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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/historical note
  • Scope and contents note
  • Arrangement note
  • Related materials

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jean M. Linsdale papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MVZA.MSS.0175
    Contributing Institution: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.9 Linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1926-1964
    Abstract: The Jean M. Linsdale papers consist of field notes and correspondence. The field notes span the years 1926-1937. The correspondence dates from 1939-1964 and covers topics including the Hastings Reservation, general expenditures, professional societies, his writings, and miscellaneous.
    Creator: Linsdale, Jean M. (Jean Myron), 1902-1969

    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], Jean M. Linsdale papers, MVZA.MSS.0175, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical/historical note

    Jean M. Linsdale (1902-1969) was born in Wellsville, Kansas. He majored in Zoology as an undergraduate at the University of Kansas and received his MA from the school in 1925. He moved to California that same year and was a Teaching Fellow at UC Berkeley from 1925-1927, completing his PhD in 1927. Altogether, he served as a Research Associate at the MVZ for 33 years. The first ten years were with the Museum, and the final twenty-three (1938-1960) were as the first resident director of the Hastings Natural History Reservation. His major publications focused on mammals, co-authoring the 1937 monograph Fur-Bearing Mammals of California with Joseph Dixon and Joseph Grinnell. Other writings include The California Ground Squirrel (1946), The Dusky-Footed Woodrat (with Lloyd Tevis, 1951); and a monograph on mule deer (with Quentin Tomich, 1953). He also did editorial work for The Condor, Pacific Coast Avifauna, and American Midland Naturalist and reviewed books, mostly for American Midland Naturalist. He was closely connected to the Cooper Ornithological Society, joining in 1926 and serving as the Northern Division’s president for a term. Health issues led to an early retirement in 1960.
    Sources Consulted:
    Behle, William H. "In Memoriam: Jean Myron Linsdale." The Auk 88, 4 (1971): 760-774. Accessed April 9, 2014. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4083836 .
    "MVZ Biographies." Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley. Accessed April 14, 2014. http://mvz.berkeley.edu/Biographies.html .

    Scope and contents note

    The Jean M. Linsdale papers include fourteen standard-bound volumes of field notes. These span the years 1926-1937. In addition to the field notes series, there are eight folders of correspondence covering the years 1939-1964. Included in the correspondence are items about the Hastings Reservation, general expenditures, professional societies, his writings, and miscellaneous topics. All materials, with the exception of correspondence dated 1961-1964, coincide with Linsdale’s time as a Teaching Fellow and Research Associate with UC Berkeley.

    Arrangement note

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

    Related materials

    Materials relating to this collection within the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives include: the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology historical correspondence 1908-1930 collection  (MVZA.MSS.0117) and the Hastings Natural History Reservation collection  (MVZA.MSS.0118).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

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