PEARL KNOOP (1905-1998)
3.25 linear feet
The papers (donor no. 541) were donated by Pearl Knoop in 1998 .
The papers are open for research.
Copyright has been transferred to the
Lindsay Jones, 1998.
Bobby Jett, May 8, 1999, version WORD7.
Pearl Knoop lived most of her life in Marble Rock,
Scope and Content Note
The Pearl Knoop papers date from 1933 to 1998 and measure 2.65 linear feet»2.65 linear feet6. The papers are a record of Knoop’s bird watching activities during these years; they also contain weather data from newspaper clippings and a card file of her bird sightings. The daily bird watching diaries provide some insight into Knoop’s daily life, noting where she was and what she was doing when she sighted particular birds. On April 28, 1937, for example, she wrote, “Came back from Floyd again Monday evening as school closed on account of Scarlet Fever. Went over to Schwartz’ this afternoon, saw two Shrikes on way over. . . . Clair saw a Franklin Gull today.”
Records from 1933-1940 and 1996-1998 are less complete than records from other periods. The 1967 list contains an article written by Knoop on her bird watching activities for the Charles City Press. In “Iowa Birds: Aunt Pearl’s List,” Knoop wrote about how she became interested in bird watching. “We liked our Baltimore Orioles,” she writes. “Now the AOU [American Ornithologist Union] has changed their names to Northern Orioles. I didn’t approve.”
Box no. Description
Bird Lists, 1933-1998
Bird lists (condensed), 1956-1976
Birds, ducks, and flowers list, 1961-1993
Calendar with bird notes, 1994 [oversize: shelved in map case: drawer 2]
Autobiographical sketch: “Iowa Birds: Aunt Pearl’s List”, 1992
Articles collected by Knoop about bird watching, 1982, 1988, and 1994
Life list of birds sighted, 1933-1993
Birds by year, 1933-1960
Birds, alphabetical with dates sighted