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Guide to the Earl Junior Larrison Papers 1915-1987

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Papers
Creator: Earl Junior Larrison, 1919-1987
Dates: 1915-1987
Quantity: 10 cubic feet
Abstract:Journals, notebooks, research material, and typescripts of books and articles reflecting Larrison's zoological activities; his collecting of literary materials, particularly those relating to Sir Walter Scott; family papers, including photographs which belonged to his mother; and photographs, slides, and motion picture films of birds, animals, and wildlfowers.
Identification: MG233
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The papers of Earl J. Larrison were in no discernible order when received. Therefore a series order was imposed during processing.The first series reflects Larrison's zoological interests and includes typescripts of several of his books which had earlier been donated to Special Collections plus typescripts of other books articles, notes from several field trips, and correspondence, much of it with Harry W. Higman with whom he wrote a book on the animals of Mount Pilchuck in the Washington Cascades.The second series concerns Larrison's interest in the writer Sir Walter Scott and contains copies of student papers on Scott from a variety of colleges and universities, and articles about his collection of Scott's books. There are also programs and cassette tapes of a Scott Colloquium held at the University of Florida in 1979, and a chronological bibliography of Scott's works.The third series comprises personal and family papers. Included are Larrison's baby book, his diplomas and certificates, clippings about him, his appointment books, and items relating to his parents and other relatives.The final series contains a large collection of photographs, slides and movie film. There are many unidentified photographs which belonged to Larrison's mother Marie Kuble. Some are of her friends, others of the Kuble and Miller families. Later pictures in this group show Earl as a small child. Some of these are taken by professional photographers, others are snapshots. These have not been arranged in any way. Some of the snapshots Larrison had copied so they exist in three forms, original photograph, copy negative, and copy print, each type is located in a separate folder. There are also some old picture postcards, probably purchased on a family vacation along the Columbia River Highway in Oregon. The remaining photographs were taken by Larrison in connection with his research. Some envelopes containing prints and negatives were numbered; the prints were placed in archival envelopes and identified by the roll number, the negatives were placed in archival negative storage pages and also identified by roll number. There is a photo log in the collection but it does not cover the majority of these numbered rolls. The remaining prints were identified by broad subject, e.g. habitats/life zones, birds, mammals. Prints and negatives which were together were kept together in folders, other negatives were placed at the end of the subject file, no attempt being made to match them with prints.The slides which were originally in metal slide storage cases were placed in archival slide storage pages. Larrison's identifications were retained throughout. Included are pictures of Larrison's trip to Nairobi, Kenya, visits to various museums, many scenes of Idaho, and illustrative plates from books. Some of the slides are commercially produced.Where more than two typescripts, including galley proofs, for a single book existed only the earliest and latest were retained. Duplicate photographs, when easily identified, were discarded. This, coupled with the removing of slides from their original storage cases, reduced the bulk of this collection by 1.5 cubic feet.

Scope and Content

The papers of Earl J. Larrison span the years 1915 to 1985, although family papers in his possession which are included in this collection date to the 1880s. Included are typescripts of several books and articles, journals, notebooks and other research materials reflecting to his zoological activities. Also included are literary materials, particularly those relating to Sir Walter Scott, family papers, including photographs, which belonged to his mother, and other photographs, slides, and movie film which reflect his interest in birds and animals.


Administrative/Biographical History

Earl Junior Larrison was born in Mabton, Washington on Mother's Day, May 11, 1919. He was the son of banker Earl and Anna Marie (Kuble) Larrison. During his public school years in Seattle he was active in scouting, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, and as a result he developed a keen interest in natural science and the outdoors. Following his graduation from Lincoln High School in 1936 he attended the University of Washington, earning a bachelor's degree, cum laude, in 1941. During the early years of World War II he was employed at Boeing as a chemist, and then returned to the University of Washington where he earned a master's degree in zoology in 1946. His thesis was on the chipmunks of the central Cascade Mountains of Washington. In 1946 he accepted a fellowship in the Laboratory of Vertebrate Biology at the University of Michigan to work under Dr. Lee R. Dice. He continued work toward a doctorate in zoology at the university until February 1949 when he accepted a position at the University of Idaho.

