Fonds SC51 - P. A. Taverner fonds

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P. A. Taverner fonds

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    CA ON00259 SC51

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    • 1890-1984, predominantly 1890-1947 (Creation)
      Taverner, P. A. (Percy Algernon)

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    approx. 86.5 cm of textual material
    20 photographs
    10 photo negatives
    2 photo albums

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    Biographical history

    Percy Algernon Taverner was an architect and ornithologist born 10 June 1875 in Guelph, Ontario. He was a pioneer of bird-banding and initiated the first co-operative banding scheme in North America. From 1911 to 1942 he worked for the National Museum of Canada and its predecessors and served as the Dominion Ornithologist. He published prolifically in scientific journals and the popular press. His notable publication was "Birds of Canada" published in 1934. He was involved in the creation of Point Pelee National Park and Bonaventure Island Bird Sanctuary. He served as president of the Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club. He died 9 May 1947 in Ottawa.

    The ROM holds 91 bird specimens collected by Taverner in Canada from Alberta to Ontario, and in Michigan and North Dakota in the United States.

    Custodial history

    Material belonged to P.A. Taverner until his death in 1947, at which point ownership of the material was held by his wife, Martha Taverner until they were donated to the Royal Ontario Museum of Zoology Library in Ocotber 1947. At some point, the material was transferred to the Royal Ontario Museum Library and Archives.

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    Fonds consists of natural history notes, bird watching journals, correspondence, photographs and manuscripts belonging to Percy A. Taverner.

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    Material was donated by Martha Taverner, P.A. Taverner's wife in the aftermath of Taverner's death in 1947 in both June and October. There was a secondary donation of correspondence from Heinrich Deichmann, likely in the 1980s.


    Fonds is arranged into the following series: 1) Bird Journal Observations and Notes 2) Manuscripts 3) Correspondence and 4) Photographs.

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      No further accruals are expected.

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      See also RG 140-01: ROM Copy negatives, positives, and originals, images #AR-0001231 and #AR-0001237.

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      The ROM holds 91 bird specimens collected by Taverner in Canada, Michigan, and North Dakota.

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