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Title:
Alfred Otto Gross papers
Creator:
Gross, Alfred O., (Alfred Otto), 1883-1970
ID:
M078
Date:
1883-1970
Extent:
45.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Gross was instructor (1912-13) and professor of biology at Bowdoin (1913-53) and an internationally respected ornithologist. The collection contains correspondence, research notes, draft and printed versions of articles, scrapbooks, photographs, film footage, and a memoir; much of the material concern's Gross' ornithological research over many years, including his field work on two Arctic expeditions led by Donald B. MacMillan and his work to document the remaining population, on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, of the now extinct Heath Hen.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Existence and Location of Copies note:

Three 16 mm film reels showing the Bowdoin College Scientific Station on Kent Island (New Brunswick, Canada) and five 35 mm film reels: "The Heath Hen" (1 reel) and Birds of Grenfelland" (4 reels) have been digitized and are availalbe online. See Film Recordings series.

Preferred Citation:

Alfred Otto Gross Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

Internationally known ornithologist, Alfred O. Gross, was born April 8, 1883, in Atwood, Illinois. His parents Henry, a merchant, and Sophia, were immigrants from Kadelburg, Germany. Gross received his Ph.D from Harvard in 1912. He married Edna Gross in Reading, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1913; they had three children, William (Bowdoin 1937), Thomas (Bowdoin 1940), and Edna.

Gross was instructor (1912-13) and professor of biology at Bowdoin (1913-53) and the first director of Bowdoin's Scientific Station on Kent Island (located in New Brunswick, Canada); he received an honorary degree from the college in 1952. A Fellow and Patron of the American Ornithologists Union, Gross served as ornithologist on Donald B. MacMillan's Arctic expeditions of 1934 and 1937, and was the author of 265 scientific articles and books. He devoted his life to the study of birds, with a special emphasis on the Heath Hen and the Ruffed Grouse.

Gross continued to conduct research and write articles and scholarly reviews until shortly before his death in Greenwich, Connecticut on May 9, 1970. He was a friend of poet and novelist Robert P. T. Coffin, and author Thornton Burgess.

The collection contains correspondence (1883-1970, n.d.), including some family letters; draft and printed versions of articles, many in clipping scrapbooks, including those written for the Maine Coast Fisherman; journals, notebooks, etc. (1900-66), some from his student days, from the arctic expeditions, and on Herring Gull/Cormorant control; material concerning the Donald B. MacMillan 1934 and 1937 Arctic expeditions; notes, etc. relating to the New England Ruffed Grouse investigation (1926-33, n.d.) and to the Heath Hen census on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts (1928-33, n.d.); an autobiographical essay; ornithological and other photographs, negatives and motion picture film; and material relating to Gross or his career.

Genre(s):
  • Photographs

Preservation, digitization, and duplication of five 35 mm film reels of ornithological film recordings: "The Heath Hen" (1 reel) and "Birds of Grenfelland" (4 reels) generously funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation, 2017.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically and alphabetically.

Series Description:

This series contains both letters to Alfred Gross and many carbon copies of letters that Gross sent to colleagues, family, and friends. The earliest and latest years of the chronological series contain more letters from family members. There are also several letters from Edna Gross, Gross' wife, in the undated file. Along with many other ornithologists, Gross assisted A.C. Bent in writing a comprehensive reference work on birds, "Bent's Life Histories of North American Birds." Their letters to one another can be found mainly in the 1940-1959 folders. There is also a regular exchange of letters between Gross and T.E. Musselman (Blue bird ornithologist from Illinois) in the 1960-1968 folder. In addition to the chronological arrangement there are several folders devoted to the letters from one individual or entity to Gross and his responses. Additional personal correspondence folders include bird clubs to which Gross was a member, officers of the bird clubs, and fellow professors.

1910-1918

Box 1 Folder 1

1920-1925

Box 1 Folder 2

1926-1929

Box 1 Folder 3

1930-1939

Box 1 Folder 4

1940-1949

Box 1 Folder 5

1950-1959

Box 1 Folder 6

1960-1968

Box 1 Folder 7

Bowdoin College (1925-1970, n.d.)

Box 1 Folder 8

Bowdoin College Lectures (1924-1928, n.d.)

Box 1 Folder 9

Copeland, Manton (1923-1925)

Box 1 Folder 10

Federation of the Bird Clubs of New England (1924-1927, n.d.)

Box 1 Folder 11

Forbes, Stephen (1922-1926) - Illinois

Box 1 Folder 12

New England Bird Banding Association (1923-1926, n.d.)

Box 1 Folder 13

Panama Canal and Barro Colorado Island (1924-1927, n.d.) - Zetek, J. Custodian, Barbour, T.

Box 1 Folder 14

Parker, G.H. (1925) - Harvard University Zoological Laboratory Director

Box 1 Folder 15

Whittle, Charles (1923-1924) - New England Bird Banding Association Councillor

Box 1 Folder 16

Undated

Box 1 Folder 17

Acidic originals

Box 1 Folder 18

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Series Description:

This series contains finished works of various natures and notes to certain public lectures (1918-1959, undated) that Alfred Gross gave over the course of his life. The lectures range in focus from highly scientific discussions of birds presented to the American Ornithologists' Union to general bird observations presented to the Rotary Club of Brunswick, Maine. The notes vary in style and detail from typed speeches to handwritten note cards. Some of the lecture notes are accompanied by slide lists. Also included in the series is a folder of correspondence directly related to Gross' lectures (1921-1927, undated). They are from bird and social clubs all over New England, as well as carbon copies of letters from Gross, and discuss invitations to lecture, equipment requirements, payment, and appreciation. The printed works include final typed drafts of articles written by Gross and colleagues, submitted for publication and returned to the authors upon request. There are also copies of the printed publications in which Gross' work appears as well as works that he referenced or followed with interest. Newsletters and reports released by bird club organizations and state and federal offices are also included in this series. A small number of folders include printed ephemera such as advertisements, national park information booklets, and event programs.

Lecture Advertisement: "Birds of Grenfelland"

Box 1 Folder 19

Lecture Correspondence: 1921-1927, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 20

Lecture Correspondence: fragile originals

Box 1 Folder 21

10th and 11th International Ornithological Congress

Box 1 Folder 22

"Bird Studies at Barro Colorado, Canal Zone"

Box 1 Folder 23

"The Camargue", Friends of Bowdoin and Brunswick, Maine Audubon Society, 1959 Sep 26

Box 1 Folder 24

"Gull-Cormorant Control", Nuttall Club, Hartford Bird Study Club, 1958 May 19

Box 1 Folder 25

"The Rotary Club Brunswick December 21, 1925"

Box 1 Folder 26

"Stanton Bird Club Monday December 5, 1921"

Box 1 Folder 27

"Trings", "Birds seen around the World" slide list

Box 1 Folder 28

"Scripture Lesson","Maine Federation of Garden Clubs June 18, '58", "Commander MacMillan", "Class of 1918 - 45th Reunion, June 13-14", "Knox Academy of Science"

Box 1 Folder 29

World Travel - Africa, India, the Middle East, Mexico, Alaska

Box 1 Folder 30

"Abstract of Possible Contributions to Discussion at Biological Conference" by C. Elton

