Mary W. McClintock Collection, 1906-2012 (bulk 1970-2000)

Mary McClintock, Concord boat cruise

Vault A45, McClintock, Unit 1 (Off-Site Storage*)


EXTENT: 4.5 record cartons

ORGANIZATION: Organized in two series. Series I: Nature education materials, 1906-2001 (bulk 1970-2000); Series II: Books and serials, 1907-2005 (listed alphabetically by author’s last name).

BIOGRAPHY: Born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, Mary Whitmore McClintock (1921-2013) grew up on the family farm in nearby North Sunderland. She attended Northfield School for Girls and then Wellesley College, as had her mother, grandmother and her daughter Martha after her. She married Frank A. McClintock in 1944 and they became the parents of four children. Mr. and Mrs. McClintock were among the founding settlers of Concord’s innovative Conantum neighborhood.

Mary McClintock began working in the then-neophyte computer industry coding (at the time, physically wiring) the earliest proto-computers and was later recruited by M.I.T. to code a secret wartime project to facilitate weather prediction that was used in preparation for the D-Day invasion during World War II. But it was Mary’s childhood on the family farm in the Connecticut River Valley that prepared her for what would become her life’s work: natural history and sharing it with students of all ages. As the result of the influence of her parents, life on the farm, her travels, life experience, and keen powers of observation, she became a naturalist. She developed and taught courses for the Concord Public Schools, the Thoreau Lyceum and Concord Adult Education, as well as training teachers at the Elbanobscot Foundation. A leader in the inner city “Birds Go to School” program, she would catch wild starlings to share with each class, afterwards releasing them out the window.

Mrs. McClintock’s energy, love of teaching, insatiable curiosity and scientific mind combined to create the person who would become known as Concord’s legendary “nature lady.” 

SCOPE & CONTENT: The collection is made up predominantly of instructional materials associated with Mary McClintock’s work as a naturalist and teacher. These include nature study curricula and related materials, maps, and images. It also contains a box of thank-you notes from those who had participated in her courses and programs, particularly primary school students.

The remainder of the collection is comprised of Mary McClintock’s personal and reference books and a small, incomplete collection of serials.

SOURCE OF ACQUISITION: Donated to the Concord Free Public Library by Martha McClintock, January 2014.

*RESTRICTION ON ACCESS:  The Mary W. McClintock Collection is stored in an off-site vault.  To use the collection, researchers must provide at least twenty-four hours advance notice and specific citations to box(es) and folder(s) desired.  Contact the William Munroe Special Collections (978-318-3342) for additional information or to arrange to use the collection.

PROCESSED BY: C. Manoli-Skocay, December 2014.


Container List


Series I: Nature education materials, 1906-2012 (bulk 1970-2000)

Box 1, Folder 1: Mary McClintock’s nature walks, 1983-1991 and undated
Instructional materials, newspaper and magazine articles, certificates, letters.

Box 1, Folder 2: Nature walk maps, 1906-2000 and undated
Herbert W. Gleason’s Map of Concord, Mass, 1906; USGS maps, 1973, 1979, 1986 and undated sections; Concord Field Station; Estabrook Woods, May 1973; Town of Concord Conservation Land Guide, 2000; brochures.

Box 1, Folder 3: Concord Public Schools, 1978-2000 and undated
Instructional materials and postcards; Concord Patriot article, 1979.

Box 1, Folder 4: “Birds Go to School” program materials, 1975-1976 and undated
Instructional materials, handouts.

Box 1, Folder 5: Thoreau Society wildflower exhibit materials, 1988 and undated
List of exhibit contents, 1988; letter from Mary P. Sherwood to Mary W. McClintock, undated.

Box 1, Folder 6: Thoreau Lyceum nature walks/Concord Adult Education, 1972-2012
Instructional materials, illustrations, notebooks, postcards.

Box 1, Folder 7: Town Forest program, 1973-1977 and undated
Instructional materials, including maps, illustrations and teacher’s guide.

Box 1, Folder 8: Elbanobscot notebook, undated
Notebook containing information relating to Elbanobscot Environmental Education, undated.

Box 1, Folder 9: Course descriptions, 1976-1984 and undated
Course descriptions: Concord-Carlisle & Lincoln-Sudbury Community Education, The Thoreau Lyceum, Orchard House, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Habitat Institute for the Environment.

Box 1, Folder 10: Thoreau Foundation, Inc., articles of organization, 1966
Photocopy of legal document.

Box 1, Folder 11: Photograph, undated
Mary W. McClintock and others on Concord River cruise, undated.

