Photos and manuscripts by noted conservationist William L. Finley, his wife Irene and friend Herman T. Bohlman helped in establishing wildlife refuges in Oregon. Now those photos, manuscripts and other documents are becoming available online and will be shown at lectures around Oregon in late April through early June.
William L. Finley’s interest in wildlife conservation began when he and his boyhood friend, Herman T. Bohlman, began photographing birds around Oregon at the turn of the 20th century.
The Oregon Historical Society’s Davies Family Research Library and Oregon State University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Research Center are collaborating to make more than 40 years of photographs, manuscripts, publications, correspondence and other materials created by William Finley, his wife Irene Finley, and Herman Bohlman available online. The project, “Reuniting Finley and Bohlman,” is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through its Library Services and Technology Act grant program. The project began in July 2016 and will be completed by June 30, 2017. Many of the photographs and documents are already available on the project’s digital collection website at http://oregondigital.org/sets/finley-bohlman.
The digital collection will include approximately 6,500 photographs and 8,600 pages of manuscript material. The photographs include Finley and Bohlman’s trips to Malheur Lake, the Klamath Lakes and Three Arch Rocks on the Oregon coast – and these photographs played a key role in President Theodore Roosevelt’s decision to create wildlife refuges at those locations.
The public lecture and slide presentation, “On the Road with Finley and Bohlman,” will be offered at these five locations in Oregon:
April 25 – Harney County Library, Burns, 6:30-8 p.m.
April 27 – Oregon Institute of Technology, College Union Auditorium, Klamath Falls, 7-8 p.m.
May 13 – Oregon State University, Valley Library’s Willamette Rooms, Corvallis, 6-7:30 p.m.
May 14 – Netarts Community Club, Oceanside, 2-3:30 p.m.
June 7 – Oregon Historical Society, Portland, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
More information about these lectures is available at http://www.ohs.org/finley.