Box 1 Folder 31

Advertisement ephemera

Box 1 Folder 32

American Game Protection and Propagation Association Programs

Box 1 Folder 33

American Ornithologists' Union Programs, related ephemera, and Correspondence - 1923-1934

Box 1 Folder 34

American Ornithologists' Union Programs, related ephemera, and Correspondence - 1935-1938, 1930, 1942, 1947, 1954, 1963

Box 1 Folder 35

Annual Conference of the Massachusetts Fish and Game Association - Programs - 1929, 1930-1934

Box 1 Folder 36

Annual Report of the Bowdoin Biological Station - 1935-1941

Box 1 Folder 37

"Another Tame Grouse" by C.G. Weymouth

Box 1 Folder 38

"Arcturus" with correspondence

Box 1 Folder 39

"Are Your Grouse Diseased?" by New York State Fish, Game and Forest League

Box 1 Folder 40

"Atlantic Flyway Waterfowl Newsletter" 1950 May

Box 1 Folder 41

"The Auket" multiple volumes and issues

Box 1 Folder 42

"Avian Tuberculosis in the Ruffed Grouse" by J.C. Phillips

Box 1 Folder 43

Bird Banding - Clippings and Bulletins

Box 1 Folder 44

"Birds of the Bowdoin-MacMillan Arctic Expedition, 1934"

Box 1 Folder 45

Black-crowned Heron - Clippings

Box 1 Folder 46

"Breeding Game Birds: A Profitable Industry"

Box 1 Folder 47

"British and American Grouse Cycles" by A. Leopold and J. Ball

Box 1 Folder 48

Bulletin of the American Game Protection Association - 1925 Jan

Box 1 Folder 49

Bulletin of the Boston Society of Natural History - 1926 Jan and 1927 Jan

Box 1 Folder 50

Bulletin of the Massachusetts Audubon Society - 1926 Dec

Box 1 Folder 51

Bureau of Grouse Control - Progress Report 1930, "Annual Report 1931-'32"

Box 1 Folder 52

Burgess, Thornton - Clippings and related ephemera

Box 1 Folder 53

The Chickadee: A Journal of Worcester County Ornithology - 1960

Box 1 Folder 54

Club Announcements - Ephemera

Box 1 Folder 55

"Cumulative History of Game Cycles and Other Fluctuations in Abundance of Game in North America" by A. Leopold - 1929 Oct, revised 1930 Jun

Box 1 Folder 56

"Daily Report on Grouse from July 1st to Sept. 1st 1925" by C.G. Weymouth

Box 1 Folder 57

Disease in Captive Wild Mammals and Birds: Incidence, Description, Comparison - Cover pages only

Box 1 Folder 58

"Diseases of the Ruffed Grouse" by A.A. Allen

Box 1 Folder 59

Du Pont Conservation News - 1931 May 15

Box 1 Folder 60

"Eastern Ruffed Grouse"

Box 1 Folder 61

"Estimate of what would have been the Amount of Game taken if there had been a 100% Return - 1930" - Location and Author unknown

Box 1 Folder 62

"Extinct, Your Aunt!"

Box 1 Folder 63

"The Fiftieth State's Official Bird" by P. Barrett

Box 1 Folder 64

"Flagellates from the Ruffed Grouse" by E.E. Tyzzer

Box 1 Folder 65

"Food of the Ruffed Grouse (Compiled from the Literature on the Subject)"

Box 1 Folder 66

Fourth Annual Report of the Barro Colorado Island Station - 1928 Mar 1

Box 1 Folder 67

"Game Management is not just Vermin Control" by W.L. McAtee - 1933 Nov

Box 2 Folder 1

"Great Black-backed Gull"

Box 2 Folder 2

"The Grouse Disease" by A.A. Allen - 1924 Jan

Box 2 Folder 3

"The Grouse Situation in Maine" by A.H. Stackpole - 1930 Feb 1

Box 2 Folder 4

"The Grouse Situation in the Western States" by D.J. Leffingwell - 1929 Jun 14

Box 2 Folder 5

"Hawaiian Birds" published by the Hawaii Audubon Society

Box 2 Folder 6

"Heath Hen Clippings: from Newspapers and Magazines" - 1923-1933

Volume-folio 1

Heath Hen, clippings

Box 2 Folder 7

Heath Hen, cartoon, n.d.

Ovsz-Box A3

"Heath Hen Report - 1931"

Box 2 Folder 8

"Heath Hen Report - 1931-1932"

Box 2 Folder 9

Herring Gull-Cormorant Control Project - Reports - 1942-1953

Box 2 Folder 10-11

Inland Bird Banding News - 1945-1957

Box 2 Folder 12-17

Inland Bird Banding News - Acidic originals

Box 2 Folder 18

"Investigating the Ruffed Grouse" by J.C. Phillips - 1927 Jun

Box 2 Folder 19

"An Investigation of the Periodic Fluctuations in the Numbers of the Ruffed Grouse" by J.C. Phillips - 1926 Jan 22

Box 2 Folder 20

"An Island in the Tropics" by Alfred O. Gross, 1952 Mar

Box 2 Folder 21

Joint Meeting of the Northeastern Bird-Banding Association and the Federation of the Bird Clubs of New England, Inc. - Programs - 1929 Jan 15, 1933 Jan 26, 1935 Jan 14

Box 2 Folder 22

Kartabo - Bulletins of Information and Instruction Sheets

Box 2 Folder 23

Linnaean News-letter - 1954 Oct

Box 2 Folder 24

"Maine" by A.O. Gross and A.H. Norton

Box 2 Folder 25

Articles from the "Maine Coast Fisherman," 1946-1956 / by A.O. Gross

Volume-folio 2

Audit Report for Maine Coast Fisherman 12 months ending

Box 2 Folder 34

Maine Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit: Quarterly Report - 1959 Jul-Sep and Oct-Dec

Box 2 Folder 35

Maine Field Naturalist - 1956 Apr

Box 2 Folder 36

Maine Field Observer - 1960 Oct - 1961 Mar

Box 2 Folder 37

Maryland Conservationist - 1925 Winter - Article by A.A. Allen has been removed

Box 2 Folder 38

Massachusetts Animal Census - n.d.

Box 2 Folder 39

Massachusetts Audubon Society Bulletin - 1961 May

Box 2 Folder 40

Massachusetts Wildlife - 1988 Spring and Winter

Box 2 Folder 41

"Memorial: Thomas Lincoln," n.d.

