Walter J. Erichsen papers on the Birds of Chatham County
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Walter J. Erichsen papers on the Birds of Chatham County

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Erichsen, Walter J., 1892-1962.
Title: Walter J. Erichsen papers on the Birds of Chatham County
Dates: 1909-1949
Extent: 1.75 cubic feet (4 boxes)
Identification: MS 0235

Biographical/Historical Note

Walter J. Erichsen (1892-1962) lived in Savannah between 1909 and 1949. Erichsen worked as a clerk for various lumber companies in the 1910s and 1920s. In 1925 he was working as a cashier for Savannah Gas Company, and in 1932 he was employed by the government. After 1949, there is no record of Erichsen in Savannah. While living in Savannah, Erichsen studied local birds, compiling extensive notes which he assembled into the thirteen volume Birds of Chatham County.

Scope and Content Note

The Walter J. Erichsen papers on the Birds of Chatham County contain thirteen volumes entitled Birds of Chatham County. Erichsen began assembling the volumes in 1928 from his notes on local birds. The volumes are a rich source of ornithological history tracing the migration, distribution, habits and habitats of the birds of the Chatham County region. The volumes can be used to study ecological changes in the region from year to year. Volume 1 includes an index by page number for all thirteen volumes by the bird's family name. Volume 13 contains several maps of the region drawn by Erichsen. There are some photographs throughout the collection.

Index Terms

Birds--Georgia--Chatham County--Identification.
Erichsen, Walter J., 1892-1962.
Maps (documents)
Volumes (documents by form)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Walter J. Erichsen papers on the Birds of Chatham County, MS 235, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List




11-8Volumes 1-4



29-16Volumes 5-8



317-24Volumes 9-12



425-26Volume 13