William Dunlap Sargent Falconry Papers, 1927-1965

Collection Number: 21-18-1314

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
William Dunlap Sargent Falconry papers, 1927-1965
Collection Number:
21-18-1314
Creator:
William Dunlap Sargent, 1908-1965.
Quantity:
1.7 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, photographs, drawings, and diagrams.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Includes correspondence concerning falconry, including letters to a young falconer (1947-1948) containing much information on the sport; photographs of hawks and falcons Sargent trained as hunters; drawings of hawks and falcons; and diagrams of furniture and fittings used in falconry.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

William Dunlap Sargent, was among the foremost authorities on falconry in America. Sargent studied ornithology at Cornell University under Arthur A. Allen, graduating in 1931, receiving an M.S. in 1933 and a Ph.D. in 1936. He taught limnology and ecology at Cornell, 1932-1936, and taught limnology, stream improvement, conservation, and ornithology at City College of New York. A noted bird artist, as well as scientist, he illustrated a number of books on biology.

CHRONOLOGY

1908 Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., May 15
1926 Graduated from the Lincoln School of Teacher's College
Summer Staff Entomologist in the museum maintained by AMAH at Kanokwakke Lakes Scout Camp
Entered Cornell University
1927 Summer Junior Nature Counselor, Camp Lincoln, Keeseville, N.Y.
1928 Entomology Museum at Kanokwakke Lakes Camp
1929 Summer Biological Survey of a trout stream for Tuscarora Club, Arena, N.Y.
1930 Summer member of West Virginia University Zoological Field Expedition under Dr. J.G. Needham
1931 B.S., Cornell
1930-1931 Biological Survey of Mashpee River for Mr. J.W. Farley, Boston, Mass.
1932 M.S., Cornell
Summer Survey of North Hudson drainage, fish food unit
1932-1936 Instructor of Ecology and Limnology at Cornell
1936 Ph.D., Cornell, in Limnology
1937-1948 Biology Instructor at City College of N.Y.
1948-1961 Assistant Professor, C.C.N.Y.
1961-1965 Associate Professor, C.C.N.Y.
1965 Died

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Correspondence from the 1930s and 1940s concerning falconry, including letters to a young falconer (1947-1948) with much information on the sport; research and manuscripts on falcons, hawks and other birds containing locations of eyries, articles, notes and illustrations; photographs of hawks and falcons Sargent trained as hunters; drawings of hawks and falcons; and diagrams of furniture and fittings used in falconry.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Sargent, William Dunlap, 1908-1965.
Cornell University--Faculty.

Subjects:
Falconry.
Falcons.
Hawks.
Ornithology.
College teachers.
Falconers.
Ornithologists.
Ornithological illustration.
Birds--Pictorial works.

Form and Genre Terms:
Drawings.
Photographs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
William Dunlap Sargent Falconry Papers, #21-18-1314. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIAL

Correspondence from Sargent can be found in the Arthur Augustus Allen papers, #21-18-1255 with whom he worked at the Laboratory of Ornithology.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Correspondence on Falconry
Box 1
Series II. Student Materials
Box 1
Series III. Research and Manuscripts on Falcons, Hawks and other Birds
Boxes 1 & 6-8
Articles and Speeches by Sargent
Research: Subject Files
Research: Card Files
Series IV. Photographic Materials
Box 5

