Inside William Brewster’s Museum behind 145 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1890. Courtesy of the Ernst Mayr Library Museum of Comparative Zoology Harvard University.
The prominent ornithologist William Brewster (1851-1919) founded the Nuttall Ornithological Club—the oldest ornithological club in America—in 1873, and became the first president of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, a role he held for 17 years, in 1896. He took his first photograph in 1894. Currently catalogued images reveal that he took more than 4,600 photographs over 20 years, the last in 1916.
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