Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Gross, Alfred O., (Alfred Otto), 1883-1970
Title
Alfred Otto Gross papers
ID
M078
Date
1883-1970
Extent
45.0 linear feet
Language
Abstract
The collection contains correspondence (1883-1970, n.d.), including some family letters; research notes; draft and printed versions of articles; scrapbooks; photographs; film footage; and a memoir; much of the material concern's Gross' ornithological research, including his field work on two Arctic expeditions.

Preferred Citation

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


Biographical/Historical Note

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); 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.


Scope and Content

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), many from his student days, from the arctic expeditions, and on Herring Gull/Cormorant control; material concerning the 1934 and 1937 Arctic expeditions; notes, etc. relating to the New England ruffed grouse investigation (1926-33, n.d.) and to a heath hen census (1928-33, n.d.); an autobiographical essay; ornithological and other photographs, negatives and motion picture film; and material relating to Gross or his career.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographs

Collection Inventory

 M078.1 Correspondence, 1883-1970, undated   0.5 linear feet

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.

Box Folder
1 1

1910-1918 

1 2

1920-1925 

1 3

1926-1929 

1 4

1930-1939 

1 5

1940-1949 

1 6

1950-1959 

1 7

1960-1968 

1 8

Bowdoin College (1925-1970, n.d.) 

1 9

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

1 10

Copeland, Manton (1923-1925) 

1 11

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

1 12

Forbes, Stephen (1922-1926) - Illinois 

1 13

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

1 14

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

1 15

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

1 16

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

1 17

Undated 

1 18

Acidic originals 


 M078.2 Articles, essays, and lectures, undated   1.75 linear feet

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.

 M078.2.1 Lecture Notes and Correspondence 

Box Folder
1 19

Lecture Advertisement: "Birds of Grenfelland" 

1 20

Lecture Correspondence: 1921-1927, n.d. 

1 21

Lecture Correspondence: fragile originals 

1 22

10th and 11th International Ornithological Congress 

1 23

"Bird Studies at Barro Colorado, Canal Zone" 

1 24

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

1 25

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

1 26

"The Rotary Club Brunswick December 21, 1925" 

1 27

"Stanton Bird Club Monday December 5, 1921" 

1 28

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

1 29

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

1 30

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

 M078.2.2 Printed Material 

Box Folder
1 31

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

1 32

Advertisement ephemera 

1 33

American Game Protection and Propagation Association Programs 

1 34

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

1 35

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

1 36

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

1 37

Annual Report of the Bowdoin Biological Station - 1935-1941 

1 38

"Another Tame Grouse" by C.G. Weymouth 

1 39

"Arcturus" with correspondence 

1 40

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

1 41

"Atlantic Flyway Waterfowl Newsletter" 1950 May 

1 42

"The Auket" multiple volumes and issues 

1 43

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

1 44

Bird Banding - Clippings and Bulletins 

1 45

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

1 46

Black-crowned Heron - Clippings 

1 47

"Breeding Game Birds: A Profitable Industry" 

1 48

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

1 49

Bulletin of the American Game Protection Association - 1925 Jan 

1 50

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

1 51

Bulletin of the Massachusetts Audubon Society - 1926 Dec 

1 52

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

1 53

Burgess, Thornton - Clippings and related ephemera 

1 54

The Chickadee: A Journal of Worcester County Ornithology - 1960 

1 55

Club Announcements - Ephemera 

1 56

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

1 57

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

1 58

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

1 59

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

1 60

Du Pont Conservation News - 1931 May 15 

1 61

"Eastern Ruffed Grouse" 

1 62

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

1 63

"Extinct, Your Aunt!" 

1 64

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

1 65

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

1 66

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

1 67

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

2 1

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

2 2

"Great Black-backed Gull" 

2 3

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

2 4

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

2 5

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

2 6

"Hawaiian Birds" published by the Hawaii Audubon Society 

Volume-folio
1

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

Box Folder
2 7

Heath Hen, clippings 

Ovsz-Box
A3

Heath Hen, cartoon, n.d. 