Box 2 Folder 42

"The Migration of the Kent Island Herring Gulls" - 1940 Oct

Box 2 Folder 43

Minnesota Wild-life Disease Investigation - Reports - 1934 Jan-Oct, 1936 June, Index of 1933 Jul-Dec

Box 2 Folder 44

Moon landing - Clippings and map

Box 2 Folder 45

National Parks and Wildlife Refuges - ephemera

Box 2 Folder 46

"New England Forest History and Bird Life" - Summary of address by R.T. Fisher - 1929 Jan 15

Box 2 Folder 47

"Nematodes of Pathological Significance found in some Economically Important Birds in North America" by E.B. Cram

Box 2 Folder 48

Newspapers, miscellaneous, 1926-1933

Ovsz-Box A3

"Notes of the Status of the Ruffed Grouse in Pennsylvania" by G.M. Sutton - 1928 Aug-Sep

Box 2 Folder 49

"Nuttall's Poor-will" by C.W. Howard

Box 2 Folder 50

"Observations on the Brvmal Retreat of the Swallow" by Thomas Forster, 1813

Box 2 Folder 51

"Ornithological Collecting Report of the MacMillan Arctic Expedition 1937"

Box 2 Folder 52

Owls and Hawks - Clippings

Box 2 Folder 53

Phi Delta Psi Alumnus Bulletin - 1927 Mar 11

Box 2 Folder 54

"A Portfolio of Venezuelan Birds" by P. Schwartz

Box 2 Folder 55

"The Present Status of our Knowledge of Poultry Parasitism" by E.B. Cram - 1928 Nov 1

Box 2 Folder 56

"The Problem of Tularemia in Game Birds" by R.G. Green - 1928 Aug-Sep

Box 2 Folder 57

"Progress Report of Study of Parasites of the Ruffed Grouse" by E.B. Cram

Box 2 Folder 58

"Progress Report of the New England Ruffed Grouse Investigation Committee" 1926, 1928-1929

Box 2 Folder 59

"Report on a Game Survey of Wisconsin" by A. Leopold - 1929 Oct 1

Box 2 Folder 60

"Report of the Chief of the Bureau of Biological Survey, 1933" by P.G. Reddington

Box 2 Folder 61

Report on the Eagles at Cherryfield, Maine

Box 2 Folder 62

"Ruffed Grouse and Prairie Chicken Investigations" 1931 Dec 1-2

Box 2 Folder 63

Ruffed Grouse, clippings

Box 2 Folder 64

Ruffed Grouse, poem, n.d.

Ovsz-Box A3

"Section of Wildlife Research" by T.G. Scott

Box 2 Folder 65

Studies on Level Ditching for Marsh Management - Wisconsin Conservation Department - 1956

Box 2 Folder 66

"Suggestions for Winter Feeding Wisconsin Game Birds" - 1931 Oct

Box 2 Folder 67

Sunspot articles by R.E. Delury

Box 2 Folder 68

"To Bring Back the Bluebird" by R. Gannon

Box 2 Folder 69

Vineyard Gazette - 1933 Apr 21

Box 2 Folder 70

"A Visit to Tom Lincoln's House with Some Auduboniana" by Charles W. Townsend, 1924

Box 2 Folder 71

"We Hunted Lions without Guns" by H. Carter - 1960 Jan 9

Box 2 Folder 72

Western Bird Banding Association - News from the Bird Banders - 1928 Jul and Oct, 1929 Jan

Box 2 Folder 73

"Where the Red Gods make their Medicine Again" - 1926 Nov 20

Box 2 Folder 74

"Why Grouse are Scarce" by J.B. Burnham

Box 2 Folder 75

Wildlife Progress: Restoration Developments in North America - American Wildlife Institute - 1936 Dec

Box 2 Folder 76

Wildlife Review - 1936 Nov

Box 2 Folder 77

The Wilson Ornithological Club - Bulletins and ephemera

Box 2 Folder 78

1. "The Gannet"

Box 2 Folder 26

2. "The Cormorant"

Box 2 Folder 26

3. "The Herring Gull"

Box 2 Folder 26

4. "The Black-backed Gull"

Box 2 Folder 26

5. "The Dovekie"

Box 2 Folder 26

6. "The Eider Duck"

Box 2 Folder 26

7. "The Laughing Gull"

Box 2 Folder 26

8. "Leach's Petrel"

Box 2 Folder 26

9. "The Atlantic Puffin"

Box 2 Folder 26

10. "Terns"

Box 2 Folder 27

11. "The Black Guillemot"

Box 2 Folder 27

12. "The Spotted Sandpiper"

Box 2 Folder 27

13. "The Osprey"

Box 2 Folder 27

14. "Canada Geese"

Box 2 Folder 27

15. "The Snowy Owl"

Box 2 Folder 27

16. "The Semi-Palmated Plover"

Box 2 Folder 27

17. "The Black Duck"

Box 2 Folder 27

18. "The Razor-billed Auk"

Box 2 Folder 27

19, "The Golden-eye Duck"

Box 2 Folder 27

20. "The Scaup Ducks"

Box 2 Folder 28

21. "Black-crowned Night Heron"

Box 2 Folder 28

22. "The Bald Eagle"

Box 2 Folder 28

23. "The Belted Kingfisher"

Box 2 Folder 28

24. "The Goeduck of the Washington Coast"

Box 2 Folder 28

25. "Red-breasted Marganser"

Box 2 Folder 28

26. "The Old-Squaw"

Box 2 Folder 28

27. "Cormorant and Gull Control" (missing)

Box 2 Folder 28

28. "The White-winged Scoter"

Box 2 Folder 28

29. "The American Pintail"

Box 2 Folder 28

30. "The Ivory Gull" and misc. information

Box 2 Folder 29

31. "The Bufflehead"

Box 2 Folder 29

32. Book Review: "Wandering Albatross"

Box 2 Folder 29

33. "The Blue-winged Teal"

Box 2 Folder 29

34. "The Great Blue Heron"

Box 2 Folder 29

35. "The Glossy Ibis"

Box 2 Folder 29

36. "The Piping Plover"

Box 2 Folder 29

37. "The Ring-necked Duck"

Box 2 Folder 29

38. "The Wood Duck"

Box 2 Folder 29

39. "The Mallard"

Box 2 Folder 29

40. "The American Brant"

Box 2 Folder 30

41. "The Harlequin Duck"

Box 2 Folder 30

42. "The White-winged Gulls"

Box 2 Folder 30

43. "The Ring-billed Gull"

Box 2 Folder 30

44. "Yellow-legs"

Box 2 Folder 30

45. "Black-bellied and Golden Plovers"

Box 2 Folder 30

46. "The Common Crow and the Fish Crow"

Box 2 Folder 30

47. "White Herons"

Box 2 Folder 30

48. "Peeps: The Least, Semipalmated and Western Sandpipers"

Box 2 Folder 30

49. "The Cattle Egret"

Box 2 Folder 30

50. "The Ruddy Duck"

Box 2 Folder 31

51. "The Green-winged Teal"

Box 2 Folder 31

52. "The Horned Grebe"

Box 2 Folder 31

53. "The American Woodcock"

Box 2 Folder 31

54. "The Ruffed Grouse"

Box 2 Folder 31

55. "The Purple Sandpiper"

Box 2 Folder 31

56. "The Atlantic Fulmar"

Box 2 Folder 31

57. "Snow Grouse"

Box 2 Folder 31

58. "The Baldpate"

Box 2 Folder 31

59. "The Horned Owl"

Box 2 Folder 31

60. "Duck Hawk of Peregrine Falcon"

Box 2 Folder 32

61. "The Common Loon"

Box 2 Folder 32

62. "Great Shearwater or Hagdown"

Box 2 Folder 32

63. "The Nighthawk"

Box 2 Folder 32

64. "The Killdeer"

Box 2 Folder 32

65. "The Barred Owl"

Box 2 Folder 32

66. "The Surf Scoter"

Box 2 Folder 32

67. "The Jaegers"

