Clarence Birdseye (AC 1910) Field Journals
Scope and Contents
The Clarence Birdseye (AC 1910) Journals Collection contains field journals of the noted inventor, naturalist and businessman Clarence Birdseye. This collection consists of 13 field journals, 12 of which were written by Clarence Birdseye and one by Perry W. Terhune. The dates of the journals are from 1910 November 9 to 1916 July 20.
- Birdseye, Clarence, 1886-1956 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Photocopy duplication is not allowed for preservation reasons.
Conditions Governing Use
Requests for permission to publish material from the Clarence Birdseye (AC 1910) Journals Collection for research use should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.
Biographical / Historical
Clarence Birdseye (1886-1956) revolutionized the frozen food industry with his invention of the "quick-freeze machine" in 1925. Birdseye attended Amherst College from 1906 to 1908. In 1912 he took a job as a fur trader in the arctic peninsula of Labrador in Canada, traveling by dogsled buying and collecting furs until January 1916. By observing the Eskimos in Labrador, Birdseye discovered the quick-freeze process that would prove so successful. The 13 handwritten field journals in this collection document his experiences during these exciting years, and describe how he learned about the indigenous people's food preservation techniques. There is also mention of Birdseye's work and friendship with Sir Wilfred Grenfell, the famous medical missionary. The journals also contain Birdseye's scientific reports, definitions of new terminology, and medical notes. One of the journals was written by Perry W. Terhune, who ran Birdseye's store while Birdseye traveled. Clarence Birdseye was awarded an honorary Masters Degree by Amherst College in 1941.
(Introduction adapted from Alison Edwards Petrilla's description of the collection.)
1 Linear feet (14 volumes in 1 records storage box)
Language of Materials
Field journals of the noted inventor, naturalist and businessman Clarence Birdseye. This collection consists of 13 field journals, 12 of which were written by Clarence Birdseye and one by Perry W. Terhune. The dates of the journals are from 1910 November 9 to 1916 July 20.
The collection is arranged chronologically.
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