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Clarence Birdseye (AC 1910) Journals Collection, 1910-1916
14 volumes in 1 records storage box (1 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Field journals of the noted inventor, naturalist and businessman Clarence Birdseye. This collection consists of 13 field journals, 12 of which were written by Clarence Birdseye and one by Perry W. Terhune. The dates of the journals are from 1910 Nov 9 to 1916 Jul 20.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Photocopy duplication is not allowed for preservation reasons.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Clarence Birdseye (AC 1910) Journals Collection for research use should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note

Clarence Birdseye (1886-1956) revolutionized the frozen food industry with his invention of the "quick-freeze machine" in 1925. Birdseye attended Amherst College from 1906 to 1908. In 1912 he took a job as a fur trader in the arctic Peninsula of Labrador in Canada, traveling by dogsled buying and collecting furs until January 1916. By observing the Eskimos in Labrador, Birdseye discovered the quick-freeze process that would prove so successful. The 13 handwritten field journals in this collection document his experiences during these exciting years, and describe how he learned about the indigenous people's food preservation techniques. There is also mention of Birdseye's work and friendship with Sir Wilfred Grenfell, the famous medical missionary. The journals also contain Birdseye's scientific reports, definitions of new terminology, and medical notes. One of the journals was written by Perry W. Terhune, who ran Birdseye's store while Birdseye traveled. Clarence Birdseye was awarded an honorary Masters Degree by Amherst College in 1941.
(Introduction adapted from Alison Edwards Petrilla's description of the collection.)

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Clarence Birdseye (AC 1910) Journals Collection contains field journals of the noted inventor, naturalist and businessman Clarence Birdseye. This collection consists of 13 field journals, 12 of which were written by Clarence Birdseye and one by Perry W. Terhune. The dates of the journals are from 1910 Nov 9 to 1916 Jul 20.

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Photocopy duplication is not allowed for preservation reasons.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Clarence Birdseye (AC 1910) Journals Collection for research use should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Clarence Birdseye (AC 1910) Journals Collection [Vol. #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection

The collection was the gift of Mrs. Kellogg Birdseye in October 2006.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives

Language
English
Other Institutions Holding Related Material
  • Peabody Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.
  • Museum of Natural History, New York, New York.
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame, Akron, Ohio.
  • Cape Ann Historical Museum, Gloucester, Massachusetts.


Contents List
Volume 1
1910 Nov 9 - 1911 Oct 18

Box 1: folder 1
Volume 2
1912 Jul 1 - 1912 Oct 13

Box 1: folder 2
Volume 3
1912 Oct 4 - 1912 Dec 17

Box 1: folder 3
Volume 4
1912 Dec 18 - 1913 May 31

Box 1: folder 4
Volume 5 (written by Perry W. Terhune)
1913 Aug 23 - 1914 May 22

Box 1: folder 5
Volume 6
1913 Jun 1 - 1913 Oct 31

Box 1: folder 6
Volume 7
1913 Nov 1 - 1914 Jan 28

Box 1: folder 7
Volume 8
1914 Feb 1 - 1914 May 11

Box 1: folder 8
Volume 9
1914 May 12 - 1914 Aug 31

Box 1: folder 9
Volume 10
1914 Sep 1 - 1915 Jan 13

Box 1: folder 10
Volume 11
1915 Feb 1 - 1915 Jun 30

Box 1: folder 11
Volume 12
1915 Jul 1 - 1916 Jan 22

Box 1: folder 12
Volume 13
1916 Jan 23 - 1916 Jul 20

Box 1: folder 13

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Subjects
  • Birdseye, Clarence, 1886-1956.
  • Grenfell, Wilfred Thomason, Sir, 1865-1940.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Terhune, Perry W.


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