Beckham Bird Club Records, 1934-2006

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Beckham Bird Club

Title: Records, 1934-2006

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection: 5 cubic feet

Location Number: Mss./BK/B396

Scope and Content Note

The records of the Beckham Bird Club consist of the minutes of monthly club meetings ranging from the 1935 founding through 2000. In addition, the collection includes copies of The Observer , the club’s monthly newsletter, ranging from 1968 to 2000. Collection also contains various newspaper clippings related to the club and to conservation issues; club financial records, birding and bird count records; membership records; and general club correspondence regarding programming, special events, committees, and public relations. The Beckham Bird Club was founded as the Louisville chapter of the Kentucky Ornithological Society.

Biographical Note

The Beckham Bird Club was founded in 1935 as the Louisville chapter of the Kentucky Ornithological Society. Members of the club participate in various social and environmental activities. The Club holds monthly meetings in which guests are often invited to give lectures relevant to birds or conservation. In addition to the monthly meetings, the club participates in bird counts, holds several birding field trips each month, and plays a major role in the yearly bird census. Club members are often very active in various conservation movements in the Louisville area. For example, members have established various wildlife sanctuaries, aided in the wildlife friendly development of the waterfront, and worked to reduce pollution and increase recycling.

Folder List

Folder 1: Minutes, Jan. 1935-December 1940

Folder 2: Minutes, Jan. 1941-June 1946

Folder 3: Minutes, July 1946-December 1958

Folder 4: Minutes, January 1959-June 1966

Folder 5: Minutes, Sept. 1966-June 1970 & The Observer Oct. 1968-May 1970

Folder 6: Minutes and The Observer , July 1970-June 1973

Folder 7: Minutes and The Observer , September 1973-June 1974

Folder 8: Minutes, June 1974-June 1976 & The Observer , Sept. 1974-Aug. 1976

Folder 9: Minutes and The Observer , August 1976- December 1984

Folder 10: Minutes and The Observer , 1985-1987

Folder 11: Minutes and The Observer , 1988

Folder 12: Minutes and The Observer , 1989-1992

Folder 13: Minutes and The Observer , 1993

Folder 14: Minutes and The Observer , 1994

Folder 15: Minutes and The Observer , 1995

Folder 16: Minutes and The Observer , 1996

Folder 17: Minutes and The Observer , 1997-1998

Folder 18: Minutes and The Observer , 1999-2000

Folder 19: The Observer , 1972-1978

Folder 20: The Observer , 1976-1991

Folder 21: Birding – Bernheim Forest

Folder 22: Birding – Buttermilk Falls, Brandenburg, Kentucky

Folder 23: Birding – Camp Atterbury, Indiana

Folder 24: Birding – Cave Hill Cemetery, 1974-1992

Folder 25: Birding – Cave Hill Cemetery, 1993-2003

Folder 26: Birding – Charlestown State Park, Indiana

Folder 27: Birding – Cherokee and Seneca Parks

Folder 28: Birding – Crane Creek State Park, Ohio

Folder 29: Birding – Deam Lake, Indiana

Folder 30: Birding – Eastern Uplands, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Folder 31: Birding – Falls of the Ohio, I

Folder 32: Birding – Falls of the Ohio, II

Folder 33: Birding – Floyd County, Indiana

Folder 34: Birding – Gibson Lake

Folder 35: Birding – Green River Lake

Folder 36: Birding – Happy Hollow Farm, Crestwood, Kentucky

Folder 37: Birding – Hickman Farms (Goshen Meadows)

Folder 38: Birding – Horner Sanctuary, Brownsboro, Kentucky

Folder 39: Birding – Iroquois Park

Folder 40: Birding – Jefferson Memorial Park

Folder 41: Birding – Joe Creason Park and Beargrass Nature Preserve

Folder 42: Birding – Louisville Zoo Wetlands

Folder 43: Birding – Mammoth Cave

Folder 44: Birding – McElroy Lake, Warren County, Kentucky

Folder 45: Birding – Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Indiana

Folder 46: Birding – Nettelroth Sanctuary, Cherokee Park

Folder 47: Birding – Ohio County Strip Mines & Surrounding Areas

Folder 48: Birding – Otter Creek Trail

Folder 49: Birding – Patoka Lake, Indiana

Folder 50: Birding – Red River Gorge

Folder 51: Birding – Riverfield Wildlife Sanctuary

Folder 52: Birding – River Road, 1974-1981

Folder 53: Birding – River Road, 1982-1992

Folder 54: Birding – River Road, 1993-2001

Folder 55: Birding – Saunders Springs, Radcliff, Kentucky

Folder 56: Birding – Shippingport Island

Folder 57: Birding – Sloughs Wildlife Management Area, Kentucky

Folder 58: Birding – Surrey Hill Farm

Folder 59: Birding – Waverly Park

Folder 60: Birding – Westport, Kentucky

Folder 61: Birding – Wolf Pen Mills Farm

Folder 62: Birding – 1968

Folder 63: Birding – 1969

Folder 64: Birding – 1970

Folder 65: Birding – 1971

Folder 66: Birding – 1972

Folder 67: Birding – 1973

Folder 68: Birding – Miscellaneous, 1974-1985

Folder 69: Birding – Miscellaneous, 1986-2001

Folder 70: Financial Records, Jan. 1981-Jan. 1990

Folder 71: Financial Records, Feb. 1990-May 1994

Folder 72: Financial Records, June 1994-June 1999

Folder 73: Financial Records, 1961-1967

Folder 74: Financial Records, 1983-1987

Folder 75: Financial Records, 1988-1992

Folder 76: Financial Records, 1993-1996

Folder 77: Financial Records, 1997-2000

Folder 78: Financial Records, 2001-2004

Folder 79: General Business Correspondence

Folder 80: By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation

Folder 81: Board of Directors, Officers, and Committees

Folder 82: Meeting Announcements and Agendas

Folder 83: The Cuckoo Party

Folder 84: Annual Dinner

Folder 85: Outstanding Contribution Award

Folder 86: Membership Information

Folder 87: Membership Directories

Folder 88: Handouts and Pamphlets

Folder 89: The Chat

Folder 90: Property and Slide Inventory Lists

Folder 91: Birding and Bird Counts

Folder 92: Birding Field Trip Waivers

Folder 93: Charles Wickliffe Beckham

Folder 94: Conservation and Preservation

Folder 95: Kentucky Ornithological Society

Folder 96: Miscellaneous- Articles, Publications, and Clippings

Folder 97: Miscellaneous

Folder 98: Newspaper Clippings, 1930s and 1940s

Folder 99: Newspaper Clippings, 1950s

Folder 100: Newspaper Clippings, 1960s

Folder 101: Newspaper Clippings, 1970s and 1980s

Folder 102: Newspaper Clippings, 1990s and 2000s

Folder 103: Beckham Bird Club Scrapbook

Folder 104: Former Members, A-R (Notecards)

Folder 105: Former Members, S-Z (Notecards)

Folder 106: Mailing Address Index, 1994 (Notecards)

Folder 107: Membership Records, 1990-1995 (Notecards)

Folder 108: Beckham Bird Club Corporate Seal

Subject Headings

Bird watching

Birds – Societies, etc.

Clubs – Kentucky – Louisville

Conservationists – Kentucky – Louisville

Nature conservation

Mazzoli, Romano L.

Ornithology – Societies, etc.

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