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David Starr Jordan, 1851-1931 Papers

Call Number

Z 6616 J67 P3

Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931. David Starr Jordan, 1851-1931 Papers, 1861-1951. Stanford, CA: 1969.

186 reels. Papers, 35 mm. Index (last two reels) 16 mm.


            David Starr Jordan was a respected biologist and ichthyologist with wide-ranging interests. He was President of Stanford University from 1891-1913; during his tenure he introduced the idea of junior colleges, and imported the system of elective courses from Cornell. In 1892 he helped found the Sierra Club. He became the Chief Director of the World Peace Foundation in 1910 and travelled and spoke throughout the world under its auspices. Most of the 180,000 items in this collection date from the period 1891-1929.


            Reels 1-124: Correspondence, 1872-1931.
            Reels 125-154: Letterbooks.
            Reels 155-160: Jessie K. Jordan Papers, 1895-1951 (Mr. Jordan's second wife).
            Reels 161-169: Pocket Journals, Diaries.
            Reels  170: Lecture notes, notebooks.
            Reels 171-175: Scrapbooks.
            Reels  176: Bibliography, manuscripts.
            Reels 177-178: Manuscripts.
            Reels 179-180: Biographical and Genealogical material.
            Reels 181-184: Clark Fur Seal Papers (correspondence between G. A. Clark and Mr. Jordan regarding the protection of                                      furseals).
            Reels 185-186: Index.


            The Library does not have a published guide. Reel 1 contains a list of subjects for the items included in each reel and a detailed chronology of Mr. Jordan's activities for the period covered by each reel. A guide to the Clark Fur Seal Papers appears at the beginning of reel 181. The index in reels 185-186 in an alphabetical list of correspondents for reels 1-124.

            Conservationists--United States--Biography--Sources
            Conservationists of Natural Resources Education
            Scientists--United States--Biography--Sources