Box Folder
2 8

"Heath Hen Report - 1931" 

2 9

"Heath Hen Report - 1931-1932" 

2 10-11

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

2 12-17

Inland Bird Banding News - 1945-1957 

2 18

Inland Bird Banding News - Acidic originals 

2 19

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

2 20

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

2 21

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

2 22

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 

2 23

Kartabo - Bulletins of Information and Instruction Sheets 

2 24

Linnaean News-letter - 1954 Oct 

2 25

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

Volume-folio
2

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

Box Folder
2 34

Audit Report for Maine Coast Fisherman 12 months ending 

2 35

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

2 36

Maine Field Naturalist - 1956 Apr 

2 37

Maine Field Observer - 1960 Oct - 1961 Mar 

2 38

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

2 39

Massachusetts Animal Census - n.d. 

2 40

Massachusetts Audubon Society Bulletin - 1961 May 

2 41

Massachusetts Wildlife - 1988 Spring and Winter 

2 42

"Memorial: Thomas Lincoln," n.d. 

2 43

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

2 44

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

2 45

Moon landing - Clippings and map 

2 46

National Parks and Wildlife Refuges - ephemera 

2 47

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

2 48

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

Ovsz-Box
A3

Newspapers, miscellaneous, 1926-1933 

Box Folder
2 49

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

2 50

"Nuttall's Poor-will" by C.W. Howard 

2 51

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

2 52

"Ornithological Collecting Report of the MacMillan Arctic Expedition 1937" 

2 53

Owls and Hawks - Clippings 

2 54

Phi Delta Psi Alumnus Bulletin - 1927 Mar 11 

2 55

"A Portfolio of Venezuelan Birds" by P. Schwartz 

2 56

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

2 57

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

2 58

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

2 59

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

2 60

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

2 61

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

2 62

Report on the Eagles at Cherryfield, Maine 

2 63

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

2 64

Ruffed Grouse, clippings 

Ovsz-Box
A3

Ruffed Grouse, poem, n.d. 

Box Folder
2 65

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

2 66

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

2 67

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

2 68

Sunspot articles by R.E. Delury 

2 69

"To Bring Back the Bluebird" by R. Gannon 

2 70

Vineyard Gazette - 1933 Apr 21 

2 71

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

2 72

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

2 73

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

2 74

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

2 75

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

2 76

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

2 77

Wildlife Review - 1936 Nov 

2 78

The Wilson Ornithological Club - Bulletins and ephemera 

 M078.2.3 Maine Coast Fisherman Articles: Set #3 

Box Folder
2 26

1. "The Gannet" 

2 26

2. "The Cormorant" 

2 26

3. "The Herring Gull" 

2 26

4. "The Black-backed Gull" 

2 26

5. "The Dovekie" 

2 26

6. "The Eider Duck" 

2 26

7. "The Laughing Gull" 

2 26

8. "Leach's Petrel" 

2 26

9. "The Atlantic Puffin" 

2 27

10. "Terns" 

2 27

11. "The Black Guillemot" 

2 27

12. "The Spotted Sandpiper" 

2 27

13. "The Osprey" 

2 27

14. "Canada Geese" 

2 27

15. "The Snowy Owl" 

2 27

16. "The Semi-Palmated Plover" 

2 27

17. "The Black Duck" 

2 27

18. "The Razor-billed Auk" 

2 27

19, "The Golden-eye Duck" 

2 28

20. "The Scaup Ducks" 

2 28

21. "Black-crowned Night Heron" 

2 28

22. "The Bald Eagle" 

2 28

23. "The Belted Kingfisher" 

2 28

24. "The Goeduck of the Washington Coast" 

2 28

25. "Red-breasted Marganser" 

2 28

26. "The Old-Squaw" 

2 28

27. "Cormorant and Gull Control" (missing) 

