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Detail of Kay McCracken’s Self-Drawn Book Plate.
Kay McCracken Papers

Karen (Kay) McCracken (1905-1992) was one of Texas' most avid birdwatchers and the bird columnist for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times for over thirty years. Known to many as the "Bird Lady," she authored approximately one thousand columns during her lengthy career. McCracken became a household name to everyone in her part of the state who was interested in birding.

Born in Cisco, Texas, Karen Harden graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1927. In 1928, she married Dr. J.T. Bynum. They resided in Hamlin until he died in 1941. She soon moved to Rockport where she wrote for the Rockport Pilot. In 1942, she moved to Corpus Christi.

In October, 1942, she began her work with the Caller-Times. She left the newspaper in 1957 when she married its managing editor, Robert G. McCracken. Thereafter, she taught journalism at Del Mar College, involved herself in public relations, and wrote free-lance.

Her weekly column "Bird Notes" appeared in the Caller-Times for over thirty years. McCracken also regularly wrote articles for the Bird Watcher’s Digest. She was widely recognized for her expertise on birds, their habitats, and their habits.She also

authored two books including The Life History of a Texas Birdwatcher: Connie Hagar of Rockport (1986), a biography of that legendary birder and Birding South Texas (1989), a selected compilation of McCracken’s newspaper columns.

Kay McCracken was likewise active in a number of organizations, including the Coastal Bend Audubon Society, the Audubon Outdoor Club, the Nature Conservancy, and the Sierra Club. She was a friend and mentor to numerous serious birdwatchers and environmentalists in the coastal bend. Her many admirers characterized her as a brilliant mind, excellent writer, and passionate advocate of bird watching. McCracken died at age 87.

The Kay McCracken Papers consist of approximately twenty-five linear feet of materials including her columns, scrapbooks, diaries and notes on local bird sightings, correspondence, newsletters, and publications of many varieties. Altogether, they comprise a wealth of information on local ornithology.

The McCracken Papers were donated by Corpus Christi resident Emilie Payne in 1995, a friend and fellow birder. A&M University-Corpus Christi Professors Carter Whatley and Alan Lessoff greatly assisted in obtaining the McCracken Papers for the University.

The Kay McCracken Papers were processed by Bob and Mary Whistler and Audrey Flores. The following guide was compiled by Audrey Flores and Emilie Payne.

Finding Guide to the Kay McCracken Papers:
1.1 General incoming and outgoing correspondence to Kay McCracken includes payment requisitions, news articles, and telegrams, 1945.
1.2 General incoming and outgoing correspondence to Kay McCracken from various sources, Audubon Society, Rob and Bessie Welder Foundation, and Texas Ornithological Society, 1951-1961.
1.3 General incoming and outgoing correspondence concerning the National Audubon Society Convention in Corpus Christi and Fuertes exhibit, 1962.
1.4 General correspondence concerning the Texas Ornithological Society election, checklists of birds of Texas, and Shell Dredging project, 1961-1965.
1.5 Correspondence concerning the Coastal Bend Youth City, 1964-1968
1.6 General correspondence concerning Kay McCracken’s birding articles, news articles, and greeting cards, 1964-1991.
1.7 General correspondence concerning Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes" articles and personal notes that she wrote, 1967-1968.
1.8 General correspondence concerning Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes" articles and personal notes that she wrote. Also, includes a single letter from The Purple Martin Capital News, 1968.
1.9 General correspondence concerning Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes" articles and thank you letters, 1969-1970.
1.10 General correspondence concerning Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes" articles and thank you letters, 1970.
1.11 General correspondence to Kay McCracken from various sources, 1970-1989
 
2.1 General correspondence concerning Kay McCracken "Bird Notes" articles, news clippings, and photographs, 1971-1972.
2.2 Letters to "Bird Notes," Part I 1972-1974.
2.3 Letters to "Bird Notes," Part II 1975-1976. Two letters from The Nature Society, 1979.
2.4 Letters to "Bird Notes," Part III 1977.
2.5 Letters to "Bird Notes," Part IV 1977-1978
2.6 Letters to "Bird Notes," Part V 1978-1979.
2.7 General correspondence to Kay McCracken from various sources, greeting cards, news clippings and letters, 1973-1990.
2.8 General correspondence to Kay McCracken from various sources, 1974-1976.
2.9 General correspondence to Kay McCracken from various sources, the Nature Society News, and membership lists, 1974-1987
2.10 General correspondence to Kay McCracken from various sources and Nature Society News, 1976
2.11 General correspondence to Kay McCracken from various sources, news clippings, and greeting cards, 1977-1980
 