An animal researcher and author, Larrison taught biology, zoology, mammalogy, and ornithology at the university for over 30 years. During his tenure at the school he established the skeletal and pelt museum and the Audubon Room for bird studies at his own expense. He developed the Animal Research Library, with over 12,000 volumes, including many original prints. He was also instrumental in establishing the Idaho Academy of Science. He was the first person to catalog the animals and plants of the Owyhee Mountains near Boise, a project he undertook from 1949 to 1950.

In addition to his writing and research he was a professional photographer, with a vast collection of movies, prints, and slides of his natural science research. He was frequently a visiting science teacher in public schools in Idaho and Washington as well as a recurring speaker at student and civic groups in the Palouse region.

He was an accomplished organist and was proficient in German, French, and Latin. He wrote poetry and short stories and became an authority on Sir Walter Scott. His interest in Scott developed when a friend loaned him a life of Scott to read during a summer spent at the forest lookout on Mount Pilchuck, near Everett, Washington. By 1962, when he donated his collection to the University of Idaho Library, he had accumulated more than 500 volumes by and about the author.

He was editor of the University Press of Idaho from 1982 to 1984. Following his retirement from the university in 1984 he moved to his cabin near Newport, Washington, where he died of a heart attack on October 21, 1987.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Idaho
Literature
Science

Larrison, Earl Junior, 1919- --Archives.
Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832

Zoologists -- Idaho -- Moscow -- Records and correspondence

Earl Junior Larrison (1919-1987) was animal researcher and professor of biology, University of Idaho, 1946-1982, and editor of the University of Idaho Press, 1982-1984.

