Josselyn Van Tyne papers: 1917-1958
Summary Information
Title: Josselyn Van Tyne papers
Creator: Van Tyne, Josselyn, 1902-1957
Inclusive dates: 1917-1958
Extent: 3 linear feet (in 5 boxes)
Location: Portions located in offsite storage; prior notification required for access.
Abstract:
Ornithologist and curator of birds in the Museum of Zoology, and professor of zoology at University of Michigan. Correspondence and other papers concerning his interest in birds, his activities with the Wilson Ornithological Club, and his scientific expeditions to Indochina and British Honduras in the late Twenties; and papers on student life at Harvard University, 1922-1925; also photographs.
Call number: 86175 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Helen Bates Van Tyne (donor 715), widow of Josselyn Van Tyne, in 1971.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Josselyn Van Tyne papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Josselyn Van Tyne was born on May 11, 1902 in Philadelphia, PA. Following graduation from Culver Military Academy, he received his AB degree from Harvard University in 1925 and his doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Michigan in 1928. That same year he joined the U-M faculty as assistant curator in the Museum of Zoology. In 1931, he became curator of birds. Van Tyne also taught, serving as assistant professor of zoology between 1937 and 1948, as associate professor from 1948 to 1954, and as full professor since 1954.

In 1954, he served as president of the ecology section of the International Ornithological Congress in Basel, Switzerland. He was president of the American Ornithologists' Union from 1950 to 1953. In addition, he was a member of various professional societies, including the University of Michigan Research Club; British Ornithologists' Club, Cranbrook Institute of Science, where he was a trustee, and the International Ornithological Congresses Committee. Josselyn Van Tyne died Jan. 30, 1957.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Josselyn Van Tyne papers consist of correspondence and other papers concerning his interest in birds, his activities with the Wilson Ornithological Club, and his scientific expeditions to Indochina and British Honduras in the late Twenties; and papers on student life at Harvard University, 1922-1925 and photographs. The collection is arranged into the following series: Correspondence; Other Materials; and Photographs. Correspondents in the collection include Thomas Barbour, Alfred B. Connable, Harold J. Coolidge, Lee R. Dice, Frederick M. Gaige, Harry G. Kipke, David Rockefeller, and Norman A. Wood.

The Photographs are of scientific expeditions to Indochina (1928-1930), Texas (1928-1935), British Honduras and Guatemala (1931), Yucatan, Mexico (1936), and Bylot Island, Northwest Territories, Canada (1950s). The photos include local populations and scenery as well as activities of expedition members. The Guatemala and Yucatan expeditions files contain photos of Mayan ruins, especially Chichén Itzá.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Belize.
  • Birds.
  • Indochina.
  • Scientific expeditions.
  • Students -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge.
  • Tonkin.
  • Zoology.
  • Archaeological sites -- Yucatán Peninsula.
  • Belize -- Description and travel -- Photographs.
  • Boats -- Indochina.
  • Bylot Island (Nunavut) -- Description and travel -- Photographs.
  • Canada.
  • Chichén Itzá Site (Mexico) -- Description and travel -- Photographs.
  • Dogsleds.
  • Eskimos.
  • Expeditions and surveys.
  • Guatemala -- Description and travel -- Photographs.
  • Indians of North America -- Canada.
  • Indochina -- Description and travel -- Photographs.
  • Laos.
  • Mexico -- Description and travel -- Photographs.
  • Texas -- Description and travel -- Photographs.
  • Tonkin.
  • Yucatán Peninsula -- Description and travel -- Photographs.
  • Zoology.
  • Albums.
  • Photographs.
  • Harvard University.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Zoology.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • University of Michigan. Museum of Zoology.
  • Van Tyne, Josselyn, 1902-1957.
  • Wilson Ornithological Club.
  • Barbour, Thomas, 1884-1946.
  • Byrd, Richard Evelyn, 1888-1957.
  • Connable, Alfred B. (Alfred Barnes), 1904-
  • Coolidge, Harold J. (Harold Jefferson), 1904-1985.
  • Darlington, Philip Jackson, 1904-1983.
  • Dice, Lee Raymond, 1887-1977.
  • Gaige, Frederick M.
  • Kipke, Harry G., 1899-1972.
  • Rockefeller, David, 1915-
  • Wheeler, Ralph Emerson, 1901-
  • Wood, Norman Asa, 1857-
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Correspondence [series]
Box   1  
Undated, 1917-1935 (31 folders)
Box   2  
1936-1956 (12 folders)
 
Other materials [series]
Box   2  
Newspaper clippings 1929-1956
Box   2  
Papers concerning scientific expedition to Indochina 1928-1930 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Pamphlets concerning the annual meetings of scientific groups 1923-1953
Box   2  
Biographical material 1939-1957
Box   2  
Miscellanea (3 folders)
Box   2  
Papers of Mrs. C.H. Van Tyne 1894-1945
Box   2  
Articles
Box   2  
Notebook concerning birds sighted by Van Tyne 1917-1919
Box   2  
Journal concerning scientific activities 1938-1943
Box   2  
Roll Call, 1920, yearbook of Culver Military Academy
 