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Correspondence,
1927-1941
Dr. Walter R. Spofford, Minard Stevens, Louis J. Halle, Jr.
Box 1 Folder 2
Correspondence,
1941-1945
Thomas Ennenga, Louis Halle, Jr., William Russell, Jr., Walter Spofford, Robert Stabler
Box 1 Folder 3
Correspondence,
1947-1948
Bob Maull, Jr.
Box 1 Folder 4
Correspondence,
1946-1950
Richard Pough, Howard Richardson, William Russell, Jr., Williston Shor, Walter Spofford
Box 1 Folder 5
Correspondence,
1952, 1953, 1963, 1965, and n.d.
Edward Reid, Walter Spofford, Minard Stevens, includes response to card dated 11-6-33 from Eugene Smith that is in box 1 folder 1
Box 1 Folder 6
Ornithology lecture notes,
1929-1934
Lectures on definition, characteristics, origin and migration of birds, and falconry
Box 1 Folder 7
Thesis: "The Training of a Red-Tailed Hawk" (2 copies),
1936
Note that it appears he wrote a separate thesis that was used for obtaining his PhD titled "The internal thoracic skeleton of the Anisoptera (Order Odonata)" and that the Red-Tailed Hawk thesis remained unpublished.
Box 1 Folder 8
Draft speeches and published and unpublished articles,
1934-1939 & n.d.
"A Visit with the Falconer of the Falcon Field," "Hawks," "Nest Parasitism of Hawks," "The Prairie Falcons of Williams Canyon Colorado," "The Flying Dutchess," "The Training of a Red-Tailed Hawk," "The Internal Thoracic Skeleton of the Dragonflies"
Box 1 Folder 9
Anatomy and osteology (drawings, reprints),
1927, 1941, & n.d.
William L. Engels, E. Sunderville
Box 1 Folder 10
Bibliographical notes
undated
Box 1 Folder 11
Bird-banding (bulletin)
undated
"How to Band Nestling Hawks, Owls, and Eagles"
Box 1 Folder 12
Care and management (articles, thesis)
1826, 1890, 1935, 1936
John Downes, "Observations on Falconry"; Col. E. Delme Radcliff, "Falconry"; George G. Goodwin, "Winged Monarchs of the Air"
Box 1 Folder 13
Drawings, sketches, and watercolors of falcons
undated
Box 1 Folder 14
Falcon eyries (lists, magazine photographs)
undated
Locations of nests of falcons, in the U.S. and abroad
Box 1 Folder 15
Falcon eyries (lists, magazine photographs)
undated
Locations of falcon nests by state: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine
Box 1 Folder 16
Falcon eyries (lists, magazine photographs)
undated
Locations of falcon nests by state: Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire
Box 1 Folder 17
Falcon eyries (lists, magazine photographs)
undated
Locations of falcon nests by state: New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon
Box 1 Folder 18
Falcon eyries (lists, magazine photographs)
1940, 1950 & undated
Locations of falcon nests by state: Pennsylvania
Box 1 Folder 19
Falcon eyries (lists, magazine photographs)
undated
Locations of falcon nests by state or territory: South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Panama Canal Zone and Puerto Rico
Box 1 Folder 20
Falcon measurements and weights
undated
Weight and measurements of several falcon species, including the peregrine, sparrow hawk, and pigeon hawk
Box 1 Folder 21
Falcon notes
undated
Vitamins, minerals, mews, medicine, hooding, scouring, imping, flying falcons, falcon sounds, caring for hawks, peregrine watching
Box 1 Folder 22
Falcon records
undated
Statistics and activities of three peregrines and one prairie falcon
Box 1 Folder 23
Falcons, Keys and Taxonomy of (manuscripts)
undated
Descriptions and characteristics of the families of falcons, article on taxonomy of the Palaearctic Goshawk
Box 1 Folder 24
Furniture and fittings (articles, photos, mss. diagrams)
undated
Trappings and gear used in falconry with diagrams
Box 1 Folder 25
Falconry clippings,
1930-1948 & n.d.
Art of falconry, early falconry, Sargent's work
Box 1 Folder 26
List of Falcon specimens
undated
Lists of collected American Falconiformes
Box 1 Folder 27
Falconry, bulletins and journals,
1940-1943 & 1954
List of falconers, Journals of American Falconers' Association, Journals of the Falconers' Association of North America, Bulletins of Westchester Hawking Club and American Amateur Falconers' Association
Box 1 Folder 28
Falconry articles
1913-1939
Hawk and falcon articles, 1920 National Geographic article by Louis A. Fuertes
Box 1 Folder 29
Falconry articles
1940-1948
Articles on eagles, hawks, falcons
Box 1 Folder 30
Falconry articles
1952-1964 & n.d.
Articles on eagles, falcons, albatross
Box 1 Folder 31
Falcons and hawks (bulletins, reprints, reports, advertising material, 2 photos)
1929-1943 & n.d.
U.S. Dept. Agr. bulletins on parasites and diseases in poultry, mites and lice on poultry, movie ad with two photos, hawk reprints
Box 1 Folder 32
Falcon, Hawk, Vulture and Eagle pictures
undated
Magazine clippings, lithographs
Box 1 Folder 33
Field identification of Hawks
1939
Illustrations of characteristics of hawks for field identification, including wingspread dimensions
Box 1 Folder 34
Hawk migration
1939-1940
Annual report of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, Goshawk flight
Box 1 Folder 35
Hawks: Notes on living birds
1938-1940
Study skin notes on collected hawks
Box 1 Folder 36
Hawks, owls, and other birds of prey
1929-1939
Articles on hawks and owls; birds of prey; food habits of Buteo hawks, eagles, hawks, and vultures; the bald eagle
Box 1 Folder 37
Hawks--trapping
1935 & n.d.
Articles on shooting hawks, methods of hawk trapping
Box 1 Folder 38
Maps, nest sites marked
undated
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico
Box 1 Folder 39
Maps, nest sites marked
undated
New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia
Box 1 Folder 40
Maps
1916 and n.d.
North America, Canada, Newfoundland and Greenland, United States with nesting sites of the duck hawk (peregrine falcon)
Box 1 Folder 41
"Observations on the Peregrine Falcon" by Desmond Nethersole-Thompson (typescript--published article)
undated
Box 1 Folder 42
Parasitology and pathology (notes, articles, photos), 1925 and n.d.
undated
Notes on two diseases of hawks, articles on blood parasites of birds, and external parasites of birds; list of the cestodes (worms) of the falcons; note on delousing hawks
Box 1 Folder 43
Quarry (magazine articles and pictures), 1940
undated
Prey of the falcons
Box 1 Folder 44
Quotations
undated
Falconry quotations from Shakespeare, poems, a German quotation, and the Falconer's Song
Box 1 Folder 45
Study skin notes
undated
Peregrine falcon study skin statistics
Box 1 Folder 46
Wings (diagrams, notes, magazine illustrations)
undated
Wings of the falcon with drawings showing various movements and positions
Box 8 Folder 1
Falcon drawing
undated
Box 8 Folder 2
"Falconry," Field, Aug. 5, 1871 (photocopy)
undated
Box 6
Card file (3"x5") on falconry
Books, articles and manuscripts by title and author, falconry topic references, locations of eyries by country and state
Box 7
Card file (3"x5")
References on birds and falcons, address index, bibliography on thorax of odonata
Box 5
Photographic prints of falcons and climbing expeditions to eyries
1920s-1940s & n.d.