October 29, 2022

Northwestern School of Taxidermy (Omaha, Neb.) [RG5451.AM]


RG5451.AM: Northwestern School of Taxidermy (Omaha, Nebraska)

Lesson books, etc.: 1905-1980s; mostly 1931
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska: Taxidermy correspondence school
Size: 1 box; 0.5 cu.ft..


Incorporated by J.W. Elwood, Paul F. Greve and R.H. Smith in 1903, the Northwestern School of Taxidermy was located at 1202 Howard Street, Omaha, Nebraska. The mail order correspondence courses taught lessons in removing and treating all kinds of hides and mounting of animal specimens. The school also sold taxidermy supplies. The school closed down in the early 1980s.

Note: See also the Northwestern Fur Company [RG5239] for related items.


The collection consists of one box of materials relating to the Northwestern School of Taxidermy of Omaha, Nebraska. The materials date from 1905 to the 1980s and consist mostly of lesson books. Also included are a few folders containing correspondence, advertisements, catalogs, and a diploma from a former graduate of the school.


Box 1

  1. Correspondence, advertisements, etc., 1943-1944, n.d.
  2. Correspondence, advertisements, etc., ca. 1980s
  3. School catalog, ca. 1910
  4. Taxidermy supply catalogs
  5. Lesson books 1-5, 7, c. 1905
  6. Lesson book 1, lessons 1-5, ca. 1931
  7. Lesson book 2, lessons 6-10, ca. 1931
  8. Lesson book 2S, ca. 1931
  9. Lesson book 3, lessons 11-13, ca. 1931
  10. Lesson book 4, lessons 14-17, ca. 1931
  11. Lesson book 5, lessons 18-21, ca. 1931
  12. Lesson book 6, lessons 22-26, ca. 1931
  13. Lesson book 7, lessons 27-30, ca. 1931
  14. Lesson book 8, lessons 31-38, ca. 1931
  15. Lesson book 9, lessons 39-40, ca. 1931
  16. Lesson books 1-10, c. 1969
  17. Diploma awarded to Westley Moore on July 14, 1934 (see oversize)
  18. The Taxidermy Magazine

Subject headings:

Correspondence schools and courses — Nebraska — Omaha
Northwestern School of Taxidermy (Omaha, Neb.)
Taxidermy — Study and teaching
Taxidermy — Equipment and supplies
Taxidermy industry

TMM 03-11-2017; 04-13-2021


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