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Hal H. Harrison donated this collection in 1995.
The collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], Hal H. Harrison Papers, CONS109, Conservation Collection, The Denver Public Library.
Number of Boxes: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Oversize: 3 boxes (2 linear ft.)
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE :
Hal Harrison is known as one of the preeminent experts on American birds and their nests. He has written hundreds of articles and several books on the topic. His photographs of birds have appeared in countless newspaper and magazine articles. Harrison devoted much of his career to researching and writing about birds, and his passion for the topic is reflected not only in the volume of his work, but in its quality.
Harrison was born in Tarrentown, Pennsylvania on November 22, 1906. He attended the University of Pittsburgh for one year, after which he worked as a reporter for the Valley Daily News in Tarrentown. He continued to work in newspapers, including a stint as a reporter for the Leader-Times in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.
Harrison became the outdoor editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and wrote columns entitled Know Your Birds and Life Afield. He wrote several books on birds and outdoor topics, including American Birds in Color, Outdoor Adventures, Wood Warblers World, and The World of the Snake. Harrison was also the author of two guides to birds of the United States and their nests. A Field Guide to Birds’ Nests of Species… East of the Mississippi River was published in 1975, and A field guide to Western birds' Nests of 520 Species Found Breeding in the United States West of the Mississippi River was published in 1979.
Harrison also has toured the United States lecturing on birds and birding. His birding trips have taken him all over the world, including the Amazon Valley, South Africa, Zambia, and to India’s famed Bharatpur Reserve.
Harrison died on January 15, 1999, at the age of 92.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE :
The Hal H. Harrison Papers are comprised of items from the years 1937 to 1990. Harrison’s research of common birds, and also the elusive warbler, make up the bulk of the collection. Also included in the collection are articles by Harrison, field notebooks, scrapbooks, correspondence, maps, and note cards.
The items in this collection reflect the depth of research pursued by Harrison. His field notes, reference note cards, articles compiled, and observation notes are all part of the collection. Harrison’s writings about wildlife, and especially birds, comprise another large part of the collection. His Life Afield and Know your Birds newspaper articles are compiled in the scrapbooks, and range from 1940 to 1960. The extensive research about warblers, which is the bulk of Harrison’s research notes, were gathered for a book on this species.
SERIES 1 RESEARCH NOTES 1950–1990 BOX 1-2 :
This series is comprised of items gathered by Harrison in his research of various bird species. Information used in the compilation of his book on warblers makes up the bulk of this series. Notations on bird size, color, characteristics, and song are included in this section of the collection. Harrison’s field notebooks, nest records, and information gathered about birds of India are also included in this series.
SERIES 2 BIRD OBSERVATION NOTE CARDS 1965-1985 BOX 2-4 :
Harrison spent much of his life compiling information about the various species of birds in the United States. He kept much of this reference information on note cards. Birds’ nesting habits, appearance, songs, and records of sightings are all included on these typewritten or hand written cards. The cards are arranged alphabetically by the name of the bird being discussed.
SERIES 3 OVERSIZE 1937-1959 OV BOX 1-3 :
Harrison’s extensive newspaper writing on the topic of wilderness and birds is documented in this portion of the collection. Tear sheets of Harrison’s Know your Birds column and scrapbooks of his Life Afield column make up the bulk of this series.
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