2 28

28. "The White-winged Scoter" 

2 28

29. "The American Pintail" 

2 29

30. "The Ivory Gull" and misc. information 

2 29

31. "The Bufflehead" 

2 29

32. Book Review: "Wandering Albatross" 

2 29

33. "The Blue-winged Teal" 

2 29

34. "The Great Blue Heron" 

2 29

35. "The Glossy Ibis" 

2 29

36. "The Piping Plover" 

2 29

37. "The Ring-necked Duck" 

2 29

38. "The Wood Duck" 

2 29

39. "The Mallard" 

2 30

40. "The American Brant" 

2 30

41. "The Harlequin Duck" 

2 30

42. "The White-winged Gulls" 

2 30

43. "The Ring-billed Gull" 

2 30

44. "Yellow-legs" 

2 30

45. "Black-bellied and Golden Plovers" 

2 30

46. "The Common Crow and the Fish Crow" 

2 30

47. "White Herons" 

2 30

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

2 30

49. "The Cattle Egret" 

2 31

50. "The Ruddy Duck" 

2 31

51. "The Green-winged Teal" 

2 31

52. "The Horned Grebe" 

2 31

53. "The American Woodcock" 

2 31

54. "The Ruffed Grouse" 

2 31

55. "The Purple Sandpiper" 

2 31

56. "The Atlantic Fulmar" 

2 31

57. "Snow Grouse" 

2 31

58. "The Baldpate" 

2 31

59. "The Horned Owl" 

2 32

60. "Duck Hawk of Peregrine Falcon" 

2 32

61. "The Common Loon" 

2 32

62. "Great Shearwater or Hagdown" 

2 32

63. "The Nighthawk" 

2 32

64. "The Killdeer" 

2 32

65. "The Barred Owl" 

2 32

66. "The Surf Scoter" 

2 32

67. "The Jaegers" 

2 32

68. "Phalaropes 

2 32

70. "The Starling" 

2 32

71. "The English Sparrow" 

2 33

69. "The White Stork" and a clipping 

2 33

70. "The Starling" and 3 photos with captions 

2 33

71. "The English Sparrow" and 1 photo 


 M078.3 Journals, notebooks, etc., 1900-1966   3.5 linear feet

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.

Box Folder
3 1

1. 1900 Zoology Note Book, Atwood High School 

3 2

1. 1900 High School Commencement Oration 

3 3

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

3 4

1. 1909 Botany Notebook, Harvard 

3 5

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

3 6

3. 1906 Illinois Statistical Ornith. Survey 

3 7

4. 1907 Illinois Statistical Ornith Survey continued 

3 8

4. 1907-1909 Winter/Summer Bird Studies 

3 9

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

3 10

6. 1910, 1911 Bermuda 

3 11

[7.]1921 Nighthawk Study 

3 12

8B.1924 Ruffed Grouse 

3 13

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

3 14

10. 1918-1921 Junior Audubon Society 

Volume
1

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

15

11. 1934 Bowdoin MacMillan Arctic Expedition 

16

12. 1937 Bowdoin MacMillan Arctic Expedition 

Box Folder
4 1

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

4 2

14. 1939 Trip to Mexico 

4 3

15. 1941-1942 Gull Control 

4 4

16. 1943 Gull Control 

4 5

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

4 6

18. 1944 Gull Control 

4 7

19. 1944 Herring Gull Control 

4 8

20. 1945 Cormorant-Herring Gull Control 

4 9

21B. 1946 Cormorant-Herring Gull Control 

4 10

22. 1947 Herring Gull [Cormorant] Control 

4 11

23. 1948 Cormorant Gull Control 

4 12

24. 1949 Cormorant Gull Control 

4 13

25. 1950 Cormorant Gull Control 

4 14

26. 1951 Cormorant Gull Control 

4 15

27. 1934-1953 Herring Gull [Cormorant] Control 

4 16

[27] [1934-1953] Gull Control 

5 1

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

5 2

29A[B]. 1948 Sabbatical continued 

5 3

30. 1949 Barro Colorado Islands 

5 4

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

5 5

32. 1951 Alaska 

5 6

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

5 7

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

5 8

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

5 9

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

5 10

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

5 11

41, 42.1961-62 Florida/ 1966 Florida 

5 12

Miscellaneous Untitled 1919-1926 

6 6

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


 M078.4 Ornithological research material, 1925-1937, n.d.   5.5 linear feet

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 teh 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.

