Finding Aid to the Walter P. Taylor papers MVZA.MSS.0139

Finding aid prepared by Greg Borman and Darren Lu
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
July 2013


Descriptive Summary

Title: Walter P. Taylor papers
Identifier/Call Number: MVZA.MSS.0139
Contributing Institution: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.1 Cubic feet
Date (inclusive): 1904-1915
Abstract: The Walter P. Taylor papers include field notes, manuscripts, and photographs. These materials offer insight into the work done by Taylor between 1904-1915.
Creator: Taylor, Walter P. (Walter Penn), 1888-1972

Administrative Information

Conditions governing access

The collection is open for research.

Preferred citation

Walter P. Taylor papers, MVZA.MSS.0139, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

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.

Biographical/historical note

Walter P. Taylor (1888-1972), a biologist and educator, was a significant contributor to ornithology in the Northwestern United States. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1914, and served as Assistant Curator of Mammals at MVZ from 1909-1911 and Curator of Mammals from 1911-1916. He began his role as Assistant Biologist in 1916 with the Biological Survey (USDA), and retired as Senior Biologist in 1951 with the Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior (USDI). He also was a professor with numerous U.S. colleges and universities. Additionally, he contributed over 300 short papers, bulletins, and technical publications in the fields of systematic zoology, ecology and conservation.
Sources Consulted:
Alcorn, Gordon D. "In Memoriam: Walter Penn Taylor." The Murrelet, 53, 3 (1972): 41. Accessed June 12, 2013. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3535229/.
Lehmann, Valgene W. "Obituaries: Walter P. Taylor, 1888-1972." The Journal of Wildlife Management, 36, 4 (1972): 1379-1380. Accessed June 12, 2013. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3799296/.

Scope and Contents note

The Walter P. Taylor papers consist of eleven standard-bound volumes of field notes, including specimen and habitat sketches. The volumes span the years 1908-1915, with localities in California and Nevada. In addition to the eleven volumes, a manuscripts folder focuses on an MVZ expedition to Humboldt Co., Nevada in 1909, with specimen data, specimen measurements, and maps. A photographs folder contains landscape images from Humboldt Co., Nevada; these photographs accompanied an article titled "Field notes on amphibians, reptiles and birds of northern Humboldt County, Nevada, with a discussion of some of the faunal features of the region", published in University of California Publications in Zoology, Volume 7, Number 10 (1912). A third folder holds non-standard bound field notes from 1907-1909 that includes descriptions of a field encounter with Joseph Grinnell.

Arrangement note

The collection has been arranged in the following series: Field notes, Manuscripts, and Photographs. Within Field notes, there are two subseries: MVZ standard binding and MVZ non-standard binding.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

Collection Contents

 

Field notes 1904-1915

Language of Material: English
 

MVZ standard binding 1908-1915

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 11.0 Volumes
Volume 1

Volume 1 1688 1908

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 170.0 Pages
Volume 1, Section 1

Riverside County, California 1688_s1 1908-1908

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 170.0 Pages

Related Materials note

Specimens collected in this section include accessions #3 and #6. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Scope and Contents note

Folded map, MVZ 10048, attached between pp. 91-91 (sic).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Riverside County
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 2

Volume 2 1689 1908-1909

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 230.0 Pages
Volume 2, Section 1

San Jacinto Area, Southern California, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties (Part) 1689_s1 1908

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 186.0 Pages

Related Archival Materials note

Specimens collected in this section include accessions #6 and #8. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

View digitized field notes.

Volume 2, Section 2

Marin County, California 1689_s2 1909

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 34.0 Pages

Related Archival Materials note

Specimens collected in this section include accession #56. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Marin County
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 2, Section 3

Berkeley, Alameda County, California 1689_s3 1909

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 6.0 Pages

Related Archival Materials note

Specimens collected in this section include accessions #62, #63, and #64. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Scope and Contents note

Includes specimens collected by A.S. Dickey, L. Marioni, and W.H. Rich.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 3

Volume 3 1690 1909

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 277.0 Pages
Volume 3, Section 1

Pine Forest Mountains, Nevada 1690_s1 1909-1909

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 277.0 Pages

Related Archival Materials note

Specimens collected in this section include accessions #95 and #187. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Scope and Contents note

Two folded maps, MVZ 10049 and MVZ 10050, attached in introductory section prior to p. 397.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Humboldt County
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 4

Volume 4 1691 1910

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 210.0 Pages
Volume 4, Section 1

Warner Mountains, California 1691_s1 1910-1910

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 210.0 Pages

Related Archival Materials note

Specimens collected in this section include accession #172. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Scope and Contents note

Folded map, MVZ 10051, attached in introductory section prior to p. 669.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Modoc County
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 5

Volume 5 1692 1910-1911

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 171.0 Pages
Volume 5, Section 1

Warner Mountains, Modoc County, California (part) 1692_s1 1910

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 155.0 Pages

Related Archival Materials note

Specimens collected in this section include accession #172. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Modoc County
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 5, Section 2

