Guide to the Olin Sewall Pettingill, Jr. Papers,
[ca. 1895-1990].

Collection Number: 4047

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

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DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Olin Sewall Pettingill, Jr. papers, [ca. 1895-1990].
Collection Number:
4047
Creator:
Pettingill, Olin Sewall, Jr.,
Quantity:
13.4 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, photographs, research material.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Professional correspondence; photographic negatives of birds; notes and rsearch materials relating to his book.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Olin Sewall Pettingill was born in Maine on October 30, 1907. He received a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1933. He was a college instructor of biology and ornithology and in 1960 was appointed Director of the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University, a post he held until his retirement in 1973. For 35 summers, beginning in 1938, he taught ornithology at the University of Michigan Biological Station. He was secretary, vice-president, and president of the Wilson Ornithological Society and secretary of the American Ornithologists' Union, of which he was elected a life fellow in 1947. He was elected a Director of the National Audubon Society in 1955. He edited several books and magazines on ornithology. In 1974 he received the Arthur A. Allen Award from Cornell University for distinguished service to ornithology.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Professional correspondence; photographic negatives coded by species of bird; notes of places to see birds in each of the states in preparation for his book; some manuscript material; correspondence about the book THE BIRD WATCHER'S AMERICA, edited by Pettingill; vita, 1990; bibliography; and articles. Special projects include field work in the Galapagos Islands, Grand Manan, and Mexico, and research on the whooping crane. Major correspondents include W.J. Breckinridge, Maurice Brooks, Thornton W. Burgess, John Henry Dick, Harvey I. Fisher, Alfred O. Gross, George Hall, Margaret Morse Nice, Roger Tory Peterson, Maurice Rumboll, George M. Sutton (relating to a memorial), Gustav A. Swanson, and William Zimmerman.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Pettingill, Olin Sewall, Jr., 1907-
Breckinridge, W. J.
Brooks, Maurice.
Burgess, Thornton W. (Thornton Waldo), 1874-1965.
Dick, John Henry, 1919-
Fisher, Harvey I.
Gross, Alfred Otto, 1883-1970.
Hall, George.
Nice, Margaret Morse, 1993-1974.
Peterson, Roger Tory, 1908-
Pettingill, Olin Sewall, Jr.
Rumboll, Maurice.
Sutton, George Miksch, 1898-
Swanson, Gustav Adolf, 1910-
Zimmerman, William.

Subjects:
Ornithology -- Study and teaching.
Ornithology -- Field work.
Birds -- Research.
Scientific expeditions -- Argentina.
Scientific expeditions -- Galapagos Islands.
Scientific expeditions -- Mexico.
Whooping crane.
Ornithologists.
College teachers.

Form and Genre Terms:
Negatives.
Photographs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Olin Sewall Pettingill, Jr. papers, #4047. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
1949-1962
Alabama
Box 1 Folder 1
Alaska
Box 1 Folder 2
1947-1980
Arizona(1)
Box 1 Folder 3
Arizona(2) - Manuscript
Box 1 Folder 4
Proofs for book
1947-1981
Arkansas
Box 1 Folder 5
Arkansas(2) - Manuscript
Box 1 Folder 6
1947-1979
California
Box 1 Folder 7
California(2) - Manuscript
Box 1 Folder 8
Proofs for book
Also includes a 1966 California Map
1947-1978
Colorado
Box 1 Folder 9
Colorado(2) - Manuscript
Box 1 Folder 10
1947-1973
Connecticut
Box 1 Folder 11
1947-1977
Deleware
Box 1 Folder 12
1947-1977
Florida
Box 1 Folder 13
1947-1975
Georgia
Box 1 Folder 14
