Series 5 - Published books

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CA RBD MSG 1203-5

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  • 1907-1981; predominant 1923-1936 (Creation)

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30 volumes (30 cm of textual records)

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This series consists of 30 bound volumes either published by Casey A. Wood, used for reference during his research and writing projects, or published on his professional career and publications. The volumes are dated from 1907-1981, with predominant dates from 1923-1936. Wood's publications focus on his international work in ornithology between 1915-1936 and were published in prominent ornithological journals such as the Smithsonian Report, Auk, Ibis, Bird-Lore, Condor Magazine, McGill Publications, etc.

Two volumes contain a number of Wood’s published books and one also includes newspaper clippings related to Fiji, Ceylon, Sinhalese coins, and McGill Library collection materials. One volume of "A Collection of Birds from the Fiji Islands" includes presentations notes from W. J. Belcher on birds from Fiji dated December 14, 1936.

The files used for Wood’s research dated from 1907-1937 include publications on Emperor Frederick II and falconry, English-Italian dictionaries, and ornithology library catalogues. This series also contains the 1981 Casey Wood Bio-bibliography compiled by E. C. Astbury. Not all of Wood’s publications are present within this series, however various iterations of the manuscripts or parts of manuscripts not represented within this series may be present in other series.

Individual cataloguing records of volumes can be found in the McGill library catalogue.

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Spines on some volumes are damaged and there is some discolouration or staining of pages as well.

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Eight items were donated by the Estate of the late Dr. Casey A. Wood to the Wood Library. Seven were donated on July 21, 1942 and one on September 9, 1942. Three items were donated by Casey A. Wood to the Wood Library between 1938 and 1939 and two items he donated to the Emma Shearer Wood Library of Ornithology in 1926 and 1936. McGill University donated two items in 1920 and 1926, while Alexander Wetmore donated one item in 1926.


Volumes previously disparate and were brought together to form this series in the collection.

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  • English
  • German
  • Latin

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German and Latin languages are represented in the materials on Emperor Frederick II and falconry.

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Individual cataloguing records of volumes can be found in the McGill library catalogue.

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"The Golden Doves of Figi / by Casey A. Wood" found in three copies in this series.


The two Edward Ayer Library Catalogue volumes were previously interleaved causing damage to the spines, interleaving was not needed so it was removed.

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  • Box: R-1203-12