Box 1, Folder 12: Leaf collection, undated
Laminated leaves for use in an activity.

Boxed within Box 1: Letters, notes, drawings, and expressions of gratitude from teachers, students and others, associated with nature education, 1982-2001 and undated

Series II: Books, 1907-2005

Box 2
Ahmadjian, Vernon. Flowering Plants of Massachusetts. Amherst, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Press, 1979.

Alden, Peter and Brian Cassie. National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England. New York: Alfred A.Knopf, 1998.

Angelo, Ray.  Concord Area Trees.  Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Concord Field Station, 1976.

Angelo, Ray. Concord Area Shrubs. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Concord Field Station, 1978.

Angelo, Ray.  Concord Area Trees and Shrubs. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Concord Field Station, 1990.

Angelo, Ray.  Botanical Index to the Journal of Henry David Thoreau. Salt Lake City: Gibbs M. Smith, Inc. Peregrine Smith Books, 1984.

Attenborough, David.  The Life of Birds. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1998. (Newspaper clipping enclosed).

Bachelder, Louise. Nature Thoughts. Mount Vernon: New York: Peter Pauper Press, 1976.

Bailey, L.H. How Plants Get Their Names. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1963.

Barlowe, Dot and Sy. Who Lives Here. New York: Random House, 1978.

Barry, Eleanor E.  Migration Calendar for Birds in Massachusetts. Melrose, Massachusetts: Eleanor E. Barry, undated.

Cardozo, Peter. A Wonderful World For Children, Entertainment, Education, Fun! New York: Bantam Books, 1960.

Chapin, Sarah.  Concord Flora, 1834-1836, Observed by Edward Jarvis. Concord, Massachusetts: Concord Free Public Library Corporation, 1994.

Chapnick, Howard, ed. The Illustrated World of Thoreau. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1977.

Clements, Frederic E. and Edith S. Clement. Flower Families and Ancestors. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1928.

Corey, Rosita. Concord Birds and Birdwatching. Concord, Massachusetts: Thoreau Foundation, Inc., undated.

Crow, Garrett E. New England’s Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Plants. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of the Interior, June 1982.

Cruickshank, Allan D. and Helen G. Cruickshank. 1001 Questions Answered about Birds. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1958.

Dana, Mrs. William Starr (revised by Clarence J. Hylander). How to Know the Wild Flowers, a Guide to the Names, Haunts, and Habits of our Common Wild Flowers. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1963.

Dodge, Bertha S.  Plants that Changed the World. Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1959.

Dwelley, Marilyn J.  Trees and Shrubs of New England.  Camden, Maine: Down East Books, 1980.

Eaton, Richard Jefferson. A Flora of Concord: An Account of the Flowering Plants, Ferns and Fern-Allies Known to Have Occurred Without Cultivation in Concord, Massachusetts from Thoreau’s Time to the Present Day. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, 1974.

Ells, Stephen F. The Seasons in Estabrook Country: An Anthology about the Cycle of the Year and this Landscape. (self-published),1999.

Emerson, Edward Waldo. Henry Thoreau As Remembered by a Young Friend. Concord, Massachusetts: The Thoreau Society, 1968.

Epstein, Robert and Sherry Phillips, compilers.  The Natural Man, A Thoreau Anthology. Wheaton, Illinois: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1978.

Feininger, Andreas. Trees. New York: Penguin Books, 1968.

Ferril, Helen and Anne Folsom. The Indoor Bird Watcher’s Manual. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1950.

Fischer, Helen Field.  The Flower Family Album. Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 1941.

Box 3
Forbush, Edward Howe.  Useful Birds and Their Protection. Boston, Massachusetts: The Massachusetts State Board of Agriculture, 1907.

Forbush, Edward Howe.  A History of the Game Birds, Wild-Fowl and Shore Birds of Massachusetts and Adjacent States. Boston, Massachusetts: Massachusetts State Board of Agriculture, 1912.

Gould, Stephen Jay. The Panda’s Thumb. New York, London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1982.

Gray, Asa Dr. Gray’s New Manual of Botany. A handbook of the Flowering Plants and Ferns of the Central and Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada (seventh edition). New York: American Book Company, 1908.

Grimm, William Carey.  The Book of Shrubs. New York: Bonanza Books, 1957.

Gruson, Edward S. Words for Birds: A Lexicon of North American Birds with Biographical Notes. New York: Quadrangle Books, 1972.

Headstrom, Richard. Whose Nest is That?: A Guide to the Birds’ Nests Found in Massachusetts.  Boston, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Audubon Society, Inc. 1944.

