James Taylor Tanner Papers,1935-2012

Collection Number: 2665

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

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Correspondence re: Ivory-bill material
1938-1942
Box 1 Folder 2
Ivory-bill reports
1937-1941
Box 1 Folder 3
Field notes Cornell-American Museum of Natural History Expedition
1935
Box 1 Folder 4
"The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker," Research Report No. 1 of the National Audubon Society, 127 pp., published Oct. 1942
1942
Box 1 Folder 5
Notebook of field notes, includes South Carolina and Texas
1936-1938
Box 1 Folder 6
Manuscript map of Singer Tract, Madison Parish, LA
Box 1 Folder 7
Correspondence re: Ivory-billed Woodpecker
1981-1990
Box 1 Folder 8
Correspondence re: Ivory-billed Woodpecker
1942-1985
Box 1 Folder 9
Correspondence of James T. Tanner on Cuban Ivory-billed woodpecker
1957, 1986-1988
Box 1 Folder 10
Congaree Swamp - James T. Tanner
1974-1980
Box 1 Folder 11
James Taylor Tanner
1914-1991
Box 1 Folder 12
Correspondence of James T. Tanner on the Imperial Woodpecker
1941-1991
Box 1 Folder 13
Birds of Tennessee
1925-1981
Box 1 Folder 14
Bird observation log by family, life list
1932-1990
Box 2 Folder 1
Bird observation log by family
1931-1987
Box 2 Folder 2
Bird observation log by family
1932-1987
Box 2 Folder 3
Notes on Juncos in the Smokies
1951-1961
Box 2 Folder 4
Beach Book, Willet study, field notes at Long Beach, N.C.
1976-1977
Box 2 Folder 5
Long Beach
1975-1988
Box 2 Folder 6
Beach Book
1961-1976
Box 2 Folder 7
Bird Records from Boston - 1945, Chesapeake Bay - 1943, St. Simoni, Id. - 1943, Elk Lake - 1945
1943, 1945
Box 2 Folder 8
Birds Cortland County [N.Y.]
1933, 1981
Box 2 Folder 9
Cape May Reports
1931-1937
Box 2 Folder 10
Miscellaneous Color Patterns
1933
Box 2 Folder 11
Old Bird Records: Ithaca, Cortland, N.Y. areas; Glacier National Park; Cape May; Elk Lake and Paradox Lake, N.Y.
1933-1936
Box 2 Folder 12
Bird records, East Tennessee Area, Johnson City
1941-1942
Box 2 Folder 13
Bird records, Knoxville and vicinity, Tennessee, Jan. 1, 1947-Oct. 8, 1949
1947-1949
Box 2 Folder 14
Bird records, Knoxville, Tenn. and vicinity, Nov. 1, 1949-
1949-1988
Box 2 Folder 15
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, June-July
1956
Box 2 Folder 16
Notes on canoe trips
1965-1980
Box 2 Folder 17
Other Correspondence including Ivory-billed
1945-1989
Box 2 Folder 18
A Postscript on Ivory-Bills
2000
Box 2 Folder 19
A Forest Alive
2001
Box 2 Folder 20
The Suwannee River
1890 and 1973
Box 2 Folder 21
The Population Implosion
Box 2 Folder 22
Symposium Summary: A Long-Term View of Old Growth Deciduous Forests
Box 2 Folder 23
A Long-Term View of Old Growth Deciduous Forests James T. Tanner and Paul B. Hamel
1995
Box 2 Folder 24
Changing Ranges of Birds in Tennesse
1988
Box 2 Folder 25
Analysis of Phenological Events: The Start of Egg-layings by Birds
Box 2 Folder 26
Suggestions for Research on the Cuban Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
Box 2 Folder 27
Waterfowl on the ORNL Reservation
1987
Box 2 Folder 28
Comments on Land Use Planning
1973
Box 2 Folder 29
Notes for Talks
1985-1990
Box 2 Folder 30
Reprints
Box 2 Folder 31