Box 2 Folder 32

68. "Phalaropes

Box 2 Folder 32

70. "The Starling"

Box 2 Folder 32

71. "The English Sparrow"

Box 2 Folder 32

69. "The White Stork" and a clipping

Box 2 Folder 33

70. "The Starling" and 3 photos with captions

Box 2 Folder 33

71. "The English Sparrow" and 1 photo

Box 2 Folder 33

Series Description:

This series contains personal journals and field notebooks extending over most of Alfred Gross' life. Some of the items are specifically for recording scientific information. Others, such as his journals kept during his two around the world trips (1955-56 and 1957-58) record both his vacations with his wife and scientific information. many of the journals have handwritten indices, photograph guides, and page numbers. Several journals have letters, photographs, and articles pasted to their pages. While working on the Gull/Cormorant Control Project daily records were kept of project activities. The records from 1944-1951 are included in this series. Also in this series is a subject guide to certain species and locations of interest on note cards. These cards detail bird sightings and in many instances there is a reference to one of Gross' yearly journals and page number.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1. 1900 Zoology Note Book, Atwood High School

Box 3 Folder 1

1. 1900 High School Commencement Oration

Box 3 Folder 2

1. 1908 Thesis for A.B. at U. of Illinois

Box 3 Folder 3

1. 1909 Botany Notebook, Harvard

Box 3 Folder 4

2. 1902-1903 Spring Migration of Birds at Urbana, IL

Box 3 Folder 5

3. 1906 Illinois Statistical Ornith. Survey

Box 3 Folder 6

4. 1907 Illinois Statistical Ornith Survey continued

Box 3 Folder 7

4. 1907-1909 Winter/Summer Bird Studies

Box 3 Folder 8

5. 1909 Trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts / 1909-1910 Harvard

Box 3 Folder 9

6. 1910, 1911 Bermuda

Box 3 Folder 10

[7.]1921 Nighthawk Study

Box 3 Folder 11

8B.1924 Ruffed Grouse

Box 3 Folder 12

9. 1932 Kent Is., Eider Duck, Herring Gull

Box 3 Folder 13

10. 1918-1921 Junior Audubon Society

Box 3 Folder 14

1918-1946 Milk Inspection Reports, Department of Health and Sanitation, Town of Brunswick

Volume 1

11. 1934 Bowdoin MacMillan Arctic Expedition

Volume 15

12. 1937 Bowdoin MacMillan Arctic Expedition

Volume 16

13A-B. 1938 Kent Is./1938 Trip to West Coast

Box 4 Folder 1

14. 1939 Trip to Mexico

Box 4 Folder 2

15. 1941-1942 Gull Control

Box 4 Folder 3

16. 1943 Gull Control

Box 4 Folder 4

17. 1944-46 Gull Control/1944, 1946 Kent Island

Box 4 Folder 5

18. 1944 Gull Control

Box 4 Folder 6

19. 1944 Herring Gull Control

Box 4 Folder 7

20. 1945 Cormorant-Herring Gull Control

Box 4 Folder 8

21B. 1946 Cormorant-Herring Gull Control

Box 4 Folder 9

22. 1947 Herring Gull [Cormorant] Control

Box 4 Folder 10

23. 1948 Cormorant Gull Control

Box 4 Folder 11

24. 1949 Cormorant Gull Control

Box 4 Folder 12

25. 1950 Cormorant Gull Control

Box 4 Folder 13

26. 1951 Cormorant Gull Control

Box 4 Folder 14

27. 1934-1953 Herring Gull [Cormorant] Control

Box 4 Folder 15

[27] [1934-1953] Gull Control

Box 4 Folder 16

28A-B. 1947-48 Sabbatical/ 1947 Gull Control

Box 5 Folder 1

29A[B]. 1948 Sabbatical continued

Box 5 Folder 2

30. 1949 Barro Colorado Islands

Box 5 Folder 3

31. 1950 Inter. Ornith. Congress, Upsalla, Europe

Box 5 Folder 4

32. 1951 Alaska

Box 5 Folder 5

33A-B. 1953-54 Middle East and Europe

Box 5 Folder 6

34, 35. 1955 Africa-Europe/ 1955-56 World Trip

Box 5 Folder 7

36, 37. 1955-56 Central America/ 1957-58 World Trip

Box 5 Folder 8

38A-B, 39. 1959 Africa/ 1959-60 California and Hawaii

Box 5 Folder 9

40A-B. 1960-61 Australia, South Pacific

Box 5 Folder 10

41, 42.1961-62 Florida/ 1966 Florida

Box 5 Folder 11

Miscellaneous Untitled 1919-1926

Box 5 Folder 12

Species and Habitat note cards - Subject index to journals and notebooks

Box 6 Folder 6

Series Description:

This series contains notes taken by Alfred Gross, his Bowdoin College students, and other scientists. There are working drafts of Gross' publications, often with multiple drafts of the same publication at different stages in the writing process. These drafts are both handwritten and typed and include corrections and editorial remarks. There are some early drafts of work by other scientists as well as research performed by Gross' students. The Heath Hen, Ruffed Grouse, Snowy Owl, and Goshawk represent major topics in Gross' work and there are large portions in this series devoted to them (Owls and hawks are treated as one topic). The different animals are discussed in correspondence folders spanning several years each. Notes and drafts of reports and publications can also be found. Because of the collaborative effort involved in much of this research there are often letters and reports not authored by or directed to Gross. There are also data sheets and questionaries discussing the Ruffed Grouse and "owls and hawks" in detail. The time periods in which Gross researched these birds overlap and many of the items address more than one species.

"Albinism and Melanism among North American Birds"

Box 7 Folder 1

"Albinism, Melanism, Erythrism, and Xanthochroism in the Plumages and Albinism and Erythrism in the eggs of North American Birds"

Box 7 Folder 2

"Albinism of the Herring Gull and records of other species of the Family Laridae"

Box 7 Folder 3

"Albinistic and Erythristic Eggs"

Box 7 Folder 4

Audubon bird watching Check Lists - Florida and Maine

Box 7 Folder 5

Bent's Life History of Birds

Box 7 Folder 6

Biography of Commander D.B. MacMillan - 1947

Box 7 Folder 7

Biology XII - Notes from field trips by O.S. Pettingill

Box 7 Folder 8

"Birds Collected and Observed during the Bowdoin-MacMillan Arctic Expedition of 1934"

Box 7 Folder 9

Bird count charts, 1934-1955

Ovsz-Box A3

"Birds Observed at Sea"

Box 7 Folder 10

"Birds Observed at Sea during a Voyage to and from Africa" - 1959

Box 7 Folder 11

"Birds of Grenfelland" - 1933

Box 7 Folder 12

Birds of Grenfelland - Correspondence

Box 7 Folder 13

"Birds of Monte Verdi Banana Plantation"

Box 7 Folder 14

Birds of Monte Verdi Banana Plantation - Correspondence

Box 7 Folder 15

Birds of Monte Verdi Banana Plantation - Notes and Pamphlet on bananas

Box 7 Folder 16

The Birds of the World - Review

Box 7 Folder 17

Bird traps and other supplies

Box 7 Folder 18

Bird trap schematic

Ovsz-Box A3

"The Black-crowned Night Heron of Sandy Neck"

