PEET, Max Minor

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PEET, Max Minor (1885-1949) was born in Iosco, Michigan on October 20. He became a physician and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Michigan. As a serious avocational ornithologist, Peet became an authority on North American birds, amassing one of the finest private collections of bird skins in North America. In 1945, he purchased the collection of more than 15,000 specimens from the estate of Henry H. Kimball. He donated the collection to the University of Michigan.

Peet collected birds on:

  • San Clemente Island (1938)
  • Santa Cruz Island (1935)


Peet married Grace Stewart Tait (1889-1955) in 1915, and they had three children:

  • Max Minor Peet Jr.(1918-2008)
  • Stewart Tait Peet (1921-2010)
  • Martha Ann “Sis” Peet [McAndrew]

Peet died of a heart attack at age 64. He and his wife are buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Michigan.



Island Collections~
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet (?) UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-122700 Lophortyx gambelii gambelii Birds
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-128512 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet (?) UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-160984 Thyromanes bewickii leucophrys Birds
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet (?) UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-165717 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet (?) UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-165718 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-166728 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-166729 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-166730 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-166731 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-166732 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet (?) UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-166733 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-166734 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Cruz Island M. M. Peet UMMZ November 4, 1935 UMMZ-83264 Aphelocoma coreulescens insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island M. M. Peet UMMZ November 4, 1935 UMMZ-124710 Larus occidentalis wymani Birds
Santa Cruz Island M. M. Peet UMMZ November 4, 1935 UMMZ-125275 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Birds
Santa Cruz Island M. M. Peet UMMZ November 4, 1935 UMMZ-125276 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Birds
Santa Cruz Island M. M. Peet UMMZ November 4, 1935 UMMZ-126760 Melanerpes formicivorus bairdi Birds
Santa Cruz Island M. M. Peet UMMZ November 4, 1935 UMMZ-160427 Sitta canadensis Birds
Santa Cruz Island M. M. Peet UMMZ November 4, 1935 UMMZ-160972 Thyromanes bewickii nesophilus Birds
Santa Cruz Island M. M. Peet UMMZ November 4, 1935 UMMZ-160973 Thyromanes bewickii nesophilus Birds
Santa Cruz Island M. M. Peet UMMZ November 4, 1935 UMMZ-163384 Vireo huttoni huttoni Birds
Santa Cruz Island M. M. Peet UMMZ November 4, 1935 UMMZ-165620 Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis Birds
Santa Cruz Island M. M. Peet UMMZ November 4, 1935 UMMZ-166298 Carduelis hesperophila Birds
Santa Cruz Island M. M. Peet UMMZ November 4, 1935 UMMZ-167898 Zonotrichia leucophrys pugetensis Birds
Santa Cruz Island M. M. Peet UMMZ November 4, 1935 UMMZ-171422 Pipilo erythrophthalmus megalonyx Birds
Santa Cruz Island M. M. Peet UMMZ November 4, 1935 UMMZ-173991 Agelaius phoeniceus nevadensis Birds
Santa Cruz Island M. M. Peet UMMZ November 4, 1935 UMMZ-192532 Dendroica coronata auduboni Birds
Santa Cruz Island M. M. Peet UMMZ November 4, 1935 UMMZ-192869 Dendroica townsendi Birds
Santa Cruz Island M. M. Peet UMMZ November 4, 1935 UMMZ-234919 Corvus corax sinuatus Birds