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Marion Ellis to A.G. Vestal, 1915

Marion Ellis, Dean of Women at the Michigan Biological Station, wrote a chatty letter to A. G. Vestal in 1915 describing life at the Station (founded 1909) and providing news of colleagues and their families. Her husband Max Ellis was a zoologist on the staff, and H. A. Gleason was the Director. (A. G. Vestal Papers) Marion Ellis to A.G….

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Rep. Blackburn to ESA President Deevey, 1970

Rep. Ben Blackburn wrote to ESA President Ed Deevey in 1970 in connection with upcoming hearings on wildlife conservation. His letter reveals that he only recently became aware of ESA and its interests. (Stanley Auerbach papers). I have written two articles regarding the need to preserve streams in the United States from the adverse effects of stream channelization as carried…

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Barrington Moore to A.G. Vestal, re: book review, 1930

Anyhow, whether this is consolation or not, your work will be very helpful to the readers of ECOLOGY, and is greatly appreciated. If the question of how severely to criticize bothers you too much, you always have the alternative of taking up the worst faults with the authors… Barrington Moore, Editor-in-Chief of Ecology, responds to A. G. Vestal’s difficulty in…

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Cornelius Mueller to Vestal, 1930s

It seems that the financial situation in Texas is worse than elsewhere. The president of the University was informed that he might consider himself lucky if he were able to open the University’s doors next year. Of course, that means that we can expect about a 40% cut in appropriations… Letters from Cornelius H. Mueller to A. G. Vestal describe…

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Barrington Moore to Vestal, 1920

We must assist, however, by doing all in our power to further this legislation. There is also a concerted movement on foot to open up the Yellowstone National Park so that irrigation reservoirs can be created; this would create a precedent and must be opposed. In this appeal to A. G. Vestal in 1920, ESA President Barrington Moore reveals that…

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To Auerbach re: Herbicides in Vietnam

We hope to include both short and long range consequences within the broad areas of ecology, public health and human welfare… We ask for your help in this project. Specifically, we seek your advice on what specific questions the study should (and could) be designed to answer. A letter from Matthew Meselson and Arthur Westing, written to ESA President Stanley…

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F. H. Bormann on the “Urban Crisis,” 1970

Reacting to the “staggering urban crisis” in 1970, ESA president F. H. Bormann asked ecologists C. S. Holling and G. H. Orians to assess how ecology might be applied to urban problems and city planning, observing that the current trend was to see urban problems as not being ecological in nature. Their report appeared in ESA’s Bulletin in June 1971….

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LaMont Cole to Sen. Jackson, 1968

A Council of Ecological Advisers is badly needed and it is appropriate for such a council to include engineers and landscape architects. However, a major part of the body should consist of ecologists—authentic environmental biologists who have studied these problems in all their great complexity. ESA President LaMont C. Cole, writing in 1968 in support of an environmental bill drafted…

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ESA and the 1968 Election

We see in our rich country the reduction of open space, increasing urban concentration and congest with deterioration of life. These and other problems are not merely developing but developing at accelerating rates…. Underlying all these problems of environmental quality is the problem of population growth. ESA’s leadership contacted presidential candidates in 1968 to get their views on creating a…

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Tribute to Homer Shantz

Outstanding among these [attributes] are your unfailing sense of humor, your insatiable interest in the world about you, and your sympathetic understanding of human nature. This tribute to Homer L. Shantz (1876-1958) illustrates the wide-ranging career of a pioneer plant ecologist, who held positions at several universities, was president of the University of Arizona, and worked for the USDA and…

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