Alexander Wilson papers, 1806-1813


Date: 1806-1813 | Size: 0.25 Linear feet, 9 items


This material relates to Alexander B. Grosart's biography of Wilson. There are notes and copies of letters and documents, including a copy of Wilson's will. There is one poem by Wilson, "The Last Wish," and an 1806 letter to William Bartram.

Background note

Alexander Wilson was an ornithologist.

Collection Information

Physical description

9 items.


Presented by Barbara Lippett and accessioned, 12/04/1978 (1978 1729ms).

Early American History Note

Alexander Wilson was a prominent ornithologist in nineteenth century America. This collection includes poetry, a copy of an advertisement for Wilson's book in the Albany Gazette and Charleston Courier, some correspondence, and a copy of Wilson's will. His letters to William Bartram describe a conversation he had with others about their travels into the west.

Indexing Terms


  • General Correspondence
  • Legal Records
  • Literature
  • Poems.
  • Scientific Correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Bartram, William, 1739-1823
  • Grosart, Alexander Balloch, 1827-1899
  • Wilson, Alexander, 1766-1813


  • Birds.
  • Literature, Arts, and Culture
  • Natural history
  • Ornithologists.
  • Ornithology.
  • Science and technology
  • Travel