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W. Bryant Tyrrell collection

Identifier: 00241

Scope and Contents

Electronic resources consist of digitized images of the glass lantern slides, video slides of those images, and digital and digitized documents including drawings and notes, articles and pamphlets written by Tyrrell, and publications that reference him or his work.

The glass lantern slides depict images of birds taken by W. Bryant Tyrrell. Images include ospreys,red shouldered hawks, turkey buzzards, blue birds, barred owls, bald eagles, ravens, hummingbirds, ducks, and bobwhite quail. Also shown are nests, young birds, and backyard birds at bird feeders. There are also images of Boy Scouts engaged in activities related to birds such as bird watching and making birdhouses. Finally, there are images of a rock formation labeled as "Old Rag, VA" and the "Mt. Club bird group." Some of the images show people photographing birds in trees or looking for nests.


  • Creation: 1924 - 2013

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

W. Bryant Tyrrell was born September 7, 1895 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Tyrrell was a photographer and lecturer on nature. His photographs appeared in The Washington Post, the Washington Evening Star, National Geographic, and the London Illustrated News.

He was the founder and president of the Takoma Park Nature Society. He was also a member of the Maryland State Ornithological Society and the District of Columbia Audubon Society and was a Scoutmaster for Troop 33 in Takoma Park, Maryland. He died on June 8, 1967 at the Veterans Administration Hospital.

Source: District of Columbia Public Library (


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Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

W. Bryant Tyrrell Collection
4 Published And Cataloged
C. Whitmore
October 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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