Guide to the Hamilton A. Tyler Papers, 1915-1984

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Guide to the Hamilton A. Tyler Papers, 1915-1984

Collection number: BANC MSS 85/103 c

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
Karen Gracy, Robin Tremblay-McGaw, and Mary Morganti
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© 1996 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Hamilton A. Tyler Papers,
Date: 1915-1984
Collection Number: BANC MSS 85/103 c
Collector: Tyler, Hamilton, A.
Extent: Number of containers: 3 boxes, 4 cartons Linear feet: 6.25
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Series 1: personal and professional correspondence, including letters from entomolgists working in Equitorial regions, and correspondence between Tyler and Sevrin Housen, owner of Naturegraph Publishers.

Series 2: manuscripts and working notes for Tyler's writings.

Series 3: background notes, research materials, a small amount of miscellaneous personal records, and index cards used in research.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Manuscripts Division. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Hamilton A. Tyler papers, BANC MSS 85/103 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Related Collection

Title: John G. Tyler Letters,
Date (inclusive): [ca. 1905-1937],
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 79/111 c

Materials Cataloged Separately

  • Photographs have been transferred to Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Hamilton A. Tyler papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Mrs. Hamilton Tyler, on August 8, 1984.

Biography

Hamilton Alden Tyler was born in Fresno, California, in 1917. His father was an ardent field ornithologist, a contributor to Bent's Life Histories, and the author of a study on nesting habits of birds. Young Tyler's interest in insects and earliest training began as an egg boy, climbing up trees and over cliffs for various naturalists.
After attending the University of California, Berkeley, with a brief interval as a squad leader on the Loyalist side in the Spanish Civil War, Tyler became a farmer, then a landscape gardener, and finally, a professional writer. His long-held interest in literature continued, with his Sonoma County farms becoming a crossroads for traveling poets and the literary and artistic wing of conscientious objectors; Robert Duncan and William Everson both lived for a time at Treesbank.
Tyler has written books and articles on gardening and Pueblo Indian culture and ceremonialism, especially concerning the complex roles of birds and mammals in native mythology. He is also known for his book on owls and for The Swallowtail Butterflies of North America, a compendium of all the known species, subspecies, and forms found from Yucatan to Alaska.

Scope and Content

A well-rounded naturalist, Hamilton A. Tyler wrote with authority on several different subjects. His Papers point to this variety in both his correspondence and manuscripts. Three boxes of professional and personal correspondence in Series 1 provide extensive documentation of the research done by the lepidopterists and ornithologists with whom Tyler corresponded and traded. Many of the letters are from entomologists working in Equatorial regions collecting butterfly samples and data. While this collection contains primarily incoming correspondence, letters written by Tyler may be found in the exchange of correspondence between Tyler and Sevrin Housen, owner of Naturegraph Publishers. These, in particular, document and give insight into the very personal process and business of running a small, specialized press.
On the literary side, among Tyler's correspondents were poets Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Thomas Parkinson, who includes with one of his letters, a poem titled, An Elegy to Ezra Pound. Tyler and his wife, Mary, were also long-time friends of poet, Robert Duncan. A reminiscence of Tyler's memories of Duncan, written with Mary, may be found in the miscellaneous writings sub-series at the end of Series 2 (Carton 4, folder 22).
Manuscripts and working notes for Tyler's writings are found in Series 2, arranged by title. Background notes, research materials, and a small amount of miscellaneous personal records comprise Series 3. Two boxes of index cards of references on butterflies, owls, woodpeckers, and unidentified subjects complete this series.

Container List

 

SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE, 1960-1984.

 

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LETTERS, 1960-1984.

