William Davis papers, 1969-1994

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William Davis papers, 1969-1994

MS 375

Collection Summary

Creator: Davis, William A
Collection Name:William Davis papers,
Inclusive Dates: 1969-1994
Physical Description:2 linear feet
Abstract:The papers of Dr. William Davis include extensive documentation of his life and work from 1969-1994. The collection emphasizes the detailed ornithological studies pursued in Arizona, but includes materials reflecting his travels, personal associations and committed relationship with the Tucson Audubon Society.
Collection Number:MS 375
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733
URL: http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/

Biographical Note

Dr. William A. Davis (1908-1999) was an accomplished physician and avid birdwatcher. During World War II, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his service and was one of the first outside doctors to witness the conditions in the German concentration camps. After the war, he worked in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. In 1972 Dr. Davis was transferred to Tucson, Arizona to set up a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program at the local VA hospital. This life member of the American Ornithologists' Union retired from medicine in 1975 and began his studies of bird distribution. His interest in the interrelationships between birds and their habitats and migration patterns is vividly apparent in his collection of papers.

Dr. Davis was a very active member of the Tucson Audubon Society. In addition to serving as president from 1976-1979, He served as a field trip leader, speaker, committee chairman, newsletter columnist and vice president. He worked with Dr. Stephen Russell, another committed member of the society, on several projects including "Checklist of Birds of Southeastern Arizona" and the first (1979), second (1984) and third (1990) editions of Birds of Southeastern Arizona. Profits from this endeavor have gone exclusively to the Tucson Audubon Society. He died in Tucson at the age of 91.

Scope and Content Note

Series I, Journals (1975-1994), contains the accumulated personal notes, correspondence, photographs and newspaper and magazine clippings from 1975 - 1994. Included are annual rainfall charts, bird lists, travel information, and general impressions and ideas developed in the course of these two decades.

Series II, Birding (1971-1994), contains bird lists and general notes, clippings and references that reflect his personal interests.

Series III, Research (1971-1994), contains notes, clippings and photographs of birds of the United States. The series includes information about the behavior and habitat of both Passeriformes and Non-Passeriformes.

Series IV, Publications (1969-1994), contains extensive notes and records on Arizona birds. Much of this information is derived from personal research was shared with the Tucson Audubon Society. Field notes, published in the society's newsletter, The Vermillion Flycatcher is one source cited. Birds in Western Colorado by Dr. Davis, published in 1969 is included, as is the first (1979), second (1984) and third (1990) editions of Birds of Southeastern Arizona, coauthored by Stephen M. Russell and published by the Tucson Audubon Society.

Series V, Tucson Audubon Society, contains the agendas, committee reports and minutes of the Board of Directors meetings of the society (1983-1985). September 1983 and August 1984 include reference to the publication and sales of Birds of Southeastern Arizona.


This collection is organized into five series:





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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Davis, William A.

Corporate Name(s)
Tucson Audubon Society.

Bird watching.
Birds -- Habitat.

Administrative Information

Credit Line

William Davis papers (MS 375). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Journals, 1975-1994
11 Journals, 1975-1976
12 Journals, 1977-1978
13 Journals, 1979-1980
14 Journals, 1981-1982
15 Journals, 1983
16 Journals, 1984
17 Journals, 1985-1986
18 Journals, 1987-1988
19 Journals, 1989-1990
110 Journals, 1991-1992
111 Journals, 1993-1994
Series II: Birding, 1971-1994
112 Birding-- Arizona, 1982-1994
113 Birding-- Checklists-- Arizona, 1973-1982
114 Birding-- Checklists-- Arizona-- Consolidated Sightings, 1972-1990
115 Birding-- Checklists-- United States and Canada, 1986-1990
116 Birding-- Life List-- Arizona, 1972-1990
117 Birding-- Research-- Field Identification, 1980
21 Birding-- Research-- National, 1982-1992
22 Birding-- Research-- References, 1971-1994
23 Birding-- Research-- Regional, 1971 -1994
Series III: Research, 1976-1985
24 Research-- Non-Passeriformes, 1976-1986
25 Research-- Non-Passeriformes, 1976-1986
26 Research-- Passeriformes, 1976-1985
27 Research-- Passeriformes, 1976-1985
Series IV: Publications, 1971-1994
28 Publications-- Research-- Arizona Birds, 1971-1994
29 Publications-- Research-- Arizona Birds, 1971-1994
210 Publications-- Research-- Arizona Birds, 1971-1994
211 Publications-- Research-- Arizona Birds, 1971-1994
31 Publications-- Research-- Arizona Birds, 1971-1994
32 Publications-- Research-- Arizona Birds, 1971-1994
33 Publications Birds in Western Colorado, 1969
34 Publications Birds of Southeastern Arizona-- second edition, 1979
35 Publications Birds of Southeastern Arizona-- second edition, 1984
36 Publications Birds of Southeastern Arizona-- third edition, 1990
Series V: Tucson Audubon Society, 1983-1985
37 Tucson Audubon Society-- Board of Directors meetings, 1983
38 Tucson Audubon Society-- Board of Directors meetings, 1984
39 Tucson Audubon Society-- Board of Directors meetings, 1985