Colleen Helgason Nelson:

An Inventory of Her Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Lewis St. George Stubbs
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(2002)

Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers (January 2003)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - MSS 151, PC 158, TC 103 A.03-61 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).


Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg MB R3T 2M8

Creator:
Colleen Helgason Nelson

Title:
Colleen Helgason Nelson fonds

Dates:
1955-1996

Quantity:
2.12 m of textual records and other materials

[Includes 257 photographs; 2 collages; 17 negatives (5cm.x 5cm.); color separations; 11 reel to reel audio cassettes.]

MSS 151, PC 158, TC 103

Language
English.

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Biography of Colleen Helgason Nelson

Colleen Helgason Nelson was born on September 30, 1932 in Bismarck, North Dakota. She entered the University of Minnesota in 1950, graduating summa with a B.A. in Music (piano) in 1955. The previous year she married Carl Robert Nelson an architect, the couple would have seven children together. After spending a year in Rome, where her husband studied as a Fulbright Scholar, Nelson entered graduate school at the University of Illinois in 1957. She graduated in 1961 with an Masters of Science, her thesis was titled: “Six Sparrows of the Northern Great Plains: Descriptive Ecology.” While a graduate student she produced an -exhibit for the James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis. In 1962 she began research on downy waterfowl at the Delta Waterfowl Research Station, at Delta, Manitoba. The following year she continued her research at the Round Lake Waterfowl Station, in Minnesota. The following year she immigrated to Canada, where her husband took a position with the University of Manitoba. In 1967 she started doing museum and library on downy waterfowl at the Museum of Man and Nature and at a studio-laboratory at home. In the next twenty years she mounted over a dozen exhibitions and wrote several articles on waterfowl. In 1977 she was named a research associate at the Manitoba Museum of Man & Nature. In 1981 she was named a research associate of National Museum of National Sciences in Ottawa. In 1993 the results of her thirty years of research where published in Downy Waterfowl of North America , Deerfield, Illinois: Delta Station Press.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The fonds is divided into four series, the first of which is biographical information. The second series contains copies of Nelson’s articles. By far the largest series is research material utilized in Nelson’s. It contains sketches & research notes on hundreds of different kinds of waterfowl. The final series contains Nelson’s research cards complete with negatives of the various species.

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 4 series

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on access to this material.

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Restrictions on Use

Users must abide by relevant copyright legislation.

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Index Terms

Names:

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated by Colleen Helgason Nelson to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in the summer of 2002, 2003, and 2006.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Biographical Information, 1955-1986
BoxFolder
11 Curriculum vitae & University degrees, 1955-1986

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Articles, 1971-1996
BoxFolder
12 “A Summary of Thoughts on the Snow Goose Complex,” 1971

(unpublished)

3 “Ducks in the Dining Room.” Manitoba Nature Spring , 1978
4 “The Importance of Colour Evaluation in Biographical Work. Presented at Delta Marsh Conference, 1980
4a “A Lamp-booth for Laboratory Use,” The Wilson Bulletin , 1982
5 Copies of Drawings used in Manitoba Natural Heritage Exhibit, 1983.
6 “ Identification of Greater Scaup, Aythya marila, and Lesser Scaup A.affinis, Ducklings, The Canadian Field-Naturalist , 1996

