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Finding aid to the Tracy I. Storer papers MVZA.MSS.0246
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/historical note
  • Scope and contents note
  • Arrangement note

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Tracy I. Storer papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MVZA.MSS.0246
    Contributing Institution: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.7 Linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1911-1976
    Abstract: The Tracy I. Storer papers consist of five volumes of fieldnotes and specimen records spanning the years 1911-1923. All of the fieldwork was completed within California. Also included are five folders of correspondence with materials in the date range 1931-1976.
    Creator: Storer, Tracy I. (Tracy Irwin), 1889-1973

    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], Tracy I. Storer papers, MVZA.MSS.0246, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical/historical note

    Tracy I. Storer (1889-1973) was an eminent zoologist and educator with significant ties to the University of California throughout his lifetime. Receiving his B.A., M.S. and PhD from UC Berkeley, Storer was part of the MVZ’s staff from 1914-1923, serving as Assistant Curator of Birds and Field Naturalist. In 1923, Storer moved on to UC Davis, where he founded the Department of Zoology. Throughout his career, a major interest of Storer’s was controlling pest populations, specifically rodents. He also contributed to a number of organizations, serving as President of the Wildlife Society, American Society of Mammalogists, and Cooper Ornithological Society. Additionally, he edited the Journal of Wildlife Management and published over 200 times. Two of his monographs, General Zoology and Elements of Zoology, have been used extensively in educational settings and published in a number of languages. Storer became Professor Emeritus at UC Davis in 1956 and remained busy until the end of his life.
    Sources Consulted:
    Salt, G. W. and Rudd, R. L. “Tracy Irvin Storer (1889-1973): An Appreciation.” Journal of Mammalogy, 56, 2 (1975): 538-552. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1379393 
    Spieth, Herman T. “Tracy I. Storer, 1889-1973.” Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2, 1 (1974): 26-27. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3781531 

    Scope and contents note

    The Tracy I. Storer papers consist of five standard-bound volumes of fieldnotes, including specimen, map, and habitat sketches, as well as transcriptions of scientific notes. Many of the volume sections include significant photographic notes and vertebrate censuses. The volumes cover the years 1911-1923, with localities in California. This collection also includes five folders of correspondence, as well as some biographical information and manuscripts. These items date from 1931-1976 and contain materials covering specimen loans, rodent control, live traps, and related subjects.

    Arrangement note

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

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

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