Box 1, folder 1

Miscellaneous, A-B, including Ackery, Phillip Ronald 1960-83

folder 2

Miscellaneous, C-E, including Emmel, John F. 1966-83

folder 3

Miscellaneous, F-G, including Ferlinghetti, Lawrence 1964-83

folder 4

Miscellaneous, H-J 1971-83

folder 5

Miscellaneous, K-L, including Lottinville, Savoie, 1906- 1969-83

folder 6

Miscellaneous, M-O 1964-83

folder 7

Miscellaneous, P-R, including Ariel, 1926- [Parkinson, Ariel] 1971-83

folder 8

Miscellaneous, S-V 1972-83

folder 9

Miscellaneous, W-Z 1963-83

folder 10

Bertholf, Robert J. 1975-79

folder 11

Beutelspacher, Carlos R. 1975-83

folder 12

Brown, Keith S. 1980-83

folder 13

Cameron, Angus, 1941- 1971-77

folder 14

D'Abrera, Bernard 1981-83

folder 15

Davies, Thomas W. 1976-77

folder 16

Dawes, Wayne 1978-83

Box 2, folder 1

Ebner, Jim 1973-83

folder 2

Epstein, Hans 1976-77

folder 3

Ferris, Clifford D. 1976-82

folder 4

Fisher, Mike 1973-76

folder 5

Grocoff, Marc 1978

folder 6

Guppy, Chris S. 1975-79

folder 7

Guppy, Richard 1975-76

folder 8

Hancock, David 1981-83

folder 9

Haugum, J. 1976-82

folder 10

Henning, William H. 1973-79

folder 11

Howe, William H. 1976-82

folder 12

Jeffrey Thomas Fine & Rare Books 1982-83

folder 13

Marcot, Bruce G. 1978-82

folder 14

Mori, James R. 1973-75

folder 15

Myers, Greg 1981-83

folder 16-20

Naturegraph Publishers, Inc. 1976-78

folder 21

Parsons, Michael 1977-84

folder 22

Parkinson, Thomas Francis, 1920- [1972]-75

Box 3, folder 1-2

Phillips, Don, 1940- 1974-80

folder 3

Racheli, T. 1976-82

folder 4

Rawson, George 1976-79

folder 5

Rozycki, Rick 1980-83

folder 6

Shapiro, Arthur M. 1975-82

folder 7

Sieker, William E. 1975-76

folder 8

Sims, Steven 1975-82

folder 9

Stone, Lois Chambers 1979-80

folder 10

Ten-Broek, G. 1977-78

folder 11

Thorne, Fred 1976-82

folder 12

University of New Mexico Press 1968-73

folder 13-15

University of Oklahoma Press 1960-80

folder 16

Van Nostrand Reinhold Company 1969-77

folder 17

Welling M., Eduardo C. 1975-83

folder 18

[Wielagdo]? 1976

folder 19

Williams, Mark C. 1975-80

folder 20

Wilson, Kent H. 1976-78

folder 21

Young, Allen M. 1975-81

folder 22

Unidentified Correspondence 1964-82

folder 23

Neither to nor from Hamilton Tyler 1970-84

 

FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE, 1915-1968.

Box 3, folder 24

Tyler, John Gripper to Hamilton Tyler 1964-68

folder 25

Bent, Arthur Cleveland, 1866-1954 to John G. Tyler 1915-30

 

MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENCE, 1937-1980.

Box 3, folder 26

White, David McKelvy re Spanish Civil War 1937-80

folder 27

Spanish Civil War 1937-38

folder 28

Lawsuit Concerning Pesticide Spraying Incident 1975-76

 

SERIES 2: WRITINGS, 1955-1978.

 

PUEBLO GODS AND MYTHS

Ctn. 1, folder 1-2

Complete typescript with proofreader's marks

folder 3-4

Complete typescript (carbon) with annotations

folder 5

Footnotes and corrections

folder 6

Miscellaneous manuscript fragments

folder 7

Book proposal

 

A FAREWELL TO POISONED GARDENS (LATER KNOWN AS ORGANIC GARDENING WITHOUT POISONS)

Ctn. 1, folder 8

Typed manuscript with proofreader's marks

folder 9

Typed manuscript, earlier version, with annotations

folder 10

Typed manuscript (carbon)

 

THE GOURMET GARDEN (LATER KNOWN AS GOURMET GARDENING)

Ctn. 1, folder 11

Typed manuscript with annotations

folder 12

Typed manuscript (carbon) with annotations

folder 13

Miscellaneous notes

folder 14

Book jacket

 

