Guide to the James Taylor Tanner Papers,
1935-2012

Collection Number: 2665

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

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Compiled by:
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Date completed:
June 2000
EAD encoding:
Martin Heggestad, June 2003
Date modified:
Jude Corina, June 2014

© 2003 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
James Taylor Tanner papers, 1935-2012.
Collection Number:
2665
Creator:
James T. (James Taylor) Tanner.
Quantity:
1.8 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, articles, manuscripts, field notes, photographic materials, and other records.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Papers relating to James T. Tanner's career as an ornithologist.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Ornithologist.
Cornell University Class of 1935.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Correspondence and typed articles relating to ornithology in general and the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in particular; field notes on the Cornell University-American Museum of Natural History Expedition, 1935; notes on the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, 1936-1968; "The Ivory-billed Woodpecker: Research Report #1 of the National Audubon Society," by James T. Tanner, 1942, annotated by Dr. Tanner, 1989; and field notes on the Imperial Woodpecker Expedition, 1962. Also locality records, indexed by species; notes and a manuscript describing the birds of Cape May, NJ, with an emphasis on the protection of hawks, 1936; notes and a manuscript about observations made in Cortland County, NY, in 1933, as an undergraduate project for Arthur Allen; notes about melanism in birds, including an original drawing, 1934 and 1948-49; field notes on Junco study in the Great Smoky Mountains; notes on canoe trips; field notes for a Willet study at Long Beach, NC, 1976; bird records from Long Beach, NC, 1961-1990; and data on the birds of Tennessee. Also, birding records from Ithaca and Cortland areas (1933-36); Glacier National Park (1934); Cape May, NJ (1936); Elk Lake, NY (1936 and 1945); Johnson City, TN (1940-42); Chesapeake Bay (1943); St. Simons Island, GA (1943); Boston (1945); Knoxville, TN (1947-1965); and Chiricahua, AZ (1956). Reprints of articles by Tanner, slides and a manuscript on the Black-capped Chickadee. The collection also contains notes, correspondence and articles collected by James Tanner's wife Nancy after James' death in 1991.
Additional files, reprints, and slides. Also, files of Nancy Tanner relating to the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Tanner, James T.
Allen, Arthur A. (Arthur Augustus), 1885-1964.
Tanner, Nancy Burnham

Subjects:
Ornithology.
Ornithology--Field work.
Birds--Research.
Woodpeckers.
Ivory-billed woodpecker.
Imperial woodpecker.
Scientific expeditions.
Bird watching--New York (State)--Ithaca.
Bird watching--New York (State)--Cortland.
Bird watching--Montana.
Bird watching--New Jersey--Cape May.
Bird watching--New York (State)--Elk Lake.
Bird watching--Tennessee--Johnson City.
Bird watching--Georgia--St. Simons Island.
Bird watching--Massachusetts--Boston.
Bird watching--Tennessee--Knoxville.
Bird watching--Arizona--Chiricahua.
Ornithologists.

Places:
Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.)
Glacier National Park (Mont.)

Form and Genre Terms:
Field notes.
Slides (photographs).
Photographs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
James Taylor Tanner papers, #2665. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIAL

The Arthur Augustus Allen papers, #21-18-1255 with whom he worked at the Laboratory of Ornithology and also took part in the 1935 Cornell-American Museum of Natural History Ornitholoical Expedition.
The Albert Rich Brand papers, #21-18-899 also contains material from the 1935 Expedition, including photographs of Tanner and the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in his book "Hunting with a Mike".

