Guide to the Willie Chambers Papers, (bulk 1891-1964)

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Guide to the Willie Chambers Papers, (bulk 1891-1964)

Collection number: BANC MSS 67/131 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1967
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Willie Chambers Papers,
Date (bulk): (bulk 1891-1964)
Collection Number: BANC MSS 67/131 c
Creator: Chambers, Willie, 1878-1966
Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes, 1 carton, 1 portfolio Linear feet: 2
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Correspondence, miscellaneous papers and photographs, relating to his interest in ornithology. Included are some records of the Cooper Ornithological Club, 1961-1964.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Willie Chambers Papers, BANC MSS 67/131 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The papers of W. Lee Chambers were a gift of Mrs. Harvey T. Anderson on February 20, 1967.

Scope and Content

The Papers of W. Lee Chambers relate mainly to his active interest in ornithology, most specifically to the collection of skins and eggs. They also contain records of the Cooper Ornithological Club of which he was business manager for many years. Glass plate negatives, primarily of Santa Monica at the turn of the century, and miscellaneous printed materials have been turned over to picture and book catalogers for separate cataloging.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Outgoing letters, 1901-1950, arranged chronologically


Incoming letters, A-G, including A-Z miscellany for single letters. A partial list of correspondents is appended at end of report.

Box 2

Incoming letters, H-Z


Stone, Lois C: In Memoriam: W. Lee Chambers (Reprint from The Auk)

carton Carton

Cooper Ornithological Club:

See also portfolio


Membership lists


Business manager's reports, 1901-1926


Misc. financial records, including inventories and expenditures for the Avifauna, the Condor, and Grayson plates.


Ledger of accounts, 1926-1930


Misc. reports, etc.


Address file and seals


Notes and clippings re California Condor


Bird lists


Maps of Santa Monica, Long Beach, and Pasadena


Misc., including collector's permits; photographs and glass plate negatives, mainly of birds' nests and eggs

portfolio Portfolio

Statistical charts of Cooper Ornithological Club for Condor, Avifauna, etc.

Partial List of Correspondents


A-Z Miscellany


American Ornithologists' Union


Letter, Oct. 28, 1902, by William Dutcher


Bailey, Laura (Beatty) Law (Mrs. Harold Harris Bailey)


Letter, Oct. 24, 1962


British Museum (Nat. Hist.)


Letter, Sept. 3, 1902, by W. R. Ogilvie-Grant


California Academy of Sciences


Letter, June 14, 1905, by Leverett Mills Loomis


Fisher, Walter Kenrick, 1878-


Letter, Jan 25, 1903


Miller, Alden Holmes, 1906-1965


Letter, Jan. 28, 1964


Miller, Loye Holmes, 1874-


Letter, Apr. 13, 1964


Storer, Tracy Irwin, 1889-


Letter, Aug. 20, 1920


U.S. National Zoological Park


Letter, Feb. 5, 1903, by Frank Baker


Zoological Society of Philadelphia


Letter, Apr. 17, 1905, by A. E. Brown


Baker, Frank, 1841-1918

see U.S. National Zoological Park


Barlow, Chester, 1873?-1902


17 letters, 1901-1902.

Additional Note

Some as editor of Condor and as treasurer, Cooper Club.

Bent, Arthur Cleveland, 1866-


21 letters, 1916-1946.


Brown, Arthur Erwin, 1850-1910

see Zoological Society of Philadelphia


Childs, John Lewis


17 letters, 1901-1919.


Daggett, Frank S.


4 letters, 1901-1902.

Additional Note

Some as president, Cooper Club, Southern Division.

Dawson, Frances E. (Mrs. W. Leon Dawson)


3 letters, 1939-1944.


Dawson, William Leon, 1873-1928


97 letters, 1907-1924.

Additional Note

Mainly re publication of Birds of California. Ms., "Quillayute Bird-Names" and misc. re Birds of California and the International Museum of Oology at end of folder.

Dickey, Donald Ryder, 1887-1932


2 letters, 1920.


Dunn, Harry H., 1879-1932


11 letters, 1901-1902.


Dutcher, William, 1846-1920

see American Ornithologists Union


Emerson, W. Otto


6 letters, 1902-1906.


Fuertes, Luis Agassiz, 1874-1927


2 letters, 1905.


Grinnell, Joseph, 1877-1939


17 letters, 1901-1920.


Hillyer, Curtis, 1872-


2 letters, 1925.

See also South Moulton Company.


Howard, O. W.


45 letters, 1901-1902.


Lattin, Frank H.


3 letters, 1901-1902.


Law, John Eugene, d. 1931


14 letters, 1902-1920.


Loomis, Leverett Mills, 1857-1928

see California Academy of Sciences


Morcom, G. Frean


16 letters, 1901-1902.


Ogilvie-Grant, William Robert, 1863-1924

see British Museum (Nat. Hist.)


Ravenel, William de Chastignier, 1859-

see Smithsonian Institution


Rathbun, Richard, 1852-1918

see Smithsonian Institution


Ridgway, Robert, 1850-1929


2 letters, 1902-1903.


Robertson, Howard


16 letters, 1901-1902.

Additional Note

Some as secretary, Cooper Club, Southern Division.

Smithsonian Institution


3 letters, 1902, by W. de C. Ravenel and R. Rathbun.


South Moulton Company


3 letters, 1925-1926.

Additional Note

One signed by Curtis Hillyer, q. v. Re publication of Birds of California.

Stone, Witmer, 1866-1939


2 letters, 1902-1905.

Additional Note

Re condor holdings in the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.

Swarth, Harry Schelwald, 1878-1935


10 letters, 1901-1920.


Taylor, Henry Reed


21 letters, 1901-1905.


Thayer, John Eliot, 1862-1933


20 letters, 1902.