3.1 General correspondence to Kay McCracken from various sources, greeting cards, 1980-1985.
3.2 General correspondence to Kay McCracken from various sources, greeting cards, clippings, and one photograph, 1981-1982.
3.3 General correspondence to Kay McCracken concerning "Bird Notes" articles, The Audubon Society, Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, and greeting cards, 1981-1984.
3.4 Correspondence from The Nature Conservancy and a report entitled The Nature Conservancy Planned Giving Program, 1981-1985.
3.5 Correspondence from the National Audubon Society and a pamphlet from National Audubon Society Planned Giving Program, 1984-1988.
3.6 Correspondence and Biennial Report from the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation and various sources, photographs, and drawings, 1985-1988.
3.7 Correspondence from various sources concerning Kay McCracken’s book on Connie Hagar, personal notes, and greeting cards, 1985-1989
3.8 Correspondence from various sources including a report from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and a copy of a news clipping, 1987-1990.
3.9 Correspondence to Kay McCracken from the ABA, 1988.
3.10 General correspondence from various sources includes a newsletter from the Gladys Porter Zoo, and two copies of news clippings, 1989-1990.
3.11 Correspondence to Kay McCracken from various sources including the Rob and Bessie Wildlife Foundation concerning her books on Connie Hagar and Birding South Texas, 1989-1990.
3.12 Birthday card, 1990.
3.13 Correspondence to Kay McCracken from the Sierra Club and a list of members in the Sierra Club, 1991.
 
4.1 Clippings of magazine and newspaper articles, a report entitled "Birds of Nosara," and various photographs and pictures of birds, 1981-1990.
4.2 Newspaper clippings and preliminary outlines on Kay McCracken’s birding columns, 1965-1987.
4.3 Newspaper clippings on birding, 1984-1990.
4.4 Articles of "Bird Notes," Part I, 1959-1988. Includes, two rough drafts preface for a book and a picture of birds.
4.5 Articles of Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes," Part II 1959-1989.
4.6 Newspaper clippings of Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes" column, 1965.
4.7 Newspaper clippings of Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes" column, 1966.
4.8 Newspaper clippings of Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes" column, 1967.
4.9 Newspaper clippings of Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes" column, 1968.
4.10 Newspaper clippings of Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes" column, 1969.
4.11 Newspaper clippings of Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes" column, 1970.
4.12 Newspaper clippings of Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes" column, 1971.
4.13 Newspaper clippings of Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes" column, 1972.
4.14 Newspaper clippings of Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes" column, 1973.
4.15 Newspaper clippings of Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes" column, 1974.
4.16 Newspaper clippings of Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes" column, 1975.
4.17 Newspaper clippings of Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes" column, 1989.
4.18 Newspaper clippings and copies of newspaper clippings concerning Kay McCracken’s farewell to birding column, 1990.
4.19 Collection of personal notes on birds and birding, Part I, 1961-1990.
4.20 Newspaper clippings on articles on birds and birding, and personal notes Part II, 1965-1968. Includes, a letter from the Corpus Christi Caller Times.
4.21 Small collection of research notes on birding done by Kay McCracken, 1968-1989.
 
5.1 Small collection of research notes on birding done by Kay McCracken, 1969-1973.
5.2 Small collection of research notes on birding done by Kay McCracken, 1975-1982.
5.3 Collection of Science magazine articles, 1974-1985. A newsletter Nature in the News, 1974. A short article written by Kay McCracken.
5.4 Collection of checklists on birds from Canada, Mexico, and Belize, 1969-1986.
5.5 Checklist book on birds of Northeastern Mexico, 1971.
5.6 Collection of checklists on birds nationwide.
5.7 Checklist book on birds in Texas, 1972.
5.8 Large collection of checklist books on birds, 1967-1982
5.9 Large collection of checklists on birds throughout Texas, 1959-1988.
5.10 Small checklists of birds on the Texas Coasts, 1974-1980.
5.11 Large collection of checklists on birds throughout the nation and Texas, 1969-1988.
 