Box Folder
7 1

"Albinism and Melanism among North American Birds" 

7 2

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

7 3

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

7 4

"Albinistic and Erythristic Eggs" 

7 5

Audubon bird watching Check Lists - Florida and Maine 

7 6

Bent's Life History of Birds 

7 7

Biography of Commander D.B. MacMillan - 1947 

7 8

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

7 9

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

Ovsz-Box
A3

Bird count charts, 1934-1955 

Box Folder
7 10

"Birds Observed at Sea" 

7 11

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

7 12

"Birds of Grenfelland" - 1933 

7 13

Birds of Grenfelland - Correspondence 

7 14

"Birds of Monte Verdi Banana Plantation" 

7 15

Birds of Monte Verdi Banana Plantation - Correspondence 

7 16

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

7 17

The Birds of the World - Review 

7 18

Bird traps and other supplies 

Ovsz-Box
A3

Bird trap schematic 

Box Folder
7 19

"The Black-crowned Night Heron of Sandy Neck" 

7 20

Black-crowned Night Heron - Notes and correspondence 

7 21

"Bowdoin-MacMillan Arctic Expedition" - 1935 

7 22

Bowdoin-MacMillan Arctic Expedition - Correspondence 

7 23

Bowdoin-MacMillan Arctic Expedition - Acidic originals 

7 24

"The Cattle Egret in Africa" 

7 25

"Companions at a Jungle Laboratory" 

7 26

"Coastal Birds of Maine" - 1935 

7 27

Coastal Birds of Maine - Acidic originals 

7 28

Dr. Chapman's Oropendola paper - Review 

7 29

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

7 30

"The Eider Ducks of Kent Island" - 1938 

7 31

Fiji Toads (Bufo marinus) 

7 32

"The Flamingos of Lake Nakru" - 1959 

7 33

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

7 34

Grassquits 

7 35

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

7 35

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

7 35

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

7 36

Herring Gulls and Cormorants 

7 37

"History and Progress of Bird Photography" 

7 38

History and Progress of Bird Photography - Correspondence 

7 39

History and Progress of Bird Photography - Bibliographies and Photograph guides 

7 40

"Incidence of Albinism in North American Birds" 

7 41

Journal citations 

8 1

Maine Audubon Society Bird Book 1959-60 

Ovsz-Box
A3

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

Box Folder
8 2

"Massena Trogon" 

8 3

Material related to Albinism, Melanism, etc. 

8 4

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

8 5

Miscellaneous 

8 6

1. The Nighthawk - Notes and articles 

8 7

2. The Nighthawk - Notes and articles 

8 8

3. The Nighthawk - Notes 

8 9

4. The Nighthawk - Student Reports 

8 10

5. The Nighthawk - Drafts, notes, clippings 

8 11

6. The Nighthawk - Measurement of the Young 

8 12

"North of Battle Harbour" 

8 13

North of Battle Harbour - Photograph notes 

8 14

North of Battle Harbour - Photograph notes - Acidic originals 

8 15

North of Battle Harbour - Correspondence 

8 16

North of Battle Harbour - Correspondence - Acidic origianls 

8 17

Notes on Birds of Bermuda 

8 18

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

8 19-20

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

8 21

Owls: "Snappy" and "Snowy Owl" 