MISCELLANEOUS GARDENING MANUSCRIPTS AND NOTES

Ctn. 1, folder 15

Fragments from gardening manuscripts

folder 16

Gardening and Gathering—book proposal

folder 17

Growing Things From Seeds—book outline and preface

folder 18-19

Species in the Geranium Family— typed monograph (final draft) and first draft

folder 20

Tetra II: A German Excursion— typescript with annotations and attached revisions

folder 21

The Pelargonium Breeder (H. A. Tyler, editor)— original typescripts for journal— Volume I, No. 2 (June 1973) and No. 3 (September 1973) ; and Volume II, No. 3 (September 1974)

folder 22

Obituary of John G. Tyler, written by H. A. Tyler (carbon manuscript)

 

PUEBLO ANIMALS AND MYTHS

Ctn. 1, folder 23-26

Typescript with revisions

folder 27-28

Revised carbon typescript

Ctn. 2, folder 1

Revised carbon typescript

folder 2-3

Typescript with proofreader's marks

folder 4-5

Carbon typescript

 

Annotated Typescripts of Individual Chapters (possibly fragmentary)

Ctn. 2, folder 6

Chapter 1— Place

folder 7

Chapter 2— Badger

folder 8

Chapter 3— Pronghorn Antelope

folder 9

Chapter 4— Deer

folder 10

Chapter 5— Elk

folder 11

Chapter 6— Mountain Sheep

folder 12

Chapter 7— Bison, or American Buffalo

folder 13

Chapter 8/9— Rabbits

folder 14

Chapter 8— Lesser Beasts / Mixed Bag

folder 15

Chapter 10— Rodents

folder 16

Chapter 11— Bears

folder 17

Chapter 12— Lion, Jaguar and Wildcat

folder 18

Chapter 13/15— Snakes

folder 19

Chapter 13— Wolf, Fox and Coyote

folder 20

Chapter 14/16— Animal Souls and Animal Gods

folder 21

Chapter 14— A Flock of Birds

folder 22

Ducks

folder 23

Hawks and Falcons

folder 24

Grouse, Ptarmigan and Quail

folder 25

Sandhill Cranes

folder 26

Killdeer and Snipe

folder 27

Mourning Dove

folder 28

Parrots, Macaws and Parakeets

folder 29

Roadrunner

folder 30

Owls

folder 31

Poorwill and Nighthawk

folder 32

Woodpeckers

folder 33

Swift and the Swallows

folder 34

Horned Lark

folder 35

Jays, etc.

folder 36

Blackbilled Magpie

folder 37

Nuthatch

folder 38

Mockingbird and Shrike

folder 39

The Birds of Summer

folder 40

Chapter 15— Turkeys and Eagles

folder 41

Miscellaneous tables of contents and introductions

folder 42

Prefatory Material (miscellaneous drafts)

folder 43

Introduction to Table of Mammals, Snakes, and Birds

folder 44

Miscellaneous versions or fragments of Appendix I

folder 45

Miscellaneous bibliographies and footnotes

folder 46

Manuscript fragments and miscellany

folder 47

Miscellaneous badger, deer, and antelope myths

folder 48

Research material and miscellaneous notes

folder 49

A Pueblo Bestiary and Mythic Ecology [outline for alternate pueblo animal-myth book ?]

folder 50

The Pueblo World: A Mythic Ecology [outline for alternate pueblo animal-myth book ?]

 

THE SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLIES OF NORTH AMERICA

Ctn. 2, folder 51

Typed manuscript with annotations

folder 52-53

Typed manuscript with proofreader's marks

Ctn. 3, folder 1

Typed manuscript (carbon)

folder 2

Typed manuscript with corrections (carbon)

folder 3-4

Photocopied typed manuscript with annotations

folder 5

Miscellaneous indexes

folder 6

Miscellaneous notes

folder 7

Manuscript fragments and corrections

folder 8

Explanation of topic and treatment

folder 9

Plates and captions for plates

folder 10

A few comments by J. Arnold

folder 11

Book jacket

folder 12

Partial dummy

folder 13

Photocopied dummy

folder 14

Photocopied proofs

folder 15

Types of Ova in the Papilionidae; and their possible use in taxonomy—annotated typescript

 

