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Lincoln Ellison Papers, 1923-1958

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Ellison, Lincoln, d1908-
Title
Lincoln Ellison Papers
Dates
1923-1958 (inclusive)
Quantity
10 boxes, (4.5 linear feet)
Collection Number
USU_COLL MSS 317
Summary
Journals and field notes, professional writings, prose and verse, correspondence, and information about Lincoln's family, career, and death.
Repository
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
84322-3000
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
scweb@usu.edu
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Alfred Lincoln Ellison was born to Alrena and A.O. Ellison on August 2, 1908, in Portland, Oregon. The family soon moved to California, living in San Francisco, Burlingame, and Los Angeles before finally settling in the farming community of Arcadia. In 1923, A.O. walked out on his wife and children, eventually prompting Ellison to legally drop the "Alfred" from his name. He then assumed much of the household responsibility, providing income, tending to the two-acre farm, and caring for his two younger siblings. Ellison graduated from Monrovia High School in 1926 and enrolled in UCLA. Over the next five years, he worked to earn his BA in botany and spent summers working for the Forest Service. After graduation Ellison continued his work with the Forest Service, taking assignments in remote areas for long periods of time. In 1933 he married Laurel Elver, a young woman he met at UCLA. The couple moved to Miles City, Montana, in 1934 and later to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Lincoln earned his master of science degree in 1938. Later that year they moved Ephraim, Utah, where Lincoln served as the Director of the Great Basin Experiment Station. While employed at the station, Ellison spent two years in Minneapolis completing coursework for his PhD at the University of Minnesota, which he completed in 1948. He transferred to Ogden in 1945, assuming the position of director for the Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. Ellison's employment in Ogden included two research trips to Australia in 1951 and New Zealand in 1957. An enthusiastic researcher, writer, and outdoorsman, Ellsion died in an avalanche on March 9, 1958, while skiing on Mt. Ogden.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains the papers of Lincoln Ellison and spans the period of 1923-1958. It is organized in various broad categories, using folder headings mostly created by Liane. The collection includes journals and field notes, professional writings, prose and verse, correspondence, and information about Lincoln's family, career, and death.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Lincoln Ellison Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Lincoln Ellison Papers USU_COLL MSS 317, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 317, USUSCA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Journal and Field Notes, 1923-1957Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Journal and Field Notes
1923-1924
1 2
Journal and Field Notes
Arcadia, California, and Los Angeles County, California
1924-1925
1 3
Journal and Field Notes
1925
1 4
Journal and Field Notes
1925 February
1 5
Journal and Field Notes
1925 April
1 6
Journal and Field Notes
1925 Summer
1 7
Journal and Field Notes
1924-1926
1 8
Journal and Field Notes
1926
1 9
Journal and Field Notes
1927
1 10
Journal and Field Notes
1928
1 11
Journal and Field Notes
1930-1931
1 12
Journal and Field Notes
Sierras
1931
1 13
Journal and Field Notes
Bogalusa
1932
1 14
Journal and Field Notes
Missoula
1932
2 1
Journal and Field Notes
1930-1932
2 2
Journal and Field Notes
1933
2 3
Journal and Field Notes
1934
2 4
Journal and Field Notes
1935
2 5
Journal and Field Notes
1936
2 6
Journal and Field Notes
1937
2 7
Journal and Field Notes
1938
2 8
Journal and Field Notes
1939
2 9
Journal and Field Notes
1940
2 10
Journal and Field Notes
1941
2 11
Journal and Field Notes
1941-1942
2 12
Journal and Field Notes
1942
2 13
Journal and Field Notes
1943
2 14
Journal and Field Notes
1946
2 15
Journal and Field Notes
1948 July and August
3 1
Journal and Field Notes
1947-1950
3 2
Journal and Field Notes
1950-1954
3 3
Journal and Field Notes
Australia
1951-1952
3 4
Journal and Field Notes
1954-1956
3 5
Journal and Field Notes
New Zealand
1956
3 6
Journal and Field Notes
1957

