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Civets and Tarsiers and Tapirs (oh my!)

Tue, 2014-06-03 13:11

This post is contributed by Ashley Williams, Project Archivist, Animal Rights and Animal Welfare Collections.

Included in the Animal Welfare Institute Records is a collection of photographs by Ernest P. Walker. When I first encountered the photographs I was amazed by the sheer variety of animals photographed. There are pictures of lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!), but also several animals I had never heard of or did not know what they looked like: civets, lemmings, tapirs, and tarsiers (also known as bush babies), to name a few. I was intrigued to learn about these animals and curious as to the images I would come across. The collection did not disappoint.

Civet

Given the number and quality of the photographs, I realized this collection was likely not created by an average animal-loving person. My thoughts turned to “who in the world is Ernest P. Walker and why did he take all of these pictures?” I was quickly able to learn more about him: he worked as a warden and inspector for the United States Bureau of Fisheries in Alaska in the 1910s upon graduating from college. After a three year stint as a game warden in Arizona and California, Walker returned to Alaska in 1921 with the United States Biological Survey as a fur and game warden and executive officer for the Alaska Game Commission. In 1927, Walker moved to Washington, DC and assumed the role of assistant director of the National Zoological Park in 1930, where he remained until 1956.

Lemming

Walker was more concerned with mammals as living animals rather than their individual biological components. Over the years, he observed their feeding habits, care of young, and other behavioral characteristics and began taking photographic portraits of many species. To observe certain small mammals more closely than his duties at the zoo would allow, he brought them into his home as pets. Most of the photographs date from his term as assistant director.

Tarsier

Upon retiring from the National Zoo, Walker, along with his qualified assistants, compiled data, prepared photographs, and arranged a manuscript into what would become the three-volume Mammals of the World. Two of his other works are Walker’s Bats of the World and Walker’s Primates of the World, all of which are available at the NCSU Libraries. Information about the animals’ breeding, habitats, food, and physical description, along with a photograph or illustration, is included for all but four animals. Additionally, Walker wrote two books for the Animal Welfare Institute: First Aid and Care of Small Mammals and Studying Small Mammals.

South American Tapir

To learn more about Ernest Walker’s photographs, or about the Animal Welfare Institute Records, be sure to check out the collection guide.

Providing feedback for Libraries’ collections and journals review

Tue, 2014-02-25 13:07

The Libraries needs your help in preparing for Fiscal Year 2014/2015 cuts to the collections budget of approximately $750,000. The list of potential journal cancellations is available for review at https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/collections/collectionsreview2014.

The site provides instructions on how to rank journals and submit your feedback by the deadline of March 21, 2014. There is also an FAQ available that addresses a number of potential questions about the review, including the Libraries’ commitment to document delivery for canceled titles and the timeline for the overall process.

Under the guidance of the University Library Committee (ULC), and in consultation with the NC State community, the NCSU Libraries is preparing for reductions to the FY 2014/2015 collections budget. Cuts to the Library budget this year and continued price increases for journals and databases above standard inflation rates require a review of current collecting to identify up to $750,000 in potential cuts. This review will include reductions to the book budget and a comprehensive review of all journal and database subscriptions.

Your participation is critical in making the best possible decisions during this difficult period. As evidenced by the over 11 million uses of the collection over the past year, the collection is essential to research and teaching. We appreciate your guidance and collaboration.

Special Collections Receives MeadWestvaco Research Reports

Mon, 2013-12-16 09:24

Loading packaged pulpwood on a crawler arch-loader, West Virginia Experimental Forest, 1948.

The Special Collections Research Center has received a collection of research reports from the MeadWestvaco company, now called MWV Corporation.  These reports  document forestry research at the research centers, laboratories, and experimental forests of MeadWestvaco and its predecessors:  the Mead Paper Company and the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company (Westvaco).  The collection is comprised of 13 bankers boxes (19.5 linear feet) of reports dating from 1945 to 2007.

Throughout their history, these companies produced paper and packaging products, and they maintained research forests for the development of pulpwood in several eastern and southern states.  The reports in this collection originated from research conducted in Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania,  South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Of particular note to the NC State community are reports of research conducted by some of the university’s forestry faculty.

More information about the MeadWestvaco Research Reports can be found in the online collection guide.  A more detailed listing of reports exists in most of the boxes in this collection.  To access materials in this collection, please contact the research services staff using the online Special Collections request form.

Preparing pulpwood, NC Farm Forestry Extension, 1930s.

The MeadWestvaco Research Reports join the Center’s growing collection of primary resources on the history of American forestry and foresters.  The Center is the repository of the papers of Carl Schenck, the founder of the first American school of forestry; Bruce Zobel, prominent tree geneticist; Ellis Cowling, forestry and plant pathologist; and others.  Also, historical records from the forestry programs at NC State University and the NC Cooperative Extension Service exist within the University Archives.  Descriptions of the forestry collections exist on the NCSU Libraries’ website.  Researchers may also access some digitized photographs and other documents online at the NCSU Libraries’ History of Forestry and Rare & Unique Digital Collections sites.

[Note on images:  The top image is from Westvaco Experimental Forest Report WR 12, titled "Packaged Pulpwood" that is contained in Carton 12 of the new collection titled MeadWestvaco Research Reports (MC 00496).  The bottom image is from Box 34 of the existing collection titled Agricultural Extension and Research Services Photographs (UA 023.007).]

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