Winton Weydemeyer papers, 1908-1992  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Weydemeyer, Winton W., 1903-1993
Title
Winton Weydemeyer papers
Dates
1908-1992 (inclusive)
Quantity
3.25 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 696
Summary
This collection includes Winton Weydemeyer’s bird study records consisting of annual bird counts, Montana bird species records, Montana bird lists, migration and nesting records, and bird song notes.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Winton W. Weydemeyer was born March 19, 1903 in Cass City, Michigan to Harry and Margaret Weydemeyer. He was raised in Fortine, Montana, attended Lincoln County High School, and graduated with honors from Montana State University in Bozeman. He ranched near Fortine, but is best known for his many public service activities that ranged from agriculture to bird study and conservation. He served for twenty years as Master of the Montana State Grange, eighteen years as an officer of the National Grange, and helped organize three state-wide citizen conservation organizations. As a state senator in the 1951 and 1953 legislative sessions, he established conservation education in the state’s public schools.

Weydemeyer served on many governmental and educational committees, commissions, boards and councils, and, for sixteen years, was a governor’s appointee to the Montana Water Pollution Council. He received both national and state awards for his considerable service activities. Winton Weydemeyer was a lifelong student of ornithology and contributed more than 150 articles and notes to professional journals. The first article appeared in 1923 and he contributed his last published note in 1992. He also published three books: The Bird Life of Lake Bowdoin, Montana; A Grange Master’s America – In Defense of Freedom; and Picture Taking in Glacier Park. His published works and bird study records reflect the meticulous attention to detail that directed his approach to science. Weydemeyer died February 4, 1993.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of Weydemeyer’s bird study records including annual bird counts, Montana bird species records, Montana bird lists, migration and nesting records, and bird song notes. A series of correspondence contains communication with the University of Montana, the Bureau of Biological Survey, and fellow birders.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Winton Weydemeyer Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

This collection has been divided into two series:

Series I: Bird Study Records, 3.0 linear feet, 1908-1992

Series II: Correspondence, 0.25 linear feet, 1928-1990

Custodial History

The chain of ownership is not documented, but it is likely this collection was held by Weydemeyer until his death and was then held by Weydemeyer's wife until she gave it to Phil Wright.

Acquisition Information

Weydemeyer’s wife Hallie donated the collection to Phil Wright, who then donated it to the K. Ross Toole Archives in December 1995.

Processing Note

This collection was previously contained in large four-ring binders and loose leaf notebooks labeled by the compiler. Materials were largely kept in original order, with the exception of the organization of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and alphabetizing by subject.

Related Materials

The Montana Historical Society also holds a collection of Winton Weydemeyer papers relating to Montana State Grange, Montana Conservation Council correspondence, and legislative records. The University of Montana's archives holds the Montana Conservation Council Records which contain photos taken by Winton Weydemeyer between 1949 and 1957.


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Bird Study Records, 1908-1992Return to Top