Box 7 Folder 19

Black-crowned Night Heron - Notes and correspondence

Box 7 Folder 20

"Bowdoin-MacMillan Arctic Expedition" - 1935

Box 7 Folder 21

Bowdoin-MacMillan Arctic Expedition - Correspondence

Box 7 Folder 22

Bowdoin-MacMillan Arctic Expedition - Acidic originals

Box 7 Folder 23

"The Economic Values of some common Illinois Birds" by A.O. Gross and S.A. Forbes - 1909

Box 7 Folder 29

"The Eider Ducks of Kent Island" - 1938

Box 7 Folder 30

Fiji Toads (Bufo marinus)

Box 7 Folder 31

"The Flamingos of Lake Nakru" - 1959

Box 7 Folder 32

"Glimpses of the home life of the Birds of Saint Mary's"

Box 7 Folder 33

Grassquits

Box 7 Folder 34

Hawaiian Birds: "A Vistors Glimpse of some birds of Oahu, Hawaii"

Box 7 Folder 35

Hawaiian Birds: "Some General Impressions of Hawaiian Bird Life"

Box 7 Folder 35

Hawaiian Birds: "Birds of Oahu: A Visitor's Glimpse"

Box 7 Folder 35

Herring Gulls and Cormorants

Box 7 Folder 36

"History and Progress of Bird Photography"

Box 7 Folder 37

History and Progress of Bird Photography - Correspondence

Box 7 Folder 38

History and Progress of Bird Photography - Bibliographies and Photograph guides

Box 7 Folder 39

"Incidence of Albinism in North American Birds"

Box 7 Folder 40

Journal citations

Box 7 Folder 41

Maine Audubon Society Bird Book 1959-60

Box 8 Folder 1

Maps, New York and Wisconsin, 1909 and n.d.

Ovsz-Box A3

"Massena Trogon"

Box 8 Folder 2

Material related to Albinism, Melanism, etc.

Box 8 Folder 3

"Mauritius and the DoDo" (typescript) by Alfred O. Gross, n.d.

Box 8 Folder 4

Miscellaneous

Box 8 Folder 5

1. The Nighthawk - Notes and articles

Box 8 Folder 6

2. The Nighthawk - Notes and articles

Box 8 Folder 7

3. The Nighthawk - Notes

Box 8 Folder 8

4. The Nighthawk - Student Reports

Box 8 Folder 9

5. The Nighthawk - Drafts, notes, clippings

Box 8 Folder 10

6. The Nighthawk - Measurement of the Young

Box 8 Folder 11

"North of Battle Harbour"

Box 8 Folder 12

North of Battle Harbour - Photograph notes

Box 8 Folder 13

North of Battle Harbour - Photograph notes - Acidic originals

Box 8 Folder 14

North of Battle Harbour - Correspondence

Box 8 Folder 15

North of Battle Harbour - Correspondence - Acidic origianls

Box 8 Folder 16

Notes on Birds of Bermuda

Box 8 Folder 17

"Ornithological Data of the MacMillan Arctic Expedition '37" by J.R. Forbes

Box 8 Folder 18

Ornithological Data of the MacMillan Arctic Expedition '37 - Acidic originals

Box 8 Folder 19-20

Owls: "Snappy" and "Snowy Owl"

Box 8 Folder 21

Passifores Ploceidae

Box 8 Folder 22

Photograph guide - Biological Survey

Box 8 Folder 23

"The Purple Gallinule of Barro Colorado Island" by A.O. Gross and J. VanTyne

Box 8 Folder 24

The Purple Gallinule of Barro Colorado Island - Notes

Box 8 Folder 25

The Purple Gallinule of Baroo Colorado Island - Acidic originals

Box 8 Folder 26

"The Reactions of Arthropods to Monochromatic Lights of Equal Intensities" - Harvard Ph.D. Thesis

Box 8 Folder 27

Student notebook

Box 8 Folder 28

"The Toucan"

Box 8 Folder 29

"Two Interesting Bird Banding Recoveries" - 1935

Box 8 Folder 30

Two Interesting Bird Banding Recorveries - Correspondence

Box 8 Folder 31

Vaux Swift

Box 8 Folder 33

Two Interesting Bird Banding Recoveries - Correspondence - Acidic originals

Box 8 Folder 32

"A Visit to Great Duck Island" - 1922

Box 8 Folder 34

"Wendell Taber" Obit.

Box 8 Folder 35

Bills and Receipts

Box 9 Folder 1

Constitution of Martha's Vineyard Association for the Restoration of Wild Life and Game

Box 9 Folder 2

Heath Hen Census - 1925

Box 9 Folder 3

Heath Hen Census - 1927

Box 9 Folder 4

Heath Hen Census - 1929

Box 9 Folder 5

Heath Hen Census - 1930

Box 9 Folder 6

Heath Hen Report - 1931-1932

Box 9 Folder 7

Heath Hen Report - 1932-1933

Box 9 Folder 8

Heath Hen Situation - Preliminary Report - 1927 Apr 1

Box 9 Folder 9

"Is the Heath Hen Extinct?"

Box 9 Folder 10

"The Last Heath Hen"

Box 9 Folder 11

Mailing Lists - 1930, 1931, n.d.

Box 9 Folder 12

Martha's Vineyard Reservation: Daily Reports by A. Keniston - 1928 May 21-Jul 15, 1928 Nov 27-Mar 3

Box 9 Folder 13

Miscellaneous

Box 9 Folder 14

Notebooks - Skins and Measurements

Box 9 Folder 15

Sighting sheets - 1907 Dec 23-28, 1914 Apr-May, 1915 Mar-Apr

Box 9 Folder 16

"The Vanishing Heath Hen"

Box 9 Folder 17

Correspondence, 1928 and 1929 Census

Box 9 Folder 18

Correspondence, articles - 1927-1933

Box 9 Folder 19

Correspondence, Adams, William C. - 1924-1931 - Massachusetts Division of Fisheris and Game Director

Box 9 Folder 20-21

Correspondence, Federation of the Bird Clubs of New England - 1922-1927, n.d.

Box 9 Folder 22

Correspondence, Forbush, Edward H. -1923-1927 - Massachusetts Division of Ornithology Director

Box 9 Folder 23

Correspondence, Kenney, R.J. - 1931-1933 - Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Game Director

Box 9 Folder 24

Correspondence, 1923-1934

Box 9 Folder 25-30

Correspondence, Undated

Box 9 Folder 31

Correspondence, Acidic originals

Box 9 Folder 32

Canadian Owl Report

Box 9 Folder 33

"Index to Snowy Owl Records"

Box 9 Folder 34

Lynx and Rabbit Population Cycles

Box 9 Folder 35

Monthly Occurrence Data

Box 9 Folder 36

Notes on Snowy Owls

Box 9 Folder 37

Notes on Snowy Owls - Acidic originals

Box 9 Folder 38

Questionnaires - Massachusetts - 1926

Box 9 Folder 39

Sighting cards

Box 9 Folder 40

"Snowy Owl Migration"