6.1 Collection of checklists of birds in Texas and research notes on bird sightings, 1974-1991.
6.2 Collection of checklists of birds in Texas and the local area, 1962-1990.
6.3 Collection of checklists on birds in the Nueces County area, 1957.
6.4 Checklist on birds provided by the Department of the Interior, 1988.
6.5 Green book entitled Birder’s Life List and Diary, includes notes on birds and bird sightings, 1942-1980.
6.6 Green three ring book that includes information on birds, some research notes, and a business card.
6.7 Collection of small diaries, 1956-1981.
6.8 Collection of diaries, 1964-1987.
6.9 Copy of a thesis entitled, El Uso del Alfabeto Fonetico Internacional en la Ensenanza del Ingles y Espanol, written in Spanish, 1975.
 
7.1 Small red six ring diary that contains information about a trip Kay McCracken took to Trinidad and Tobago, 1975.
7.2 Small black three ring diary containing information on weather and newspaper clippings, 1965-1976.
7.3 Small velvet three ring diary containing information about trips Kay McCracken took, 1928-1960.
7.4 Small black three ring diary containing information on plants, flowers, weather and includes newspaper clippings, 1964-1988.
7.5 Pamphlets and brochures of birds from South America and Africa, 1981-1991.
7.6 Information on Costa Rica, includes maps, checklists, pamphlets and brochures.
7.7 Information on parks in Canada, Southeast Asia and Costa Rica, includes maps, a magazine article, and brochures.
7.8 Pamphlets and brochures that contain information on parks nationwide and Trinidad.
7.9 Brochures, maps, and newspaper clippings of trips Kay McCracken took in Texas.
7.10 Pamphlets and checklists that contain information on birds in Belize and Texas.
7.11 Pamphlets and brochures that contain information on parks in Arizona and Texas. Also, contains correspondence from different nature organizations
7.12 Pamphlets that contain information on parks in Corpus Christi and Aranasas Pass.
7.13 Small article entitled, "Rookery Tours" by Kay McCracken, not dated.
 
8.1 Rough draft manuscript of Kay McCracken’s Connie Hagar book.
8.2 Continuation of Kay McCracken’s rough draft manuscript of the Connie Hagar book.
8.3 Continuation of Kay McCracken’s rough draft manuscript of the Connie Hagar book.
8.4 Complete rough draft manuscript of Kay McCracken’s book on Connie Hagar.
8.5 Copy of Kay McCracken’s rough draft manuscript on Connie Hagar.
8.6 Completed draft on Kay McCracken’s manuscript on Connie Hagar.
8.7 Finished copy of Kay McCracken’s book on Connie Hagar.
8.8 Correspondence from various sources concerning Kay McCracken’s books on Connie Hagar and Birding South Texas, 1987-1990.
 
9.1 Copy of Connie Hagar’s birding notes given to Kay McCracken.
9.2 Three folders containing photographs of Connie Hagar and Kay McCracken’s book signing party. (Birding South Texas)
9.3 Correspondence from various sources concerning Kay McCracken’s Connie Hagar book and notes.
9.3 Correspondence from various sources concerning Kay McCracken’s Connie Hagar book and notes.
9.4 Publications referring to Kay McCracken’s Connie Hagar book.
9.5 Various short manuscripts written by Kay McCracken
9.6 Short manuscript written by Kay McCracken entitled, Feathers.
9.7 Manuscript containing several short stories by numerous authors one being Kay McCracken.
9.8 Chapter of a manuscript written by Kay McCracken entitled, South Texas.
9.9 Three hand written speeches by Kay McCracken
9.10 Short article written by Kay McCracken entitled, The Gulf Southwest.
9.11 Several chapters of a larger manuscript by Kay McCracken entitled, Birding.
9.12 Play written by Kay McCracken entitled, Shadow on the Nueces.
9.13 Kay McCracken’s hand drawn book plate.
9.14 Photograph of a man fishing on the North Beach Jetty.
9.15 Photographs of Kay McCracken’s trips, 1975.
 
