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Inventory to the field notes of Harold C. Bryant at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at University of California, Berkeley. MVZA.MSS.0043
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Arrangement note

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Harold C. Bryant field notes
    Identifier/Call Number: MVZA.MSS.0043
    Contributing Institution: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.3 Linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1910-1927
    Abstract: The Harold C. Bryant field notes collection consists of field notes and specimen records completed in California and southern Oregon between 1910-1927. The majority of the work represented here coincides with Bryant's time with the MVZ and UC Berkeley, where he served as a lecturer and field trip leader for the UC Extension academic program from 1914-1930.
    Creator: Bryant, H. C. (Harold Child), 1886-1968

    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], Harold C. Bryant papers, MVZA.MSS.0043, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical/historical note

    Harold C. Bryant (1886-1968) was a key figure in the establishment of museums and visitor centers for the National Park Service. Bryant also helped propel the concept of nature guiding, in which public education takes place in the national parks. Having received a B.S. in zoology/ornithology from Pomona College and an M.S. and PhD in zoology and palenontology from UC Berkeley, Bryant joined the MVZ staff, serving as a lecturer and field trip leader for the UC Extension academic program from 1914-1930. With Joseph Grinnell as his mentor, Bryant began nature guiding in the Yosemite Valley in 1919 and set into motion the Yosemite Nature Guide Service in 1920. In 1925, Bryant became the first director of the Yosemite School of Field Natural History, an institution responsible for educating thousands of park naturalists. Later in life, he was appointed superintendent of the Grand Canyon National Park, where he determined new bird, butterfly, and plant species. In 1954, he was honored with the Department of the Interior Distinguished Service Award and earned many additional honorary awards and recognitions throughout his lifetime.
    Sources Consulted:
    Danz, Harold. “Dr. Harold Bryant: 1886-1968.” National Park Service. Accessed August 12, 2013. http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/sontag/bryant.htm 
    “Harold C. Bryant Cornelius Amory Pugsley National Medal Award, 1954.” American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA). Accessed August 12, 2013. http://www.aapra.org/Pugsley/BryantHarold.html 

    Scope and Contents note

    The Harold C. Bryant field notes include three standard-bound volumes of field notes with map and habitat sketches. These volumes cover the years 1910-1927 and feature localities in California and southern Oregon. Also included in this collection is a separate folder containing non-standard bound field notes that focus on sparrow nest and specimen collecting on the UC Berkeley campus between 1913-1916. The non-standard bound field notes contain charts with trap and nest information, as well as dated entries describing sparrow-collecting activities.

    Arrangement note

    The collection has been arranged using two subseries: MVZ standard binding and MVZ non-standard binding.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Biological specimens--Identification
    Biology Fieldwork
    Field notes
    Scientific expeditions--California
    Scientific expeditions--Oregon
    University of California (1868-1952). Museum of Vertebrate Zoology