages

Related materials

Specimens collected in this section include accession #1585. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Scope and contents note

Section contains several vertebrate censuses.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Mariposa County
North America, United States, California, Stanislaus County
 

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Volume 5, Section 2

Mojave, Kern County, California 1668_s2 1920

Physical Description: 15.0 Pages

Related materials

Specimens collected in this section include accession #1754. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Kern County
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 5, Section 3

Miscellaneous localities in California 1668_s3 1919-1923

Physical Description: 82.0 Pages

Related materials

Specimens collected in this section include accession #1602. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database. Additional specimens were collected between 6/30/1920-3/5/1923, and can also be found in Arctos .

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
North America, United States, California, Contra Costa County
North America, United States, California, Marin County
North America, United States, California, Mendocino County
North America, United States, California, San Joaquin County
North America, United States, California, Sonoma County
 

View digitized field notes.

 

Correspondence 1931-1976

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 5.0 Folder
 

Correspondence 1931-1938

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
 

Correspondence 1939-1952

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
 

Correspondence 1954-1973

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
 

Correspondence and biographical materials 1971, 1973, 1998

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
 

Correspondence, obituaries, and manuscripts Bulk, 1975-1976 1959-1976

Physical Description: 1.0 Folder