10.1 Numerous black and white photographs of birds and Connie Hagar.
10.2 Several black and white photographs of various people and an Audubon Convention, 1962.
10.3 Drawings and paintings of flowers, plants, cats, clothes, and a living room.
10.4 Three certificates from World Wildlife Fund, Coastal Bend Audubon Society, and the National Audubon Society, 1982-1992.
10.5 Certificate of Appreciation from Boys City.
10.6 Correspondence with the Corpus Christi Outdoor Club and other organizations, and newspaper clippings, 1962-1963.
10.7 Publications from the Corpus Christi Outdoor Club, 1963. Also, contains information on bird trips.
10.8 Correspondence with Corpus Christi Outdoor Club and various organizations and newspaper clippings on dredging projects, 1963-1964.
10.9 Publications of the Corpus Christi Outdoor Club, 1964-1965.
10.10 Publications of the Corpus Christi Outdoor Club’s yearbooks, 1964-1979.
10.11 Publications of the Corpus Christi Outdoor Club, 1966-1990.
10.12 Copies of pamphlets entitled, Attract Birds to Your Garden.
   
11.1 Publications of The Nature Conservancy, 1979.
11.2 Publications of The Nature Conservancy, 1980.
11.3 Publications of The Nature Conservancy, 1981.
11.4 Publications of The Nature Conservancy, 1982.
11.5 Publications of The Nature Conservancy, 1983.
11.6 Publications of The Nature Conservancy, 1984.
11.7 Publications of The Nature Conservancy, 1985.
11.8 Publications of The Nature Conservancy, 1986.
11.9 Publications of The Nature Conservancy, 1987.
11.10 Publications of The Nature Conservancy, 1988.
11.11 Publications of The Nature Conservancy, 1989.
   
12.1 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1971.
12.2 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1972.
12.3 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1973.
12.4 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1974.
12.5 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1975.
12.6 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1976.
12.7 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1977
   
13.1 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1978.
13.2 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1979. Also contains a newspaper clipping, 1980.
13.3 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1980.
13.4 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1981.
13.5 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1982.
13.6 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1983.
13.7 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1984.
   
14.1 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1985.
14.2 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1986.
14.3 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1987.
14.4 Publications of the American Birding Association, 1988.
14.5 Publications of the American Birding Association, issues Feb-June 1989.
14.6 Publications of the American Birding Association, issues Aug.-Dec. 1989.
14.7 Publications of the American Birding Association, issues Feb.-June 1990.
14.8 Publications of the American Birding Association, issues Aug.-Dec. 1990.
   
15.1 Publications of Birder’s World Magazine, Jan.-June 1987.
15.2 Publications of Birder’s World Magazine, July-Dec. 1987.
15.3 Publications of Birder’s World Magazine, Jan.-June 1988.
15.4 Publications of Birder’s World Magazine, July-Dec. 1988.
15.5 Publications of Birder’s World Magazine, Jan.-June 1989.
15.6 Publications of Birder’s World Magazine, July-Dec. 1989.
15.7 Publications of Birder’s World Magazine, Feb.-June 1990.
15.8 Publications of Birder’s World Magazine, July-Dec. 1990.
15.9 Publication of Birder’s World Magazine, Feb. 1992.
   
16.1 Publication of Wild Bird Magazine, Nov. 1991.
16.2 Publications of Wild Bird Magazine, Feb-Apr. 1992.
16.3 Publications of American Birds Magazine, Summer/Winter 1990.
16.4 Publication of American Birds Magazine, Winter 1991.
16.5 Publications of the Texas Ornithological Society, 1958.
16.6 Publications of the Texas Ornithological Society, 1960-1962.
16.7 Publications of the Texas Ornithological Society, 1967. Also, includes a checklist of birds of Texas.
16.8 Publications of the Texas Ornithological Society, 1968.
16.9 Publications of the Texas Ornithological Society, 1969.
16.10 Publications of the Texas Ornithological Society, 1970-1971.
16.11 Publications of the Texas Ornithological Society, 1972.
16.12 Publications of the Texas Ornithological Society, 1973.
16.13 Publications of the Texas Ornithological Society, 1974.
16.14 Publication of the Texas Ornithological Society, 1975.
16.15 Publication of the Texas Ornithological Society, 1976.
16.16 Publications of the Texas Ornithological Society, 1977-1979.
16.17 Publications of the Texas Ornithological Society, 1980-1983.
16.18 Publications of the Texas Ornithological Society, 1984-1989.
   
