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Alfred M. Bailey Papers

Identifier: MsC0561

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Scope and Contents

The Alfred M. Bailey papers reflect his work as a naturalist and ornithologist and are comprised of manuscripts of late professional publications. These date from 1949 to 1955 and include articles he wrote from the Denver Museum of Natural History's publication, Museum Pictorial. Each book or article includes rough drafts, typescripts, and proofs. Some also contain correspondence and published versions.


  • Creation: 1949-1955


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This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Naturalist Alfred Marshall Bailey (1894 -- 1978) was born in Iowa City, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1916. As an undergraduate he took part in the government-sponsored experdition to Laysan Island. This was the first of many experditions he would take in his career. In 1919 he joined the U.S. Biological Survey in Alaska. Two years later as a staff member of the Denver Museum of Natural History, he led expeditions to Siberia and Arctic Alaska. He returned to the Denver Museum of Natural History as its director in 1936. He remained there until his death at the age of 84. Bailey's specialty was ornithology, and he wrote a number of articles and books on the subject, including Birds of New Zealand and Birds of Colorado.


2.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Naturalist and writer. Manuscripts of his books and articles, primarily about birds.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries over a period of years, beginning in 1949.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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