1955-1972
Hawaii
Box 1 Folder 15
1947-1979
Idaho
Box 1 Folder 16
Idaho(2) - Manuscript
Box 1 Folder 17
Proofs for book
Also includes a 1976-1977 Idaho Map
1947-1975
Illinois
Box 1 Folder 18
1947-1975
Indiana
Box 2 Folder 1
1947-1981
Iowa
Box 2 Folder 2
Iowa(2) - Manuscript
Box 2 Folder 3
Proofs for book
Includes a 1976-1977 Iowa roadmap and maps for De Soto National Wildlife Refuge
1947-1981
Kansas
Box 2 Folder 4
Kansas(2)-Manuscript
Box 2 Folder 5
Proofs for book
Includes a 1969-1970 Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge brochure
1946-1976
Kentucky
Box 2 Folder 6
1947-1979
Louisiana
Box 2 Folder 7
Louisiana(2) - Manuscript
Box 2 Folder 8
Proofs for book
Includes a 1979-1980 Louisiana road map
1947-1981
Maine
Box 2 Folder 9
1947-1976
Maryland
Box 2 Folder 10
1947-1975
Massachusetts
Box 2 Folder 11
1947-1976
Michigan
Box 2 Folder 12
1947-1979
Minnesota
Box 2 Folder 13
Minnesota(2) - Manuscript
Box 2 Folder 14
Proofs for book
Includes 1976 and 1977-1978 Minnesota road maps, Hennepin map and Camping in Minnesota brochure
1947-1975
Mississippi
Box 2 Folder 15
1947-1977
Missouri
Box 2 Folder 16
Missouri(2) - Manuscript
Box 2 Folder 17
Proofs for book
1947-1978
Montana
Box 2 Folder 18
Montana(2) - Manuscript
Box 2 Folder 19
Proofs for book
Includes a 1975 Montana road map
1947-1978
Nebraska
Box 3 Folder 1
Nebraska(2) - Manuscript
Box 3 Folder 2
Proofs for book
Includes a 1976 Nebraska road map
1947-1980
Nevada
Box 3 Folder 3
1980
Nevada(2) - Manuscript
Box 3 Folder 4
Proofs for book
1947-1973
New Hampshire
Box 3 Folder 5
1947-1975
New Jersey
Box 3 Folder 6
1947-1980
New Mexico
Box 3 Folder 7
New Mexico(2) - Manuscript
Box 3 Folder 8
Proofs for book
Includes a New Mexico road map
1947-1970
New York
Box 3 Folder 9
1956-1976
New York City Area
Box 3 Folder 10
1947-1975
North Carolina
Box 3 Folder 11
1947-1978
North Dakota
Box 3 Folder 12
North Dakota(2) - Manuscript
Box 3 Folder 13
Proofs for book
Includes a 1975 North Dakota road map
1947-1975
Ohio
Box 3 Folder 14
1947-1979
Oklahoma
Box 3 Folder 15
Okalahoma(2) - Manuscript
Box 3 Folder 16
Proofs for book
Includes a 1967, 1977 and an undated (with notations) Oklahoma City Street Map and a 1977 Oklahoma road map
1947-1979
Oregon
Box 3 Folder 17
1966-1968
Oregon(2)- For column in Audubon Magazine
Box 3 Folder 18
Oregon(3)- Manuscript
Box 3 Folder 19
Proofs for book
Includes a 1979 Oregon Road map and 1978 lists of state parks
1946-1975
Pennsylvania
Box 4 Folder 1
1946-1980
Rhode Island
Box 4 Folder 2
1947-1976
South Carolina
Box 4 Folder 3
1947-1977
South Dakota
Box 4 Folder 4
South Dakota(2) - Manuscript
Box 4 Folder 5
Proofs for book
Includes a 1977-1978 South Dakota road map
1947-1977
Tennessee
Box 4 Folder 6
1947-1968
Texas
Box 4 Folder 7
1962-1979
Texas(2) Second Edition
Box 4 Folder 8
Texas(3) - Manuscript
Box 4 Folder 9
Proofs for book
Includes a 1977-1978 Oklahoma Texas road map and a 1973 Texas road map
1949-1980
Utah
Box 4 Folder 10
1966-1967
Utah(2) - Zion National Park
Box 4 Folder 11
1980
Utah(3) - Manuscript
Box 4 Folder 12
Proofs for book
Includes a 1979 Utah road map
1947-1966
Vermont
Box 4 Folder 13
1947-1975
Virginia
Box 4 Folder 14
1947-1980
Washington
Box 4 Folder 15
1980
Washington(2) - Manuscript
Box 4 Folder 16
Proofs for book
1947-1973
West Viginia
Box 5 Folder 1
1947-1976
Wisconsin
Box 5 Folder 2
1949-1952
Wyoming(1)
Box 5 Folder 3
1952-1978
Wyoming(2)
Box 5 Folder 4
c.1978-1979
Wyoming(3) - Manuscript
Box 5 Folder 5
Proofs for Book and Wyoming road maps
1949-1984
A - Correspondence
Box 8 Folder 1
1964-1969
Argentine Field Trip
Box 8 Folder 2
1931-1961
B - Correspondence
Box 8 Folder 3
1962-1986
B - Correspondence
Box 8 Folder 4
1947-1984
Breckenridge
Box 8 Folder 5
1947-1966
Brooks
Box 8 Folder 6
1928-1984
Burgess, Thornton, W.