17.1 Publication Nearctic Avian Migrants in the Neotropics, 1983.
17.2 Report and a letter on falcon migration, and a certificate to Kay McCracken, 1973-1974.
17.3 Scientific report on the migration of North American songbirds, 1979.
17.4 Magazine article on Trans-Gulf migration, 1945.
17.5 Magazine article on migration in the Trans-Gulf, 1946.
17.6 Magazine article on migration in Southern Migration, 1971.
17.7 Magazine article on migration of birds in daylight and darkness, 1972.
17.8 Publication of the Hawk Migration Association, Fall 1984.
17.9 Publication of the Hawk Migration Association, Spring 1985.
17.10 Publication of the Hawk Migration Association, Fall 1985.
17.11 Publication of the Hawk Migration Association, Spring 1986.
17.12 Publication of the Hawk Migration Association, Spring 1987.
17.13 Publication of the Hawk Migration Association, October 1989.
17.14 Publication of the Hawk Migration Association, February 1990.
17.15 Publication of the Hawk Migration Association, Spring 1990.
17.16 Publication of the Hawk Migration Association, September 1990.
17.17 Publication of the Hawk Migration Association, April 1991.
17.18 Publication of the Hawk Migration Association, September 1991.
17.19 Scientific articles on bird migration, 1976-1985.
   
18.1 Publication from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department, a breeding survey, 1965-1979. Also contains a letter, 1986.
18.2 Scientific report from the U.S. Department of the Interior concerning a breeding survey, 1967.
18.3 Scientific report from the U.S. Department of the Interior, breeding survey, 1967-1968.
18.4 Contains a report concerning bird breeding prepared by the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, 1969.
18.5 Report by Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology concerning bird breeding, 1970. Also, contains two letters from Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, not dated.
18.6 Publication of the Audubon Magazine, 1992.
18.7 Publication of The Naturalist Magazine, 1981.
18.8 Publications of the Nature Society News, 1980-1982.
18.9 Life magazine, 1953 & 1962.
18.10 Publication from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Natural History of the King Rail, 1969
18.11 Publication from the U.S. Dept of the Interior, The Natural History of the Swainson’s Warbler, 1971.
18.12 Publication from the U.S. Dept of the Interior, The Screech Owl, 1975.
18.13 Publication from the Smithsonian, The Knowledge of Parasitic Cowbirds, 1977.
18.14 Publication from the Scientific Ornithology, 1958.
18.15 Publication from the Wilson and Cooper Ornithological Society, 1980. Also, includes one letter on general information, 1980.
18.16 Publication from the American Ornithologists Union, 1965.
18.17 Publications on Birding and ABA Birders, 1975 & 1991.
18.18 Three publications from the Supreme Court of the United States and the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas, 1946.
   
19.1 Publications of Star to Star, 1980.
19.2 Publications of Star to Star, 1981.
19.3 Publications of Star to Star, 1982.
19.4 Publications of Star to Star, 1983.
19.5 Publications of Star to Star, 1984.
19.6 Magazine article reprinted from The Auk, 1970.
19.7 Magazine article reprinted from The Auk, 1975.
19.8 Magazine article reprinted from The Auk, 1986.
19.9 Publications of The Auk, 1962 & 1985. Also, includes Ornithological Newsletter, 1985.
19.10 Publication of Texas Highways, 1990. Also, includes articles from Texas Highways, 1983.
19.11 Publications of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, 1984-1991.
19.12 Report on Texas Fish-Eating Bird Conference, by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 1976.
   
20.1 Publications of the Purple Martin News, 1975-1978.
20.2 Smithsonian Identification Manual, Seabirds of the Tropical Atlantic Ocean, not dated.
20.3 Publications from the Corpus Christi Outdoor Society and other local organizations, 1980-1990.
20.4 Publications from the Texas A&M University Press, 1990-1992. Also, contains several order forms for the publication.
20.5 Contains publications of the National Geographic, 1954 and 1961, a loose article from the National Geographic, 1967, greeting cards, and a pamphlet on Trinidad.
20.6 Maps of the Nueces Basin, Texas concerning water impact activities, 1976-1978.
20.7 Maps of the Nueces Basin and research notes, 1977.
20.8 Reports on tide gauge measurement and Texas Coastal Management Plan, 1990-1991.
20.9 Report concerning the environment entitled, Distribution, Habitat Requirements, and Life History of the Black-Capped Vireo, 1961.
20.10 Report on environmental damage entitled, Effects of the Ixtoc I Oil Spill on Marine Bird Populations Along the Texas Coast, 1979. Also, includes an article on the Flamingo, 1978.
20.11 Report on the environment and pollution entitled, The Natural Areas of Texas, 1965. Also, includes two lists of names, 1966.
20.12 Various newspaper articles on the environment and pollution, 1970-1990.
20.13 Reports on climate and weather, newspaper articles concerning hurricanes, and several hurricane-tracking maps, 1961-1990.
20.14 Report written by Kay McCracken concerning turtles and various articles on reptiles, 1961-1991.
   