Photographs [series]
Box   3  
Portraits
Box   3  
British Honduras and Guatemala 1931

(loose items from album)

 
Bylot Island, Northwest Territories, Canada 1950s

(some photos used in Spring on an Arctic Island, by Katharine Scherman)

Box   3  
Dog sledding
Box   3  
Expedition members
Box   3  
People
Box   3  
Miscellaneous
 
Indochina 1928-1930
Box   3  
Expedition members
Box   3  
Hue
Box   3  
Loose items from album
Box   3  
People
Box   3  
River travel
Box   3  
Village activities
Box   3  
Villages
Box   3  
Miscellaneous
Box   3  
Texas loose items from album 1928-1935
 
Yucatan, Mexico 1936
Box   3  
Chichen-Itza ruins (photos)
Box   3  
Chichen-Itza ruins (postcards)
Box   3  
Countryside scenes
Box   3  
Expedition members
Box   3  
Merida
Box   3  
Uxmal ruins (postcards)
Box   3  
Village and town scenes
Box   3  
Miscellaneous
 
Glass slides of Indo-China scenes (in small box; most identifications were taken off the slides)
Box   3  
[aerial view of village]
Box   3  
Indo-China, Expedition, Unknown Member
Box   3  
Cambodia, Phnom Penh July 1929
Box   3  
[horses-work]
 
[landscape]
Box   3  
General
Box   3  
Cave
Box   3  
Natives in the distance
Box   3  
Natives, village
Box   3  
River rafting (6 slides)
Box   3  
Tent
Box   3  
Trees, grass
Box   3  
Water, mountains (2 slides)
Box   3  
Water, trees
Box   3  
Work animals on trail
 
Laos
 
Banten Khaen
Box   3  
Palm Frond June 11, 1929
Box   3  
Palm & Nest June 11, 1929
Box   3  
Luang Prabang June 14, 1929 (4 slides)
Box   3  
Luang Prabang, King Sisavang Vong
Box   3  
Mekong River, Raft on June 1929 (3 slides)
Box   3  
Nam Hou River, on the June 1929 (5 slides)
Box   3  
Nam Hou River, Cliff Near June 1929
Box   3  
Nest Tree... June 11, 1929
Box   3  
Phongsaly May 1929
Box   3  
Letter from King of Luang Prabang June 1929
Box   3  
[man with backpack]
Box   3  
[man with box]
Box   3  
[man with young woman]
Box   3  
[man riding large animal]
Box   3  
[men, FME]
Box   3  
[men with horses]
Box   3  
[men on raft]
 
Map of Burma, Siam & French Indo-China
Box   3  
Black & White
Box   3  
Color
Box   3  
Map of Burma, Siam, China, Black & White (2 slides)
Box   3  
[statues]
 
Tonkin
 
Lai Chau March 1929
Box   3  
General (2 slides)
Box   3  
Mafu, near
Box   3  
Meo Hunter (2 slides)
Box   3  
Lao Kay February 10, 1929
 
Muong Moun March 1929
Box   3  
General
Box   3  
On the road to
 
Thai Children
Box   3  
Northern, Native Pack Saddle March 1929
Box   3  
Pattam, near March 9, 1929
 
Phong Tho
Box   3  
February 22, 1929 (2 slides)
Box   3  
12 km east of February 22, 1929
Box   3  
Pou Den Dinh April 17, 1929 (2 slides)
Box   3  
Trap Line
Box   3  
Vientiane July 1929 (4 slides)
Box   3  
[woman]
Box   3  
[woman with animal]
Box   3  
[woman with child]
Box   3  
[woman, weaving]
Box   3  
[woman working]
Box   3  
[women in costume]
Box   3  
[young girls]
Box   3  
[young men] (2 slides)
Box   3  
[young woman]
Box   4  
Album of scientific expedition to British Honduras and Guatemala 1931

(includes photos of scenery, expedition activities, Mayan ruins; album also includes photos, 1928-1935, of travels in Texas)

Box   4  
Album of scientific expedition to Indochina 1928-1930

(includes photos of scenery, agricultural and village activities, expedition members, people in folk costumes)

Box   5  
Later materials 1947-1958 (3 folders)

(Files relating to writing and posthumous publication of his book, Fundamentals of Ornithology)

Additional Descriptive Data
Selective Index to Correspondents
Barbour, Thomas, 1884-1946.
  • 1925, 1930-1933, 1938-1939, 1943, 1945
Connable, Alfred B. (Alfred Barnes), 1904-
  • 1941-1950, 1954-1956
Coolidge, Harold J. (Harold Jefferson), 1904-
  • 1928-1933, 1948
Dice, Lee Raymond, 1887-1977.
  • 1923-1924, April 13, 1925
Gaige, Frederick M.
  • 1926-1935, 1937-1940, 1945
Kipke, Harry G., 1899-1972.
  • 1939-1942
Rockefeller, David, 1915-
  • 1955-1956
Wood, Norman Asa, 1857-
  • 1924-1931