Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

MS 502
Woodward Hart Brown
Papers, 1890-1980, undated


Descriptive summary

creator: Brown, Woodward Hart
title: Records
dates: 1890-1980, undated
extent: 1.47 linear feet (3 document boxes, 1 half-document box)
collection number: MS 502
repository: Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.

 

Administrative information

access: Open for research
publication rights: Consult Head, Special Collections Department
preferred citation: Woodward Hart Brown, MS 502, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.

 

Abstract

Woodward Hart Brown, dedicated Iowa ornithologist, studied and wrote about the birds of Iowa and the world. Brown was also a committed member of the Iowa Ornithologists' Union for many years. This collection contains correspondence, bird reports, bird check lists, log books, maps and publications relating to ornithology. The collection documents Brown's ornithology work primarily in Iowa but also nationally and worldwide. The bulk of this collection contains bird check lists and log books.

 

Biographical note

Woodward "Woody" Hart Brown was born in 1917 in St. Louis, and was known for his work in the field of ornithology. A member of the Iowa Ornithologists' Union (beginning in 1947) and the Des Moines Audubon Society. Brown undertook numerous projects and offices with the Iowa Ornithologists Union including Editor of the Field Notes section of Iowa Bird Life (December 1961- June 1976), Treasurer (June 1968-June 1972), indexer of Iowa Bird Life (1951-1965 issues), and compiler of numerous Iowa Christmas censuses.

Brown published several articles on birds, including for the National Audubon Society, and served as an editor of Iowa Bird Life magazine. Brown wrote "An Annotated List of the Birds of Iowa" for the Iowa State Journal of Science in 1971. This publication was later turned into a pamphlet, and contained information on the current status of birds found in the state of Iowa.

Brown worked as an auditor for the American Mutual Life Insurance company until his retirement in 1961.

Brown married Mary Gibbons on June 22, 1927. They lived in St. Louis until 1940 when they moved to Des Moines. Together they had a daughter, Wray Brown Stevens. Brown died from cancer on Tuesday, April 8, 1980, at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

Collection description

The collection (1890-1980, undated) contains correspondence, reports, bird check lists, maps and Brown's publications relating to ornithology. The bulk of this collection contains bird check lists and log books.

The collection documents Brown's ornithology work primarily in Iowa but also nationally and worldwide. The checklists are primarily for Iowa but also include other states and South American countries. Bird migrations and their populations are described in the reports.  The publications discuss a variety of birds including raptors, black and turkey vultures, and hairy woodpeckers.

 

Related materials

Iowa Ornithologists Union, MS 166
Iowa Ornithological Association, MS 581

Other collections of ornithologists can be found in the Special Collections Department including:

Philip A. DuMont, MS 153
Frederic Leopold Papers, MS 113
Walter M. Rosene Papers, MS 589
Althea R. Sherman, MS 462

A selected bibliography of fine bird books housed in the department can be found here: http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/collections/finebirdbooks.html

 

Organization

The collection is organized alphabetically.

 

Container list

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

1

1

American Birding Association Checklist

1975

1

2

Arizona Bird List

undated

1

3

Bird Checklist, 1 of 3

undated

1

4

Bird Checklist, 2 of 3

undated

1

5

Bird Checklist, 3 of 3

undated

1

6

Bird Checklist

1953-1978

1

7

Bird Checklist

1962-1972

2

1

Bird Checklists

1941-1973

2

2

Bird Checklists

1948-1978

2

3

Bird Checklists

1957-1975

2

4

Bird Checklists

1971-1980

2

5

Bird Refuge Maps, 1 of 2

1957-1969

2

6

Bird Refuge Maps, 2 of 2

undated

2

7

Central America Bird Information and Checklists

1974

2

8

Correspondence

1965-1977

2

9

Christmas Census

1946-1979

3

1

Des Moines Audubon Society - Polk Co. Bird Checklist

1973

3

2

Hairy Woodpecker Logs

1950-1977

3

3

Iowa Bird Life Distributional Checklist

1954

3

4

Iowa Bird Migration Calendar

1964

3

5

Map of Ashworth Park

undated

3

6

Obituary

1980

3

7

Observations and Data on Various Birds, 1 of 3

1890-1972

3

8

Observations and Data on Various Birds, 2 of 3

1890-1972

3

9

Observations and Data on Various Birds, 3 of 3

1890-1972

4

1

Publications in American Birds

1971-1975

4

2

Publications in Iowa Bird Life

1956-1966

4

3

Red Shoulder Data

1970-1971

4

4

"Some Further Comments on 'Anting'" from The Auk, v.70

1953

4

5

Winter Population Trends in the Black and Turkey Vultures - Manuscript and Final Publication

1975-1976

4

6

Winter Population Trends in the Black and Turkey Vultures - Research

1952-1971

4

7

Winter Raptor Survey

1978