Box 8 Folder 7
1930-1973
C - Correspondence
Box 8 Folder 8
1974-1986
C - Correspondence
Box 8 Folder 9
1931-1987
D - Correspondence
Box 8 Folder 10
1964-1975
Dick, John Henry
Box 8 Folder 11
1932-1985
E - Correspondence
Box 8 Folder 12
F - Correspondence
Box 8 Folder 13
1964-1982
Fisher, Harvey I.
Box 8 Folder 14
1934-1974
G- Correspondence
Box 8 Folder 15
1975-1988
G - Correspondence
Box 8 Folder 16
1976
Gallapagos Islands
Box 8 Folder 17
1932-1936
Grand Manan
Box 8 Folder 18
1928-1971
Gross
Box 8 Folder 19
1931-1968
H - Correspondence
Box 9 Folder 1
1970-1985
H - Correpondence
Box 9 Folder 2
Hall, George
Box 9 Folder 3
1936-1988
J - Correspondence
Box 9 Folder 4
1928-1986
K - Correspondence
Box 9 Folder 5
1932-1949
L - Correspondence
Box 9 Folder 6
1950-1986
L - Correspondence
Box 9 Folder 7
1930-1949
M - Correspondence
Box 9 Folder 8
1950-1988
M - Correspondence
Box 9 Folder 9
Mc - Correspondence
Box 9 Folder 10
1940-1941
Mexican Expedition
Box 9 Folder 11
1930-1981
N - Correspondence
Box 9 Folder 12
1938-1967
Nice, Margaret
Box 9 Folder 13
1936-1983
O - Correspondence
Box 9 Folder 14
1931-1964
P - Correspondence
Box 9 Folder 15
1965-1988
P - Correspondence
Box 9 Folder 16
Peterson, Roger Tory
Box 9 Folder 17
1953-1958
Q - Correspondence
Box 9 Folder 18
1931-1958
R - Correspondence
Box 10 Folder 1
1960-1985
R - Correspondence
Box 10 Folder 2
1974-1984
Rumball, Maurice
Box 10 Folder 3
1931-1959
S - Correspondence
Box 10 Folder 4
1960-1985
S - Correspondence
Box 10 Folder 5
1983-1986
Sutton, George
Box 10 Folder 6
Relating to Sutton's memorial and Pettingill's forward to Sutton's last book, "Birds Worth Knowing"
1937-1986
Swanson, Gustav
Box 10 Folder 7
T - Correspondence
Box 10 Folder 8
1942-1983
U - Correspondence
Box 10 Folder 9
1933-1972
V - Correspondence
Box 10 Folder 10
1933-1985
W - Correspondence
Box 10 Folder 11
1945-1979
Whooping Crane
Box 10 Folder 12
1938-1993
Wilson Ornithological Club
Box 14 Folder 1
1944-1984
X,Y,Z - Correspondence
Box 10 Folder 13
1972-1974
Zimmerman, William
Box 10 Folder 14
1988-1990
Bibliography, Biography and Memorials
Box 10 Folder 15
1897-1974
School diplomas, degrees and other certificates
Box 13
For Pettingill, Olin S.; Rice, Eleanor; Norris, Luther; Pettingill, Marion G.; Bradbury, Marion
1937
Olin Sewall Pettingill, MD - American College of Physicians - Fellow Certificate
Box 14 Folder 2
1895-1940
School diplomas, degrees and other certificates
Mapcase K Folder Y-15
For Pettingill, Olin S. and Pettingill, Sewall
Pettingill Christmas Card Drawings
Box 13 Folder 1
c.1901-1909
Sewall Pettingill - Stationery
Box 14 Folder 3
1929-1940
Negatives #100-1411
Box 6-1
Negatives of birds in individual envelopes. Bird name, geographic location and date given. Some include printed photographs.
There is an index for the bird catalog in Box 6-1.
1931-1945
Negatives #1500-4312
Box 6-2
Negatives of birds in individual envelopes. Bird name, geographic location and date given. Some include printed photographs.
There is an index for the bird catalog in Box 6-1.
1930-1942
Negatives #4400-5115
Box 7-1
Negatives of birds in individual envelopes. Bird name, geographic location and date given. Some include printed photographs.
There is an index for the bird catalog in Box 6-1.
1931-1936
Negatives #5201-6345
Box 7-2
Negatives of birds in individual envelopes. Bird name, geographic location and date given. Some include printed photographs.
