Lancaster County Bird Club Records, Series 08 LCBC Newsletters, 1957-1962

Call Number: MG-566, Series 8 LCBC Newsletters

1 box     2 folders     .25 cubic feet

Repository: (Organization); PV7

Shelving Location: Archives South, Side 12

Scope and Content Note: Series 8 contains the organization’s newsletters which contain information about meetings and field trips, and field notes. This collection contains the business records of the Lancaster County Bird Club in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Records include the constitution and by-laws, meeting minutes, bulletins, newsletters, programs, correspondence, and newspaper articles about birds, bird watching, and club members.

Creator: Lancaster County Bird Club

System of Arrangement: The collection is divided into 18 series.

Series 1 Newspaper articles

Series 2 Lancaster County Bird Club books and publications

Series 3 Correspondence

Series 4 Programs

Series 5 “Call Notes”

Series 6 Bulletins

Series 7 Daily field checklists and bird counts

Series 8 Newsletters

Series 9 Field trips

Series 10 Donations, sponsorships and membership

Series 11 Crow Problem

Series 12 Constitution and by-laws

Series 13 LCBC and other organizations

Series 14 Awards, recognition and certification

Series 15 Lancaster County Bird Club Reports

Series 16 Safe Harbor Hydroelectric Project

Series 17 Membership cards/lists

Series 18 Minutes

Conditions for Access: Restrictions are noted at the item level.

Conditions Governing Reproductions: Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language: English

Biographical and Historical Note: The Lancaster County Bird Club had its beginnings in December 1937 and has been active ever since in pursuit of its goals: to record the observation of bird life in the county, to disseminate in a popular manner the result of such observations, to provide education concerning the habits and identification of birds and to secure the cultivation of public sentiment in the preservation of our native bird life. Articles of Incorporation were filed and approved by the Department of State on December 12, 1983, under the Pennsylvania Nonprofit Corporation Law of 1972.

Lancaster County’s location in southcentral Pennsylvania makes it home to many diverse habitats that are attractive, not only to breeding birds, but also to migratory species. The Susquehanna River, the Furnace Hills, the Lancaster County Parks System, Octoraro Lake, Muddy Run Reservoir, Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, sites owned by the Lancaster County Conservancy, and the vast agricultural areas all provide excellent birding opportunities.

Lancaster County Bird Club. “About Us.” Accessed May 12, 2015.

Source of Acquisition: Gift of the Lancaster County Bird Club, 20 July 2010-present.

Accruals: will continue to receive meeting minutes and other records.

Preferred Citation: Lancaster County Bird Club Records (MG-566), Series #, Box #, Folder #,

Subject Headings:

Lancaster County Bird Club (LHo LOC n 84006127)


Business records.


Bird watching.


Lancaster County (Pa.)

Related Materials: See also the Photograph Collection.

Processing History: Processed and finding aid prepared by WP; AJ, 2014-2015. Finding aid was created following DACS conventions.


Box 8

Series 8 Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletters

Series 8, Box 8, Folder 1  Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletters 1957 – 1962

Notice of when the first meeting of the 1957-1958 season is to be, where, the topic to be discussed, and field trips.

“Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletter 1959”. Contains Announcement and Field reports.

“Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletter 16 September 1959”. Contains notice of passing of Mr. Edward A. Shellenberger, trip to Cape May, Audubon screening tours, an invitation to participate in Hawk Watch 1959, Project Four, and a report of birds from the Conejohela Flats. 2 copies.

“Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletter 2 November 1959”. Contains report of a talk given by Mrs. Richard D. Cole, notice of passing of Mrs. Charles Y. Tanger, notice of a presentation to be given at next meeting, Audubon Screen Tours date, review of the field trips, recounting of birds seen, Hawk Watch 1959, and news regarding the trip to Waggoners Gap. 2 copies.

“Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletter 12 January 1960”. Contains review of the annual bird census, field notes, birds that were seen, information on next field trip and club meeting, and the next Audubon Screen Tour. 2 copies.

“Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletter 9 March 1960”. Contains news from the last meeting, field notes, field trips, personal notes, the passing of Mr. Lewis Spencer, and an announcement of the next meeting. 2 copies.

“Lancaster County Bird club Newsletter 13 September 1960”. Contains summary of springs activities, list of new officers elected, mention of a member in the news, financial statement, report from the treasurer regarding Audubon Screen tour tickets, report of summer activities by Phil Shively, date and location of the start of the next season, annual fall trip and a notice that inactive members are asked to donate funds or refer the club to other potential members. 2 copies.

“Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletter 10 January 1961”. Contains next meeting date, field trip notice, field trip reports, and notice of passing of Dr. Herbert Beck. 2 copies.

“Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletter February 1961”. Contains announcement of next meeting, review of last meeting, reminder of scheduled trip to Ocean City, Maryland, notice of next scheduled trip, field notes, and 1960 Christmas Bird Census list.

“Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletter 8 May 1961”. Contains notice of next meeting, review of previous meeting, discussion of next annual Spring trip, discussion of April meeting, and a report of recent trips.

“Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletter January 1962”. Contains number and location of birds seen, notice of passing of Mr. Carl Fasnacht, upcoming field trip, Christmas census, and Audubon Christmas census.

“Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletter 6 February 1962”. Contains birds seen and their locations, Ocean City, MD trip review, and a notice of change to next club meeting.

“Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletter 15 March 1962”. Contains birds seen and where, Audubon’s Conservation Guide notice, upcoming field trips, bird identification class announcement, and notice of when dues are to be paid.

“Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletter 15 April 1962”. Contains bird seen and their locations, migration reports, next club meeting and upcoming field trips. (2 copies). Picture of Chickies Rock with information below. (2 copies)

“Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletter 1 October 1962”. Contains field trip report and birds seen and their locations.


Series 8, Box 8, Folder 2  Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletter No Date

“Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletter No Date”. Contains recounting of last meeting, notice of making Mr. Lewis Spencer an honorary member, notice of two members joining the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club field trip, report of birds seen and where, review of previous field trips, and a list of birds seen while on a field trip.

“Lancaster County Bird Club Newsletter No Date”. Contains notice of a meeting change, announcement that the Christmas census is to be made, notice that membership appeal appears to be dropping for the Cape May field trip, review of other field trips, a note to river bird watchers, and news of note.