Box 9 Folder 41

Specimen Collection Lists

Box 9 Folder 42

Specimen Collection Lists - Acidic originals

Box 9 Folder 43

U.S. Records of Abundance

Box 9 Folder 44

U.S. Records of Abundance - Acidic originals

Box 9 Folder 45

1926-1933

Box 9 Folder 46-48

Undated

Box 9 Folder 49

Acidic originals

Box 9 Folder 50

"The Cattle Egret in Africa"

Box 7 Folder 24

"Companions at a Jungle Laboratory"

Box 7 Folder 25

"Coastal Birds of Maine" - 1935

Box 7 Folder 26

Coastal Birds of Maine - Acidic originals

Box 7 Folder 27

Dr. Chapman's Oropendola paper - Review

Box 7 Folder 28

Accounting notebook - 1929-31

Box 10 Folder 1

Cancelled Checks

Box 10 Folder 2

Check Book and Bank Statements

Box 10 Folder 3

Data: Blank Death Data Sheets

Box 10 Folder 4

Data: Death Data

Box 10 Folder 5

Data: Distribution

Box 10 Folder 6

Data: Distribution - Acidic originals

Box 10 Folder 7

Data: Physical attributes

Box 10 Folder 8

Data: Wisconsin Grouse Investigation

Box 10 Folder 9

Disease Tularemia

Box 10 Folder 10

Draft Reports: 1925 Dec 7-8 - Ruffed Grouse Investigation Report

Box 10 Folder 11

Draft Reports: 1926 Dec 29 - Paragraph on the Ruffed Grouse Investigation for the Annual Report of the Division of Fisheries and Game

Box 10 Folder 12

Draft Reports: 1926 - Progress Report of the New England Ruffed Grouse Investigation Committee

Box 10 Folder 13

Draft Reports: 1925-1926 - The Ruffed Grouse Investigation: Season of 1925-1926 by A.O. Gross and A.A. Allen

Box 10 Folder 14

Draft Reports: 1926 Jan 28 - Ruffed Grouse Investigation - Maine Sportsmen's Fish and Game Association Meeting

Box 10 Folder 15

Draft Reports: 1927 Autumn - Ruffed Grouse Report - Canada

Box 10 Folder 16

Draft Reports: 1928 Progress Report - Preliminary Draft

Box 10 Folder 17

Draft Reports: 1928 Progress Report - Acidic originals

Box 10 Folder 18

Draft Reports: 1929 Jan 9 - Brief Report of the New England Ruffed Grouse Investigation - New England Sportsmen's Meeting

Box 10 Folder 19

Draft Reports: 1930 Sep - Annual Report of the New England Ruffed Grouse Investigation

Box 10 Folder 20

Draft Reports: 1930 - The Work of the New England Ruffed Grouse and Wisconsin Prairie Chicken Investigations

Box 10 Folder 21

Draft Reports: 1931 Jan 24 - Report on the New England Ruffed Grouse and Wisconsin Prairie Chicken Investigations

Box 10 Folder 22

Draft Reports: 1932 - New England Ruffed Grouse Investigation

Box 10 Folder 23

Draft Reports: "Diseases of the Ruffed Grouse"

Box 10 Folder 24

Draft Reports: "Grouse Report"

Box 10 Folder 25

Draft Reports: "The New England Ruffed Grouse Situation"

Box 10 Folder 26

Draft Reports: Outlines and Draft sheets of Ruffed Grouse Reports

Box 10 Folder 27

Draft Reports: "A Progress Report on the Ruffed Grouse of New York"

Box 10 Folder 28

Draft Reports: "A Recommended Wisconsin Five Year Game Program" - The Wisconsin Conservation Commission

Box 10 Folder 29

Draft Reports: Reports and Releases about Grouse, Quail, Fowl, etc.

Box 10 Folder 30

Draft Reports: "Report on Parasites and Disease in the Ruffed Grouse" by E.E. Tyzzer

Box 10 Folder 31

Draft Reports: "Ruffed Grouse Investigation"

Box 10 Folder 32

Draft Reports: Special List for Grouse Report

Box 10 Folder 33

Expense accounts

Box 10 Folder 34

Expenses and Money Received - notebooks

Box 10 Folder 35

Food: Captive Specimen

Box 10 Folder 36

Food: Data

Box 10 Folder 37

Food: Data

Box 10 Folder 38

Food: Data - Acidic originals

Box 10 Folder 39

Food: Data by type and State

Box 10 Folder 40

Food: Data by type and State - Acidic originals

Box 10 Folder 41

Food: Typed tables #1-7

Box 10 Folder 42

"The Food Habits of the Ruffed Grouse" by L.A. Southard

Box 10 Folder 43

The Food of the Ruffed Grouse - Notebook

Box 10 Folder 44

Hunting Regulations and Game Protectors List

Box 10 Folder 45

List of Sportsmens names and addresses

Box 10 Folder 46

Map of Canada

Box 10 Folder 47

Map of New York

Box 10 Folder 48

Maps of Wisconsin

Box 10 Folder 49

Minutes of the Meeting of Grouse Committee - 1929 Dec 3

Box 10 Folder 50

Miscellaneous

Box 10 Folder 51

Name Tag - New England Game Conference - 1933

Box 10 Folder 52

Nest and Egg: Data

Box 10 Folder 53

Nest and Egg: Notebook - New York Records

Box 10 Folder 54

Nest and Egg: Notebook and Notes - early 1920's

Box 10 Folder 55

Nest and Egg: "Nest and Eggs of the Ruffed Grouse"

Box 10 Folder 56

Nest and Egg: "Report of Grouse experiment from Eggs taken from Wild Nests" - 1931

