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William L. Finley Papers, 1899-1946

A bush-tit feeding its young on top of a cap, ca. 1900s. Photo was used in the 1908 "American Birds" book by William Lovell Finley.

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MSS Finley

The William L. Finley Papers document the wildlife conservation work of Finley and his wife Irene, and the photography work of Herman T. Bohlman, who worked with Finley in the first decade of the 20th century. Finley was a photographer, filmmaker, and author who wrote and lectured extensively on wildlife conservation issues. The collection includes published and unpublished manuscripts, lecture and field notes, reports, correspondence, photographs and motion picture films.

Biographical Note 

Scope and Content Note


11 cubic feet, including 277 photographs; 18 boxes, including 1 oversize box and 1 map folder


The collection is arranged into ten series: I. Manuscripts; II. Publications; III. Correspondence; IV. Lectures; V. Trip Notes; VI. Organizations and Issues; VII. Personal Materials; VIII. Motion Picture Films; IX. Photographs and Painting; and X. Oversize Materials.

Related Papers

Photographs of and possibly by Finley can be found in the Herman T. Bohlman Photograph Collection (P 202). Other photographs taken by Finley and Bohlman and used in Birds of Oregon can be found in University Publications and OSU Press Records (RG 18). Finley correspondence is located in the Roland E. Dimick Papers.

Most of Finley's photographs and many of his films are held by the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. Other Finley photographs are a part of the collections of the Washington County (Oregon) Historical Society and the University of California at Berkeley. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Salem also holds a sizeable number of Finley photographs.

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