There is an index for the bird catalog in Box 6-1.
1933-1941
Negatives #6400-8311
Box 15-1
Negatives of birds in individual envelopes. Bird name, geographic location and date given. Some include printed photographs.
There is an index for the bird catalog in Box 6-1.
1929-1948
Negatives #8400-10218
Box 15-2
Negatives of birds in individual envelopes. Bird name, geographic location and date given. Some include printed photographs.
There is an index for the bird catalog in Box 6-1.
-1944
Negatives #10300-14519
Box 16-1
Negatives of birds in individual envelopes. Bird name, geographic location and date given. Some include printed photographs.
There is an index for the bird catalog in Box 6-1.
c.1929-1949
Negatives #14520-16308. Also includes #3-112, misc bird photos and photos of mammals not included in index
Box 16-2
Negatives of birds in individual envelopes. Bird name, geographic location and date given. Some include printed photographs.
There is an index for the bird catalog in Box 6-1.
This box includes oversize negatives from Box 6-1 and 7-1
22 16"x20" matted photographs for exhibition
Box 11
Includes bird names
2 14"x15" matted photographs
Box 11
1 13"x16" matted photograph
Box 11
Loose Photographs
Box 11 Folder 1
Information on Olin S. Pettingill for Exhibition
Box 11 Folder 2
5 13.5"x18" hand colored black and white prints
Box 13
Penguins and Seagull
Box 14 Folder 15
Hoary Redpoll on Nest
Box 14 Folder 16
American Woodcock - Ithaca, NY
Box 14 Folder 17
Bonaparte's Gull Chick
Box 14 Folder 18
Bonaparte's Gull - Hudson Bay
Box 14 Folder 19
Stilt Sandpiper
Box 14 Folder 20
Willow Ptarmigan, Strutting
Box 14 Folder 21
King Penguin - Falklands
Box 14 Folder 22
Eagle by Fred Kent Truslow
Box 11
Signed by photographer
1909
Great Lakes Ornithological Club
Box 14 Folder 4
Allen, Arthur A.
Box 14 Folder 5
c.1930
Breckenridge, Walter J.
Box 14 Folder 6
1939
Chapman, Fran
Box 14 Folder 7
1940
Gross, Alfred
Box 14 Folder 8
Bowdoin College Professor
Peterson, P.T.
Box 14 Folder 9
Pettingills, Mr. and Mrs.
Box 14 Folder 10
1939
Roberts, Thomas S.
Box 14 Folder 11
Sutton, George Miksch
Box 14 Folder 12
1947
Swanson, Gustav
Box 14 Folder 13
Van Tyne, Josselyn and Gould, Lawrence McKinley
Box 14 Folder 14
October 1970
Allen Award Dinner
Mapcase K Folder K-2
Wentmore, Alexander and Treman, Margo
1928
University of Michigan Biological Station
Mapcase K Folder Y-15
1929
University of Michigan Biological Station
Mapcase K Folder Y-15
1929
3 photographs of the 96th Convention of Psi Upsilon Frat
Mapcase K Folder Y-15
1940, 1941, 1954, 1957
American Ornithologist Union
Mapcase K Folder Y-15
Joint Meeting of the American Trudeau Society - Tuberculosis Sanitoring Conference
Mapcase K Folder Y-15
Bird and Wildlife Illustrations - Series and Pamphlets
Box 12 Folder 1
1935-1987
Magazines
Box 13 Folder 2
Includes a 1936 The Sportsman with an article by Pettingill
c.1949-1952
Bird and Outdoor Illustrations - Series and Pamphlets
Box 13 Folder 4
Includes a series of reproductions of "Exoctic Birds" by John Gould
Pamphlets and booklets relating to birding and other wildlife
Box 14 Folder 23
Includes a booklet entitled "History of Birds: For the Use of Children" from 1843
1965-1966
Bird Illustrations - Prints from the Riegel Portfolio of Carolina Birds
Box 12 Folder 2
Reproductions of Arthur Singer paintings
1936-1984
Bird Illustrations
Box 12 Folder 3
Bird Illustrations - Oversize
Box 12 Folder 4
Posters
Box 12 Folder 5
Bird Illustrations
Box 13 Folder 3
Monographs, Clippings and Postcards of Birds
Box 14 Folder 24
1948
Article about Olin Pettingill
Mapcase K Folder K-2
Includes reproductions of his photographs
Posters
Mapcase K Folder Y-15
Uruguay and Walt Disney's "Water Birds"
Lecture Flyers and Sheet Music
Box 13 Folder 5