Series 1 - Research and writing

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Research and writing

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CA RBD MSG 1203-1

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  • approximately 1850-1956, predominant 1911-1940 (Creation)

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3.7 meters of textual records and other material.

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This series consists of research, writing, and correspondence files relating to Casey Wood's major and minor publications and unpublished works, as well as, others assisting in Wood's publications, research, or writing about Wood. The majority of the research and writing materials for Wood's published and unpublished works were created between 1920-1940, while other materials collected during Wood's life, those associated with his memoir and obituary, date from approximately 1850-1943.
Some prominent writings by Wood include “Introduction to the Literature of Vertebrate Zoology” (1921-1956), his unpublished memoir (ca. 1850-1939), “Fundus Oculi” (1911-1934), Wood family history (1920-1940), “Birds of Fiji” (1920-1928), “Through Forest and Jungle in Kashmir and North India” (1921-1934); Persian, Arabic and Hindustani manuscripts (1927-1934); and “The Art of Falconry” (1942).
The series consists of many volumes and files containing a number of record types including manuscripts, typescripts, proofs, publications, photographs, correspondence, clippings, printed material, postcards, journals, administrative and financial records, and artwork. Some of the volumes are scrapbooks containing many of these materials mounted within, while others include similar materials bound within. These volumes do not necessarily have a clear organization but are sometimes arranged chronologically or by correspondent.

There are 2230 incoming and outgoing pieces of correspondence including letters, postcards, notes, telegrams, and cards. Subseries 1) Introduction to the Literature of Vertebrate Zoology includes 1313 pieces of correspondence, the largest number of correspondence within the collection.

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Colour transfer, bleeding ink, stains, damage to binding and pages, brittle and discoloured pages, water damage, foxing, and tape and glue issues are present in this series.

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This series is arranged into four subseries. Two of Wood's writing projects, "An Introduction of the Vertebrate Zoology" and an unpublished memoir, have a high volume of material compared to other writing projects, so they are in separate subseries. Then the major research and writing projects were arranged as a subseries and arranged as individual files or groupings according to the publication or manuscript title, then chronologically. Other research, writing, and correspondence files related to research and writing projects by Casey Wood or related to his professional career are arranged in the fourth subseries according to subject area, then chronologically.

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  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Persian

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In subseries 4, MSG 1203-1-4-11 contains undeveloped photograph negatives which must only be opened in a photo development dark room.

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Also includes 280 photographs, 166 postcards, 57 prints, 43 drawings, 20 bookplates, 11 photograph photostats, 8 paintings, 7 illustrations, 4 feathers, 2 daguerreotype photographs, 2 labels, 1 map, 1 palm leaf manuscript fragment, 1 mounted photograph, and approximately 2 undeveloped photo negatives.

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