Oliver L. Austin Inscription from RJO’s Library

[Image: O.L. Austin autograph inscription on his ‘Birds of Newfoundland Labrador’]

Oliver L Austin, Jr.’s, Birds of Newfoundland Labrador (Cambridge: Nuttall Ornithological Club, 1930). Presentation copy to Richard Eaton, inscribed on front flyleaf, “To / Dick Eaton — | there are also Black-|backs in Labrador!! | O.L. Austin Jr.” followed by Austin’s famous running bird doodle. One of the most well-known ornithologists of the twentieth century, Oliver Austin (1903–1988) was co-founder with his father of the Austin Ornithological Research Station on Cape Cod (now the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary), as well as a long-time editor of the Auk, the author of the very popular Birds of the World, and curator of birds at the Florida State Museum. Birds of Newfoundland Labrador was Austin’s doctoral dissertation at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard, completed under Glover M. Allen.

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