Lewis E. Forbush Bird Picture Collection – LH.088

Around 200 postcard-size colored pictures of birds drawn by Lewis E. Forbush, the son of the ornithologist Edward Howe Forbush. From the donor, James A. Newton: “I grew up in Westborough in the 1940s and 1950s. In 1968 I inherited a collection of about 200 3 x 5 inch cards, each bearing a painting of a bird, all the work of Lewis Forbush, a son of Edward Howe Forbush, the ornithologist. My grandfather was Roland S. Newton (1880 – 1955), long a physician in Westborough, whose office was in his home, at 9 Central Street. Lewis Forbush’s father taught him to paint birds, and he often would stop to show them to my grandfather, who paid him for the cards he brought to the office. All these were found in my grandfather’s desk in 1968, when my grandmother died.”

Official collection name: Lewis E. Forbush Bird Picture Collection

Location: Oversize shelving – 1

Local identifier: LH.088

Creator: Lewis E. Forbush

Date: ca. 1910

Extent: .25 linear feet (1 box)

Subject: Birds; Drawings