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Giraffe notes, original, 1957.
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- Dagg, Anne Innis
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Anne Innis Dagg was a faculty member at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, in Independent Studies. She is a scholar and writer in several areas of interest, from zoology to women's studies. The daughter of Mary Quayle Innis and Harold Adams Innis, Anne was born on January 25, 1933, in Toronto, Ontario.
She became interested in giraffes as a child, and went on to take a BA from the University of Toronto in Honours Biology in 1955 (as gold medalist), and an MA from the University of Toronto in genetics in 1956, where she was also a demonstrator for botany and genetics from 1954-1956. She then traveled alone to South Africa to study the giraffe in 1956-1957.
In 1957 she married Ian Dagg, a physicist. They moved to Waterloo, Ontario, in 1959, where Ian became a professor at the new University of Waterloo.
Anne worked as a part-time lecturer at Waterloo Lutheran University in anatomy and physiology from 1962-1965, and then as an anatomy demonstrator at the University of Waterloo in 1966. In 1967 she earned her PhD, which examined gaits and their development in Infraorder Pecora, from the University of Waterloo. She was also a sessional assistant professor at the University of Guelph, Department of Zoology that year.
Anne Innis Dagg did research at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, in 1967-1968, when on Ian’s sabbatical with their family of three children. She was an assistant professor at the University of Guelph, Department of Zoology, from 1968-1972 where she taught mammalogy, wildlife management and general biology. She became a resource person for Integrated Studies at the University of Waterloo from 1978-1985, the Academic Director for Independent Studies (the same program but renamed) from 1986-1989, and finally senior academic advisor for this program from 1989 to the present.
Anne Innis Dagg started Otter Press in 1972 with the publication of Matrix Optics by Ian Dagg and in 1974 Mammals of Waterloo and South Wellington counties by herself. Other books she has written include: Canadian wildlife and man (McClelland and Stewart, 1974); Mammals of Ontario (Otter Press, 1974); The giraffe: its biology, behavior and ecology with J.B. Foster, (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1976; 1982); Wildlife management in Europe (Otter Press, 1977); Running, walking and jumping: the science of locomotion (Wykeham Science Series, 1977); Camel quest: Research on the Saharan camel (York Publishing,1978, 1989); A reference book of urban ecology (Otter Press, 1981); The camel: its ecology, behavior and relationship with man (University of Chicago Press, 1981); Harems and other horrors: sexual bias in behavioral biology (Otter Press, 1983); The fifty per cent solution. Why should woman pay for men’s culture? (Otter Press, 1986); Moreton Island: its history and natural history (Moreton Island Press, 1986); MisEducation: women and Canadian universities (with P.J. Thompson), OISE Press, 1988); User-friendly university: what every student should know (Otter Press, 1994); The feminine gaze: a Canadian compendium of non-fiction women authors and their books, 1836-1945 (Wilfrid University Press, 2001), and five more books since that time.
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Contains material relating to Anne Innis Dagg's research and observation of the giraffe. Includes 3 blue notebooks, loose notes and a note pad containing typed observational notes by theme, hand drawn graphs and tables, a reprint of instructions to authors from the Zoological society of London, and 40 photographs.
Notebook 1 and 2 contain field research notes regarding giraffes and the front covers of each book are annotated "Good Giraffe Notes. Notebook 3 contains personal observations about people living and working in and around Fleur de Lys, including attitudes about gender and race, as well as notes regarding wage rates, labour conditions and a strike, and the front cover is annotated "Notes 1956/1957. Anything 6. Dagg. Now in print form."
The graphs and tables in the file illustrate aggregate data of behavioral activities of giraffe including eating, resting, fighting and distance of movement.
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Quebec City as location of "Quebec zoo" photos based on view of Nisga’a carved Eagle’s Nest totem pole in photo 023, which was purchased by Le Jardin Zoologique du Quebec in 1932.