21.1 Publication on the Texas Wildflower newsletter, 1979. Includes information on flowers found in Texas.
21.2 Various articles, pamphlets, and newsletters concerning flowers and plants, 1962-1991.
21.3 Pamphlet that pertains to planting entitled, Invite Birds to Your Home, 1975.
21.4 Various magazine and newspaper articles on butterflies, 1983-1988.
21.5 Report and a letter on butterflies in North America, 1955.
21.6 Report on butterflies in Venezuela, 1968.
21.7 Magazine article and two newsletters on bats, 1987-1988.
21.8 Articles on bats and other animals, 1982-1988.
21.9 Reports on the bears and wolves of Canada, 1973.
21.10 Magazine articles and Texas Ornithological Society publications on animals in Africa, 1961-1978.
21.11 Black and white photographs of numerous animals courtesy of the Audubon Society, not dated. (Many photos are stuck together.)
21.12 Drawing of a bird, 1968.
21.13 Magazine article on the various wildlife of Costa Rica, 1978.
21.14 Two publications on Mexican Birds Newsletters, 1977-1978.
21.15 Typed story of birds in Canada, 1975.
21.16 Publication on birds in Canada, 1970.
21.17 Publication on birds in Oregon, 1980.
21.18 Magazine articles, pamphlets and reports on birds throughout the U.S. and Texas, 1961-1985.
   
22.1 Publications on the Golden and Bald Eagle, 1955-1962.
22.2 Checklist on birds found throughout Arizona, 1981.
22.3 Publication on birds found throughout New Mexico, 1979.
22.4 Collection of humorous bird clippings, 1961-1986.
22.5 Collection of pictures of different types of birds.
22.6 Collector’s Portfolio of Song Birds, 1982.
22.7 Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and reports on the Brown Pelican and Pelican Island, 1961-1981.
22.8 Correspondence and two publications entitled, History of Texas Land, 1958-1962.
22.9 Publication on the birds of Brewster County, Texas, 1937.
22.10 Publication on the birds of Tarrant County, 1961
22.11 Publication on the birds of Kerrville, Texas, 1948
22.12 Two publications on birds of the Rio Grande area, 1966.
22.13 Publication, newspaper clippings and a magazine article on history of Rio Grande area, King Family, and ranching, 1957-1979.
22.14 Index on Obeholser’s The Bird Life of Texas, and a letter of correspondence, 1975.
22.15 Correspondence, magazine articles, newsletters, and pamphlets on birds, other animals, and places in Texas, 1977-1991.
22.16 Report concerning rare birds in Texas, 1988.
22.17 Report and magazine articles on ducks in Texas and migration, 1968-1980.
   
23.1 Report on fish eating birds in Texas, 1976
23.2 Magazine articles on wildlife refuges in Texas, 1978-1980.
23.3 Cassette tape of a speech on shorebirds given by David Dauphin, 1991.
23.4 Collection of diagrams and maps of the Gulf Coast area and Matagorda Bay.
23.5 Report on coastal birds and their habitat on Padre Island and Mustang Island, 1984.
23.6 Collection of information on various birds taken from pamphlets, brochures, newsletters, and newspaper clippings, 1947-1991.
23.7 Information on bird sightings in Kingsville and the Flour Bluff area, 1988-1990.
23.8 Information on birds found in Kingsville, Texas, 1983.
23.9 Written reports and a newspaper clipping on the history of the King Ranch and Caesar Kleberg, 1946-1949.
23.10 Correspondence and a brochure of the King Ranch to Kay McCracken, 1962.
23.11 Information concerning the Whooping Cranes, Part I. 1956-1988.
23.12 Information concerning Whooping Cranes, Part II. 1967-1982.
23.13 Newspaper clippings by Dr. Peter Siracusa, 1975-1976.
23.14 Newspaper clippings concerning Kay McCracken, 1989-1992.
23.15 Newspaper clippings on various topics, 1984-1991.
23.16 Heathcliff cartoon clippings from the newspaper.
   
