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James Newman Clark
James Newman Clark was born in 1842 and emigrated from New York to Wisconsin with his parents in 1849. In 1868, he bought a farm on the Chippewa River just outside Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Today, Clark is remembered as a significant amateur ornithologist. His interest in birds is first documented in his diaries beginning in the 1880s, and soon after he began mounting birds as a self taught taxidermist.
Clark created detailed records about the specimens he collected and his observations in the field. This includes information about the approximate spring arrival dates of several migratory birds in Western Wisconsin. His correspondence with ornithologists provides even more insight into Clark's work. The seminal publication Birds of Wisconsin relied heavily on Clark’s notes, and Clark’s home served as an informal ornithological museum. After Clark’s death in 1928, his ornithology collection was donated to the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 1959. This taxidermy collection is currently on display in L.E. Phillips Hall Science Hall on the UW-Eau Claire campus. His field notes, diaries, and correspondence is preserved and available through the Special Collections and Archives Department of McIntyre Library, UW-Eau Claire.
James Newman Clark, 1842-1928