Fonds SC38 - John L. Jackson fonds

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John L. Jackson fonds

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CA ON00259 SC38

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  • 1887-1893 (Creation)

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2.8 cm of textual records (1 volume)

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There is no biographical information available on John L. Jackson.

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Paul Harrington (1898-1966) was a dentist and amateur oologist from Toronto, Ontario. Born February 17, 1898, Harrington had a particular interest in warblers, and undertook many expeditions to look for nesting birds in various parts of Ontario, most notably the Georgian Bay area. In 1936-1937, he published a monograph in the distribution of breeding birds in Ontario; it was considered the main reference on the subject until the 1970s. Harrington died on August 29, 1966, in Toronto.

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Journal was acquired by Paul Harrington, likely at the same time as he purchased Jacksons's egg collections from Hugh Jackson, John's brother. Paul Harrington either donated or sold the journal to the ROM.

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Fonds consists of a volume of notes on bird nests dating from May 24, 1887-June 10, 1893, as well as a listing of Jacksons' egg collection, purchased by the ROM. The notes are organized by species, giving both the Latin and common names, and consist of information on the date and where the specimens were collected, the sex and average size of the eggs, whether or not the eggs were incubated, and detailed information on the nest. The entries are not organized taxonomically; some Latin names are out of date. Paul Harrington made notes regarding the acquisition of Jackson's egg collection on page 2, some bird sighting notes on page 100, and was likely responsible for the list of Jackson's egg collection, found on pages 163-165.

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See also SC 31: Paul Harrington fonds. The ROM holds 78 bird specimens collected by Jackson in the Toronto area.

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