3.0 linear feet

This series contains Winton Weydemeyer’s collection of ornithology records for Montana and some material related to Canada and the western United States. The Montana Birds Species Records contain some directly related correspondence and newspaper clippings. Folders containing “original records” include Weydemeyer’s earliest observations which were later recorded into the Montana Birds Species Records. Weydemeyer’s bird workbooks were previously labeled “personal use only.” He has indicated that these records contain some inaccuracies, but shows his early acquaintance with birds. Migration records show the order of arrival and fall departure.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
American Birds Report
1954-1976
1/2
American Birds Report
1976-1992
1/3
Bird checklist, American Ornithologists' Union
1931-1973
1/4
Bird checklist, Department of Zoology, University of Montana
1940
1/5
Bird checklist, Lincoln County
1923-1990
1/6
Bird checklist, Ralph L. Hand
1969
1/7
Bird checklist, Weydemeyer and others
undated
1/8
Bird count, Bozeman and Libby
1908-1984
1/9
Bird count, Christmas
1978-1992
1/10
Bird protection laws
undated
1/11
Bird publication templates, miscellaneous
1943-1973
1/12
Bird references
circa 1950
1/13
Bird studies needed
1931-1981
1/14
Bird workbook, bird descriptions and measurements
1921-1973
1/15
Bird workbook, chronology of species known
1922-1927
1/16
Bird workbook, five-minute lists
1922-1932
1/17
Bird workbook, identification
undated
1/18
Bird workbook, Lincoln County bird lists
1921-1984
1/19
Bird workbook, Montana bird lists
1920-1970
1/20
Bird workbook, observations
1921-1923
1/21
Bird workbook, unidentified species
1921-1943
2/1
Bird references, general notes
undated
2/2
Breeding Bird Census; farm land, forest land, and cut-over land census
1928-1931
2/3
Field notes, butterflies and moths
1927-1971
2/4
Field notes, flora and trees
undated
2/5
General bird notes
1913-1947
2/6
General bird notes by species
1927-1992, folder 1 of 2
2/7
General bird notes by species
1927-1992, folder 2 of 2
2/8
General bird notes by species, descriptions and habitats
1921-1977
2/9
Migration, Bureau of Biological Survey summaries
1935-1939
2/10
Migration, Montana birds' winter range
undated
2/11
Miscellaneous publications, Bald Eagle Survey
1979
2/12
Miscellaneous publications, Birds of the Bozeman Latilong
1969
2/13
Miscellaneous publications, Field Notes on Wildlife, Birds of Western Montana
1939-1940
2/14
Miscellaneous publications, Montana Fish and Game Department News
1958-1959
2/15
Miscellaneous publications, Mountain Grouse Investigations in Montana by Fred Hartkorn
1953
2/16
Miscellaneous publications, references and sources
1922-1983
3/1
Miscellaneous publications, Western Montana Bird Checklist
1939
3/2
Miscellaneous records, Saunders' published bird records
1927-1936
3/3
Montana Academy of Sciences, proceedings
1919-1972
3/4
Montana bird song, bibliography and sources
1912-1951
3/5
Montana bird song, classified
1925-1949
3/6
Montana bird song, unclassified
1921-1968
3/7
Montana bird song notes by species; Grouse, Coot, Rail
1928-1976
38
Montana bird song notes by species; Gulls, Terns, Doves, Owls
1921-1936
3/9
Montana bird song notes by species; Highlark and Swallows
1930-1932
310
Montana bird song notes by species; Icteridae and Tanagers
1928-1981
3/11
Montana bird song notes by species; Jays, Chickadees, Nuthatches
1924-1969
3/12
Montana bird song notes by species; Kinglets, Pipits, Strikes
1923-1938
3/13
Montana bird song notes by species; Loons, Grebes, Heron, Bittern
1927-1939
3/14
Montana bird song notes by species; Nighthawks, Swifts, Hummers
1929-1940
3/15
Montana bird song notes by species; Dipper, Wrens, Thrashers
1924-1939
3/16
Montana bird song notes by species; Raptores
1930-1935
3/17
Montana bird song notes by species; shore birds
1927-1938
3/18
Montana bird song notes by species; Sparrow family
1923-1974
3/19
Montana bird song notes by species; Swans, Geese, Ducks
1932-1940
3/20
Montana bird song notes by species; Vireos and Warblers
1928-1991
3/21
Montana bird song notes by species; Woodpeckers and Flycatchers
1926-1973
3/22
Montana birds species records; Bobolink, Meadowlark, Blackbird, Orioles
1921-1986
3/23
Montana birds species records; Chickadees and Nuthatches
1921-1990
3/24
Montana birds species records; Doves and Owls
1921-1990
3/25
Montana birds species records; Dowitcher, Snipe, Phalarope
1921-1989
3/26
Montana birds species records; Ducks
1921-1992
3/27
Montana birds species records; Finches, Redpoll, Crossbills, Grosbeaks
1921-1991
3/28
Montana birds species records; Flycatchers
1921-1987
3/29
Montana birds species records; Grouse
1921-1991
3/30
Montana birds species records; Gulls and Terns
1921-1988
3/31
Montana birds species records; Highlarks and Swallows
1921-1991
3/32
Montana birds species records; Jays, Crow, Raven
1921-1984
3/33
Montana birds species records; Juncos
1920-1991
3/34
Montana birds species records; Kingfisher and Woodpeckers
1921-1991
3/35
Montana birds species records; Longspurs and Snow-Bunting
1921-1989
3/36
Montana birds species records; Loon and Grebes
1921-1991
4/1
Montana birds species records; Nighthawk, Swifts, Hummingbirds
1921-1992
4/2
Montana birds species records; Pelican, Heron, Bittern
1921-1991
4/3
Montana birds species records; Pipit, Waxwings, Shrike, Starling
1921-1991
4/4
Montana birds species records; Plovers and Avocet
1921-1990
4/5
Montana birds species records; Rail and Coot
1922-1991
4/6
Montana birds species records; Raptores
1921-1991
4/7
Montana birds species records; Sandpipers and Godwits
1921-1990
4/8
Montana birds species records; Swan and Geese
1922-1992
4/9
Montana birds species records; Sparrows and Juncos
1921-1991
4/10
Montana birds species records; Tanager, Towhee, Buntings, Black-headed Grosbeak
1920-1989
4/11
Montana birds species records; Thrushes, Catbird Thrashers
1921-1991
4/12
Montana birds species records; Vireos
1921-1984
4/13
Montana birds species records; Warblers
1921-1990
4/14
Montana birds species records; Wrens, Dipper, Kinglets
1921-1978
4/15
Montana birds, state and local lists; Central, Highline, Canada
1925-1946
4/16
Montana birds, state and local lists; Flathead Lake
1931-1939
4/17
Montana birds, state and local lists; Glacier Park
1929-1958
4/18
Montana birds, state and local lists; Helena, Butte, Bozeman
1921-1958
4/19
Montana birds, state and local lists; Judith Basin
1920-1926
4/20
Montana birds, state and local lists; Lincoln County
1922-1981
4/21
Montana birds, state and local lists; Missoula area
1934-1935
4/22
Montana birds, state and local lists; Montana trips
1921-1929
4/23
Montana wildlife refuges, Bowdoin Lake
1932-1946
4/24
Montana wildlife refuges, pamphlets and information
1936-1979
4/25
Nesting records
1921-1923
4/26
Nesting records
1921-1941
5/1
Nesting Records
1936-1991
5/2
Newspaper clippings, miscellaneous
1928-1988
5/3
Occurrence records, season notes, Lincoln County
1922-1991
5/4
Occurrence records and general notes; water birds
1927-1970 (folder 1 of 2)
5/5
Occurrence records and general notes; water birds
1971-1991 (folder 2 of 2)
5/6
Original daily occurrence records
1924-1930
5/7
Original daily occurrence records
1931-1935
5/8
Original daily occurrence records
1936-1944
5/9
Original field notes
1952-1959
6/1
Original migration records, Fortine locality
1921-1992
6/2
Original migration records by species
1920-1972
6/3
Original migration records by species
1920-1972
6/4
Published bird records
1923-1992
6/5
Published bird records, Montana Bird Distribution Project
1983-1984
6/6
Report on the Suitability of Meadow Spring Ranch for the Establishment of a State Bird Reservation
1923
6/7
Western United States birds
1939-1974