24.1 Pamphlets, brochures, and newspaper clippings on various subjects, 1967-1990.
24.2 Circus book of the Ringling Brothers of Barnum and Bailey, 1945.
24.3 Magazine of the Cole Bros. Circus, 1945.
24.4 Magazine of the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, 1950.
24.5 Magazine of the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, 1951.
24.6 Magazine of the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, 1952.
24.7 Magazine of the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, 1953.
24.8 Magazine of the Shrine Circus, 1949.
24.9 Magazine of the Shrine Circus, 1950.
24.10 Magazine of the Shrine Circus, 1954.
24.11 Magazine of the Shrine Circus, 1976.
24.12 Magazine of the Gainesville Community Circus, 1949.
24.13 Magazine of the Gainesville Community Circus, 1949.
24.14 Magazine of the Gainesville Community Circus, 1950.
24.15 Pamphlet of the Khedive Temple Shrine Circus, 1951.
24.16 Two calendars of the Texas Heritage Series, 1984-1985.
24.17 Reproduction of famous documents written throughout U.S. History, not dated.
24.18 Article concerning words, 1984.
24.19 Book entitled, The Fundamentals of Music, by Karl W. Gehkens, 1924.
24.20 Book entitled, Birds of Europe, by Arthur Singer, 1970.
24.21 Green three ring binder that contains magazine articles and newspaper clippings on words and language.
   
25.1 Green three ring binder that contains research notes, newspaper clippings, and magazine articles on birds, 1953-1989.
25.2 White three ring binder that contains research notes, newspaper clippings, and magazine articles on birds, 1953-1989.
   
26.1 Blue ledger volume 1 contains research information on bird sightings, 1953-1957.
26.2 Red ledger volume 2 contains research information on bird sightings, 1958-1962.
   
27.1 Pink three ring binder that contains research notes and newspaper clippings on birds, 1953-1974.
27.2 Red three ring binder that contains research notes on birds, 1974-1982.
   
28.1 Scrapbook of newspaper articles written by Kay McCracken and Bob McCracken, 1945-1946.
28.2 Scrapbook of pamphlets, newspapers, and brochures of Kay McCracken’s trip to Europe, 1948-1949.
   
29.1 Blue three ring photo album of a book (Birding South Texas) signing party, 1990.
29.2 Small photo album of a book (Birding South Texas) signing party, 1990.
29.3 Framed certificate to Kay McCracken from The Main Group of Sinton, Texas, not dated.
   
30.1 Scrapbook of newspaper articles, correspondence, and receipts to Kay McCracken, 1944-1945. (Extremely fragile)
   
31.1 Scrapbook containing newspaper articles and correspondence, 1940-1945.
31.2 Scrapbook of newspaper articles and correspondence, 1941-1944.
31.3 A scrapbook of newspaper articles and correspondence to Kay McCracken, 1945-1946.
31.4 Scrapbook of newspaper and magazine articles, and correspondence to Kay McCracken, 1946-1947.
31.5 Scrapbook of newspaper articles and correspondence to Kay McCracken, 1947-1948.
   
32.1 Scrapbook of newspaper articles and correspondence to Kay McCracken, 1949-1950.
32.2 Scrapbook of newspaper and magazine articles, and correspondence, 1950-1962.
32.3 Scrapbook of newspaper and magazine articles, and correspondence to Kay McCracken, 1951-1953.
32.4 Scrapbook of newspaper articles and correspondence to Kay McCracken, 1953-1955.
   
33.1 Scrapbook of newspaper articles, correspondence, maps, and pamphlets, 1955-1964.
33.2 Scrapbook of newspaper articles and photographs of birds, 1959-1965.
33.3 Scrapbook of Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes," articles, 1959-1969.
33.4 Scrapbook of bird articles and drawings of birds, 1964-1972.
   
