Scope and Contents
The collection includes four series:
Series 1. Writings, 1938–2014
Series 2. Others’ Publications, 1925–2007
Series 3. Nature Logs and Lists, 1934–2015
Series 4. Personal Materials, 1929–2013
Conditions Governing Access
Biographical / Historical
He graduated from Central Catholic High School in Wheeling and after graduation served as a Technical Sergeant in the Army Air Force, 1941 to 1943, at Lowry Field, Colorado. During this time he wrote daily diaries about Army life and documented the nature he discovered on excursions.
He attended the University of Denver in 1941-1942 and graduated from the Ohio State University in 1948 with a BS in Wildlife Conservation. He went to work for the Ohio Division of Conservation and the National Park Service after graduation.
From 1950 to 1963 Breiding held the position of Director of Nature Education and Naturalist at the A.B. Brooks Nature Center at Oglebay Park in Wheeling. During that period he also wrote a weekly nature column in the "Wheeling Intelligencer" and participated in nature education oriented local radio broadcasts. He also published in the ornithology journals "The Auk" and "The Wilson Bulletin" and popular magazines such as "Wonderful West Virginia Magazine" and "Bird Watchers Digest".
In 1963 he accepted a position as State Program Leader for Outdoor Recreation with the West Virginia University Extension Service in Morgantown. He retired in 1979.
Breiding travelled widely, investigating and researching all aspects of nature but particularly birds, and keeping nature logs and lists. He explored 49 of the 50 states and travelled to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Canada, Trinidad, Fiji Islands, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Galapagos Islands, England, and Scotland. He recorded bird sightings in numerous states and every West Virginia county.
Breiding was a lifelong Catholic and attended weekly Mass at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Morgantown. He was married to and later divorced from Jane Rector Donaldson. He had six children: Joan, Susan, Sutton, Michael, Wayne and William. Breiding died in Morgantown in 2007.
10.4 Linear Feet (10 ft. 5 1/4 in. (5 record cartons, 15 in. each); (4 document cases, 5 in. each); (2 document cases, 4 in. each); (1 flat storage box, 2 1/2 in.); (2 index card boxes, 3 1/2 in. each); (1 index card box, 4 in.); (3 flat storage boxes, 4 in. each); (1 oversize folder, 1/4 in.))
5.23 Megabytes (368 digital files)
Existence and Location of Copies
- George H. Breiding, Naturalist, Papers
- Linda Blake
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Script of description