Hosmer, Fred. Dunshee Ambrotype of Thoreau. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Braun-Brumfield, 1981.

Huber, J. Parker. Walter Harding and Edwin Way Teale. Willimantic, Connecticut: Hall &
Bill Printing Company, 1983.

Keller, Evelyn Fox. A Feeling for the Organism. New York: W. H. Freeman and Company, 1983.

Koeppel, Dan.  To See Every Bird on Earth: A Father, A Son, and a Lifelong Obsession. New York: Hudson Street Press, 2005.

Kroodsma, Donald.  The Singing Life of Birds: The Art and Science of Listening to Birdsong. Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005.

Lane, James A. A Birder’s Guide to Southern California. Lincoln, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Audubon Society, 1968 (revised by Harold R. Holt, 1985).

Marx, David S. and Chester B. Dugdale.  Leaf Prints of American Trees and Shrubs: A Modern American Herbal. Totowa, New Jersey: Littlefield, Adams & Co., 1974.

Mary, Inc.  How Does Your Garden Grow?  New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., 1973.

McCauley, Jane R.  Animals and Their Hiding Places. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1986.

Mitchell, John Hanson. The Guide to the Seasons: A Guide Featuring Selections from the Massachusetts Audubon Society’sCurious Naturalist”. Lincoln, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Audubon Society, 1982.

Moss, Marcia, ed.  A Catalog of Thoreau’s Surveys in the Concord Free Public Library. Thoreau Society Booklet #28. Geneseo, New York: The Thoreau Society, 1976.

National Audubon Society.  Getting the Bugs Out: A Guide to Sensible Pest Management in and around the Home. New York: National Audubon Society, 1981.

New Pronouncing Dictionary of Plant Names. Chicago, Illinois: Florists Publishing Company, 1964.

North, Sterling.  Raccoons are the Brightest People. New York: Avon Books, 1966.

Otto, Max. Science and the Moral Life. New York: Mentor Books, 1949.

Phillips, Roger.  A Photographic Guide to More than 500 Trees of North America and Europe. New York: Random House, Inc., 1978.

Roach, Marilynne K. The Mouse and the Song. Watertown, Massachusetts: Sassafras Grove, 1984.

Rogers, Walter E.  Tree Flowers of Forest, Park, and Street. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1965.

Box 4
Rothenberg, David.  Why Birds Sing: A Journey into the Mystery of Bird Song. New York: Basic Books, 2005.

Saunders, Aretas A.  A Guide to Bird Songs: Descriptions and Diagrams of the Songs and Singing Habits of Land Birds and Selected Species of Shore Birds. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1951.

Sawyer, Ronald D.  Thoreau, New England Philosopher. Farmington, Maine: D.H. Knowlton & Company, 1917.

Seuling, Barbara.  Elephants Can’t Jump & Other Freaky Facts about Animals. New York: Ivy Books, 1985.

Shaver, Lula A.  Maple Sugaring Time in Vermont. Middletown, New York, 1956.

Shepard, Odell, editor. The Heart of Thoreau’s Journals. New York: Dover Publications, 1961.

Sherwood, Mary P.  Henry David Thoreau: How Great a Son of Concord. Concord, Massachusetts: Walden Forever Wild, Inc., undated.

Stap, Don.  BirdSong: A Natural History. New York: Scribner, 2005.

Stebbins, C.A. and R.C. Stebbins.  What Bird is That? Sherman Oaks, California: The Valley Vista Press, 1950.

Stokes, David W.  Reaching for Connections. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: undated.

Stokes, Donald W.  The Natural History of Wild Shrubs and Vines, Eastern and Central North America. New York: Harper & Row, 1981.

Strom, Deborah, ed.  Birdwatching with American Women: A Selection of Nature Writing. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1986.

Sudbury Valley Trustees: A Stewardship Report and Property Guide. Wayland, Massachusetts: The Sudbury Valley Trustees, Inc., 1983.

Symonds, George W.D.  The Tree Identification Book. New York: William Morrow & Company, Inc., 1958.

Symonds, George W.D. The Shrub Identification Book. New York: M. Barrows and Company, 1963.

Thomas, Lewis. The Lives of a Cell. New York: Bantam Books, Inc., 1975.

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden. New York, New York: Random House, 1937.

Thoreau, Henry David. The Thoughts of Thoreau. Binghamton, New York: Vail-Ballou Press, 1962.

Thoreau, Henry David. Selected Journals of Henry David Thoreau. New York, New York: The New American Library, 1967.

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden. Columbus Ohio: Charles E. Merrill Publishing Company, 1969.

