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Dr. Herbert J. Hodges Papers

Identifier: 2014-03

Scope and Contents

This collection contains over 1000 color photographic slides, research, records, observations, statistics and correspondence regarding the local bird population in the Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island County, Illinois greater Tri/Quad City area. Copies of published items, articles used in research and information on individual birds is also included.


  • 1895-2008
  • Majority of material found in 1940-2005

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Herbert James “Jim” Hodges (1929-2009) was raised by adoptive parents and graduated from St. Ambrose College (Davenport, IA) in 1954 earning his Doctorate degrees in Labor and Management, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Psychology and Law. He served on the faculty of St. Ambrose for 35 years and taught at Palmer Jr. College, Blackhawk College, and all three campuses of Eastern Iowa Community College. While a graduate student he taught at the University of Iowa. Hodges owned a group of manufacturing and service businesses and maintained a large labor law practice.

Dr. Hodges’ great passions were books, birds and photography. These studies resulted in fifty papers published in scientific journals. He photographed the migration of polar bears and harp seals in the Arctic and the nesting of Flamingos in the Virgin Islands. He was an international authority on bird courtship display and behavior. His research established the nesting of three new nesting birds in Iowa: the Mississippi Kite, Black Billed Magpie and the Osprey.

In 1950 he published a booklet on the bird life of the Quad City area. He trained many in bird identification as a leader of the annual May Dawn Bird Concert at Credit Island. He, along with Rodney Hart, Norwood Hazard, Richard Schaefer and Jeanette Graham, co-founded the Tri-City Bird Club (currently known as Quad City Audubon Society).

Immediate family included his wife, Beverly A. Cassilly, whom he married in July 1954; five daughters and one son.


4 Box(es) (2 record center cartons and 2 metal boxes of slides) ; 8 x 15" metal boxes

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Physical Location

Range 38 Section 7 - 2 record center cartons Range 44 Section 3 - 2 metal boxes of slides


Collection Inventory

Series I: Organizations Scope and Content Note: Jim Hodges was an avid bird lover and was active in many local Audubon societies. He founded the Tri-City Bird Club, now known as the Quad- City Audubon Society (QCAS), in 1948. In 1976, the group reorganized as a chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society. Then in 1990, QCAS became a chapter of the National Audubon Society. The club is not only for the enjoyment of watching birds but is active in preserving important bird habitats as well. This series is made up of information Dr. Hodges collected while active in the local birding community. Materials are made up of news clippings, club programs, newsletters, year books, and other similar documents. Dr. Hodges’s original organization of materials has been maintained and folder titles preserved whenever possible.

Box 1 Tri-City Bird Club Folder 1 60 Years of the Tri-City Bird Club, 2008 Folder 2 Bird Club- Nature and Music Folder 3 History of Tri-City Bird Club Folder 4 Quad City Audubon Society, 1960’s, 1998, 2008 Folder 5 Tri-City Bird Club Folder 6 Tri-City Bird Club, 1950’s Folder 7 Tri-City Bird Club- Annual Christmas Bird Census, 1957 Folder 8 Tri-City Bird Club- Lecture Notes, November 11, 1999 Folder 9 Tri-City Bird Club- Newsletters, 1949-1962 Folder 10 Tri-City Bird Club- Programs, 1950’s Folder 11 Tri-City Bird Club- Year Books, 1958-1965 Other Organizations Folder 12 Cooper Ornithological Society, 1964 Folder 13 Iowa Academy of Science Annual Meeting, April 26-27, 1985 Folder 14 Iowa Ornithologists’ Union, 1923 Folder 15 Students of Scott County Bird Life Folder 16 The Warbler (Des Moines Audubon Society Newsletter), 1944-1947

Series II: Bird Notes Scope and Content Note: This series is made up of notes on birds that were spotted each year/season by Dr. Hodges and other members of the Tri-City Bird Club. Materials are made up of handwritten notes on index cards, notebooks, and legal sized paper. They include the Christmas bird count/census 1945-1967 and a list of birds seen less than 5 times. Dr. Hodges’s original organization of materials has been maintained and folder titles preserved whenever possible.