8 22

Passifores Ploceidae 

8 23

Photograph guide - Biological Survey 

8 24

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

8 25

The Purple Gallinule of Barro Colorado Island - Notes 

8 26

The Purple Gallinule of Baroo Colorado Island - Acidic originals 

8 27

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

8 28

Student notebook 

8 29

"The Toucan" 

8 30

"Two Interesting Bird Banding Recoveries" - 1935 

8 31

Two Interesting Bird Banding Recorveries - Correspondence 

8 32

Two Interesting Bird Banding Recoveries - Correspondence - Acidic originals 

8 33

Vaux Swift 

8 34

"A Visit to Great Duck Island" - 1922 

8 35

"Wendell Taber" Obit. 

Heath Hen 

Box Folder
9 1

Bills and Receipts 

9 2

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

9 3

Heath Hen Census - 1925 

9 4

Heath Hen Census - 1927 

9 5

Heath Hen Census - 1929 

9 6

Heath Hen Census - 1930 

9 7

Heath Hen Report - 1931-1932 

9 8

Heath Hen Report - 1932-1933 

9 9

Heath Hen Situation - Preliminary Report - 1927 Apr 1 

9 10

"Is the Heath Hen Extinct?" 

9 11

"The Last Heath Hen" 

9 12

Mailing Lists - 1930, 1931, n.d. 

9 13

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

9 14

Miscellaneous 

9 15

Notebooks - Skins and Measurements 

9 16

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

9 17

"The Vanishing Heath Hen" 

Heath Hen Correspondence 

Box Folder
9 18

1928 and 1929 Census 

9 19

Articles - 1927-1933 

9 20-21

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

9 22

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

9 23

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

9 24

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

9 25-30

1923-1934 

9 31

Undated 

9 32

Acidic originals 

Owls and Hawkes 

Box Folder
9 33

Canadian Owl Report 

9 34

"Index to Snowy Owl Records" 

9 35

Lynx and Rabbit Population Cycles 

9 36

Monthly Occurrence Data 

9 37

Notes on Snowy Owls 

9 38

Notes on Snowy Owls - Acidic originals 

9 39

Questionnaires - Massachusetts - 1926 

9 40

Sighting cards 

9 41

"Snowy Owl Migration" 

9 42

Specimen Collection Lists 

Ruffed Grouse 

Box Folder
10 1

Accounting notebook - 1929-31 

10 2

Cancelled Checks 

10 3

Check Book and Bank Statements 

10 4

Data: Blank Death Data Sheets 

10 5

Data: Death Data 

10 6

Data: Distribution 

10 7

Data: Distribution - Acidic originals 

10 8

Data: Physical attributes 

10 9

Data: Wisconsin Grouse Investigation 

10 10

Disease Tularemia 

10 11

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

10 12

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

10 13

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

10 14

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

10 15

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

10 16

Draft Reports: 1927 Autumn - Ruffed Grouse Report - Canada 

10 17

Draft Reports: 1928 Progress Report - Preliminary Draft 

10 18

Draft Reports: 1928 Progress Report - Acidic originals 

10 19

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

10 20

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

10 21

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

10 22

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

10 23

Draft Reports: 1932 - New England Ruffed Grouse Investigation 

10 24

Draft Reports: "Diseases of the Ruffed Grouse" 

10 25

Draft Reports: "Grouse Report" 

10 26

Draft Reports: "The New England Ruffed Grouse Situation" 

10 27

Draft Reports: Outlines and Draft sheets of Ruffed Grouse Reports 

10 28

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

10 29

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

10 30

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

10 31

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

10 32

Draft Reports: "Ruffed Grouse Investigation" 

