Samuel Frank Dexter papers addenda, 1875-1968

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Samuel Frank Dexter papers addenda, 1875-1968
Dates: 1875-1968
Collection Number: mssDexterPapersAddenda
Collector: Dexter, Samuel Frank, 1847-1906
Extent: 4 boxes
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2191
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: The Samuel Frank Dexter papers addenda includes a taxidermist's notebook and printed material relating to the noted naturalist and ornithologist Frank Dexter, 1847-1906.
Language of Material: The records are in English.

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Preferred Citation

Samuel Frank Dexter papers addenda, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Patricia Miller, July 2006.

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Biography

Samuel Frank Dexter (1847-1906), or Frank as his friends and family knew him, was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, on September 3, 1847. He was the grandson of Nathaniel Gregory Balch Dexter, who founded the knitting cotton business in the United States and established the Dexter Yarn Company in 1820. As such Dexter went into the family business and in 1880 after the company had incorporated, he became its secretary and general manager. He married Anna Fannie Wheaton in 1872 and subsequently had three children, Nathaniel Wheaton Dexter or “Wheatie,” Anthony Hamilton Dexter, and Fannie Wheaton Dexter. By 1900, Dexter had sold out his interests in the company and retired from the active business life. Dexter and his family moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1902, where he would spend the remainder of his life until his death in 1906.

Scope and Content

This collection primarily consists of printed material related to naturalist and ornithologist Samuel Frank Dexter, 1847-1906. There are seven books: Field Guide to Wildflowers by Roger Tory Peterson; A Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs by George A. Petrides; A Field Guide to Western Birds by Roger Tory Peterson; How to Know the Birds…by Roger Tory Peterson; Land Birds Bird Guide. Land Birds East of the Rockies by Chester A. Reed; The Observer's Book of British Birds by S. Vere Benson; and What Bird is That? by C.A. Stebbins and R.C. Stebbins. There is also a lengthy run of 19th century ornithological periodicals. There are at least 120 issues of Ornithologist and Oologist published by Frank A. Webster from January 1884 through October 1893. There is also a small run of Birds: A Monthly Serial Designed to Promote Knowledge of Bird-Life from 1897 through 1898. Other printed matter includes two copies of The Audubon Magazine, vol. I, no. 9 and vol. LXIV, no. 1.
An item of interest is "Taxidermist's Note Book on Collecting Trips of Wm. J. Magee". The contents of the notebook include an index of birds collected by Magee in 1875; descriptions of collecting expeditions, procedures, and weather condition in the New England region in 1876; and general remarks for the season of 1882 and 1883.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre.

Indexing Terms

Personal Names

Dexter, Samuel Frank
Magee, William J.

Subjects

Naturalists
Ornithologists

Geographic Areas

New England -- Description and travel

Genre

Books
Journals (periodicals)
Notebooks
Serials (publications)


CONTAINER LIST

Box 1

Books

Folder 1

Books -- A Field Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and North-central North America by Roger Tory Peterson and Margaret McKenny (1968)

Folder 2

Books -- A Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs by George A. Petrides (1958)

Folder 3

Books -- A Field Guide to Western Birds by Roger Tory Peterson (1941)

Folder 4

Books -- How to Know the Birds. An Introduction to Bird Recognition by Roger Tory Peterson (1949)

Folder 5

Books -- Land Birds. Bird Guide. Song and Insectivorous Birds East of the Rockies by Chester A. Reed (1925)

Fragile
Box 2

Books - Journals

Folder 1

Books -- The Observer's Book of British Birds by S. Vere Benson [undated]

Folder 2

Books -- What Bird Is That? by C.A. Stebbins and R.C. Stebbins

Folder 3

Excerpts -- The Ornithologist and Oologist vol. IX (1884)

Folder 4

Journals (periodicals) -- Ornithologist and Oologist vol. IX (1884)

Included: Specimen Issue, Jan. 1884. Vol. IX, No. 12 appears to be incomplete
Folder 5

Journals (periodicals) -- Ornithologist and Oologist vol. X (1885)

Folder 6

Journals (periodicals) -- Ornithologist and Oologist vol. XI (1886)

Folder 7

Journals (periodicals) -- Ornithologist and Oologist vol. XII (1887)

Folder 8

Journals (periodicals) -- Ornithologist and Oologist vol. XIII (1888)

Box 3

Journals

Folder 1

Journals (periodicals) -- Ornithologist and Oologist vol. XIV (1889)

Folder 2

Journals (periodicals) -- Ornithologist and Oologist vol. XV (1890)

Folder 3

Journals (periodicals) -- Ornithologist and Oologist vol. XVI (1891)

Folder 4

Journals (periodicals) -- Ornithologist and Oologist vol. XVII (1892)

Folder 5

Journals (periodicals) -- Ornithologist and Oologist vol. XVIII (1893)

Box 4

Magazines - Serials

Folder 1

Magazines (periodicals) -- The Audubon Magazine, vol. I, no. 9 (1887, Oct.)

Folder 2

Magazines (periodicals) -- Audubon, vol. LXIV, no. 1 (1962, Jan.-Feb.)

Folder 3

Miscellaneous -- Loose pages, Birds and Ornithologist and Oologist (1884-1887)

Folder 4

Journals -- Taxidermist's Note Book on Collecting Trips of Wm. J. Magee (1875-1883)

Folder 5

Serials (publications) -- Birds (1896)

The front cover appears to be missing
Folder 6

Serials (publications) -- Birds vol. I (1897, Mar.-June)

Folder 7

Serials (publications) -- Birds vol. II (1897, July-Dec.)

Folder 8

Serials (publications) -- Birds vol. III (1898, Jan.-June)