SIA RU106102, United States National Museum Division of Birds, Data on Birds' Nests and Eggs, circa 1878-1933

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This collection consists mainly of information on birds' nests and eggs accumulated by Bendire. Over a period of many years he sent out questionnaires to prominent ornithologists and oologists requesting information on nests and eggs and breeding habits. The replies which Bendire received, often in the form of long, detailed letters, make up a large portion of this collection. Also included are notes taken by Bendire. The collection has been added to since Bendire's death by members of the staff of the Division of Birds. No effort has been made to identify correspondents. There is, however, some correspondence of Robert Ridgway and William LaGrange Ralph. NOTE: These papers are located in the National Museum of Natural History, Division of Birds.


  • Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929
  • Bendire, Charles 1836-1897
  • Ralph, William LaGrange 1851-1907


  • This collection of data was originally started by Charles Emil Bendire (1836-1897), an Army surgeon, who served as Honorary Curator of the Department of Birds' Eggs (prior to 1885 known as the Section of Oology, and from 1885 to 1888 as the Section of Birds' Eggs) from 1884 until his death.
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  • For a history of the creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.


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Division of Birds, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC


  • 1878
  • 1878-1933
  • circa 1878-1933

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • Mixed archival materials
  • Collection descriptions

Local number

SIA RU106102

Physical description

3.2 linear meters

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