Administrative Information

Source

The papers of Earl J. Larrison were donated to the University of Idaho Library between August 1988 and March 1990 by Don Johnson, who sorted them following Larrison's death. Other typescripts were transferred from previous holdings in the Special Collections Department. These materials were then combined.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Zoology Material 1915-1985
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1/1-21/1-2"Field guide to the birds of Washington," by Earl J. Larrison and Edward N. Francq. First preliminary draft 1962 1 item
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1/31/3"Field guide to the birds of Washington state." Final typescript, bound 1962 1 item
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1/41/4Field guide to the birds of Washington state, revision questionnaire undated 1 item
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1/51/5"Guide to Idaho birds," by Earl J. Larrison, Jerry L. Tucker, and Malcolm T. Jollie. Typescript, bound 1967 1 item
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1/61/6"Guide to Idaho Mammals," by Earl J. Larrison. Typescript, bound 1967 1 item
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1/71/7"Owyhee: the life of a northern desert," by Earl J. Larrison. Typescript, bound 1957 1 item
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1/81/8"Washington birds," first handwritten draft undated 1 item
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1/91/9"Washington birds; their location and identification" by Earl J. Larrison and Klaus G. Sonnenberg. Final typescript, bound 1968 1 item
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1/10-111/10-11"Washington birds," page dummy 1968 1 item
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2/122/12"Washington mammals; their habitats, identification, and distribution," by Earl J. Larrison. First typewritten draft 1970 1 item
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2/132/13"Washington mammals...," Page dummy 1970 1 item
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2/14-152/14-15"The shadow of the hills," by Harry W. Higman and Earl J. Larrison. Carbon typescript undated 1 item
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2/16-172/16-17"An ecological and taxonomic survey of the chipmunks (genus Eutamias) occurring in a transect through the central Cascade Mountains of Washington," by Earl J. Larrison. A thesis submitted for the degree Master of Science, University of Washington 1946 1 item
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2/182/18Correspondence concerning chipmunk thesis 1943-1944 7 items
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2/192/19Chipmunk variation papers undated 10 items
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2/202/20"Mount Pilchuck, the life of a mountain," by Earl J. Larrison and Harry W. Higman. Carbon typescript ca. 1949 1 item
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2/212/21Mount Pilchuck journal 1943 1 item
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2/222/22Mount Pilchuck book, notes 1947-1948 37 items
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2/232/23Mount Pilchuck book, correspondence, etc. 1949-1950 44 items
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2/242/24Coypu study 1942 26 items
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2/252/25Field guide to birds of the Seattle area, incomplete typescript undated 1 item
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2/262/26Green Lake waterfowl study, field notes and typescript article 1943-1944 3 items
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2/27-282/27-28James Hepburn research notes, including typed copies of James Hepburn's ornithological notebooks 1932-1947 19 items
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2/292/29Mountain animals of the Pacific Northwest, notes and outlines 1984-1985 24 items
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2/302/30"Vegetation as a factor influencing the distribution of the native land mammals of Washington," carbon typescript of article, and notes 1946 13 items
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2/312/31Reprints of articles by Earl J. Larrison 1940-1947 4 items
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2/322/32Correspondence 1945-1985 173 items
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2/332/33Correspondence, postcards 1915-1969 10 items
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2/342/34Correspondence with Michael Corry 1969 3 items
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2/352/35American Society of Mammalogists, annual meeting program 1948 3 items
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2/362/36Articles not by Larrison 1936-1946 10 items
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2/372/37Articles by Joseph Wood Krutch 1963 2 items
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2/382/38Bird watching Records 1939-1970 3 items
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2/392/39Field notes, Gold Basin 1946 8 items
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2/402/40Field notes, Hanson Lake 1946 6 items
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2/412/41Safari Journal 1975 1 item
Series II. Literary Material 1951-1979
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3/42-443/42-44Scott papers undated 25 items
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3/453/45Articles about Larrison's Scott collection 1962 11 items
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3/463/46Articles about Sir Walter Scott 1960-1971 19 items
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3/473/47Bibliography of Sir Walter Scott undated 1 item
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3/48-493/48-49Sir Walter Scott Colloquium, University of Florida, program and tapes 1979 11 items
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3/503/50Notes on Thoreau 1951-1966 7 items
Series III. Personal and Family Papers 1883-1987
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3/513/51Earl Junior Larrison. Baby book 1919 1 item
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3/523/52Certificates and diplomas 1936-1984 8 items
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3/533/53Clippings about Earl Larrison 1949-1981 10 items
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3/543/54Correspondence 1927 2 items
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3/553/55Larrison family book 1983 1 item
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3/563/56Library Associates Keepsakes 1971-1973 2 items
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3/57-633/57-63Appointment diaries 1960-1987 7 items
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3/643/64Memorial book for Earl Larrison, Sr. 1976 1 item
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4/654/65Marie Kuble's game book 1913 1 item
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4/664/66Other personal and family papers 1883-1949 45 items
Series IV. Photographs and Slides ca. 1880-1987
A. Photographs ca. 1880-1980
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4/674/67Copies of family photographs undated 269 items
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4/68-734/68-73Old family photographs ca. 1880-ca. 1940 565 items
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4/74-754/74-75Marie Kuble's photograph albums 1909-1913 2 items
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4/764/76Negatives for family photographs ca. 1880-ca. 1940 400 items
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4/774/77Picture postcards, mostly of the Columbia River Highway, Oregon undated 67 items
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4/784/78Photo log undated 1 item
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4/79-804/79-80Numbered rolls, 20-45 420 items
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4/814/81Numbered rolls, negatives undated 17 items
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5/82-835/82-83Birds undated 234 items
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5/845/84Field trips and field work 1959-1968 171 items
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5/855/85Pend Oreille County, Washington, workshop undated 7 items
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5/86-925/86-92Life zones/habitats 1940-1968 904 items
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5/935/93Mammals undated 84 items
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5/945/94"Mammals of Idaho," illustrations; mammal skull enlargements ca. 1980 38 items
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5/955/95People undated 3 items
