Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00127 (Downsview Offsite) - James Little Baillie Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00127 (Downsview Offsite)


James Little Baillie Papers


  • 1920-1970 (Creation)

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Manuscript Collection

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104 boxes and items (12 metres)

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Biographical history

James Little Baillie was a Canadian naturalist and ornithologist. He joined the staff at the Royal Ontario Museum, in the department of Ornithology, in 1922 and would serve consecutively as technical assistant, research assistant and assistant curator until his death in 1970. He began writing a weekly column on birds in the Toronto Evening Telegram in 1931 and would continue for 39 years. He would eventually write feature articles and host guiding nature tours through the Telegram. He also worked as a prolific lecturer and writer on the topic of ornithology, giving lectures at the University of Toronto and penning over 300 articles. He was a founding member of the Toronto Ornithological club, the Toronto Field Biologists’ Club and the Brodie Club.

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Acquired from Baillie’s estate in 1971.

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Scope and content

Correspondence with naturalists; a dictionary of naturalists; drafts for a life of Charles Fothergill; bird-watching journals kept by Baillie from 1920-1970; Baillie’s weekly columns in The Toronto Evening Telegram, 1931-70 (on microfilm); some material by other naturalists.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form: Please note that this material requires 2 business day to retrieve.

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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