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Dorothy Bliss Manuscript

Identifier: A2022-10-01

Content Description

This collection is a typewritten manuscript written for Biology 22 at Harvard University by Dorothy Bliss, entitled "The Mechanics of Bird Flight: A Report Based on a Seminar Presented on October 14, 1947". The manuscript summarizes a lecture on bird flight mechanics, including hand-drawn diagrams in the last pages. Corrections and edits in pen are present, possibly from Bliss or Boston Society of Natural History staff memeber, although not certain.


  • circa 1947; the manuscript describes a lecture that occurred October 14, 1947 however the manuscript's creation date is unknown and presumably dates after the lecture

Biographical Note

Dorothy Bliss (1916-1987) was a prominent zoologist and carcinologist who completed her PhD at Radcliffe College, now part of Harvard Univeristy. Afterwards, she began work at the American Museum of Natural History, where she eventually became a curator.


0.05 Linear Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

Unknown provenance; materials were found in storage with Boston Society of Natural History Library materials identified as "BSNH Library Manuscripts (Non-Members)" in 2022.

Dorothy Bliss Manuscript Finding Aid
Becca Webster (Archives Management Graduate Intern)
October 2022
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First Edition

Repository Details

Part of the Museum of Science, Boston Archives Repository