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Research Material, 1962-1992
BoxFolder
17 Greater Scaup – Aythya marila, notes & drawings, 1962-1971
8 Surf Scoter – notes & drawings, 1962
9 Redhead – Aythya americana, notes & drawings, 1962-1965
10 Early research notes for Downy Waterfowl of North America , 1962-1981
11 Blue-winged teal – notes & drawings, 1962-1982
12 Observations & rough notes, 1962
13 Snow Goose (Blue Goose), drawing & notes, 1963
14 Ruddy Duck, 1963-1966
15 Ring-necked Duck – Aythya collaris, notes & drawings, 1963-1964
16 Emperor Goose – notes & drawings, 1963-1965
17 Whistling Swans – notes & drawings, 1963-1987
18 Harlequin – notes, drawings & feathers, 1963
19 Giant Canada Goose – notes & drawings, 1963-1968
20 Mexican Duck – notes & drawing, 1963
BoxFolder
21 Barrow’s Goldeneye – notes & drawings, 1963-1976
2 Black Duck – notes, transparency & drawings, 1963-1988
3 Wood Duck – notes & drawings, 1964-1981
4 Trumpeter Swan – notes & drawings, 1964-1986
5 Common Eider – notes & drawings, 1964
6 Spectacled Eider – notes & drawings, 1964
7 Hooded Merganser – notes & drawings, 1964-1965
8 White-winged Scoter – notes & drawings, 1964-1967
9 Common Goldeneye – notes & drawings, 1964-1968
10 Oldsquaw – notes & drawings, 1964-1967
11 King Eider – notes & drawings, 1965
12 Laysan Teal – notes & drawings, 1965-1985
13 Stellar’s Eider – notes & drawings [ca. 1965]
14 Athyini – notes & drawings, 1965-1981
15 Barnacle Goose – drawings [ca. 1965]
16 Greater Snow Goose – notes & drawings, 1965-1969
17 Fulvous Tree Duck – notes & drawings, 1965
18 Ross’s Goose – notes & drawings [ca. 1965]
19 White-faced Whistling Duck – notes & drawings, 1965
20 Canvasback – notes & drawings, 1965
BoxFolder
31 Bufflehead – notes & drawings, 1966-1967
2 Pintail – notes, drawings & transparencies, 1966-1967
3 Gadwell – notes & drawings, 1966
4 Duck Shipping Crate – 22 egg size – drawings & bills, 1966-1967
5 Aleutian Canada Goose – notes & drawing, 1966
6 Florida Duck – notes & drawings, 1966-1982
7 Mallard – notes & drawings, 1966-1982
8 Muscovy Duck – notes & drawings, 1966
9 Common Eider – notes & drawings, 1966-1967
10 Little George Island Scaup, notes, 1966-1972
11 Black-bellied Tree Duck – notes & drawings, 1966
12 Taverner’s Canada Goose – drawings [ca. 1967]
13 White Swan – notes & drawings, 1967-1970
14 West Indian Tree Duck – notes & drawings [ca. 1967]
15 Pink-footed Goose – drawings [ca. 1967]
16 Pacific Black Brant – notes & drawings, 1965
17 Canada Goose – notes & drawings, 1966
18 Dusky Canada Goose – notes & drawings, 1966
19 Dusky Canada Goose – notes & drawings, 1966
20 Richardson’s Goose – notes & drawings, 1966
21 Common Merganser – notes & drawings, 1967
22 Common Eider – notes & drawings, [ca.1967]
23 Lesser Scaup – notes & drawings, 1967
24 Tufted Duck – drawings, [ca. 1967]
25 Common Scoter – notes & drawings, [ca. 1967]
26 Atlantic Brant – notes & drawings, 1969
27 Canada Goose – B.C. Moffitti – notes & drawings, 1969
28 Branita Canadeisis – Vancouver Island – notes & drawings, 1970
BoxFolder
41 Original Source of Specimens List, 1969
2 Shoveller – notes & drawings, 1969-1977
3 General behaviour and calls, 1969
4 American Wigeon – notes & drawings, 1969
5 Reference sheets, 1969
6 Early list of acknowledgements [ca. 1970]
7 Cackling Canada Goose – drawings & notes, 1970-1971
8 Common Eider – sm. Borealis – notes & drawings, 1970
9 Lesser Canada Goose – notes, 1970
10 Canada Goose – general information, [ca. 1970]
11 Notes on Aythya species, [ca. 1970]
12 Downy Anatidas – A Key to Downy Waterfowl for use In the Field & Laboratory, Volume 1 [ca. 1970]
13 Downy Anatidas – Volume 2 [ca. 1970]
BoxFolder
51 Notes on Geese, 1972
2 Early partial versions of The Downy Waterfowl of North America, [ca. 1972]
3 Canada Geese research notes, [ca. 1972-1979]
4 Notes & drawing on Scaups for a research paper, 1972-1978
5 Colour Scheme of “Family Anatidae” & Goldeneye, 1973
6 Munsch Soil Charts, 1973-1978
7 Notes on Mallard Group, 1975-1976
BoxFolder
61 Original pencil drawings of bills & fact for all Waterfowl species, 1976
2 Notes on Teals, 1976-1980
3 Key to Genera numbers, 1977
4 Research on Diving Ducks, 1977
5 Notes on colour, 1977-1978
BoxFolder
71 Appendix III List & Gazetteer of materials examined, 1978-1982
2 Masked Ducks – notes & drawings, 1978
3 White-Fronted Goose – research & drawings, [ca. 1979]
4 Data Book information gathered on various duck Species, 1980
5 Colours proposed for expanded double-page; Colour chart plate, 1980
6 Technical appendices for Downy Waterfowl of North America , 1980
7 Evaluations for Table 2 colour synonymy: Plate XII, 1980
8 Things to look for when examining Whistling Ducks, notes, 1980
9 Red-Breasted Merganser – drawings, 1981
10 Green-winged Teal – drawings, [ca. 1981]
11 Early edited version of Downy Waterfowl of North America , [ca. 1981]
12 Hawaiian Duck – notes & drawing, 1982
13 Black-billed Whistling Duck – notes & drawings, 1982
14 Nene Goose – research & notes, 1982
BoxFolder
81 White-cheeked Pintail, notes & drawings, 1981
2 Outline Drawings, [ca. 1984]
3 Anserini I – notes, 1986
4 Early draft of Downy Waterfowl of North America , 1986
5 Keys to drawings & colour codes, 1987
6 Sample text of manuscript, 1987
7 Author’s background, index, species list for Downy Waterfowl of North America , [ca. 1987]
8 Research notes & articles used by Nelson, 1958-1986
BoxFolder
91 Colour & size of Goldeneye & Scaup, 1983
2 Delta Marsh colour forms for Goldeneye & Scaup, 1983
3 Whistling Ducks – notes, 1984
4 Dendogygnini – notes, [ca. 1984]
5 Cygnini – notes, [ca. 1984]
6 Branta Canadensis – notes, [ca. 1984]
7 Cairini – notes, [ca. 1984]
8 Anatini – notes, [ca. 1984]
9 Mergini – notes, [ca. 1984]
10 Oxyurini – notes, [ca. 1984]
11 Conclusion – notes, [ca.1984]
12 Anatini II – notes, [ca. 1984]
13 Aythyini – notes, [ca. 1984]
14 Somateriini – notes, [ca. 1984]
15 Anserini II – notes, [ca. 1984]
16 Appendix A [ca. 1984]
17 Appendices B-D [ca. 1984]
18 Colour chart, figure & plate captions, [ca. 1984]
19 Bibliography, 1984
BoxFolder
101 Mock up of Appendix C, 1984
2 Manuscript draft pages 1-279, 1984
3 Manuscript draft pages, 280-511, 1984
4 Manuscript revisions, 1984
BoxFolder
111 Acknowledgements, Introduction & I.D. Keys, 1986-1989
2 Dendrocygnini, cygnini, anserini & cairini, 1986-1989
3 Anatini I & II, Aythyini, Somateriini & Mergini I & II, 1986-1989
4 Oxyurini, concluding remarks, references & appendices, 1986-1989
5 Plate captions, colour chart & caption, figure numbers & footnotes, 1986-1989
6 Index revision, 1986
BoxFolder
121 How to use identification keys, 1987-1989
2 Draft of Downy Waterfowl of North America , 1989
3 Introduction & acknowledgements, 1992
4 Manuscript revisions for draft, 1992

