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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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Writing the Book

Writing the Book

(p.175) Chapter 13 Writing the Book
A Love Affair with Birds

Sue Leaf

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter describes the seven years of work csrried out by Thomas Sandler Roberts and his associates in the creation of The Birds of Minnesota. In 1927, his wife Jennie had a stroke which essentially incapacitated her. Because of this, Roberts greatly curtailed his social life. Reduced sociability helped Roberts in working on his book. He felt great pressure to finish it as he reached the age of seventy, in addition to the decline of health and death of friends the dwindling birdlife in Minnesota. Despite of his diminished openness, his friends donated money for the work. Their contributions became the Thomas S. Roberts Fund, to be used initially for the publications of the book, and later as a permanent trust for the natural history museum. For seven years, The Birds of Minnesota consumed him. He worked in his home and at the museum, all the while teaching at the University of Minnesota.

Keywords:   Thomas Sandler Roberts, The Birds of Minnesota, birdlife, Minnesota, bird biographies, Thomas S. Roberts Fund, permanent trust, natural history museum, University of Minnesota

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