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5/965/96University of Idaho and the Palouse region undated 131 items
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5/975/97Wildflowers undated 64 items
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5/985/98Zoology classes and activities 1955 50 items
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5/995/99Other photographs 1942-1959 214 items
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5/1005/100Drawings by Bonnie Lustig 1970 7 items
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5/1015/101Photograph album 1958-1968 1 item
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5/1025/102Photographs of Earl Larrison and other personal photos 1952-1976 70 items
B. Slides 1949-1987
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5/1035/103Copies of illustrations from books (South American animals, Pheasants of the world, Primitive man) 1971 130 items
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5/1045/104Illustrations for an unidentified article undated 23 items
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5/1055/105Illustrations from Birds of Mexico, by Davis 1976 56 items
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6/1066/106Alaska 1958-1965 100 items
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6/1076/107Alaskan Animals (commercial) undated 35 items
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6/1086/108Alta, Utah, Regional Audubon conference 1972 80 items
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6/1096/109Animal geography - Plate tectonics (illustrations) 1974 29 items
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6/1106/110Animal tracks in winter 1958-1964 56 items
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6/111-1126/111-112Arizona trip 1980 150 items
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6/1136/113Bird distribution graphics (illustrations) 1982 32 items
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6/1146/114Bird photographs, Eastern Washington 1976 20 items
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6/1156/115Birds, Aquatic 1964-1980 90 items
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6/116-1176/116-117Bird prints (illustrations) 1973-1982 207 items
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6/1186/118Chipmunk photographs undated 8 items
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6/1196/119Columbia River Gorge 1974 17 items
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6/1206/120Craters of the Moon area 1964-1968 57 items
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6/1216/121Eclipse of the sun 1970 5 items
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6/1226/122Ecology field trip, summer 1971 35 items
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6/1236/123Glacier Park 1979 140 items
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6/124-1266/124-126Great Britain 1978 342 items
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7/1277/127Great Britain 1978 144 items
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7/128-1297/128-129Habitats 1959-1966 198 items
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7/1307/130Idaho Biotic areas undated 119 items
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7/1317/131Idaho helicopter trip 1979 38 items
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7/132-1377/132-137Idaho scenes 1950-1987 505 items
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7/138-1407/138-140Southern Idaho scenes 1949-1952 375 items
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8/141-1448/141-144Southern Idaho scenes 1958-1977 357 items
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8/1458/145Juniper forest 1975 16 items
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8/1468/146Kaslo, B.C. 1960-1963 40 items
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8/1478/147Kootenai, Glacier Park, and the Selkirks 1961 20 items
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8/1488/148Kootenai Pass, B.C. and bird sanctuary 1978 53 items
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8/1498/149Lake Itasca Museum 1975 24 items
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8/150-1528/150-152Mammal prints and drawings (illustrations) 1975 320 items
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8/1538/153Mammals 1958-1980 63 items
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8/1548/154Moscow, Idaho in winter 1975 20 items
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8/1558/155Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens (commercial) 198- 20 items
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8/1568/156Mt. Hood and Tillamook, Oregon undated 17 items
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8/1578/157Mt. Rainier, Audubon field trip 1970 18 items
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8/1588/158Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier 1987 11 items
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8/1598/159Mountain scenes undated 59 items
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8/1608/160Museum field trip 1971 100 items
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8/1618/161Museum field trips, Vancouver, B.C., museum 1973-1980 62 items
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8/1628/162Museum field trips, Seattle 1976-1979 70 items
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8/1638/163Museum in Florida 1979 69 items
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9/164-1669/164-166Nairobi National Park 1975 357 items
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9/1679/167Nairobi Museum 1975 34 items
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9/1689/168New Mexico, Taos 1983 37 items
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9/1699/169Olympic National Park (commercial) undated 40 items
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9/1709/170Oregon chipmunk trip 1964 38 items
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9/1719/171Owyhee photos undated 20 items
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9/1729/172Pittock Bird Sanctuary, Oregon 1969 32 items
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9/1739/173Prehistoric animals (commercial) undated 24 items
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9/1749/174Priest Lake 1986 104 items
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9/1759/175Project gopher 1973 17 items
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9/1769/176Raft River 1960 8 items
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9/1779/177Reptiles undated 6 items
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9/1789/178Scenery 1970 40 items
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9/1799/179Selway workshop 1973 120 items
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9/1809/180Slides for caribou picture 1978 7 items
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9/1819/181University of Idaho campus undated 4 items
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9/1829/182University of Idaho museum 1973 26 items
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9/1839/183Variations in birds and mammals undated 20 items
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9/1849/184Victoria, B.C. Butchart Gardens 1965 5 items
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9/185-1869/185-186Wemas (Audubon Society annual field trip) 1970-1986 236 items
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10/187-18810/187-188Wildflowers 1953-1973 158 items
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10/18910/189Wilderness workshop 1973 120 items
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10/19010/190Woodland Park Zoo 1963-1966 20 items
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10/19110/191Wyoming, Jackson Hole 1983 16 items
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10/192-19510/192-195Yellowstone Park 1978-1980 292 items
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10/19610/196Zoo scenes, Mt. Spokane 1965 17 items
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10/19710/197Zoology 2 (commercial) undated 100 items
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10/198-19910/198-199Family and other slides 1965-1975 32 items
C. Movie films undated
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200Scientific animal art (15mm) undated 1 item
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201Panhandle mammal study (15mm) undated 1 item
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202-203Mexico (8mm) undated 2 items
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204Bears (8mm) undated 1 item

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