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Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to William Brewster

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Civil Service Commissioner Roosevelt informs ornithologist William Brewster that Mr. Faxon disagreed with Roosevelt's report regarding the use of terms "naturalist" and "biologist." They will therefore have to put in two reports since Faxon feels the zoological paragraphs were irrelevant. Roosevelt asks Brewster to get the report back if he sees Faxon since Roosevelt wants to send it to Charles Francis Adams. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Academic writing--Evaluation; Zoology; Naturalists; Biologists; Adams, Charles Francis, 1835-1915

Date: 1893-06-21

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to George Bird Grinnell

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Theodore Roosevelt advises George Bird Grinnell how to approach a controversy involving fake pictures in A. G. Wallihan's book. Wallihan isn't responsible for the pictures and they were added without his knowledge and "against his protest."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Publications; Illustration of books; Naturalists; Arts--Attribution; Wallihan, A. G. (Allen Grant), 1859-1935; Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921

Date: 1898-03-15

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to George Bird Grinnell

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Theodore Roosevelt addresses the faked pictures in A. G. Wallihan's book. When Roosevelt wrote the preface to the book, he vouched only for the pictures that he saw. Wallihan's name is responsible for all of the pictures.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Publications; Illustration of books; Naturalists; Prefaces; Arts--Attribution; Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921; Wallihan, A. G. (Allen Grant), 1859-1935

Date: 1898-03-28

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to George Bird Grinnell

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Theodore Roosevelt sends George Bird Grinnell two letters. In one of the letters, A. G. Wallihan "practically admits that we didn't do him any injustices."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Publications; Illustration of books; Naturalists; Letters; Authors, American--Correspondence; Wallihan, A. G. (Allen Grant), 1859-1935

Date: 1898-04-07

Letter from George Bird Grinnell to Theodore Roosevelt

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A. G. Wallihan sent George Bird Grinnell about 150 photographs. He is anxious to get them published. Boone and Crockett Club members may chip in money to fund the publishing of the book featuring Wallihan's photos. Theodore Roosevelt, Grinnell, and the editorial committee will make the final decision about the publication plan. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Photographs; Nature photography; Book proposals; Publications; Naturalists; Publishers and publishing--Costs; Writing; Boone and Crockett Club; Wallihan, A. G. (Allen Grant), 1859-1935

Date: 1900-02-19

The Rev. W. J. Long and his nature fables

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C. Hart Merriam questions whether William J. Long is deliberately preying on the public or whether he has psychological issues. Merriam notes that Long has given several animals "new cunning, new habits, and new physical strength." He concludes that Long possesses "creative memory."

Resource Type: Journal article

Subject: Naturalists; Writing; Memory; Fakirs; Hypothesis; Long, William J. (William Joseph), 1867-1952; Wright, Carroll Davidson, 1840-1909

Date: 1903?

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to John Burroughs

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Theodore Roosevelt has finished reading John Burroughs' Atlantic Monthly article. He recommends a "slight toning-down" of the statements regarding a mother-bird's coloration. William Long, a "nature faker," made an attack on John Burroughs in Harper's Monthly. Roosevelt doesn't understand how reputable publications encourage Long. Roosevelt comments extensively on animal intelligence and on how animals may or may not teach their young.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Publications; Naturalists; Birds; Protective coloration (Biology); Animal intelligence; Long, William J. (William Joseph), 1867-1952; Merriam, C. Hart (Clinton Hart), 1855-1942

Date: 1905-05-29

Letter from John Burroughs to Theodore Roosevelt

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John Burroughs thanks President Theodore Roosevelt for his letter and is delighted that Roosevelt spoke candidly to William J. Long's publisher. He wishes the general public and especially Long's readers could see these remarks. Criticizing Long's ideas on wolves, Burroughs notes that he will not read Long's “preposterous book” and remarks that others view Long as “a notorious liar,” too. Burroughs' book, Ways of Nature, will be out in October and he will send a copy to Roosevelt. Burroughs read the recently published account of Roosevelt's bear hunt and found it “full of meat for the naturalist as well as for the sportsman.” In particular, Roosevelt's description of human traits in animals resonated with Burroughs' own observations.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Books and reading; Criticism; Wolves--Behavior; Reputation; Naturalists; Bear hunting; Long, William J. (William Joseph), 1867-1952

Date: 1905-09-30

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to John Burroughs

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Theodore Roosevelt is glad that John Burroughs is getting well. Roosevelt gave a statement about William J. Long and Jack London, writers of "unnatural history."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Naturalists; Authors, American; Long, William J. (William Joseph), 1867-1952; Roosevelt, Archibald B. (Archibald Bulloch), 1894-1979

Date: 1907-03-12

Letter from William T. Hornaday to Theodore Roosevelt

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William T. Hornaday sends President Roosevelt information on works by W. J. Long. Long is a known writer on natural history, with his works used in schools. Hornaday claims the observations Long makes about the Baltimore orioles are fake, and presents a letter from witness F. G. Leslie. Hornaday also lists other naturalists who have condemned Long.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Natural history--Study and teaching; Orioles; Naturalists; Long, William J. (William Joseph), 1867-1952; Chapman, Frank M. (Frank Michler), 1864-1945

Date: 1907-05-29

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