Box 10 Folder 57

Notes: Assistant - notebooks and Summaries by P.A. LaFrance

Box 10 Folder 58

Notes: Behavior notebook

Box 10 Folder 59

Notes: Broods notebook

Box 10 Folder 60

Notes: Forest Change

Box 10 Folder 61

Notes: Names and Addresses in a bound journal

Box 10 Folder 62

Notes: New England Game Conference - 1934 Jan 13

Box 10 Folder 63

Notes: New York notebook - 1924 Jun-Sep

Box 11 Folder 1

Notes: Report notebooks

Box 11 Folder 2

Notes: Sighting Cards

Box 11 Folder 3

Notes: Sightings - 1924 Apr-Nov - Maine

Box 11 Folder 4

Notes or Draft Report - Handwritten

Box 11 Folder 5

Notes or Draft Report - Acidic originals

Box 11 Folder 6

Pamphlets - New England Sportsman's Show - 1927

Box 11 Folder 7

Parasite and Disease Data / Parasite Report - 1929

Box 11 Folder 8

Parasite, Weight, and Distribution Notebook

Box 11 Folder 9

Permits

Box 11 Folder 10

Permits - Acidic originals

Box 11 Folder 11

Receipts

Box 11 Folder 12

Student Reports

Box 11 Folder 13

Questionnaires - Blank forms and Samples

Box 11 Folder 14

Questionnaires - Canada - 1927-28, 1928-29

Box 11 Folder 15

Questionnaires - Canada - 1930-31, 1931-32

Box 11 Folder 16

Questionnaires - Connecticut - 1927-1932

Box 11 Folder 17-21

Questionnaires - Correspondence - 1927-1928

Box 11 Folder 22

Questionnaires - Correspondence - 1930-1931

Box 11 Folder 23

Questionnaires - Maine - 1927-1929

Box 11 Folder 24-25

Questionnaires - Maine - 1930-1932

Box 11 Folder 26-27

Questionnaires - Massachusetts - 1926 - # 1-150

Box 11 Folder 28-30

Questionnaires - Massachusetts - 1927-1929

Box 11 Folder 31-32

Questionnaires - Massachusetts - 1930-1933

Box 11 Folder 33-35

Questionnaires - Massachusetts - Undated

Box 11 Folder 36

Questionnaires - New Hampshire - 1927-1929

Box 11 Folder 37-38

Questionnaires - New Hampshire - 1930-1932

Box 11 Folder 39-40

Questionnaires - New York - 1927-28, 1930-31

Box 11 Folder 41

Questionnaires - Rhode Island - 1927-1929

Box 11 Folder 42-43

Questionnaires - Rhode Island - 1930-1932

Box 11 Folder 44-45

Questionnaires - Vermont - 1927-1929

Box 11 Folder 46-47

Questionnaires - Vermont - 1930-1932

Box 11 Folder 48-49

Questionnaires - Wisconsin - 1928

Box 11 Folder 50

Questionnaires - Wisconsin - 1930-31, 1931-32

Box 11 Folder 51

Rules of the State Comptroller Regarding Traveling Expense Vouchers

Box 11 Folder 52

Specimen Collection Announcements

Box 11 Folder 53

Specimen Collection - Number of Birds Received

Box 11 Folder 54

Specimen Lists - Sightings and Collection

Box 11 Folder 55

Specimen Lists - Acidic originals

Box 11 Folder 56

Specimen Shipping Lists

Box 11 Folder 57

Treasurer's Statement - Massachusetts Fish and Game Protective Association

Box 11 Folder 58

Correspondence, 1924 - 1937

Box 12 Folder 1-7

Correspondence, 18th American Game Conference - 1931

Box 12 Folder 8

Correspondence, Adams, Charles C. - Roosevelt Wild Life Forest Experiment Station

Box 12 Folder 9

Correspondence, Adams, William C. - 1920-1929 - Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Game Director

Box 12 Folder 10-11

Correspondence, Adams, William C. - Bird Seed

Box 12 Folder 12

Correspondence, Adams, William C. - Grouse Letters - Massachusetts

Box 12 Folder 13

Correspondence, Allen, Arther A. - Cornell University

Box 12 Folder 14

Correspondence, American Game Protective and Propagation Association - Avery, C. Vice-President, Burnham, J.B. President

Box 12 Folder 15

Correspondence, Burgess, Thornton

Box 12 Folder 16

Correspondence, Burgess, Thornton - Grouse Letters - # 1-87

Box 12 Folder 17

Correspondence, Clark, Arthur L. - Massachusetts Fish and Game Protective Association Secretary

Box 12 Folder 18

Correspondence, Game Conservation Institute - Huntington, D.W.

Box 12 Folder 19

Correspondence, Garris, Carl A. - Taxidermist

Box 12 Folder 20

Correspondence, Great Northern Paper Company

Box 12 Folder 21

Correspondence, Hunting and Fishing Show - 1934

Box 12 Folder 22

Correspondence, Katahdin Trip

Box 12 Folder 23

Correspondence, Knapp, W.A.

Box 12 Folder 24

Correspondence, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Game

Box 12 Folder 25

Correspondence, Massachusetts Fish and Game Association - Aylward, D.A., Brooks, E.

Box 12 Folder 26

Correspondence, New Hampshire Department of Fisheries and Game

Box 12 Folder 27

Correspondence, Orchards

Box 12 Folder 28

Correspondence, Phillips, John C. - 1924-1934, n.d. - Massachusetts Fish and Game Protective Association President

Box 13 Folder 1-2

Correspondence, Prairie Chicken

Box 13 Folder 3

Correspondence, Roosevelt Wild Life Forest Experiment Station - Johnson, C.E

Box 13 Folder 4

Correspondence, Titcomb, John W., Connecticut State Board of Fisheries and Game Superintendent

Box 13 Folder 5

Correspondence, Tyzzer, Ernest E. - Harvard University

Box 13 Folder 6

Correspondence, VanTyne, J. - Michigan

Box 13 Folder 7

Correspondence, Whitney, Alvin G. - Roosevelt Wild Life Forest Experiment Station

Box 13 Folder 8

Correspondence, Wisconsin - Grimmer, W.F., Kelleter, P., Kipp, D.H.

Box 13 Folder 9

Correspondence, Undated

Box 13 Folder 10

Correspondence, Acidic originals - 1923-1935

Box 13 Folder 11-13

Correspondence, Specimen # x1 - x706

Box 13 Folder 14

Correspondence, Specimen # 86 - 250

Box 13 Folder 15

Correspondence, Specimen # 256 - 599

Box 13 Folder 16

Correspondence, Specimen # 611 - 994

Box 13 Folder 17

Correspondence, Specimen # 1004 - 1294

Box 13 Folder 18

Correspondence, Specimen # 1300 - 1399

Box 13 Folder 19

Correspondence, Specimen # 1400 - 1490

Box 13 Folder 20

Correspondence, Specimen # 1534 - 1602

Box 13 Folder 21

Correspondence, Specimen - Acidic originals

Box 13 Folder 22

Correspondence, Sportsmen's Returned Letters

Box 13 Folder 23

Series Description:

This series contains multiple copies of the autobiography that Alfred Gross wrote in 1966. There are published and unpublished remarks about Gross written for the presentation of his honorary degree from Bowdoin College, for reports to teh Harvard Travellers (sic) club, and as introduction before a speech. A couple of completed faculty questioners solicited from Gross by Bowdoin are included (1948 and 1956). News clipping sand releases about Gross are also present as are clippings about birds that Gross collected. There is personal paperwork relating to property ownership in Brunswick, Maine, Gross' enrollment at Harvard, and various other bills and receipts. A scrapbook of Brunswick Audubon Society clipping is in the series as well. There are also materials related to Gross' teaching at Bowdoin: lecture notes, assignments, exam questions, and schedules.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

"Alfred Otto Gross: Autobiography" 1966

Volume 1

"Alfred Otto Gross: Autobiography" 1966

Box 14 Folder 1

"Alfred Otto Gross: Autobiography" revised 1991 Jul

Box 14 Folder 2

Autobiography - Separate pages

Box 14 Folder 3

Bowdoin College News Service Releases

Box 14 Folder 4

Bowdoin College Stationary

Box 14 Folder 5

Bowdoin College Teaching Materials: Library Suggestions, Exam Schedule, Student Survey

Box 14 Folder 6

Bowdoin College Teaching Materials: Lecture Notes for Zoology 3, 10 and 12

Box 14 Folder 7

Bowdoin College Teaching Materials: New England Bird Banding Association Prepared Lectures