OWLS BY DAY AND NIGHT

Ctn. 3, folder 16

Complete typescript with annotations

folder 17

Complete typescript with annotations (different version)

folder 18

Carbon Typescript without annotations

folder 19

Proofs (photocopied)

folder 20

Owls of the Southwest and Mexico [alternate version of Owls by Day and Night ?]

folder 21

Prefatory material

folder 22

Manuscript fragments

folder 23

Miscellany

folder 24

Revisions

folder 25

Author's dummy

folder 26

Photocopied dummies, annotated

folder 27

Discarded chapter (carbon typescript)

 

PUEBLO BIRDS AND MYTHS

Ctn. 3, folder 28-29

Complete typescript with proofreader's marks

folder 30-31

Complete typescript (carbon) with revisions

folder 32-33

Re-edited pueblo birds section of Pueblo Animals and Myths

 

Annotated typescripts of individual chapters (possibly fragmentary)

Ctn. 4, folder 1

Introduction/Chapter 1— How Birds Have Meanings

folder 2

Chapter 1—Pueblo Ornithology

folder 3

Chapter 2—Birds of the Sun

folder 4

Chapter 3—Birds of the Sky

folder 5

Chapter 4—Birds of the Earth and Death

folder 6

Chapter 5—Rain Birds

folder 7

Chapter 6—Water Birds

folder 8

Chapter 7—The Birds of Winter and Summer

folder 9

Chapter 8—Birds of Dusk, Night and the Moon

folder 10

Chapter 9—Birds of Balance Between Nature and Man

folder 11

Chapter 10—Birds of Speech

folder 12

Chapter 11—Birds of the Hunt, of Racing, and Clowns

folder 13

Chapter 12—Bird of Agriculture

folder 14

Chapter 13—Birds of War

folder 15

Chapter 14—Birds of Purification

folder 16

Miscellaneous tables of contents and title pages

folder 17

Prefatory material

folder 18

Pueblo Bird List

folder 19

Miscellaneous bibliographies

folder 20

Miscellaneous footnotes

folder 21

Illustrations and captions

folder 22

Corrections and changes

folder 23

Style notes

folder 24

Handwritten and typed notes; research material

 

MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS

Ctn. 4, folder 25

Proposals for books on birds: Wings Over the Wilderness and Speaking with Feathers

folder 26

"In The Beginning, or Recatching The Years As Catches with Robert Duncan, in the years 1942 and 1945-49" (by Hamilton and Mary Tyler)

folder 27

Home Wine Making—Typeset copy and dummied pages

folder 28

The Raven of Apollo and Hera's Crow—typed manuscript

folder 29

The Tendency to Mediocrity—typed manuscript

folder 30

Unidentified manuscript re philosophy (with Greek and Indian material and notes)

folder 31

Unidentified manuscript fragments

 

SERIES 3. NOTES, RESEARCH MATERIAL, AND PERSONAL RECORDS, [1950-1985?].

Ctn. 4, folder 32

Notes—Birds, Animals, Indian myths

folder 33

Notes—Butterflies

folder 34

Lepidoptera notes by Jan Haugum

folder 35

Notebook—Butterflies

folder 36

Notebook—South American Papilionidae (butterflies)

folder 37-38

Notebook—Butterflies

folder 39

Notebook—Birds

folder 40

Notebook— Birds 1965

folder 41

Notebook— N.M. [New Mexico] Pueblo land birds

folder 42

Notes—Pueblos (includes drawings)

folder 43

Notebook— Definitions (notes on philosophical terms and theories)

folder 44

General Works—miscellaneous notes

folder 45

Research notes

folder 46

Research on Indian cultures

folder 47

Background materials to publications

folder 48

Maps

folder 49

Miscellaneous bird and butterfly pamphlets, announcements, and inventories from parks

folder 50

Bio-bibliography of Hamilton A. Tyler

folder 51

Bulletins, catalogs, and magazines

folder 52

Clippings

folder 53

Contracts

folder 54

Personal Records

folder 55

Reviews

folder 56

Poetry (by H. A. Tyler ?)

folder 57

Stationery— British & European Geranium Society

folder 58-59

Index cards—references and notes on butterflies, owls, woodpeckers, and unidentified subjects (in 2 boxes)