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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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HRC’s Oral History Project

From the April 2015 HRC Newsletter; contributed by Dennis H. Knight; updated 3/2022“Since this HRC project began several years ago, oral histories have been recorded for 26-time ESA members. All recordings are now archived at the University of Georgia. Each submission includes a folder with the recording (WAV digital format in most cases; MP3 recordings are considered inferior); a detailed,…

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Exploring the ESA Archives: Why Visit or Write?

From the April 2015 HRC Newsletter; contributed by Juliana Mulroy. Even if you aren’t interested in ESA organizational history specifically, there is much to find about the history of ecology at UGA’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, both within the ESA archives and in other collections. Although processing of these collections and Finding Aids is not complete, there is…

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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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