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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Related collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Tracy Irwin Storer Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1899-1973
    Collection number: D-110
    Creator: Storer, Tracy Irwin, 1889-
    Extent: 9 linear feet
    Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
    100 North West Quad
    Davis, California, 95616-5292
    Abstract: Tracy Irwin Storer (1889-1973) was the founder of the Department of Zoology at the University of California, Davis. In 1923 he joined the faculty of the University of California, Davis as Assistant Professor of Zoology and Assistant Zoologist in the Experiment Station and was the department's sole faculty member until expansion began in 1935. His papers contain correspondence, writings, and printed material relating to his work. Also included are photographs and postcards of the California missions.
    Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Tracy Irwin Storer Papers, D-110, Department of Special Collections, University of California Library, Davis, California.

    Processing Information

    Sara Gunasekara was assisted by student employee Jenny Hodge in the processing of this collection.


    Biographical Narrative

    Tracy Irwin Storer (1889-1973) completed his education in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended high schools in Oakland and entered the University of California at Berkeley in 1908. Majoring in zoology, he received his B.S. degree in 1912, the M.S. in 1913, and the Ph.D. in 1921. In 1960 the University conferred upon him the LL.D. and in 1969 named the new zoology building on the Davis campus after him.
    From 1914 to 1923 he was on the staff of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology on the Berkeley campus, first as assistant curator of birds and later as field naturalist. These services were interrupted during World War I in which he served as a first lieutenant in the Sanitary Corps. In 1923 he joined the faculty of the University of California at Davis as assistant professor of zoology and assistant zoologist in the Experiment Station of the College of Agriculture. He was not only founder of the Department of Zoology at Davis but its sole faculty member until expansion began in 1935. He became professor emeritus in 1956.
    His bibliography contains over 200 titles of scientific articles and books. He was co-author of Animal Life in the Yosemite (1926) and Sierra Nevada Natural History (1968). He authored several textbooks of zoology, including General Zoology (1951) and Elements of Zoology, (1955) which were translated into a number of foreign languages. In addition to his zoology texts, he wrote (with Lloyd P. Tevis, Jr.) California Grizzly (1955). This book which was reissued in 1996 is still considered the most comprehensive book on the bear's history in California. As a result of these studies, he was called upon to assist in designing the bear on the California state flag.
    He was a member of numerous societies; in several of these he contributed his skills as administrator and editor. He was vice president and president of the Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, the Society of Mammalogists, the Society of Naturalists, and the Wildlife Society; three times president of the Cooper Ornithological Club; associate editor of Ecology and of Ecological Monographs, and editor of The Journal of Wildlife Management. In 1968 the California Academy of Sciences bestowed on him its Fellow's Medal.
    Source: Spieth, Herman T. et al. "Tracy I. Storer." In Memoriam. [Berkeley, Calif. : Academic Senate], 1976.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Organized into four series: 1. Correspondence, 2. Writings by Storer, 3. Printed Material, 4. Photographs and Postcards.

    Related collection

    The California Academy of Sciences holds 19 linear feet of Tracy Irwin Storer Papers.

    Indexing Terms


    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Storer, Tracy Irwin, 1889-
    University of California, Davis--Faculty--Archives
    University of California, Davis. Dept. of Zoology
    X Club