Scope and Content
Title: Cooper Ornithological Society, Southern Division records
Date (inclusive): 1895-1935
Collection number: 105
Cooper Ornithological Society, Southern Division.
3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: The Cooper Ornithological Society was founded in 1893, and was named after the zoologist James G. Cooper. The collection contains
3 volumes of incoming correspondence from various ornithologists to Frank Slater Daggett, the accessions records of the Dickey
Ornithological Library, and the specimen catalogs and field notes of Daggett and Wright M. Pierce who were both active members
in the society.
Language: Finding aid is written in
University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections
for paging information.
Restrictions on Access
Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library
Special Collections for paging information.
Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the
creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright
owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Cooper Ornithological Society, 1945.
Processed by Chris Marino in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser,
[Identification of item], Cooper Ornithological Society, Southern Division records (Collection 105). UCLA Library Special
Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
The Cooper Ornithological Society Southern Division was founded in Los Angeles in 1893 by a small group of individuals in
southern California who were interested in the study of birds. The society was named after Dr. James G. Cooper, zoologist
and avid bird collector. To facilitate communication between members, the society developed a publication called The Condor,
which is still in existence today. One of the society's most active members was Frank Slater Dagett, who served as the society's
vice president from 1898-1900 and president from 1901-1903. The bird species Sphyrapicus varius dagetti is named after him.
He was an avid bird collector who amassed a collection of approximately 8,009 bird skins. Wright M. Pierce was also a prominent
member of the Cooper Ornithological Society Southern Division who served on the society's board of governors for many years.
This collection also includes the accession records of the Dickey Ornithological Library, which consists of 10,000 natural
history books and was donated by his wife Florence Van Vechten Dickey to UCLA in 1940. Donald R. Dickey was a nature photographer
and filmmaker who dedicated the later part of his life collecting books and photographs of wildlife, as well as collecting
mammals and birds.
Scope and Content
Collection contains 3 volumes of incoming correspondence from various ornithologists and bird enthusiasts to Frank Slater
Daggett. The collection also includes of the accessions records of the Dickey Ornithological Library as well as the specimen
catalogs and field notes of Frank S. Daggett and Wright M. Pierce.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Daggett, Frank Slater--Archives.
Pierce, Wright M. --Archives
Cooper Ornithological Society. Southern Division--Archives.
Ornithologists--California, Southern--Archival resources.
Genres and Forms of Material