34.1 Green three ring binder of newspaper articles concerning birds written by Kay McCracken, 1980-1983.
34.2 Scrapbook of newspaper articles and correspondence of birds, 1984-1989.
   
35.1 Oso Creek Quadrangle map, Oso Creek, Texas, 1951.
35.2 Geological survey map of Kingsville, Texas, 1954.
35.3 Geological map of Kleberg Point, Texas 1951.
35.4 Regional survey map of the King Ranch, 1952.
35.5 Four geological survey maps of Rivera Beach, Texas 1952-1953.
35.6 Geological survey map of Points of Rock, Texas, 1951.
35.7 Three geological survey maps of South Bird Island, Texas, 1951.
35.8 Geological survey map of Petronila, Texas, 1954.
35.9 Fold out highway map of Texas, 1962.
35.10 Fold out city map of Corpus Christi, Texas, 1960.
35.11 Two brochures on state parks in Texas and a checklist of the Junior League of Corpus Christi, 1984.
35.12 Bachelors Degree from Southern Methodist University awarded to Kay McCracken, 1927.
35.13 Award presented to Kay McCracken by the Kingsville Bird and Wildlife Club, 1985.
35.14 Last newspaper of the Corpus Christi Times, 1987.
   
36.1 Red photo album of Kay McCracken’s book (Connie Hagar) signing party, 1986
36.2 Yellow three ring binder of articles on Connie Hagar and "Bird Notes," articles written by Kay McCracken, 1973-1976.
36.3 Scrapbook of newspaper articles about Connie Hagar and birds, 1947-1957.
   
   
37.1 Newspaper articles of Hurricane Celia, 1970-1980.
37.2 Newspaper sections on Hurricane Celia, 1971.
37.3 Newspaper supplements on Hurricane Celia, 1970.
37.4 Newspaper clippings of Hurricane Celia, 1970.
37.5 Newspaper supplement on Hurricane Beulah, 1967.
37.6 Newspaper articles on Hurricane Beulah and Padre Island, 1950-1968.
37.7 Newspaper articles on Hurricane Beulah and hurricanes, 1967-1988.
   
38.1 Oberolser’s The Bird Life of Texas, paintings by Louis Agassiz Fuentes of birds of Texas.
38.2 Picture of hawks flying.
38.3 Color photo of Brown Pelicans.
38.4 Series of pictures of birds in Canada.
38.5 Collection of pictures of various birds.
   
39.1 Publications of the Nature Society News, 1985-1988.
   
40.1 Publications of the Purple Martin News, 1974-1979. Also, includes one publication of Winging It, 1992.
   
41.1 Vol. I of the publication Texas Ornithological Society, 1953.
41.2 Vol. II of the publication Texas Ornithological Society, 1954-1955.
41.3 Vol. III of the publication Texas Ornithological Society, 1955-1958.
41.4 Green three ring scrapbook of pictures, newspaper and magazine articles and publications of the Texas Ornithological Society, 1962-72
   
42.1 Blue three ring binder of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and publications of the Hawk Migration Association, 1961-1984.
42.2 Purple three ring binder of research notes, correspondence, and diary on bird sightings, 1963-1989.
42.3 Green three ring binder of magazine and newspaper articles on animals, 1956-1980. Water Damage.
42.4 Snake skin three ring binder of magazine and newspaper articles on plants, animals, birds, and insects. Also, includes black and white photos, 1960-1988.
42.5 Purple three ring binder of information on flowers in Texas, correspondence to Kay McCracken, and publications of Texas Wildflower Newsletter, 1972-1976.
   
43.1 Newspaper clippings of "Bird Notes," articles, 1959-1960.
   
44.1 Multi-colored three ring binder of Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes," articles, 1969-1972.
44.2 Red three ring binder of Kay McCracken’s "Bird Notes," articles and correspondence, 1976-1979.
   
45.1 Yellow three ring binder of Kay McCracken’s "Birding" articles and correspondence, 1984-1987.
45.2 Blue binder of newspaper clippings and correspondence to Kay McCracken concerning her book on Connie Hagar, 1986-1989.
   
46.1 Book entitled, The Birds and the Beasts Were There by Margaret Miller, 1967.
46.2 Book entitled, A Treasury of American Prints, edited by Thomas Craven, 1939.
46.3 Newspaper clippings on the story of Corn Products, 1949.

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