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Margaret Waring Buck Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 1997-0034

Scope and Content

Margaret Waring Buck has produced a number of self-illustrated books explaining how animals live in the wild. The typical Buck nature book contains detailed black-and-white drawings of the plants, animals, insects and birds to be found in a particular outdoors location, along with an explanatory text ideal for young naturalists who are beginning to learn about the subject.

The collection includes manuscript materials and original artwork by Miss Buck for The Face - What it Means, and for several of Miss Buck's nature books, including Along the Seashore and How They Grow. Collection also includes a wide range of Miss Buck's personal papers and memorabilia, including a large number of photographs, many dating back to the 1800s. The collection contains images or information on the following families: Buck, Atwater, Waring and Pratchett. Notebooks and newspaper clippings from the 1990-93 period are also present.

Dates

  • undated, circa 1860-1993

Access

The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.

Biography

Margaret Waring Buck was born in New York in 1905. She was an illustrator, naturalist, and physiognomist who lived much of her life in Mystic, Connecticut, until her death in 1997. Miss Buck studied the 'science' of Face Reading with Dr. Holmes W. Merton in the 1930s in New York City. These techniques are elaborated by Miss Buck in The Face - What it Means: The Merton Method of Character Analysis, published in 1979. Miss Buck also illustrated many books on natural subjects, including Animals Through the Year, published in 1941, and How They Grow, published in 1972. Margaret Waring Buck died on 13 March 1997.

Extent

6 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Margaret Waring Buck was born in New York in 1905. She was an illustrator, naturalist, and physiognomist who lived much of her life in Mystic, Connecticut, up until her death in 1997. Miss Buck studied the 'science' of Face Reading with Dr. Holmes W. Merton in the 1930s in New York City. Miss Buck also illustrated many books on natural subjects, including Animals Through the Year, published in 1941, and How They Grow, published in 1972. Margaret Waring Buck died on 13 March 1997.

Arrangement

Series I: Personal Papers (undated, 1889-1993)

Series II: Correspondence (undated, 1909-1993)

Series III: Publications (undated, circa 1860-1978)

Series IV: Notes and Sketches (undated, 1946-1983)

Series V: Photographs (undated, circa 1870-1993)

Acquisition Information

Material donated to Archives & Special Collections by Barbara W. Hood and Margaret W. Buck.

Separated Material

The following materials have been separated from the collection and cataloged:

Along the Seashore(3 editions) c. 1964 Dodd Call No. CLC C611

Animals Through the Year(2 editions) c. 1941 Dodd Call No. CLC C612

Buck Immigrants and Worldwide Descendantsc. 1989 Dodd Call No.

Country Boy(3 editions) c. 1947 Dodd Call No.

The Face - What it Means(3 copies) c. 1979 Dodd Call No.

How They Growc. 1972 Dodd Call No. CLC C613

In Ponds and Streams(2 editions)c. 1955 Dodd Call No.

In Woods and Fields(3 editions) c. 1950 Dodd Call No. CLC C614

In Yards and Gardens(2 editions) c. 1952 Dodd Call No. CLC C534

Pets from the Pondc. 1958 Dodd Call No.

Small Pets from Woods and Fieldsc. 1960 Dodd Call No. CLC C615

Where They Go in Winter(2 editions) c. 1968 Dodd Call No. CLC C616

Title
Margaret Waring Buck Papers
Status
Published
Author
Archives & Special Collections staff
Date
1998 July
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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