Series II:  Correspondence, 1928-1990Return to Top

0.25 linear ft.

: Included in this series is correspondence between Weydemeyer and other bird researchers. Correspondence with The University of Montana contains communication with Phil Wright, Department of Zoology, and Riley McLelland, School of Forestry.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6/8
Correspondence, Art Aylesworth
1982
6/9
Correspondence, Bald Eagle Study
1968-1977
6/10
Correspondence, Bureau of Biological Survey
1928-1945
6/11
Correspondence, Charles Schmid
1972-1980
6/12
Correspondence, Donald A. Spencer
1976-1977
6/13
Correspondence, government agencies
1975-1983
6/14
Correspondence, mailing lists and contacts
1973-1976
6/15
Correspondence, miscellaneous
1965-1987
6/16
Correspondence, miscellaneous schools and universities
1952-1990
6/17
Correspondence, Ralph Hand
1970-1974
6/18
Correspondence, Thomas Rogers
1952-1972
6/19
Correspondence, the University of Montana and Montana State University
1968-1989

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Bird watchers--Correspondence
  • Bird watchers--Montana
  • Bird watching--Montana
  • Birds--Counting--Montana
  • Birds--Migration
  • Birds--Montana
  • Birdsongs--Montana

Personal Names

  • Weydemeyer, Winton, 1903- 1993--Archives

Corporate Names

  • United States. Bureau of Biological Survey
  • University of Montana--Missoula