James William Bee Journals

James Bee (1913-1996) was a professor of zoology and curator of mammalogy at the University of Kansas. Bee worked with Philip Humphrey to create the Museum Studies program at KU and implemented many new educational initiatives and collections methods at the university's Natural History Museum. His most notable field work was conducted in the Point Barrow region of the Arctic and in the Utah Valley. After his retirement from KU in 1979, James Bee moved with his wife to Lopez Island, Washington and continued his natural observations and studies.

This digital collection features James Bee's meticulously kept field journals from 1927-1995. The journals include extensive hand-written accounts of his travels and studies throughout his life, as well as related drawings, photographs, and botanical samples.

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