10 33

Draft Reports: Special List for Grouse Report 

10 34

Expense accounts 

10 35

Expenses and Money Received - notebooks 

10 36

Food: Captive Specimen 

10 37

Food: Data 

10 38

Food: Data 

10 39

Food: Data - Acidic originals 

10 40

Food: Data by type and State 

10 41

Food: Data by type and State - Acidic originals 

10 42

Food: Typed tables #1-7 

10 43

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

10 44

The Food of the Ruffed Grouse - Notebook 

10 45

Hunting Regulations and Game Protectors List 

10 46

List of Sportsmens names and addresses 

10 47

Map of Canada 

10 48

Map of New York 

10 49

Maps of Wisconsin 

10 50

Minutes of the Meeting of Grouse Committee - 1929 Dec 3 

10 51

Miscellaneous 

10 52

Name Tag - New England Game Conference - 1933 

10 53

Nest and Egg: Data 

10 54

Nest and Egg: Notebook - New York Records 

10 55

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

10 56

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

10 57

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

10 58

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

10 59

Notes: Behavior notebook 

10 60

Notes: Broods notebook 

10 61

Notes: Forest Change 

10 62

Notes: Names and Addresses in a bound journal 

10 63

Notes: New England Game Conference - 1934 Jan 13 

11 1

Notes: New York notebook - 1924 Jun-Sep 

11 2

Notes: Report notebooks 

11 3

Notes: Sighting Cards 

11 4

Notes: Sightings - 1924 Apr-Nov - Maine 

11 5

Notes or Draft Report - Handwritten 

11 6

Notes or Draft Report - Acidic originals 

11 7

Pamphlets - New England Sportsman's Show - 1927 

11 8

Parasite and Disease Data / Parasite Report - 1929 

11 9

Parasite, Weight, and Distribution Notebook 

11 10

Permits 

11 11

Permits - Acidic originals 

11 12

Receipts 

11 13

Student Reports 

11 14

Questionnaires - Blank forms and Samples 

11 15

Questionnaires - Canada - 1927-28, 1928-29 

11 16

Questionnaires - Canada - 1930-31, 1931-32 

11 17-21

Questionnaires - Connecticut - 1927-1932 

11 22

Questionnaires - Correspondence - 1927-1928 

11 23

Questionnaires - Correspondence - 1930-1931 

11 24-25

Questionnaires - Maine - 1927-1929 

11 26-27

Questionnaires - Maine - 1930-1932 

11 28-30

Questionnaires - Massachusetts - 1926 - # 1-150 

11 31-32

Questionnaires - Massachusetts - 1927-1929 

11 33-35

Questionnaires - Massachusetts - 1930-1933 

11 36

Questionnaires - Massachusetts - Undated 

11 37-38

Questionnaires - New Hampshire - 1927-1929 

11 39-40

Questionnaires - New Hampshire - 1930-1932 

11 41

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

11 42-43

Questionnaires - Rhode Island - 1927-1929 

11 44-45

Questionnaires - Rhode Island - 1930-1932 

11 46-47

Questionnaires - Vermont - 1927-1929 

11 48-49

Questionnaires - Vermont - 1930-1932 

11 50

Questionnaires - Wisconsin - 1928 

11 51

Questionnaires - Wisconsin - 1930-31, 1931-32 

11 52

Rules of the State Comptroller Regarding Traveling Expense Vouchers 

11 53

Specimen Collection Announcements 

11 54

Specimen Collection - Number of Birds Received 

11 55

Specimen Lists - Sightings and Collection 

11 56

Specimen Lists - Acidic originals 

11 57

Specimen Shipping Lists 

11 58

Treasurer's Statement - Massachusetts Fish and Game Protective Association 

9 43

Specimen Collection Lists - Acidic originals 

9 44

U.S. Records of Abundance 

9 45

U.S. Records of Abundance - Acidic originals 

Owls and Hawkes Correspondence 

Box Folder
9 46-48

1926-1933 

9 49

Undated 

9 50

Acidic originals 

Ruffed Grouse Correspondence 

Box Folder
12 1-7

1924 - 1937 

12 8

18th American Game Conference - 1931 

12 9

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

12 10-11

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

12 12

Adams, William C. - Bird Seed 

12 13

Adams, William C. - Grouse Letters - Massachusetts 

12 14

Allen, Arther A. - Cornell University 

12 15

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

12 16

Burgess, Thornton 

12 17

Burgess, Thornton - Grouse Letters - # 1-87 

12 18

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

12 19

Game Conservation Institute - Huntington, D.W. 