Box 1 Folder 17 Bird Notes of J. Hodges, 1944 Folder 18 Bird Counts, 1930s-1950s Folder 19 Wintering Bird Census Credit Island, 1951-52 Folder 20 Bird Notes of J. Hodges, 1950-1951 Folder 21 Bird Notes, 1951 Folder 22 Field Notes of J. Hodges, June 13 through August 3 1952 Folder 23 Bird Notes (letter size paper), 1953 Folder 24 Bird Notes (smaller paper), 1953 Folder 25 Bird Notes of Hugo Schroeder, 1954 Folder 26 [A – E Index Cards], 1955 Folder 27 [F – N Index Cards], 1955 Folder 28 [O – Z Index Cards], 1955 Folder 29 Notes, 1955-56 Folder 30 Bird Notes, 1960 Folder 31 (B – H) Personal Bird Notes, 1961 Folder 32 (K – S) Personal Bird Notes, 1961 Folder 33 (T – W) Personal Bird Notes, 1961 Folder 34 Harold’s Club Bird Project, 1981 Folder 35 Some early bird notes of Jim Hodges, 1957-1962 Folder 36 Original notes on birds of Scott Co. Iowa – to develop a check list by J. Hodges, [n.d.]

Series III: Local Birds Scope and Content Note: A variety of materials documenting the bird population in Davenport, in Scott County, in Iowa, and in Rock Island County, Illinois. Folders contain reference material and research compilations used to assist in manuscripts and bibliographies authored by Hodges as well as check lists, seasonal reports and items pertaining to Tri-City Bird Club activities. Items date from 1895 – 2006.

Box 1 Folder 37 The Birds of Scott County Iowa 1900-1925 by Hodges, n.d. Folder 38 Birds of Scott County Iowa 1884-1904 by Wilson, n.d. Folder 39 Summary of Bird Lists for Scott County Iowa Spreadsheets 1900-1925, n.d. Folder 40 Bibliography of Scott County Birds, n.d. Folder 41 Early Iowa Ornithological Bibliographical Notes, 1895 and prior Folder 42 Birds of Davenport & Vicinity by Paarmann, 1903 Folder 43 Birds of Port Byron, Illinois by Schaefer, 1917-1918 Folder 44 Hugo Schroeder’s – 1919 List – Davenport Democrat Folder 45 Check-List of Iowa Birds – Iowa Ornithologists’ Union, 1936-1956 Folder 46 Birds of Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge Kossuth Co. Iowa, 1938-1958 Folder 47 A Bibliography of Publications Concerning Iowa Ornithology for the years 1945, 1946, 1947 by Hodges, 1945-1947 Folder 48 Photocopied papers authored by Hodges published in Iowa Academy of Science, 1946 - 1950 Folder 49 Seasonal Reports Tri-City Bird Life Tri-City Bird Club, 1947-1950 Folder 50 Data needed on Local Birds Tri-City Bird Club, 1940’s Box 2 Folder 51The Tri-City Bird Club by Hodges, 1951 Folder 52 The Bald Eagle in the Upper Mississippi Valley by Hodges, 1959 Folder 53 A field list of birds of the Tri-City Region, 1961 Folder 54 Checklist of Iowa Birds by Grant, 1962 Folder 55 A History of the Bird Life of the Greater Quad City Area by Hodges, 1969 Folder 56 Credit Island Landfill – Newsclippings and Litigation started by Hodges, 1969 Folder 57 Bird County – Rare Birds – Turkey Tally Folder 58 Bird Migration Chronology Davenport Iowa, 2006 Feb - May Series IV: Specific Birds Scope and Content Note: Jim Hodges had in his collection papers on specific types of birds.

