Olin Sewall Pettingill Jr. (1907-2001) was a world renowned ornithologist and filmmaker, a college professor, and director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology from 1960 to 1973.
He was born in Belgrade, Maine, his grandfather had a home in Wayne, and his father, a doctor, ran a tuberculosis sanatorium in Hebron. Pettingill retired to the family home in Wayne, and in later years continued to visit the family camp on Androscoggin Lake.
This bookplate is pasted into the book "The Blue Flower" by Henry Van Dyke. On the page facing the plate is handwritten "Sewall Pettingill December 1924." Van Dyke was a Presbyterian minister, poet, short story writer, essayist, and professor, and also served as an ambassador.
The book, with its bookplate, is included in a collection that Elizabeth Mast Hyatt gathered together during the 1920s and 1930s in honor of famed opera and concert singer Annie Louise Cary (1841-1921). Cary was born in Wayne and a library built in the town in 1938 was named the Cary Memorial Library. Hyatt's bookplate collection was subsequently added to the library collections.
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