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A Love Affair with BirdsThe Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts$
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Sue Leaf

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675647

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675647.001.0001

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The Associate Curator

The Associate Curator

(p.140) Chapter 11 The Associate Curator
A Love Affair with Birds

Sue Leaf

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter describes the first few years of Thomas Sandler Roberts’s new career as professor of ornithology and as an associate curator of the Zoological Museum of the University of Minnesota. Roberts now had time to pursue his lifelong love affair with birds. He went about establishing a genuine natural history museum, to be filled a collection of birds and mammals. In addition to this start-up work, Roberts wrote publications which served as an abbreviated version of the bird book Roberts had long envisioned. In 1915, he published the monograph“The Winter Bird-Life of Minnesota” which appeared in the magazine Fins, Feathers and Fur. It contained a report illustrated with his photographs of birds across the state. Four years later he would release A Review of the Ornithology of Minnesota, a research publication. Both of these publications contributed more systematically to the documentation of Minnesota birds than anything prior.

Keywords:   Thomas Sandler Roberts, ornithology, University of Minnesota, birds, natural history museum, mammals, The Winter Bird-Life of Minnesota, A Review of the Ornithology of Minnesota

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