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
1938-1942
Correspondence re: Ivory-bill material
Box 1 Folder 1
1937-1941
Ivory-bill reports
Box 1 Folder 2
1935
Field notes Cornell-American Museum of Natural History Expedition
Box 1 Folder 3
1942
"The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker," Research Report No. 1 of the National Audubon Society, 127 pp., published Oct. 1942
Box 1 Folder 4
1936-1938
Notebook of field notes, includes South Carolina and Texas
Box 1 Folder 5
Manuscript map of Singer Tract, Madison Parish, LA
Box 1 Folder 6
1981-1990
Correspondence re: Ivory-billed Woodpecker
Box 1 Folder 7
1942-1985
Correspondence re: Ivory-billed Woodpecker
Box 1 Folder 8
1957, 1986-1988
Correspondence of James T. Tanner on Cuban Ivory-billed woodpecker
Box 1 Folder 9
1974-1980
Congaree Swamp - James T. Tanner
Box 1 Folder 10
1914-1991
James Taylor Tanner
Box 1 Folder 11
1941-1991
Correspondence of James T. Tanner on the Imperial Woodpecker
Box 1 Folder 12
1925-1981
Birds of Tennessee
Box 1 Folder 13
1932-1990
Bird observation log by family, life list
Box 1 Folder 14
1931-1987
Bird observation log by family
Box 2 Folder 1
1932-1987
Bird observation log by family
Box 2 Folder 2
1951-1961
Notes on Juncos in the Smokies
Box 2 Folder 3
1976-1977
Beach Book, Willet study, field notes at Long Beach, N.C.
Box 2 Folder 4
1975-1988
Long Beach
Box 2 Folder 5
1961-1976
Beach Book
Box 2 Folder 6
1943, 1945
Bird Records from Boston - 1945, Chesapeake Bay - 1943, St. Simoni, Id. - 1943, Elk Lake - 1945
Box 2 Folder 7
1933, 1981
Birds Cortland County [N.Y.]
Box 2 Folder 8
1931-1937
Cape May Reports
Box 2 Folder 9
1933
Miscellaneous Color Patterns
Box 2 Folder 10
1933-1936
Old Bird Records: Ithaca, Cortland, N.Y. areas; Glacier National Park; Cape May; Elk Lake and Paradox Lake, N.Y.
Box 2 Folder 11
1941-1942
Bird records, East Tennessee Area, Johnson City
Box 2 Folder 12
1947-1949
Bird records, Knoxville and vicinity, Tennessee, Jan. 1, 1947-Oct. 8, 1949
Box 2 Folder 13
1949-1988
Bird records, Knoxville, Tenn. and vicinity, Nov. 1, 1949-
Box 2 Folder 14
1956
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, June-July
Box 2 Folder 15
1965-1980
Notes on canoe trips
Box 2 Folder 16
1945-1989
Other Correspondence including Ivory-billed
Box 2 Folder 17
2000
A Postscript on Ivory-Bills
Box 2 Folder 18
2001
A Forest Alive
Box 2 Folder 19
1890 and 1973
The Suwannee River
Box 2 Folder 20
The Population Implosion
Box 2 Folder 21
Symposium Summary: A Long-Term View of Old Growth Deciduous Forests
Box 2 Folder 22
1995
A Long-Term View of Old Growth Deciduous Forests James T. Tanner and Paul B. Hamel
Box 2 Folder 23
1988
Changing Ranges of Birds in Tennesse
Box 2 Folder 24
Analysis of Phenological Events: The Start of Egg-layings by Birds
Box 2 Folder 25
Suggestions for Research on the Cuban Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
Box 2 Folder 26
1987
Waterfowl on the ORNL Reservation
Box 2 Folder 27
1973
Comments on Land Use Planning
Box 2 Folder 28
1985-1990
Notes for Talks
Box 2 Folder 29
Reprints
Box 2 Folder 30
1977
Guide to the Study of Animal Populations: Publishing Agreement and Book Reviews
Box 2 Folder 31
Clippings, Maps, Consultant Report, etc.
Box 2 Folder 32
University of Tennessee Graduate Program in Ecology
Box 2 Folder 33
Letters, Papers, Articles about Tanner
Box 2 Folder 34
2003
The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker; Dover edition
Box 2 Folder 35
January 1968
Report on the Search for the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker in Eastern Texas
Box 3 Folder 1
1985-1990
Book reviews by James Tanner
Box 3 Folder 2
1931-1932; 1974-1975
Negatives and Photos with Chris (hawk); Photos
Box 3 Folder 3
1968
Correspondence RE: Ivory-billed woodpecker
Box 3 Folder 4
1967
John V. Dennis Recording, presumptive Ivory-billed woodpecker near Neches River, East Texas
Box 3 Folder 5
March 1938
Eastman Lantern Slides - Singer Tract, Louisiana - Ivory-billed Woodpecker and related subjects
Box 3 Folder 6
August 1938
Eastman Lantern Slides - Singer Tract, Louisiana; Mississippi River at Natchez; Natural Bridge, Virginia
Box 3 Folder 7
Black and white prints
Box 4
c. 1991-2005
Singer Tract Material (Tansas River, NWR)
Box 5 Folder 1
Mainly email correspondence with Nance Tanner regarding Jim Tanner's photographs of the tract.
2005
Materials regarding Photographic Prints from Tansas
Box 5 Folder 2
1934-2000
Notes, copies, and articles related to the Ivory-billed Woodpecker
Box 5 Folder 3
See also Singer Tract
c. 1995
Cuban Ivory-bill
Box 5 Folder 4
1996-1997
Imperial Woodpecker - Correspondence Record File
Box 5 Folder 5
Includes an article "Notes on the Birds of Durango, Mexico from 1963
1993-1994
McNair, Dougals - Correspondence
Box 5 Folder 6
Regarding an article on the Black-capped Chickadee
1990
Tennessee Ornithological Society: 75th Anniversary Meeting
Box 5 Folder 7
1940S & 1950s
Reprints by James Tanner
Box 5 Folder 8
1960s
Reprints by James Tanner
Box 5 Folder 9
1970s & 1980s
Reprints by James Tanner
Box 5 Folder 10
1989(2001)
Drafts of manuscript and notes for "Analysis of Phenological Events: The Start of Egg-laying by Birds"
Box 5 Folder 11
1991-2012
Tanner, Nancy-Ivory-billed Correspondence
Box 5 Folder 12
1991-2012
Tanner, Nancy-Ivory-billed Correspondence regarding publications
Box 5 Folder 13
(1991)2000-2005
Tanner, Nancy Notes
Box 5 Folder 14
Correspondence and articles mainly regarding the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.
1983-1990
Tennessee Bird Records
Box 5 Folder 15
Field Notebook
Box of 35mm Slides
Box 5
Chickadee Study, Junco First Egg, and data slides
n.d.
Bluebird notes and analysis
Box 6 Folder 1
n.d.
Junco data
Box 6 Folder 2
n.d.
Quantal response
Box 6 Folder 3
n.d.
"Parus" notes
Box 6 Folder 4
n.d.
Phenological events - notes and data
Box 6 Folder 5
1986-1987
Phenological events - draft
Box 6 Folder 6
n.d.
Procedures
Box 6 Folder 7
n.d.
Reviews of book
Box 6 Folder 8
1963
Where is that vanished bird?, by Paul Hahn
Box 6 Folder 9
1969
American Ivory-billed Woodpecker, a bibliography, by Ruth Rehfus
Box 6 Folder 10
1989
Past History, Habitats, and Present Status of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker In North America, a final report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of work completed by Jerome A. Jackson
Box 6