San Joaquin County, California 1692_s2 1911

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 13.0 Pages

Related Archival Materials note

Specimens collected in this section include accession #286. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, San Joaquin County
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 6

Volume 6 1693 1911-1912

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 319.0 Pages
Volume 6, Section 1

Mt. Whitney Region, California 1693_s1 1911

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 304.0 Pages

Related Archival Materials note

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

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
 

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Volume 6, Section 2

Berkeley, Alameda County, California 1693_s2 1911-1912

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 12.0 Pages

Scope and Contents note

Photograph of Monarch the bear, MVZ 10052, attached to p. 1349. Link to image: http://web.corral.tacc.utexas.edu/MVZ/historic_images/cards/jpg/img_card_10052.jpg

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
 

View digitized field notes.

Volume 7

Volume 7 1694 1912

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 221.0 Pages
Volume 7, Section 1

San Joaquin River, Stanislaus County, California 1694_s1 1912

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 21.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Stanislaus County
 

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Volume 7, Section 2

Sacramento Valley, California (Part 1) 1694_s2 1912

Physical Description: 195.0 Pages

Scope and Contents note

Folded map, MVZ 10053, attached to p. 003. Folded map, MVZ 10054, attached between pp. 003-1380. Folded map, MVZ 10055, attached between pp. 1411-1412. Folded map, MVZ 10056, attached between pp. 1436-1437. Folded map, MVZ 10057, attached between pp. 1494-1495. Folded map, MVZ 10058, attached between pp. 1516-1517.

Related Archival Materials note

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, Amador County
North America, United States, California, Butte County
North America, United States, California, San Joaquin County
North America, United States, California, Sutter County
North America, United States, California, Yolo County
 

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Volume 8

Volume 8 1695 1912-1913

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 202.0 Pages
Volume 8, Section 1

Sacramento Valley, California (Part 2) 1695_s1 1912

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 183.0 Pages

Related Archival Materials note

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

Scope and Contents note

Folded maps, MVZ 10059 and MVZ 10060, attached prior to p. 1573. Map, MVZ 10061, attached between pp. 1665-1666. Folded map, MVZ 10062, attached between pp. 1666-1667. Folded map, MVZ 10063, attached between pp. 1700-1701. Folded map, MVZ 10064, attached between pp. 1729-1730.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

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Volume 8, Section 2

Berkeley, Alameda County, California 1695_s2 1912-1913

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 17.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
North America, United States, California, Monterey County
 

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Volume 9

Volume 9 1696 1913

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 300.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Marin County
North America, United States, California, Mendocino County
North America, United States, California, Sonoma County
North America, United States, California, Tehama County
Volume 9, Section 1

Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Tehama Cos., California 1696_s1 1913-1913

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 298.0 Pages

Related Archival Materials note

Specimens collected in this section include accession #599. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.
 

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Volume 9, Section 2

Alameda County, California 1696_s2 1913-1914

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.0 Pages
 

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Volume 10

Volume 10 1697 1914-1915

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 252.0 Pages
Volume 10, Section 1

Berkeley, Alameda County, California 1697_s1 1914

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 33.0 Pages

Related Archival Materials note

Specimens collected in this section include accession #703. 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
 

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Volume 10, Section 2

Yosemite National Park, California 1697_s2 1914

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 150.0 Pages

Related Archival Materials note

Specimens collected in this section include accession #853. These specimens can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

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Volume 10, Section 3

Miscellaneous data, written at Berkeley, California 1697_s3 1914-1915

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 68.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
 

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Volume 11

Volume 11 1698 1915

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 300.0 Pages
Volume 11, Section 1

Yosemite National Park, California 1698_s1 1915-1915

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 300.0 Pages

Related Archival Materials note

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

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

View digitized field notes.

 

MVZ non-standard binding 1904-1909

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box 1, Folder 3

Southern California field notes and catalog 1904-1909

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 118.0 Pages

Scope and Contents note

Specimens collected cover dates 1904-1907. Field notes cover dates 1907-1909.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Los Angeles County
North America, United States, California, Orange County
North America, United States, California, San Bernardino County
 

Manuscripts 1909-1911

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box 1, Folder 1

Manuscripts including specimen notes, lists, measurements, breeding data, and maps 1909-1911

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Folder

Scope and Contents note

Manuscripts are primarily related to MVZ expedition to northern Humboldt County, Nevada during the summer of 1909.
 

Photographs 1909

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Folder
Box 1, Folder 2

Photographs used for 1912 Taylor article 1909

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Folder

Scope and Contents note

Four loose and ten mounted photographs of collecting sites used to accompany:
Taylor, Walter P. "Field notes on amphibians, reptiles and birds of northern Humboldt County, Nevada, with a discussion of some of the faunal features of the region." University of California Publications in Zoology, 7, 10 (1912): 318-436. Accessed July 8, 2013. http://archive.org/details/cu31924022564755/.