Box 2 Folder 59 Breeding Birds, 1990’s Folder 60 Breeding Birds 1990’s, 2000’s Folder 61 Tool-Making and Tool Using in the Northern Blue Jay Folder 62 History of the Domestication of the Barnyard Chicken, 1988 Folder 63 Crows, 2000,2001 Folder 64 The Crows Are Coming, 1995 Folder 65 Morning Dove Issue, 1958 Folder 66 The Eagle: Bird of Magic and Medicine In A Middle English Translation of the Kyranides, 2000 Folder 67 Bald Eagle Nesting Project, 1981 Folder 68 The American Egret in Iowa, 1947 Folder 69 Iowa Giant Canada Geese-A Management Plan, 1982 Box 2 Folder 70 Meadowlark Census Study Spring-Davenport To Clinton, 1959 Folder 71 Uncommon Nesting Iowa Raptors, 1989 Folder 72 Wading Birds Survey Report, 1958 Folder 73 Progress Report On Wading Birds-Survey II, 1958 Folder 74 Pileated Woodpecker Survey Letters, 1946-47

Series V: Correspondence Scope and Content Note: This series includes letters to Herbert James Hodges regarding bird banding, inquiries for information and ornithology records, responses from applications, Tri-City Bird Club business and invitations to participate in various bird surveys and studies. Arranged alphabetically, this series spans the years 1946-1958.

Box 2 Folder 75 Ayres, Charles C., 1946 Folder 76 Bird Banding, 1950’s Folder 77 Blake, Emmet R., 1948 Folder 78 Burnap, Robert L., 1958 Folder 79 Burton, E. M., 1950 Folder 80 Fawks, Elton, 1952-1953 Folder 81 Gregg, Clifford, 1946 Folder 82 Gugenheim Foundation, 1949 Folder 83 Illinois Natural History Survey, 1953 Folder 84 Lambert, Dale, 1957 Folder 85 Lanyon, Wesley E., 1951-1953 Folder 86 Madson, John, 1958 Folder 87 Sibley, Charles, 1950 Folder 88 Sprunt, Alex Jr., 1957 Folder 89 Stiles, Bruce F., 1948 / 1958 Folder 90 Swain, E. L., 1952-1953

Series VI: General Bird Research Folder 91 News articles, 1993 Folder 92 Ancient Times Natural History, n.d. Folder 93 Birds in Ancient Greek and Roman Art 1999, 2003 Folder 94 Birds in Mosaics – Antero Tammisto, 199? Folder 95 Birds of Homer – J.M. Boraston, n.d. Folder 96 Bird Treks, 2011 Folder 97 The Bird Watach Newsletter, 1973 Folder 98 Burtis H. Wilson Lecture “Birdwaves”, 19?? Folder 99 Classifications of Birds in Aristotle and Early Modern Naturalists Parts I & II-J.J. Hall, 1991 Folder 100 History of Illinois - Natural History Survey, 1948 Folder 101 History of Natural History, 1986, 2001 Folder 102 History of the Encyclopedia of Birds, 1980 Folder 103 How to Lead a Fieldtrip, 1947 Folder 104 Living Lands and Waters Related Clean-ups, 2003 Folder 105 Ornithology Bibliography, 1987 Folder 106 Ornithology Research in the Papyruses of Graeco-Roman Egypt (Translation from Italian), 19?? Folder 107 Progress of Ornithology in the United States by J.A. Allen, 1876 Folder 108 Strictly for the Birds by Herbert J. Hodges – A speech presented to a meeting of the Contemporary Club, 27 Jan 1976 Folder 109 Tristram – Birds of Palestine, 1864-1865 Folder 110 Iowa Ornithologists Union Newsletters, 2003 Folder 111 Miscellaneous published articles, n.d. Folder 112 Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science, various issues 1992-2003 Folder 113 The Bird Life of the Quad City Area by James Hodges and Daily Field Card Folder 114 Dummy folder directing to Slides Boxes 1 and 2

Series VII: Slides Scope and Content Note: Over 1000 color slides taken by Hodges 1970-2005 in Nahant Marsh, Credit Island, Giddings Woods. Slides are labeled and organized by date.

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Repository Details

Part of the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center Repository

321 Main Street
Davenport IA 52801-1490 United States

About the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center:

The Special Collections Department of the Davenport Public Library was established in 1982. In November of 1999, the newly renovated department opened to better serve its community and was renamed the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. The Center acquires, arranges, describes, preserves, and makes available local history and genealogical materials concentrating on those pertaining to Davenport, Scott County, and Eastern Iowa.

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