Guide to the Study of Animal Populations: Publishing Agreement and Book Reviews
1977
Box 2 Folder 32
Clippings, Maps, Consultant Report, etc.
Box 2 Folder 33
University of Tennessee Graduate Program in Ecology
Box 2 Folder 34
Letters, Papers, Articles about Tanner
Box 2 Folder 35
The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker; Dover edition
2003
Box 2 Folder 36
"Preliminary Radioecological Study of the Crayfish" by James T. Tanner
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
Box 3 Folder 1
Report on the Search for the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker in Eastern Texas
January 1968
Box 3 Folder 2
Book reviews by James Tanner
1985-1990
Box 3 Folder 3
Negatives and Photos with Chris (hawk); Photos
1931-1932; 1974-1975
Box 3 Folder 4
Correspondence RE: Ivory-billed woodpecker
1968
Box 3 Folder 5
John V. Dennis Recording, presumptive Ivory-billed woodpecker near Neches River, East Texas
1967
Box 3 Folder 6
Eastman Lantern Slides - Singer Tract, Louisiana - Ivory-billed Woodpecker and related subjects
March 1938
Box 3 Folder 7
Eastman Lantern Slides - Singer Tract, Louisiana; Mississippi River at Natchez; Natural Bridge, Virginia
August 1938
Box 4
Black and white prints
Box 5 Folder 1
Singer Tract Material (Tansas River, NWR)
c. 1991-2005
Mainly email correspondence with Nance Tanner regarding Jim Tanner's photographs of the tract.
Box 5 Folder 2
Materials regarding Photographic Prints from Tansas
2005
Box 5 Folder 3
Notes, copies, and articles related to the Ivory-billed Woodpecker
1934-2000
See also Singer Tract
Box 5 Folder 4
Cuban Ivory-bill
c. 1995
Box 5 Folder 5
Imperial Woodpecker - Correspondence Record File
1996-1997
Includes an article "Notes on the Birds of Durango, Mexico from 1963
Box 5 Folder 6
McNair, Dougals - Correspondence
1993-1994
Regarding an article on the Black-capped Chickadee
Box 5 Folder 7
Tennessee Ornithological Society: 75th Anniversary Meeting
1990
Box 5 Folder 8
Reprints by James Tanner
1940S & 1950s
Box 5 Folder 9
Reprints by James Tanner
1960s
Box 5 Folder 10
Reprints by James Tanner
1970s & 1980s
Box 5 Folder 11
Drafts of manuscript and notes for "Analysis of Phenological Events: The Start of Egg-laying by Birds"
1989(2001)
Box 5 Folder 12
Tanner, Nancy-Ivory-billed Correspondence
1991-2012
Box 5 Folder 13
Tanner, Nancy-Ivory-billed Correspondence regarding publications
1991-2012
Box 5 Folder 14
Tanner, Nancy Notes
(1991)2000-2005
Correspondence and articles mainly regarding the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.
Box 5 Folder 15
Tennessee Bird Records
1983-1990
Field Notebook
Box 5
Box of 35mm Slides
Chickadee Study, Junco First Egg, and data slides
Box 6 Folder 1
Bluebird notes and analysis
n.d.
Box 6 Folder 2
Junco data
n.d.
Box 6 Folder 3
Quantal response
n.d.
Box 6 Folder 4
"Parus" notes
n.d.
Box 6 Folder 5
Phenological events - notes and data
n.d.
Box 6 Folder 6
Phenological events - draft
1986-1987
Box 6 Folder 7
Procedures
n.d.
Box 6 Folder 8
Reviews of book
n.d.
Box 6 Folder 9
Where is that vanished bird?, by Paul Hahn
1963
Box 6 Folder 10
American Ivory-billed Woodpecker, a bibliography, by Ruth Rehfus
1969
Box 6
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
1989