Thoreau, Henry David. Sweet Wild World. Boston: Charles River Books, 1982.

Thoreau, Henry David. Walking. Old Saybrook, Connecticut: Applewood Books, 1992.

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden. Waukesha, Wisconsin: Country Beautiful Corporation. undated.

Tougias, Michael.  Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts: An AMC Country Walks Book. Boston, Massachusetts: Appalachian Mountain Club Books, 1993.

Treat, Dorothy A. Nature Program Guide. New York: National Audubon Society, 1951.

United States Department of Agriculture, Science and Education Administration. Stored-Grain Insects, Agriculture Handbook Number 500. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, February 1978.

Vinal, William Gould.  Nature Recreation: Group Guidance for the Out-of-Doors (second edition). New York: Dover Publications, 1963.

Walton, George L., M.D. The Flower-Finder. Philadelphia and London: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1914.

Watts, May Theilgaard. Tree Finder: A Pocket Manual for Identification of Trees by their Leaves. Naperville, Illinois: Nature Study Guild, 1939.

Watts, May Theilgaard. Flower Finder: A Guide to Identification of Spring Wild Flowers and Flower Families. Naperville, Illinois: Nature Study Guild, 1955.

Watts, May Theilgaard. Winter Tree Finder: A Manual for Identifying Deciduous Trees in Winter. Berkeley, California: Nature Study Guild, 1970.

Watts, May Theilgaard. Desert Tree Finder: A Pocket Manual for Identification of Desert Trees. Berkeley, California, 1974.

Watts, Tom. Pacific Coast Tree Finder: A Pocket Manual for Identifying Pacific Coast Trees. Berkeley, California: Nature Study Guild, 1973.

Watts, Tom. Rocky Mountain Tree Finder: A Pocket Manual for Identifying Rocky Mountain Trees. Berkeley, California: Nature Study Guild, 1972.

Weaver, Richard E. A Guide to City Trees in the Boston Area. Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts: The Arnold Arboretum, 1972.

White, William M.  Henry David Thoreau: All Nature is My Bride. Old Greenwich, Connecticut: The Chatham Press, 1975.

Wilson, Andrew A.  Nature by the Month. Danville, Illinois: The Interstate Printers &  Publishers, 1976.

Wilson, E.H. America’s Greatest Garden. Boston, Massachusetts: The Stratford Company, 1925.

Weygant, Sister Noemi. It’s Winter. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Westminster Press, undated.

Box 5
Elbanobscot Environmental Education publications

The Elbanobscot Education Manual. Sudbury, Massachusetts: The Elbanobscot Foundation, Inc., 1974.

The Elbanobscot Education Manual. Sudbury, Massachusetts: The Elbanobscot Foundation, Inc., 1978.

The Elbanobscot Environmental Education Center: a proposal for a resident facility, undated

American Nature Study Society. Nature Study, International Issue. Vol. 39, No. 2 & 3 (February 1986).

Arnold Arboretum publications
Through the Arnold Arboretum. Boston, Massachusetts: The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 1968.

Arnoldia, a publication of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Vol. 32, No. 6 (November 1972).

Vol. 33, No. 1 (January/February 1973).

Vol. 33, No. 3 (May/June 1973).

Vol. 35, No. 4 (July/August 1975).

Vol. 36, No. 2 (March/April 1976).

Vol. 36, No. 6 (November/December 1976).

Vol. 36, No. 4 (July/August 1977).

Vol. 37, No. 6 (November/December 1977).

The New England Wild Flower Society, Inc. publications
The New England Wild Flower Society, Inc.  The Guide to the Will C. Curtis Garden in the Woods. Framingham, Massachusetts: The New England Wild Flower Society, Inc., 1976.

The New England Wild Flower Society, Inc. Wild Flower Notes, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Spring/Summer 1986).

The New England Wild Flower Society, Inc. Wild Flower Notes, Vol. 4, No. 1 (1989).

The New England Wild Flower Society, Inc. Wild Flower Notes: Meadows and Meadow Gardening, Vol. 5, No. 1 (1990).

The Thoreau Society, Inc.
The following Thoreau Society publications have been withdrawn from the Mary W. McClintock Collection, but copies may be found in William Munroe Special Collections at the Concord Free Public Library:

The Concord Saunterer, Vol. 19, No. 1 (July 1987).

The Concord Saunterer, (New Series) Vol. 4 (Fall 1996).

The Concord Saunterer, (New Series) Vol. 7 (1999).

The Thoreau Society Bulletin, #180 (Summer 1987).


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