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Oversize Material, [ca. 1986]-1992
BoxFolder
131 Species measurements, [ca. 1986]
2 Galleys of Downy Waterfowl of North America , Pages 1-52, 1992
BoxFolder
14-15 Data and colour code cards

Nelson's index :

Green dots – live birds

Blue dots – small photographs & negatives

Orange dots – measurements for appendix C drawings

Purple dots – copies of prepared specimen cards

Brown dots – bibliographical entries

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Photograph Collection (PC 158), [ca. 1965]-1992
BoxFolder
11 Ruddy Duck, [ca. 1965]
2 Common Merganser, [ca. 1965]
3 Common Goldeneye, [ca. 1965]
4 Barrow’s Goldeneye, [ca. 1965]
5 Bufflehead, [ca. 1965]
6 White-winged Scoter, [ca. 1965]
7 Old Squaw, [ca. 1965]
8 Lesser Scaup, [ca. 1965]
9 Ring-necked Duck, [ca. 1965]
10 Redhead, [ca. 1965]
11 Laysan Island Teal, 1992
12 Spectacled Eider, 1965-1987
13 King Eider, 1965-1973
14 Common Eider, 1966
15 Vermont Wood Duck, [ca. 1965]
16 Black Duck, [ca. 1965]
17 Green-winged Teal, [ca. 1965]
18 Gadwell, [ca. 1965]
19 American Widgeon, 1962-1965
20 Cackling Canada Goose, [ca. 1965]
21 Aleutian Canada Goose, [ca. 1965]
22 Whistling Swans, 1970
23 Fulvous Tree Duck, [ca. 1970]
24 Mute Swan, 1970
25 Trumpeter Swan, 1970
26 Black-bellied Tree Duck, 1964
27 Richardson’s Goose, [ca. 1965]
28 Canada Goose, [ca. 1965]
29 Pacific Black Brant, 1964
30 Ross’ Goose, [ca. 1965]
31 Emperor Goose, [ca. 1970]
32 Greater Snow Goose, [ca. 1965]
33 Lesser Snow Goose, [ca. 1965]
34 White-fronted Goose, [ca. 1965]
35 Pink-footed Goose, [ca. 1965]

2 collages

36 Proposed cover page, 1992
37 Colour Separations used in Downy Waterfowl of North America , 1992
Negatives of a Teal

12 2.25 x 2.25 cm

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Tape Collection (TC 103), [1967-1971]
Consists of 11 reel to reel tapes with duck calls identified on boxes [1967-1971]

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A.03-61 includes 37.5 cm textual records; 1 sketch and four negatives 1991-1994
Research Material for The Downy Waterfowl of North America 1972-1994
BoxFolder
1 Edited version The Downy Waterfowl of North America 1991
BoxFolder
12 Edited version The Downy Waterfowl of North America includes computer discs and corrections to caption plates. 1991
BoxFolder
21 Final version complete with cover 1994
2 Appendices A-C 1994
3 Research material & measurements for Greater & Lesser Scaup 1972-1983

The fonds is divided into one series. That includes research for her book.

Photo Collection P.C. 158 1991-1994
BoxFolder
11 Sketch of cover page of book 1994
2-3 Negatives of author appear on book dust jacket 1994
4-5 Group shot of ducklings for plates 1994

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A.06-43
BoxFolder
11 High School diploma, 1950
2 Classroom notes - Zoology, 1953
3 Notes - Birds collected under CWS permits, 1964, 1970-86
4 Program notes (Binder) - Weights and Measurements, Information for Big Data Bank, 1960's

(data taken by Colleen Helgason Nelson, Janet Kear, Glen Smart)

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