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Archive and Manuscript Collections

Below is a general description of archival and manuscript papers held at the AGSL. A detailed finding aid is at the Archival Resources in Wisconsin: Descriptive Finding Aids

1) Call Number: AGSL Archival Collection 1

American Geographical Society Map Department Records, 1862-1985, bulk 1914-1978
Creator: American Geographical Society. Map Department
Quantity: 4 cubic ft. (8 boxes)
Abstract: Records of the Map Department of the American Geographical Society (AGS) of New York, including annual reports, correspondence, and general files. The majority of the records date from 1914 to 1978, when the maps and library of the AGS were transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

2) Call Number: AGSL Archival Collection 2
American Geographical Society Library Records, 1881-2009, bulk 1908-1978
Creator: American Geographical Society. Library
Quantity: 11 cubic ft. (13 boxes)
Abstract: Records of the library of the Amercian Geographical Society (AGS) of New York. The collection includes annual reports, correspondence, inquiries, and general files. The majority of the records date from 1908 to 1978, when the maps and library of the AGS were transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

AGSL MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS

1) Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 1
Herbert L. Warner Scrapbook, 1943-1945
Creator: Warner, Herbert L., 1900-
Quantity: .5 cubic ft. (1 box)
Abstract: The collection consists of a single scrapbook documenting Herbert L. Warner’s work on the construction of the Alaskan-Canadian (ALCAN) Highway from 1943 to 1945. Included are photographs, newspaper articles, and miscellaneous personal documents.

2) Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 2
Henry Grinnell Scrapbooks, 1849-1866
Creator: Grinnell, Henry, 1799-1874
Quantity: 2.3 cubic ft. (5 boxes)
Abstract: This collection contains scrapbooks compiled by Henry Grinnell, made up almost entirely of newspaper clippings from New York and London papers. Also included are a few letters and pages from other publications. The scrapbooks mainly document the expedition of Sir John Franklin, the rescue missions to find him, and the Arctic region in general. Grinnell financed two rescue missions to find Franklin as well as other scientific missions to the Arctic region.

3) Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 3
Jacques M. May Papers, 1943-1960
Creator: May, Jacques M. (Jacques Meyer), b. 1896
Quantity: 2.5 cubic ft. (6 boxes)
Abstract: This collection contains professional and personal papers of Jacques M. May when he was the director of the Medical Geography Department at the American Geographical Society. The collection includes research for the Atlas of Disease, which was a series of maps, or plates, published by the American Geographical Society during the 1950s. Medical statistics, preliminary maps, epidemiology of diseases, bibliographies, and academic studies of diseases are included as research for the Atlas of Disease. The Atlas of Disease was originally to contain 25 plates; only 17 were published. Each plate corresponds to a specific disease, or group of diseases. Other professional activities of Jacques M. May are documented in the collection, along with a small amount of personal correspondence and family photographs.

4) Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 4
IIsaiah Bowman Scrapbooks on Political Geography, 1921-1926
Creator: Bowman, Isaiah, 1878-1950
Quantity: 5 volumes
Abstract: Isaiah Bowman’s Scrapbooks on Political Geography consist primarly of newspaper and magazine clippings related to political geography and international relations, collected in connection with subjects covered in his book The New World: Problems in Political Geography.

5) Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 5 (stored in compact shelving)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wetlands Inventory Records, 1971-1997
Creator: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Quantity: 110 cubic ft. (110 boxes)
Abstract: The National Wetlands Inventory records, dating from February 1971 to November 1997, consist of primarily Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and selected records from Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Texas, as well as a few Midwestern military base locations. Most folders consist of an aerial photo transparency from National High Altitude Photography (NHAP) and the National Aerial Photography Program (NAPP) and the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) original delineations taped over each photo drawn on Mylar. Included in most folders is a USGS 7.5 minute topographic quadrangle. In some cases, there are notes related to the creation of the NWI map on separate paper. In other cases, the notes are made on the topographic quadrangles themselves.

6) Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 6
Frank Place Scrapbooks of Trail Clippings, 1908-1950
Creator: Place, Frank, 1880-1959
Quantity: 17 volumes
Abstract: This scrapbook collection contains trail clippings, collected by Frank Place, related to walking. The clippings are primarly from newspapers, magazines, and books from the New York and New Jersey area.

7) Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 7
George W. Melville Scrapbooks, 1881-1903
Creator: Melville, George W. (George Wallace), 1841-1912
Quantity: 1.4 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Abstract: This collection includes four scrapbooks from the library of George W. Melville. Three scrapbooks focus on Arctic exploration, including one on the Jeannette Expedition, and another on the “Drift Casks Project” for determining Arctic currents. A fourth scrapbook contains Melville’s personal correspondence.

8) Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 8
Henry G. Bryant, Eighth International Geographic Congress Scrapbook, 1904-1906
Creator: Bryant, Henry G. (Henry Grier), 1859-1932
Quantity: 1 volume
Abstract: This scrapbook, compiled by Henry G. Byrant, primarily documents Bryant’s involvement in the Eighth International Geographic Congress and the Geographical Society of Philadelphia.

9) Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 9
Delia West Marble Scrapbooks, 1874-1890
Creator: Marble, Delia West
Quantity: .4 cubic ft. (1 box)
Abstract: This collection consists of two scrapbooks, compiled by Delia West Marble. One scrapbook relates to Arctic exploration from 1874 to 1884; the other to exploration in Africa from 1889 to 1890.

10) Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 10
William Osgood Field Papers, 1914-1992
Creator: Field, William O. (William Osgood), 1904-1994
Quantity: 3.9 cubic ft. (9 boxes); 1 oversize folder; 47 film reels
Abstract: Papers, mostly dating from the late 1920s and early 1930s, of William Osgood Field, a photographer/filmmaker who explored the remote Transcaucasia region of the Soviet Union.

11) Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 11
Geopress Scrapbooks, 1939-1941
Quantity: .2 cubic ft. (1 box)
Abstract: This collection consists of three scrapbooks containing clippings from Geopress, a cartographic news agency. The scrapbooks include maps and information about various geographic areas, particularly those associated with World War II.

12) Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 12
Flora Harlos Scrapbook, 1909, 1937-1939
Creator: Harlos, Flora
Quantity: .4 cubic ft. (1 box)
Abstract: This collection, mainly consisting of a scrapbook compiled by Flora Harlos, documents the travels of Flora and her sister Adela, mostly though the southern and eastern United States from 1937 to 1939. Several additional items from a trip to Yellowstone in 1909 are also included.

13) Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 13
Polaris Expedition Scrapbooks, 1873
Quantity: .4 cubic ft. (1 box)
Abstract: This collection consists of two scrapbooks documenting exploration in 1873, with a primary focus on the Polaris Expedition to the North Pole led by Charles Francis Hall.

14) Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 14
Cyrus C. Adams Scrapbooks, 1884-1890
Creator: Adams, Cyrus C. (Cyrus Cornelius), 1849-1928
Quantity: .8 cubic ft. (2 boxes)
Abstract: These scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings documenting worldwide travel, exploration, trade, and peoples. Cyrus C. Adams appears to have authored many of the articles and compiled these scrapbooks.

15) Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 15
Miscellaneous Geography Scrapbooks
Quantity: 2.1 cubic ft. (5 boxes)
Abstract: These scrapbooks largely consist of newspaper clippings relating to international geography and world exploration. Various expeditions, particularly to the Arctic and Africa, are covered most extensively.

16) Call Number: AGSL Manuscript Collection 16
Edmund Mills Scrapbooks, 1834-1919
Creator: Mills, Edmund, 1864-1920
Quantity: .5 cubic ft. (1 box); 2 volumes
Abstract: This collection contains four scrapbooks compiled by Edmund Mills. The scrapbooks largely focus on Arctic expeditions and explorers, and consist of newspaper and magazine clippings, illustrations, pamphlets, and book excerpts.