Professional WritingsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1
Ellison Bibliography
Undated
4 2
Book Review: Of Men and Mountains
Undated
4 3
"Applications of Ecology in Forest Management"
Undated
4 4
"Comparison of Methods of Quadratting Short-Grass Vegitation"
Undated
4 5
"Effects of Drought on Vegetation Near Miles City, Montana"
Undated
4 6
"Establishment of Vegetation on Depleted Subalpine Range as Influenced by Microenvironment"
Undated
4 7
"Grazing Standards in Range Management"
Undated
4 8
"How Wasteful is ‘Waste Range?’"
Undated
4 9
"Indicators of Condition and Trend on High-Range Watersheds of the Intermountain Region"
Undated
4 10
"Influence of Grazing on Plant Succession of Rangelands"
Undated
4 11
"Influence of Pocket Gophers on Vegetation of Subalpine Grassland in Central Utah"
Undated
4 12
"A Natural Seedling of Western Aspen"
Undated
4 13
"Note on Food Habits of Juncos"
Undated
4 14
"Observations on Ecological Research Relating to Soil Erosion of Pasturelands in Eastern New South Wales"
Undated
4 15
"Our Weight in the Balance of Nature"
Undated
4 16
"Overlays as a Visual Aid in Analysis of Permanent Quadrant Records"
Undated
4 17
"A Panel Discussion of Place and Functions of the Division of Range Management in the Society of American Foresters"
Undated
4 18
"The Place of Indicators in Judging Condition and Trend of High Mountain Rangeland"
Undated
4 19
"The Pocket Gopher in Relation to Soil Erosion on Mountain Range"
Undated
4 20
"Principles and Indicators for Judging Condition and Trend of High-Range Watersheds"
Undated
4 21
"Subalpine Vegetation of the Wasatch Plateau, Utah"
Undated
4 22
"Trends of Forest Recreation in the United States"
Undated
4 23
Excerpt from a rough draft of Ellison's paper
Undated
4 24
History of Wasatch Plateau
Undated
4 25
Range Research Seminar
1939
4 26
Obligations Report
1942
4 27
Annual Reports of the Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station
1939-1948
5 1
Annual Reports of the Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station
1949-1959

Prose and VerseReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
6 1
Prose and Verse
1924
6 2
Prose
1930
6 3
Prose
1931
6 4
Verse
1931
6 5
Prose
1932
6 6
Verse
1932
6 7
Prose
1934
6 8
Lincoln's Early Excursions into Creative Writing
Undated
6 9
Miscellaneous Verse
Undated
6 10
Miscellaneous and Undated
7 1
"Collection of Useless Information"
1924
7 2
"Employment for the Dead"
Undated
7 3
"Giggin’ Frawgs"
Undated
7 4
"Handbook of Information – Useless and Otherwise"
Undated
7 5
"Mormon Cricket"
1940-1945
7 6
"Mormon Cricket"
1946-1957, 1960
7 7
"Pacific Shore"
Undated
7 8
"Rambling Rhymes"
Undated
7 9
"A Sporting Proposition"
Undated
7 10
"The Triumph of Peter Wall"
Undated
7 11
"Unknown Visitor"
Undated
7 12
"Valley of the Shadow (The Blockhouse)"
Undated
7 13
"What Can One Believe?"
Undated

CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
8 1
Correspondence
at UCLA
1930
8 2
Correspondence
1931
8 3
Correspondence
Lincoln to Laurel
1932
8 4
Correspondence
Lincoln to Laurel
1933
8 5
Correspondence
1934
8 6
Correspondence
1935
8 7
Correspondence
1936
8 8
Correspondence
1937
8 9
Correspondence
Lincoln to Laurel
1938 May 31 (?)
8 10
Correspondence
1939
8 11
Correspondence
1940
8 12
Correspondence
1941
8 13
Correspondence
1942
8 14
Correspondence
to Wellner
1943
8 15
Correspondence
1943
8 16
Correspondence
Wellner
1944
8 17
Correspondence
1944
8 18
Correspondence
to Liane
1945
8 19
Correspondence
Wellner
1945
8 20
Correspondence
1945
8 21
Correspondence
1946
8 22
Correspondence
Lincoln to Laurel
1948
9 1
Correspondence
1949
9 2
Correspondence
1953-1954
9 3
Correspondence
1955
9 4
Correspondence
1956
9 5
Correspondence
1957-1958
9 6
Correspondence
Letters of Condolence
1958
9 7
Correspondence
Undated
9 8
Correspondence
Harvey Anderson Letters
Undated
9 9
Correspondence
Letters to Joseph and Nesta Evans
Undated
9 10
Correspondence
Letters from Laurel (Ellison) and Monroe Everett
Undated
9 11
Correspondence
Bob Marshall Letters
Undated
9 12
Correspondence
Letters to Chuck Wellner
Undated
9 13
Correspondence
Letters concerning Ellison's publications
Undated
9 14
Correspondence
Correspondence concerning the use of terms "condition" and "trend"
Undated
9 15
Correspondence
Attempts to establish natural areas
Undated
9 16
Correspondence
Misc. Office Correspondence
Undated

Information about Family, Career, and DeathReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
10 1
Academic Records
Undated
10 2
Employment Information
Undated
10 3
Honors, Awards, and Posthumous Tributes
Undated
10 4
Lincoln's will, death certificate, and various claims for insurance and benefits
Undated
10 5
Death in Avalanche – Newspaper Clippings
Undated
10 6
Family Tree Information
Undated
10 7
Lincoln Ellison: Director, Great Basin Experiment Station, 1938-1945 by Liane Ellison Norman
Undated
10 8
Essays about Laurel and Lincoln Ellison by Liane Ellison
Undated
10 9
Misc. Cards, etc.
Undated
10 10
Family Photos
Undated
10 11
Miscellaneous
Undated