Box 14 Folder 8

1885-1968 Scrapbook from the career of A.O. Gross

Volume-folio 2

Clippings: Birds

Box 14 Folder 9

Clippings Concerning A.O. Gross and Family

Box 14 Folder 10

Certificates

Box 14 Folder 11

Diplomas

Ovsz-Box A3

Faculty Biographical Information - Questionnaire - 1956 Jun 10

Box 14 Folder 12

Genealogical Material

Box 14 Folder 13

General Catalogue of Bowdoin - Questionnaires - 1948-49

Box 14 Folder 14

Government Application

Box 14 Folder 15

Guggenheim Fellowship Correspondence and Ephemera

Box 14 Folder 16

Harvard Travellers [sic] Club - 1968 Year Book

Box 14 Folder 17

Harvard University Paperwork

Box 14 Folder 18

Honoris Causa - Bowdoin College - President K. Sills

Box 14 Folder 19

Huntington, C.E. - Introductory remarks

Box 14 Folder 20

Lists of Publications

Box 14 Folder 21

Memorial Services Tributes / Invitations to 50th Wedding Anniversary

Box 14 Folder 22

Professional Bills and Receipts

Box 14 Folder 23

Property Ownership Paperwork / Personal Bills and Receipts

Box 14 Folder 24

Scrapbook of Brunswick Audubon Society

Box 14 Folder 25

Series Description:

Alfred Gross was a scientific photographer as well as researcher. He visually documented most of his research and presented slides regularly during lectures. The photograph subjects in this series include the Ruffed Grouse, Heath Hen, trips to Panama and the Arctic.; also includes photographs taken by and of Thornton Burgess. This series includes aluminum and glass slides (3 1/4 x 4 inches), prints mounted on card stock, loose prints of various sizes, and glass negatives (4 x 5 and 5 x 7). There is also a photograph index on note cards.

Arrangement:

Arranged by index number and type.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Metal box - Aluminum slides

Box 15

Wooden box - Glass slides

Box 16

File number index

Box 17-20

Subject index

Box 21

Photos mounted on cards - Index numbers included

Box 22-51

A.O. Gross Order (2-4) - Prints - Index numbers included

Box 52-54

Loose prints - 3x4 - Index numbers included

Box 55

Loose prints - Index numbers included

Box 56

Loose prints

Box 57

Glass slides

Box 58-77

Printing blocks

Box 78-81

Nitrate negatives - 4x5

Box 82

Nitrate negatives - 5x7 - Index numbers included

Box 83

Glass negatives - 5x7 - Index numbers included

Box 84-86

Glass negatives - 4x5 - Index numbers included

Box 87-98

Loose prints

Box 99-101

Series Description:

Includes 16mm and 35 mm silent film, mostly black and white (color occasionally spliced in). Reels of film include footage of the (now extinct) Heath Hen on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, circa 1932; Bowdoin College's Scientific Station (Kent Island, New Brunswick, Canada), 1936-; and expeditions to the Labrador region of Canada to study birdlife, including a 1931 research trip by Alfred Gross, his son William Gross, and Thornton Burgess to study bird colonies in the coastal regions of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Newfoundland, and southern Labrador ("The Birds of Grenfelland"), and film of the 1934 MacMillan Arctic expedition where Gross was the expedition ornithologist. The films show Gross, his colleagues, and students observing and recording birdlife, and also document aspects of expedition life. Some of the films are documented with intertitles and were used by Gross during his illustrated lectures.

Existence and Location of Copies note:

Three 16 mm film reels of the Bowdoin College Scientific Station on Kent Island (New Brunswick, Canada) and five 35 mm film reels: "The Heath Hen" (1 reel) and Birds of Grenfelland" (4 reels) have been digitized and are availalbe online.

Sponsor:

Preservation, digitization, and duplication of five 35 mm film reels: "The Heath Hen" (1 reel) and "Birds of Grenfelland" (4 reels) generously funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation, 2017.

Existence and Location of Copies note:

Original 35 mm film reels of the "Heath Hen" and "Birds of Grenfelland" preserved, digitized and duplicated to create the following surrogates: 35 mm polyester negatives and silent answer prints, HD digital files, and DVDs. Work funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation and completed by Colorlab, Rockville, MD.

Series Description:

Three reels of silent 16mm film from ca. 1936, documenting life and work during the early years of Bowdoin's Scientific Station on Kent Island (New Brunswick, Canada). Most of the footage is black and white with some color spliced in. Scenes include Scientific Station personnel, landscapes, buildings, and birds; expedition vehicles leaving Bowdoin College and at the dock in Lubec, Maine loading equipment and supplies onto a boat the "Scientist"; the "Scientist" at sea towing a row boat and passing a fenced retaining area for boats, and unloading at Kent Island. Alfred O. Gross, William Gross, Ernest Joy, Thornton Burgess, and others are shown (reel 2). Also includes maps of Kent Island, scenes of the island and its buildings, the weather station, the research group (including students), nesting birds and chicks, early birdsong recordist Albert Brand (Cornell University) who came to Kent Island to record Leach's Petrels, student playing "Songs of Wildbirds" (by Brand) on a record player, student pressing plants, and wildflowers on the island (reel 3).

Reel 1: Bowdoin College Scientific Station, 1936 (16 mm)

Reel 2: Bowdoin College Scientific Station (16 mm)

Reel 3: Bowdoin College Scientific Station (16 mm)

Bowdoin College Scientific Station, DVD of reels 1-3 (transfer from 16 mm film)

MSS-Media Box 1

General note:

Documentation in the Alfred Gross papers indicates that "The Birds of Grenfelland" originally comprised five reels of film. Only four reels were identified and digitized.

Series Description:

Birds of Grenfelland (circa 1931) comprises four reels of 35 mm, silent, black and white, film (total 30:41minutes) recorded during a 1931 research trip by Alfred Gross, his son William Gross, and Thornton Burgess to study bird colonies in the coastal regions of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Newfoundland, and southern Labrador. Among the locations Gross filmed was the Isle Sainte-Marie Migratory Bird Sanctuary, which was established by the Canadian government in 1925. The expedition footage also includes scenes of the Inuit in coastal communities, glimpses of Sir Wilfred Grenfell on board his medical missionary ship, the Strathcona II, and salmon fishing on the Matamek River in Quebec. The films are documented with intertitles and were used by Alfred Gross for illustrated lectures.

Birds of Grenfelland, circa 1931 (35 mm, 4 reels)

DVD access copy

MSS-Media Box 1

Series Description:

The Heath Hen film (circa 1932) comprises one reel of silent black and white 35mm film (14:03 minutes) recorded on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts in 1928 and 1931 showing the last surviving Heath Hens in their natural habitat. Gross filmed three male birds in 1928, but by 1929 only one male, named “Booming Ben” by the local press, remained. In 1931, Alfred Gross, accompanied by the well-known naturalist and children’s author Thornton Burgess, came to Martha’s Vineyard to make a complete record of the last Heath Hen. They trapped, banded, photographed, filmed, and then released the bird; the film documents all of these activities and explains them with intertitles.

The Heath Hen, circa 1932 (35 mm, 1 reel)

DVD access copy

MSS-Media Box 1

Series Description:

North of Battle Harbour, Film Narrative of the Bowdoin-MacMillan Expedition of 1934, comprises three reels of 35 mm, silent, black and white, film documenting the expedition on the schooner Bowdoin, led by Commander Donald B. MacMillan to the northernmost point of Labrador and the remote Button Isles. Gross was the expedition ornithologist; other members of the research team included seven Bowdoin students and a botanist from Clark University and several of his students.

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