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"'Letter of Information' Excerpts," from Nebraska Bird Review (September 2006) 74(3).
In the early years of the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union, which was founded in 1899, the organization published its Proceedings, yearly through 1902 and less frequently for the following 13 years. Beginning in 1916, the NOU allied itself with the Wilson Ornithological Club, and its annual proceedings were published by that organization for the next nine years. In 1925, distribution of a mimeographed "Letter of Information" began, with NOU Secretary-Treasurer Myron H. Swenk acting as editor. These Letters, which contain announcements, accounts of meetings and field trips, and notes on bird sightings from members, were published through 1932. They bridged the gap between the more formal publication of the Wilson Ornithological Club and The Nebraska Bird Review, which began in 1933.
A few original sets of the Letters of Information are preserved in the NOU Archives in Nebraska Hall at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. The Letters range from serious to whimsical and provide a fascinating glimpse into birding in Nebraska in the 1920s and 1930s. In upcoming issues of The Nebraska Bird Review, we will reprint excerpts from the Letters, as space allows, for a view of what our organization was like 75+ years ago.