Daniel W. Lay Collection | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Daniel W. Lay CollectionAdd to your cart.

ID: A/172

Primary Creator: Lay, Daniel W.

Extent: 3.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Authors -- Texas, East, Biologists -- Texas, East, Lay, Daniel W. -- Written works, Texas. Game, Fish, and Oyster Commission -- Officials and employees, Wildlife research -- Texas, East

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Papers of Daniel W. Lay, author and wildlife biologist in East Texas. Works provide an alternate viewpoint from the heavily industry-oriented area.

Collection Historical Note

Born in Beaumont to Wayne L. and Julia Brown Lay in 1914, Daniel Wayne Lay graduated from Beaumont High School in 1932. He went to Texas A & M College and graduated with the class of '36 with a BS in agriculture.

The modern era of wildlife management in Texas began in December, 1935, and he was at the right place at the right time to participate. He met Dr. Walter P. Taylor when Dr. Taylor arrived to teach wildlife and head the new Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit. He accepted Taylor's offer be his first student assistant and studied under him for two years for his MS degree. In June, 1938, after graduation, he became a full-time wildlife biologist with the Texas Game, Fish and Oyster Commission and was assigned to southeast Texas as Regional Game Manager, under the first Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Project W-1-R. He worked four years in Austin as an administrator, before choosing to return to East Texas for field work, in 1945.

Approximately forty publications in professional journals and transactions and sixty popular articles resulted from his investigations, some with coauthors. Subjects included restocking deer and turkey, forest wildlife ecology, multiple use on the Texas National Forests, biodiversity, loss of wildlife in fire-ant control, muskrats, bobwhite quail, white-tailed deer, red-cockaded woodpecker, coastal zone management, and state-wide mitigation. He was junior author with Dr. Joe C. Truett of Land of Bears and Honey: A Natural History of East Texas, 1984.

He was a charter member of The Wildlife Society and the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society. He belonged to the Mammalogy Society, Audubon Society, Society of American Foresters and others. He was listed as an associate faculty member of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Forestry.

He received recognition in 1968 from the Texas Forestry Association for its first forest-research award. He was one of ten professional wildlife workers to be recognized by the American Motors Corporation in 1969. Several other awards followed. After retirement he continued to work in the forests of East Texas as a consultant in wildlife and forestry, until age 80.  Lay died September 15, 2002 in Nacogdoches, at the age of 88.

Subject/Index Terms

Authors -- Texas, East
Biologists -- Texas, East
Lay, Daniel W. -- Written works
Texas. Game, Fish, and Oyster Commission -- Officials and employees
Wildlife research -- Texas, East

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 3],
[Box 4],
[Box 5],
[Box 6],
[Bundle 1: Dept of History Updated Narrative Consolidation, Joan Pearsall, May 1, 1974],

Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General clippings 1939-40's, D. W. L. - BeaverAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Clippings: misc.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Wildlife clippings, PopularAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Clippings/General notes, D. W. LayAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Clippings: CoastalAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Clippings: State Wildlife Depts.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Clippings: DeerAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Clippings: Pine Island Hunt. Club, +1940?Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Delta Psi Kappa Songbook, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Audubon magazine, May-June 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Audubon magazine, Sept.-Oct. 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Audubon magazine, Nov.-Dec. 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Audubon magazine, Jan.-Feb. 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Audubon magazine, May-June 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Photo Slides: Angelina Neches Scientific Area- Best Remaining Hardwood Area in East TexasAdd to your cart.
Folder 15a: Photo Slides: Angelina Neches Scientific Area- Best Remaining Hardwood Area in East TexasAdd to your cart.
Folder 15b: Photo Slides: Angelina Neches Scientific Area- Best Remaining Hardwood Area in East TexasAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Photo Slides: Parks & Wildlife-WoodpeckersAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Photo Slides: Parks & Wildlife- TrappingAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Photo Slides: Parks & Wildlife- Red Cockaded WoodpeckerAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Photo Slides: Jap. H.S. & RCWP 1969/ Fox Hunting, Polk CountyAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Photo Slides: RCWP Trees, Cleveland-Yellow Pine 7/68Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Photo Slides: RCWP Trees cut, Zavalla - Regan Bradshaw 6/71Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Photo Slides: RCWP Trees cut, Letney - Boy Boykin 1/76Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Photo Slides: RCWP Cavity trees & Reserved trees, Zavalla 1/76Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Photo Slides: Woodpecker holes & birds 3/71Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Photo Slides: RCWP Dead trees cut to study cavities, Letney, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Photo Slides: RCWP Cavity trees, cross sections 8/72Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Photo Slides: RCWP Tree cut, Letney 10/71Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Photo Slides: UntitledAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Photo Slides: ANW-RCWP, Austin ForestAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Photo Slides: Dam-B AN-Trees, Clouds-Coral BeanAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Summary of Subjects and Index by County and Subject: Photos-Camera Series. Rolls 1-18, 1939-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Negatives-Beaumont, Texas 12/30/39. Roll 1Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Negatives-Jasper/Paris, Texas Jan. 1940. Roll IIAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Negatives-Beaumont High Island, 1/15/40. Roll IIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Negatives-Polk County, 1/16/40. Roll IVAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Negatives-Tyler & Jasper Co. Texas, Feb. 1940. Roll VAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Negatives- Segno-John Knight Turkey, Mar.-Apr. 1940. Roll VIAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Negatives-Neches River Bottom, Jasper Co. Apr. 1940. Roll VIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Negatives/Photos-Polk & Newton Co. "Hogs in Water" Aug. 1940. Roll IXAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Negatives/Photos-Jasper, Newton, Montgomery Co. Sept.-Oct. 1940.Roll XAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Negatives/Photos-Squirrel hunting, duck, quail, Nov.-Dec. 1940. Roll XIAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Negatives/Photos-Quail & Fox hunting, Polk Co. Red River Co. Turkey Project, Dec.-Jan. 1941. Roll XIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Negatives/Photos-Polk Co. Logging Operation, Jefferson Co. Muskrat Trapping, Jan. 1941. Roll XIIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: Negatives/Photos: Hardin Co., Big Thicket Turkey Restoration Project, Foliage. Mar.-Apr. 1941. Roll XIVAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: Negatives/Photos- Jefferson & Chambers Co. 4/2/41. Roll XVAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Negatives/Photos- Marsh Geese, Vinztime Island- April, 1941. Roll XVIAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Negatives/Photos- Big Thicket Meeting. Joe DeMary, Tyler, misc. Apr.-June 1941. Roll XVIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Negatives: Henry Hilldebrandt at Oyster Bayou. Cep Newman at Devil's Pocket- July ,1941. Roll XVIIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: Photos/Negatives: Red Cockaded Woodpecker. Historic trees. 2/25/68Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Photos: Red Cockaded Woodpecker. No date. Folder 51: Photos: Living Longleaf Relic in 1946, Red Cockaded Woodpecker, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Photos: Wildlife Staff Meeting, Aransas Refuge- June 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Photos: Wildlife Staff Meetings, 1980-1983 with namesAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: Photos: Wildlife Staff Meetings, 1970-1975 & 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Photos: Wildlife Staff Meetings, 1976, 1978, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Photos: Wildlife Restoration Staff Meeting, 1964-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Photos: Pittman-Robertson Staff Meetings, 1960-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Photos: Texas Game & Fish Commission, 1957-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Photos: Dr. Rollin H. Baker, 1939. Letter from Dr. Baker dated Aug. 23, 1999Add to your cart.

Browse by Box:

[Box 3],
[Box 4],
[Box 5],
[Box 6],
[Bundle 1: Dept of History Updated Narrative Consolidation, Joan Pearsall, May 1, 1974],


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