On July 12, 2016, Stanislaus Audubon Society donated Birds of the Pacific Slope to the University Library.
Andrew J. Grayson (1818-1869) moved from Louisiana to California in 1846 with his wife and son. Four years later he founded the town of Grayson, in Stanislaus County. After viewing the 1853 exhibit of John James Audubon's Birds of America at the Mercantile Library in San Francisco, Grayson was inspired to return to his childhood hobby of drawing. Grayson spent the remaining years of his life traveling the coast of California and Mexico studying and drawing the local birds.
His personal papers and original watercolor drawings, which are the source material for this resource, are housed in UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library.
Anyone interested in reading the biography and/or viewing Grayson's illustrations, may make an appointment to do so in Special Collections. Email SpecialCollections@library.csustan.edu or call: 209-664-6557.