12 20

Garris, Carl A. - Taxidermist 

12 21

Great Northern Paper Company 

12 22

Hunting and Fishing Show - 1934 

12 23

Katahdin Trip 

12 24

Knapp, W.A. 

12 25

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Game 

12 26

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

12 27

New Hampshire Department of Fisheries and Game 

12 28

Orchards 

13 1-2

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

13 3

Prairie Chicken 

13 4

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

13 5

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

13 6

Tyzzer, Ernest E. - Harvard University 

13 7

VanTyne, J. - Michigan 

13 8

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

13 9

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

13 10

Undated 

13 11-13

Acidic originals - 1923-1935 

13 14

Specimen # x1 - x706 

13 15

Specimen # 86 - 250 

13 16

Specimen # 256 - 599 

13 17

Specimen # 611 - 994 

13 18

Specimen # 1004 - 1294 

13 19

Specimen # 1300 - 1399 

13 20

Specimen # 1400 - 1490 

13 21

Specimen # 1534 - 1602 

13 22

Specimen - Acidic originals 

13 23

Sportsmen's Returned Letters 


 M078.5 Autobiography and personal material, n.d.   0.6 linear feet

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.

Volume
1

"Alfred Otto Gross: Autobiography" 1966 

Box Folder
14 1

"Alfred Otto Gross: Autobiography" 1966 

14 2

"Alfred Otto Gross: Autobiography" revised 1991 Jul 

14 3

Autobiography - Separate pages 

14 4

Bowdoin College News Service Releases 

14 5

Bowdoin College Stationary 

14 6

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

14 7

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

14 8

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

Volume-folio
2

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

Box Folder
14 9

Clippings: Birds 

14 10

Clippings Concerning A.O. Gross and Family 

14 11

Certificates 

Ovsz-Box
A3

Diplomas 

Box Folder
14 12

Faculty Biographical Information - Questionnaire - 1956 Jun 10 

14 13

Genealogical Material 

14 14

General Catalogue of Bowdoin - Questionnaires - 1948-49 

14 15

Government Application 

14 16

Guggenheim Fellowship Correspondence and Ephemera 

14 17

Harvard Travellers [sic] Club - 1968 Year Book 

14 18

Harvard University Paperwork 

14 19

Honoris Causa - Bowdoin College - President K. Sills 

14 20

Huntington, C.E. - Introductory remarks 

14 21

Lists of Publications 

14 22

Memorial Services Tributes / Invitations to 50th Wedding Anniversary 

14 23

Professional Bills and Receipts 

14 24

Property Ownership Paperwork / Personal Bills and Receipts 

14 25

Scrapbook of Brunswick Audubon Society 


 M078.6 Photographic images and motion picture film, n.d.   48.0 linear feet

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 Thornton Burgess. This series includes aluminum and glass slides (3 1/4 x 4 inches), printed 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. Reels of film include footage of the Heath Hen, Kent Island Scientific Station, and Arctic expeditions.

Arrangement:

Arranged by index number and type.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box
15

Metal box - Aluminum slides 

16

Wooden box - Glass slides 

17-20

File number index 

21

Subject index 

22-51

Photos mounted on cards - Index numbers included 

52-54

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

55

Loose prints - 3x4 - Index numbers included 

56

Loose prints - Index numbers included 

57

Loose prints 

58-77

Glass slides 

78-81

Printing blocks 

82

Nitrate negatives - 4x5 

83

Nitrate negatives - 5x7 - Index numbers included 

84-86

Glass negatives - 5x7 - Index numbers included 

87-98

Glass negatives - 4x5 - Index numbers included 

99-101

Loose prints